Danaos

According to the Roman de Rose, Denmark means the country of Danaos, who settled here with a colony after the siege of Troy, as Brutus is said by the same sort of name-legend to have settled in Britain. Saxo-Germanicus, with equal absurdity, makes Dan, the son of Humble, the first king, to account for the name of the country.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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