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The region got its name from the land of Angeln, an ancient land at the northern tip of modern Prussia, just south of Denmark. During the Migration Period, invading forces, mostly from the north had overrun the Roman Empire, transforming Gaul into the various region of France. The region of where the Angles (along with a good number of Saxons) conquered had been the Celtic province known as Armorica to the Romans. The Language of the Early Middle Ages being Latin, the name Anglia was given to the area.
Over the years, the language of the region has been fluid as the Celtic, French and Anglo-Saxon (German) languages merged into what is now the English language still spoken in Anglia.
In the mid-eleventh century AD, William II, Duke of Normandy, extended his realm to neighboring Anglia, establishing a rival government to the ruling house of Capet in Paris. After his death in , his sons William III and Robert fought for control of the Duchy, Finally, King Philip I of France forced a solution by commanding that the Duchy be divided with Anglia going to William and Normandy going to Robert. At the death of William III, his younger brother Henry became Duke Henry I of Anglia.
See article on France for more detail
The earliest people to settle permanently were hunter-gatherers during the Ice Age, though many of them settled in the low coastal plain which over time disappeared as the ice melted, forcing the population inland to be slowly assimilated into their cousins. This population was then replaced by a later migration from the east of Celtic tribes which the Greek explorers found there in the sixth century BC.