E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
England, so named from the ancient inhabitants called Albions. The usual etymology of albus (white), said to have been given by Julius Cæsar in allusion to the white cliffs, is quite untenable, as an old Greek treatise, the De Mundo, formerly ascribed to Aristotle, mentions the islands of Albion and Irn three hundred years before the invasion of Cæsar. Probably Albion or Albany was the Celtio name of all Great Britain, subsequently restricted to Scotland, and then to the Highlands of Scotland. Certainly the inhabitants of the whole island are implied in the word Albions in Festus Avienuss account of the voyage of Hamilcar in the fifth century B.C. (See ALBIN.)
Beyond the Pillars of Herculs is the ocean which flows round the earth, and in it are 2 very large islands called Britannia, viz., Albion and lrn.De Mundo, Sec. iii.