Dirk

Dirk is a Low German and Dutch short form of Diederik, which is the Dutch form of Theodoric, a Germanic name meaning “ruler of the people” composed from Proto-Germanic elements *þeudō (people, nation) and *rīks (king, ruler) both of which derive from a PIE root word. Dirk is also the name of a type of dagger which originated with the Scots…

Bowie

Bowie comes from an Irish and Scottish surname which seems to be derived from Scottish Gaelic buidhe meaning “yellow”, possibly originating as a nickname for someone who was fair-haired. It’s also possible that it may be an Anglicized form of Ó Buadhaigh meaning “descendant of Buadhach”, Buadhach deriving from buaidh meaning “victory, triumph”. The Bowie knife was named after American pioneer Jim…

Saxony

Saxony is the name of a region in Germany with a long history. The name comes from the Saxon tribe who originally inhabited the area. Their name may have originated from the name of a type of dagger they used, from Middle English sax from Old English seax meaning “dagger” or “knife” from Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger, knife) derived from PIE root word *sek- (to…

Essex

Essex comes from an English surname which comes from the name of a county in England, which gets its name from an ancient kingdom. The name is made up of Old English east (east) and Seaxe (Saxon) meaning “East Saxon”; Seaxe is the plural form of Seaxa (Saxon) which comes from Old English seax meaning “knife, dagger” via Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger,…

Daciana

Daciana (pr. da-chi-ana; Forvo) is a Romanian female name, derived from Dacia, which was the old Roman name for the region which is now Romania and Moldova. The name came from the name of a tribe that lived there, called the Dacians (known as the Daci to the Romans and the Geta/Getae by the Greeks), who were a Thracian…

Baudelaire

Baudelaire comes from a French surname which comes from the name of a heavy dagger. It comes from Medieval Latin badelarius meaning “short sword”, a corruption of baselard/basilard which seems to come from German Basler messer, meaning Basler knife referring to a knife made in Basel, Germany.  

Saskia

Saskia is a Dutch female name meaning “Saxon”, derived from Germanic element sahs (Saxon), the Saxons being a Germanic tribe. Their name may have originated from the name of a type of dagger they used, from Middle English sax from Old English seax meaning “dagger” or “knife” from Proto-Germanic *sahsą (dagger, knife) derived from PIE root word *sek- (to cut). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Saxa (Ancient…