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Cambria is the classical name for Wales, being the Latinised form of the Welsh name Cymru (Wales). The etymology of Cymry "the Welsh", Cimbri, and Cwmry "Cumbria", improbably connected to the Biblical Gomer and the "Cimmerians" by 17th-century celticists, is now known to come from Old Welsh combrog "compatriot; Welshman"[1], deriving from an old Brythonic word "combroges" or Proto-Brythonic *kom-brogos[2][3], meaning "compatriots", (as a result of the struggle with the Anglo-Saxons) possibly therefore related to its sister language Breton's keñvroad, keñvroiz, "comrade", "compatriot" [4].

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Cambria in legend

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth in the first part of his pseudohistory Historia Regum Britanniae, the Trojan Brutus had three sons among whom (having subdued Gogmagog) he divided his lands after landing in Britain. His elder son, Locrinus, received the land between the rivers Humber and Severn, which he called Loegria (a Latinization of the Welsh name Lloegr, "England"). His second son, Albanactus, got the lands beyond the Humber, which took from him the name of Albany (Yr Alban in Welsh: Scotland). The younger son, Camber, was bequeathed everything beyond the Severn, which was called after him "Cambria".

This legend was widely prevalent throughout the 12th-16th centuries.

Legacy

The name "Cambria" lives on in much contemporary literature. It is also used in geology to denote the geologic period between around 542 million years and 488.3 million years ago; in 1835 the geologist Adam Sedgwick named this geological period the Cambrian, after studying rocks of that age in Wales.[5]

It is also a rare female name[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ Gove, Philip Babcock, ed. Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2002: 321
  2. ^ Jones, J. Morris. Welsh Grammar: Historical and Comparative. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1913; new edition, 1995.
  3. ^ Russell, Paul. Introduction to the Celtic Languages. London: Longman, 1995.
  4. ^ Delamarre, Xavier. Dictionnaire de la langue gauloise. Paris: Errance, 2001.
  5. ^ "Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873)". University of California Museum of Paleontology. http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/sedgwick.html. Retrieved 2009-08-13.  
  6. ^ "Cambria - meaning of Cambria name". ThinkBabyNames.com. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Cambria. Retrieved 2009-08-13.  
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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Cambria is in San Luis Obispo County in the Central Coast region of California.

  • Nit Wit Ridge, 881 Hillcrest Drive, +1 805 927-2690. Call to arrange tour. A house built of rocks, abalone shells, wood, beer cans, tile, car parts and other assorted junk. It is a California Historic Landmark as an example of California folk art.  edit
  • Robin's restaurant feels like dining in a snuggly bird's nest (hence the name). The food is diverse and delicious, though not inexpensive. For a cheaper, quicker bite, try the Robin's take-out counter.
  • Las Cambritas is good Mexican Food.
  • Hearst Castle is just ten miles north of Cambria. (See San Simeon article for more information.)
Routes through Cambria
MontereySan Simeon  N noframe S  Morro BaySan Luis Obispo
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Wiktionary

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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Etymology

From Latin, from Middle Welsh Cymry the Welsh, from British Celtic combrogos compatriot

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkæm.bɹi.æ/

Proper noun

Singular
Cambria

Plural
uncountable

Cambria (uncountable)

  1. (historical) Wales.

Derived terms


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