Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Origin of the Name Dragonfly

Many of us are fascinated by dragonflies. I thought it might be interesting to discover the origin of the name of this delicate insect. The name came from a Romanian folktale about a St. George's horse that was turned into a giant fly by the devil. Apparently the Romanians referred to this horse as Devil's Horse or Devil's Fly. The Romanian translation for devil is "drac" which also means dragon. The theory is that when translated to English the word evolved to dragonfly.

Nonetheless, this much beloved insect is a favorite of many people. Jonquil of Thumelinacreations has created some lovely jewelry pieces with dragonflies. as you can see. Pay a visit to her store and her blog for some lovely jewelry pieces.


Thumbelina Creations said...

Thanks for the feature. It is great.

The Beading Gem said...

Lovely post on the origin of dragonflies - I like these pretty insects too.

Dina Cuomo said...

Thanks so much beading gem!