Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “day maiden; bright day.”
Dagmar is from the Old Norse elements dag meaning “day” and maer meaning “maid.” Some modern Danish folk etymology link the name to dag meaning day and meri meaning “bright.” It has also been linked to the old Slavonic name, Dragomir meaning “dear peace, beloved peace.”
The name was borne by Dagmar of Denmark (1186-1212), also known as Markéta of Bohemia, Princess Dagmar of Denmark (1890-1961), Maria Federovna, also known as Dagmar of Denmark (1847-1928), Empress Consort of Russia.
Dagmar is also used in Iceland, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Other forms of the name include:
- Dagmara (Czech/Lithuanian/Polish/Slovak/Slovene)
- Dakmari/Dakmar (Finnish)
- Takmar/Takmari (Finnish)
- Dagmár (Old Norse)
- Dagmey (Old Norse)
- Dagmor (Old Norse)
- Dammei (Norwegian: dialectical form from Austlandt)
- Dargmara (Vendish)
Diminutive forms are Dagmaruška, Dáša, Daška, Dašenka, Dašička (Czech), Dagmarka (Czech/Polish), Didi (Scandinavian), Dada and Dadka (Slovakian).
Designated name-days are:
May 24 (Germany), September 27 (Denmark, Norway and Sweden), November 26 (Estonia), December 12 (Poland), December 20 (Czech Republic),