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Origin and Meaning of Twig

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  • A submission from Louisiana, United States says the name Twig means "A gift of nature.".
  • A user from Michigan, United States says the name Twig is of English origin and means "more powerful than god herself".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Twig
To twitch; to pull; to tweak.

Etymology: Cf. Tweak

verb Twig
  1. To understand the meaning of; to comprehend; as, do you twig me?(Colloq)
  2. To observe slyly; also, to perceive; to discover."Now twighim; now mind him." [Foote.]"As if he were looking right into your eyes and twigged something there which you had half a mind to conceal." [Hawthorne.]

Etymology: Gael. tuig, or Ir. tuigim I understand

noun Twig
A small shoot or branch of a tree or other plant, of no definite length or size.

Etymology: AS. twig; akin to D. twijg, OHG. zwīg zwī, G. zweig, and probably to E. two

verb Twig
To beat with twigs.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small branch or division of a branch (especially a terminal division); usually applied to branches of the current or preceding year
  2. Branch out in a twiglike manner ("The lightning bolt twigged in several directions")
  3. Understand, usually after some initial difficulty

From Middle English twig, twyg, from Old English twīg, from Proto-Germanic *twīgą (compare West Frisian twiich, Dutch twijg, German Zweig), from Proto-Indo-European *dwigʰa (compare Old Church Slavonic двигъ (dvigŭ, “branch”), Albanian degë (“branch”)), from *dwóh₁. More at two.

  1. A small thin branch of a tree or bush.
    They used and leaves as a base to start the fire.

From Irish and Scottish Gaelic tuig (“to understand”).

Compare tweak.

    Notable Persons Named Twig

    Twig the Fairy is a children's literature and fantasy author. Twig is also known as Twig Oaklyn Flewinia Thistlebottom.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Twig

    Slim Twig is an indie rock and pop rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Slim was given the name Max Turnbull in 1988 in Toronto.


    Joe Little Twig was a football player for the Oorang Indians, Rock Island Independents, Akron Pros, and Canton Bulldogs. Joe was born in 1893 in Hogansburg, New York. He breathed his last breath on March 6th, 1939.


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    Fun Facts about the name Twig

    • How Popular is the name Twig? Twig is the 84,066th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Twig have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Twig in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Twig? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Twig first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Twig is Friday, August 16th, 1895.
    • What year had the most people named Twig born? The highest recorded use of the first name Twig was in 1955 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Twig: Your name in reverse order is Giwt. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wtgi. How do you pronounce that?

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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