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What is the meaning of Middlesex? I read somewhere that seax is an old English word meaning a type of Germanic knife, so was the county's original name Middleseax?

I'm looking for the etymology of the word 'Middlesex'.

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    Middlesex is a place name that you can easily Google (unless there's some slang meaning of it that I don't know, in which case you need to put the usage in your question). We discourage people from asking answers that are easily found on the web, as that wastes our time. – Peter Shor May 8 '16 at 16:18
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    @PeterShor Yeah, how dare they, when we have such important work to do. – deadrat May 8 '16 at 16:24
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    @Araucaria In that case, context is required in the question. – Andrew Leach May 9 '16 at 15:04
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    Already previously asked & closed as off-topic in the question referenced by Ste. – TrevorD May 9 '16 at 15:58
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It's hard to tell without any context, but if you mean Middlesex, with an initial capital letter, then it's a place name, the original one in England. The -sex part is a reference to a group of people called the Saxons, a Germanic tribe that came to England after the Romans left. Apparently some settled in the east (so that location came to be called Essex); some settled in the west (so that location came to be called Wessex). And some settled in between, so their place was called Middlesex. Check here.

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    And some settled in the south, Sussex. – TRomano May 8 '16 at 17:28
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    'Middlesex' is also used as the name of a novel by Jeffery Eugenides. The main character is intersex, so I think it is used as a more euphonious synonym in that instance rather than in reference to the county. But I've never been sureoif the author's intent with that. – Spagirl May 9 '16 at 7:46

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