Origin of the name ALBION.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ALBION.
ALBION (Ἀλβίων). The
name of a giant son of Neptune who gave his name to ancient Britain, meaning
"white." Also spelled Alebion.
Compare with Albin.
Albion. England, so named
from the ancient inhabitants called Albionēs. The usual etymology
of albus (white), said to have been given by Julius Cæsar in
allusion to the "white cliffs," is quite untenable, as an old
Greek treatise, the De Mundo, formerly ascribed to Aristotle,
mentions the islands of Albion and Iěrnē three hundred years
before the invasion of Cæsar. Probably "Albion" or
Albany was the Celtic name of all Great Britain, subsequently restricted
to Scotland, and then to the Highlands of Scotland. Certainly the
inhabitants of the whole island are implied in the word Albionēs
in Festus Avienus's account of the voyage of Hamilcar in the fifth century
the Pillars of Herculēs
is the ocean which flows round the earth, and in it are 2 very large
islands called Britannia, viz., Albion and Iěrnē."—De
Mundo, Sec. iii.
Albion. Son of the king of
this island when Oberon held his court in what we call Kensington
Gardens. He was stolen by the elfin Milkah, and brought up in
fairyland. When nineteen years of age, he fell in love with Kenna,
daughter of King Oberon, but was driven from the empire by the indignant
monarch. Albion invaded the territory, but was slain in the
battle. When Kenna knew this, she poured the juice of moly over the
dead body, and it changed into a snow-drop.—T. Tickell.
Albion the Giant. Fourth
son of Neptune, sixth son of Osīris, and brother of Herculēs,
his mother being Amphitrīta. Albion the Giant was put by his
father in possession of the isle of Britain, where he speedily subdued the
Samotheans, the first inhabitants. His brother Bergion ruled over
Ireland and the Orkneys. Another of his brothers was Lestrigo, who
subjected Italy. (See W. Harrison's Introduction to
Holinshed's Chronicle.). (Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,