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Origin of the name SAFFIRE.
Etymology of the name SAFFIRE.
Meaning of the baby name SAFFIRE.


SAFFIRE.  Arthurian.  A Saracen  knight.  Brother to Palamedes and Segwarides.  The name is probably Medo-Persian, meaning "sapphire," from saffir.  Also spelled Safir, and Safire.

    Then it 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)


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