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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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.