Is Great Britain different from United Kingdom ?
Yes, United Kingdom includes Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Where as Great Britain does not include Northern Ireland. It only includes England, Scotland and Wales.
What is the full name of Uk ?
The UK's full and official name is the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
How did UK came into existence ?
1536 - Act of Union joins England and Wales
1707 - Act of Union unites Scotland and England, together with Wales to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1801 - The Irish Parliament voted to join the Union. The then Kingdom of Great Britain becomes the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
1922 - Name changed to United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, when most of the Southern counties in Ireland choose independence.
Is Great Britain the same as Britain ?
Great Britain refers to England, Scotland and Wales where as Britain only refers to England and Wales.
How the name Britain came into being ?
The name Britain goes back to Roman times when they called England and Wales "Britannia" (or "Britannia Major", to distinguished from "Britannia Minor", ie Brittany in France). The Roman province of Britannia only covered the areas of modern England and Wales. The area of modern Scotland was never finally conquered.
Last Updated : May 04, 2015