Why is Britain called Great Britain?

The term Great Britain, which is sometimes called (Britain), denotes a part of Britain. The Roman origin is (Britannia), and there are two explanations explaining the reason for the presence of the word “Great” before the name of the state. He did not rule Roman Britain, which included England and parts of Wales only, but also extended his rule to the islands, and with this he established himself historically as the king and ruler of the Great British Empire.[1]

The difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain

People often use the names of the United Kingdom and Great Britain as names that have the same meaning for one place, but in fact they do not refer to the same place and do not carry the same meaning. Britain and Ireland are the largest of these islands in area, and the British name was given in the Middle Ages to a section of France, which is called today Brittany, and because of that the term Great Britain became used to distinguish the island from its nominal counterpart in France, and despite this the name did not take an official status until a year 1707 AD, when the Kingdoms of England and Scotland joined and united them under the name of Great Britain, and Ireland in that time period, beginning in the twelfth century, was occupied by the English, and when Great Britain arose, Ireland remained under British sovereignty.[2]

The United Kingdom was formed in 1801 AD when Ireland and Great Britain united politically, and it was called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or the United Kingdom only, and despite this the union did not continue, Ireland was divided except for six provinces in the north in 1922 AD, where Ireland became an independent republic, The remainder of the union was singled out by the term United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.[2]

The origin of British names

The many names of Britain bear different origins and meanings, and they are as follows:[3]

  • Britain: a term used by the Romans for the British Isles.
  • England: Previously called the land of Engla, meaning the land of corners, it refers to the people who came from Germany and occupied Britain with the Saxons and the Jutes at the end of the fifth century.
  • Great Britain: The name dates back to the reign of King James I of England in 1603 AD, and it carried in its meaning a reference to two different kingdoms (England and Scotland), and although it was subject to the rule of one king, both countries had a constitution and a special law.
  • United Kingdom: It is a process of bringing together the two kingdoms of Ireland and Great Britain in one framework until it became the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and in implementation of the principle of union, the Kingdom was established by a joint constitution and parliament.

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  1. ↑ Ben Johnson, “The UK & Great Britain – What’s the Difference?”, www.historic-uk.com, Retrieved 10-18-2018. Edited.
  2. ^ a b c John M. Cunningham, “What’s the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom?”, www.britannica.com, Retrieved 10-18-2018. Edited.
  3. ↑ “Origins of the names”, projectbritain.com, Retrieved 10-20-2018. Edited.


Why is it called Great Britain?

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