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  1. an early English kingdom extending N from the Humber to the Firth of Forth.
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Historical Examples of northumbria

  • There was little time for rest on the long march from London to Northumbria.

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    Hilda T. Skae

  • But the Farne Isles belong to Northumbria, and its history is theirs also.

  • Here, too, Paulinus preached, and Edwin of Northumbria was baptised.

  • Under two chiefs, called Ingwar and Hubba, they overran Northumbria in 867.

  • His great achievement was the complete subjection and annexation of Northumbria.

British Dictionary definitions for northumbria


  1. (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
  2. an area of NE England roughly corresponding to the Anglo-Saxon region of Northumbria
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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.

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