Berriz

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Bérriz
Municipality
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Bérriz is locatit in Spain
Bérriz
Bérriz
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°10′33″N 2°24′32″W / 43.17583°N 2.40889°W / 43.17583; -2.40889
Kintra  Spain
Autonomous commonty Basque Kintra
Province Biscay
Comarca Durangaldea
Govrenment
 • Mayor Jose Jabier Azpitarte Ariño
Aurie
 • Total 30.07 km2 (11.61 sq mi)
Elevation 192 m (630 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Tot 4,888
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Berritzarra
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 48240
Wabsteid Offeecial wabsteid

Berriz (in Basque an offeecially, in Spaingie: Bérriz) is a elizate, toun an municipality locatit in the province o Biscay, in the Basque Kintra, northren Spain. Berriz is pairt o the comarca o Durangaldea an haes a population o 4.759 inhabitants as of 2007 an accordin tae the Spaingie Naitional Stateestics Institute.

Toponymy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Berriz belangs tae a series o Basque toponyms wi a -iz endin. Julio Caro Baroja defendit that maist o these toponyms came frae a oreeginal Basque toponym plus the Laitin suffix -icus. Caro Baroja considered that on toponymy, the suffixes -oz, -ez an -iz uised tae be combined wi the name o the awner o the land, wi its oreegin bein in some place between the Middle Ages an the Roman Empire.

In the case o Berriz, Caro Baroja suggestit that the name micht come frae Verrius, the documented Laitin name. Then, tae the name Verrius it wis addit the suffix -icus (indicating that the land wur awned bi Verrius) an became Verricus[1] Frae then, the name evolvit tae Verrici an frae thare tae Verriz. The name o the toun in Spaingie uised tae be Vérriz.

Anither theory aboot is oreegin negates the Laitin oreegin an proposes a Basque oreegin. Berriz micht come frae Be(h)e ("unner") an Oiz in reference tae the Oiz muntain, an then "unner Oiz" as o "in the or at the bottom o Oiz".

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Caro Baroja, Julio (1945-6). Materiales para una historia de la lengua vasca en su relación con la latina. Acta Salmanticensia, tomo I, número 3.  Check date values in: |year= (help)

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