Origin of Samoyed
Examples from the Web for samoyed
Historical Examples of samoyed
Now, this seems at once to connect the Aino with the Samoyed and the Lapp.The Testimony of Tradition
The Samoyed shamans are, as a rule, the most intelligent and cunning of the whole race.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
Now the bow appears to have almost completely gone out of use, for we saw not a single Samoyed archer.
Mr. Serebrenikoff writes Samodin instead of Samoyed, considering the latter name incorrect.
These plains are early free of snow, and are covered with a rich turf, which yields good pasture to the Samoyed reindeer herds.
Word Origin for Samoyed
Siberian Mongolian people, 1580s, from Russian samoyed (11c.), traditionally literally "self-eaters," i.e. "cannibals" (the first element cognate with same, the second with eat), but this might be Russian folk etymology of a native name:
The common Russian etymology of the name Samoyed, meaning "self-eater," deepened the Russians' already exotic image of far-northerners. The most probable linguistic origin of Samoyed, however, is from the Saami -- saam-edne, "land of the people" [Andrei V. Golovnev and Gail Osherenko, "Siberian Survival: The Nenets and Their Story," Cornell University, 1999]
Which would make the name a variant of Suomi "Finn." The native name is Nenets. As the name of a type of dog (once used as a working dog in the Arctic) it is attested from 1889.