• The Britannias was the original Latin name the Roman Empire gave to Britain. Deriving from Pretannia, Diodorus's Greek rendering of the indigenous name pretani, Britannia became the preferred Roman term for the island of Great Britain. Britannia was personified as a goddess by the Romans, and in more recent times has become a figure of national personification of the United Kingdom.
  • Actually, "ish", in this context, means "man of". I don't know the origin of the practice, but most -ish words use the first syllable of the country's name. Thus, British is "man of Britain", Irish is "man of Ireland (or Eire)", etc. Of course, there are some country names that don't roll off the tonge well in that form, so we don't see terms like "Americish", "Canish" or "Chinish".
  • Brit doesn't really mean anything, the word started life as a derogatory abbreviation of British but, being true Brits we took it to our hearts and killed the derogatory meaning with kindness. British, Irish, Scottish, Swedish, Spanish, Polish and Danish are pretty self-explanatory, in turn a person from Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Poland and Denmark. Finish isn't a nationality, it's a verb. A person from Finland is Finnish
  • I'll add a couple: Ireland is named after Eriu, a goddess. The Scots were invaders from Ireland (ironic, huh?) and the word "scotii" means "invaders".
  • Great Britain comprises of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A 'Brit' is a shortened name, for someone who was born in Great Britain - British.
  • My point is that we have this Hebrew word “ish” in all of these names--a number of nations. (Nations are simply families grown large.) So, what do the two parts of these names each mean? Who are the British? Who are the Irish--the Finish--the Spanish--etc. They have the Hebrew word "ish" in their names that says they are "children of ????" The word Brit comes from a Hebrew root word Berith, which means "covenant." By this we can see that the name British means “People of covenant.” What people are they and of what covenant? An example is the Benai Berith Association. Berith meaning covenant. There is also the “Baal-berith, which means “Lord of the Covenant.” So, what do all of these other names mean? And who are these people--really? Irish Scottish etc.? What do you think? Help me out if you can? Sherwin
  • 8-18-2017 The answer is rather long. Here is a book that investigates the subject thoroughly: The author says there was no such word as "Britain" before the nation was created in 1807, but the islands have always been called "British Isles" for unknown reasons. The translation of Jewish "brit ish" is "covenant man" and the book thoroughly investigates the connections between British traditions and Jewish history. The conclusion will amaze you.

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