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Etymology of daughter

Posted by Johannes on 8 August 2009

Origin of daughter

The word daughter comes from the proto-German dhukter, which is related to the Greek thygater (daughter; θυγάτηρ).


In German: Tochter

In Swedish: dotter


In modern Greek:
a) thygatera: daughter [θυγατέρα]




Η λέξη daughter (θυγατέρα, κόρη) προέρχεται από το πρωτο-Γερμανικό dhukter, το οποίο σχετίζεται το ελληνικό θυγάτηρ.

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6 Responses to “Etymology of daughter”

  1. Amin said

    daughter word from Turkish word “Dogh” or “Doğ” writing Istanbul Turkish and in English is meaning “Born”
    Daughter =>daught+er . such as Teacher teach+er ,
    Daughter is meaning or equivalent “Creator” Creat+or.
    and Pronounce of daught with dogh or Doğ

  2. Saied Siavoshi said

    After reading this article I felt obliged to make my comment about the origin of name daughter . In this regard I have to say that daughter originated from Persian which perunance dokhtar. As indo iranian language is a branch of indo European language and also so many other names in european language originated from this old language.
    Such as father with is padar in Persian. Also mother which is madar.

    • Georgios Andrias said

      Nope, it is a common Indo-European word. None borrowed it from someone else. İt is like a heirloom. İnherited from the past

  3. David Gardner said

    In Farsi, it is “dokhter” meaning girl. I believe it has ancient Persian origins and also was used by the Ancient Greeks as said above. But I am quite sure it was something in the Middle East before it was used in Greece.

    • Georgios Andrias said

      The fact that none of you has heard of the Indo-European family is astonishing. Variations of the word daughter can be found in Germanic, Celtic, Slavic, Iranian languages, Greek, Armenian and Sanskrit. All the above are more or less related, Indo-European languages. It is a heirloom.

  4. Ali Nourai said

    Daughter, that is a common word in Indo-European languages, comes from two Indo-European roots that combine to mean the member of the family that was supposed to milk animals (Persian Doogh is also from the same Indo-European root). Similarly, father was the protector, mother was the feeder and brother was the load carrier of the family. For more details see “An Etymological Dictionary of Persian, English and other Indo-European Languages”, or the Kindle Book “Persian Etymology”.

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