E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Brute or Brutus,
in the mythological history of England, the first king of the Britons, was son of Sylvius (grandson of Ascanius and great grandson of Æneas). Having inadvertently killed his father, he first took refuge in Greece and then in Britain. In remembrance of Troy, he called the capital of his kingdom Troy-novant (New Troy), now London.
The pedigree was as follows:(1) Æneas, (2) Ascanius, (3) Silvius, (4) Brutus. (See TROY NOVANT.)