Animals, B names, Badger, Female, Latin, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Word names

Badger

Badger refers to any of several carnivorous mammals which belongs to the Mustelidae family. It comes from Middle English bageard made up from bage (referring to a token or distinctive mark, sign, or emblem) of uncertain etymology though either from Anglo-Norman bage or Latin bagia (sign, emblem), perhaps named for the white mark on its forehead, combined with the suffix -ard.

Badger is also an English surname, either originating as an occupational name for someone who made or supplied bags or as a nickname for someone who behaved or resembled a badger. Another possible origin of the surname is that it’s made up of Old English personal name Bæcg combined with ofer (ridge, border, edge).

As a word, badger is used to mean “to pester or to annoy persistently”.

Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European

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