Origin of the name SAFFIRE.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name SAFFIRE.
A Saracen knight. Brother to Palamedes
The name is probably Medo-Persian, meaning "sapphire," from saffir.
Also spelled Safir, and Safire.
befell upon a day in harvest-time Sir Launcelot looked over the wall,
and spake aloud to King Arthur and Sir Gawain, "My lords both, all
is vain that ye do at this siege, for here ye shall win no worship, but
only dishonor; for if I list to come out, and my good knights, I shall
soon make an end of this war." "Come forth," said
Arthur, "if thou darest, and I promise thee I shall meet thee in
the midst of the field." "God forbid me," said Sir
Launcelot, "that I should encounter with the most noble king that
made me knight." "Fie upon thy fair language," said
the king, "for know thou well that I am thy mortal foe, and ever
will be to my dying day." And Sir Gawain said, "What
cause hadst thou to slay my brother, Sir Gaheris, who bore no arms
against thee, and Sir Gareth, whom thou madest knight, and who loved
thee more than all my kin? Therefore know thou well I shall make
war to thee all the while that I may live."
When Sir Bohort, Sir Hector de Marys, and Sir Lionel
heard this outcry they called to them Sir Palamedes, and Sir Saffire his
brother, and Sir Lawayn, with many more, and all went to Sir Launcelot.
And they said, "My lord, Sir Launcelot, we pray you, if you will
have our service, keep us no longer within these walls, for know well
all your fair speech and forbearance will not avail you." (Age
of Chivalry, Bulfinch, 1884)