-marc, e; f:
-marce, -mearce, -merce, an; f.
DENMARK; Dānia, Cimbrĭca Chersonēsus = Χερσόνησσs, f. a land island, peninsula; from χέρσos, χέρρos land, and νήσos, oτ; f. an island
[Dene the Danes,
-denu a plain, vale, valley;
and mearc a boundary.
The Saxon Chronicle, in 1005, 1023, 1036, has Denemearc; Denmearc, in 10l9, 1075; Denmarc, in 1070 and 1119. In Danish mark signifies a country;
hence Denmark the low country of the Danes:
so Finmark the low country of the Finns.
Wulfstan [Alfred, A. D. 892] is the most early writer hitherto known, who mentions Denmark] :-- Wulfstán sǽde ðæt he gefóre of Hǽðum. Weonoþland him wæs on steór-bord, and on bæc-bord him wæs Langa land, and Lǽland, and Falster, and Scon-ég; and ðás land eall hýraþ to Denemearcan Wulfstan said that he went from Haddeby. He had Weonodland on the right, and Langland, Laaland, Falster, and Sconey on his left; and all these lands belong to Denmark,
Ors. 1, 1; Bos. 21, 39, 41-43, Ða ígland in Denemearce hýraþ these islands belong to Denmark,
1, 1; Bos. 21, 38.