The name is an Italian word meaning "a little shade". The umbrella was invented many centuries ago in the East, where it was used as a sunshade. It was introduced into England as a protection against rain rather than sun. The first man brave enough to carry an umbrella in the streets of London was Jonas Hanway. After his death in 1786 a monument was erected in his memory in the North Transept of Westminster Abbey, where it may still be seen.