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 …