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The Gabrantovices were a conjectural group of Ancient Britons inhabiting the coast of what is now Yorkshire in Northern England. They may have been a sub-tribe or sept of the Brigantes or of the Parisi.

As with their proposed neighbours, the Lopocares, the Gabrantovices are not directly attested: the name is taken from Ptolemy's name ? , or in Latin Gabrantvicvm Sinus -- the Gabrantovician Harbour. This is identified with modern Bridlington Bay or Filey Bay.[1] The meaning of the name has been discussed as deriving from one of two Celtic roots, either *gabro- meaning a goat (Welsh gafr) or *gabranto- meaning "riding a horse" with second element meaning "fight", so "Goat warriors" or "Cavalry warriors".[2][3]


  1. ^ A.L.F. Rivet, C. Smith, The Place-names of Roman Britain, Batsford (1979)
  2. ^ Helmut Birkhan, Germanen und Kelten bis zum Ausgang der Römerzeit, Böhlau (1970)
  3. ^ K Jackson, Journal of Roman Studies XXXVIII (1948), 57

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