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Origin of the name CYMBELINE.
Etymology of the name CYMBELINE.
Meaning of the baby name CYMBELINE.

  

CYMBELINE.  English form of Celtic Cunobelinus (q.v.), meaning "Lord of Belinus," or "war-lord."  From a play of the same name by Shakespeare, which is said to be loosely based on a story by Geoffrey of Monmouth about the authentic king of Britain.

"The fam'd Cassibelan, who was once at point
(O, giglot fortune!) to master Cæsar's sword,
Made Lud's town with rejoicing fires bright,
And Britons strut with courage."óCYMBELINE.

Cæsar, on a second invasion of the island, was more fortunate.  Cymbeline, the nephew of the king, was delivered to the Romans as a hostage for the faithful fulfilment of the treaty, and, being carried to Rome by Cæsar, he was there brought up in the Roman arts and accomplishments.  Being afterwards restored to his country, and placed on the throne, he was attached to the Romans, and continued through all his reign at peace with them.  His sons, Guiderius and Arviragus, who make their appearance in Shakespeare's play of Cymbeline, succeeded their father, and, refusing to pay tribute to the Romans, brought on another invasion.

"There be many Cæsars
Ere such another Julius.  Britain is
A world by itself; and we will nothing pay
For wearing our own noses."óCYMBELINE.

Guiderius was slain, but Arviragus afterward made terms with the Romans, and reigned prosperously many years. (Age of Chivalry, Bulfinch, 1900)

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