A treatment of the name is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_of_America#Etymology_and_naming. I have not looked at it independently but what's here fits with what I do know. I do not think for a minute that it could come from a Brittonic name, as indicated in a "lost manuscript".
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I am not conversant with its etymology. I understand that it was called after the surname Amerigo, whose etymology, in turn, I do not know — in fact, I didn't even know that was a surname from Italy, rather than from Portugal. Perhaps "superficial" would have been a better adjective for me to use than "obvious". Either way, if this is a non-runner, please forget it and resume normal discussion here.
Scríobh 20/01/2012 14:45, Counihan M.J.:
> "Obvious"? Maybe I am missing your point, but I don't believe that there is any relationship at all between "Armorican" and "American". "Armorican" just means "by the sea" (like Pomerania, but with the Celtic loss of initial P), and the Italian name Amerigo has a quite different and uncontroversial etymology.
> Martin Counihan
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> Which prompts one to ask what is the relationship between "Armorican"
> and "American" which would seem to be obvious, but which I have yet to see examined anywhere (with apologies for OT content, so please let this not spark a debate, only a brief elucidation, please).
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