The residential zone of La Fontaine and the castle eponymous at the bottom.
Location (in red) within Paris inner and outer suburbs
|Intercommunality||CA Cœur d'Essonne|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Nicolas Méary|
|14.56 km2 (5.62 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||41–97 m (135–318 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Origin of the city nameEdit
The name of the settlement is attested as Britiniacum in 1146, as Bretigniacum in 1548, and subsequently[when?] as Breteigny.
The origins of Brétigny start in the era of Roman Gaul. The etymology comes from the Latin britiniacum, which means "property of the Breton". The name certifies that this territory was during that period dedicated to a Breton, coming from (Great) Britain, during the period of Briton migration (6th century). Brétigny afterwards belonged to the royal estate of the Merovingian kings (from the 5th century until the 8th century).
At the time of the creation of the commune, the city name was spelled without any accent. This accent was added in 1801, and the name of the river ("on Orge") was added in 1898.
Inhabitants of Brétigny-sur-Orge are known as Brétignolais.
|Source: EHESS and INSEE (1968-2017)|
Notable Brétignolais include:
- Cédric Collet, footballer, was born in Brétigny. He has played for the Guadeloupe national football team.
- Cédric Baseya, footballer, was born in Brétigny. He has played for Le Havre AC and some English clubs, but is now a free agent.
- Antoine-Gaspard Boucher d'Argis, (1708-1791), lawyer and encyclopedist, lived in Brétigny in the Castle of la Fontaine.
- Jean de Boishue (1943- ), politician. He was mayor of Brétigny.
- Patrice Évra, football player, played for CS Brétigny from 1993 to 1997.
- Jérémy Ménez, football player, played for CS Brétigny from 2000 to 2001.
- "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
- "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
- > Par Frédéric Frangeul avec AFP <!. "Un train déraille à Brétigny-sur-Orge". Europe1.fr. Archived from the original on 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
- "Deadly French train crash at Bretigny-sur-Orge". BBC News. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
- Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Brétigny-sur-Orge, EHESS. (in French)
- Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brétigny-sur-Orge.|
- Official website (in French)
- Base Mérimée: Search for heritage in the commune, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
- Mayors of Essonne Association (in French)