Origin of Pict
Examples from the Web for pict
A sad spoliation by Pict and Scot followed the Roman withdrawal.In the Border Country|W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
This is a point of external evidence, and shows the difference between the Pict and Gaelic.
But how do you know it was not a Pict with some kind of a hook that rips instead of slicing?Beyond the Black River|Robert E. Howard
But danger from the Pict was hardly over when danger came from the jutes themselves.
What follows are points of internal evidence, and show the affinity between the Pict and Welsh.
Word Origin for Pict
an ancient people of Great Britain, late 14c., from Late Latin Picti (late 3c., probably a nickname given them by Roman soldiers), usually taken as derived from picti "painted," but probably ultimately from the Celtic name of the tribe, perhaps Pehta, Peihta, literally "the fighters" (cf. Gaulish Pictavi, a different people, who gave the name to the French city of Poitiers). They painted and tattooed themselves, which may have suggested a Roman folk-etymology alteration of the name. The Old English name for the people was Peohtas.
In Scottish folk-lore the Pechts are often represented as a dark pygmy race, or an underground people; and sometimes identified with elves, brownies, or fairies. [OED]
Related: Pictish; Pictland.