- an early English kingdom extending N from the Humber to the Firth of Forth.
Examples from the Web for northumbria
There was little time for rest on the long march from London to Northumbria.Stories from English History
Hilda T. Skae
But the Farne Isles belong to Northumbria, and its history is theirs also.Grace Darling
Here, too, Paulinus preached, and Edwin of Northumbria was baptised.
His great achievement was the complete subjection and annexation of Northumbria.
Under two chiefs, called Ingwar and Hubba, they overran Northumbria in 867.
- (in Anglo-Saxon Britain) a region that stretched from the Humber to the Firth of Forth: formed in the 7th century ad, it became an important intellectual centre; a separate kingdom until 876 ad
- an area of NE England roughly corresponding to the Anglo-Saxon region of Northumbria
Word Origin and History for northumbria
Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Norðhymbre, which lay north of the river Humber (Latin Humbri fluminis, c.720), an ancient pre-English river name of unknown origin. Related: Northumbrian. The Northumbrians seem at times to have referred to the Mercians as Southumbrians.