According to legend, Brunei was founded by Awang Alak Betatar. His move from Garang, a place in the Temburong District to the Brunei river estuary led to the discovery of Brunei. According to legend, upon landing he exclaimed "Baru nah!" (loosely translating as "that's it!" or "there"), from which the name Brunei was derived.
It was renamed Barunai in the 14th century, possibly influenced by the Sanskrit word varuṇ (वरुण), meaning either "ocean" or the mythological "regent of the ocean" ." The word Borneo is of the same origin. In the country's full name Negara Brunei Darussalam, Darussalam (Arabic: دار السلام) means "Abode of Peace", while Negara means "country" in Malay.
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