This is a feminine given name taken from the Roman name for the “Severn”, a river in Mid-Wales which flows into England. The name comes from the Welsh "Habren / Hafren", which in turn derives from the Proto-Brythonic “*Haβ̃ren > *Saβ̃ren”, meaning " ploughed land". Hafren (water nymph) was a legendary Celtic princess who was drowned in the River Severn. The legend appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's pseudohistorical chronicle Historia Regum Britanniae. According to Geoffrey, Hafren is the eponym of the Severn, which bears one of Britain's most ancient river names (recorded as early as the 2nd century in the Latinized form Sabrina).
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