Sorrel Name Meaning & Origin

Sorrel

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It is a name for a botanical/herbal plant as well as a large boot company.

Sorrel is also a reddish-tan color, about the color of a new penny. Sorrel is a term used to describe copper-red chestnut horses.

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- A copper-red shade for a horse's coat.

From Middle English *sorel, from Old French *sorel, sorrel, surrel, from Old French sor ‎(“yellowish-brown, reddish-brown”), probably from Old Frankish *saur ‎(“dried”), from Proto-Germanic *sauzaz ‎(“dry”), from Proto-Indo-European *saus- ‎(“dry, parched”); equivalent to sore ‎(“reddish-brown”) +‎ -el ‎(diminutive suffix). Cognate with Middle Dutch soor ‎(“dry”), Old High German sōrēn ‎(“to become dry”), and Old English sēar ‎(“withered, barren”).

- A kind of plant with acidic leaves, especially Rumex acetosa (common sorrel), sometimes used as a salad vegetable.
- The roselle, Hibiscus sabdariffa.
- A drink, consumed especially in the Caribbean around Christmas, made from the flowers of Hibiscus sabdariffa: hibiscus tea.

From Middle English sorel, from Old French sorel, surele ‎(“sorrel”), from Old French sur ‎(“sour”), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *sūraz ‎(“sour”); equivalent to sour +‎ -el ‎(diminutive suffix). Compare Old English sūre ‎(“sorrel”), Icelandic súra ‎(“sorrel”), Dutch zuring ‎(“sorrel”).

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Sorrell Brooke, who played "Boss Hogg" on the TV show "The Dukes of Hazard."

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Hetty Sorrel, a major character in George Eliot's novel Adam Bede
Sorrel Blackbeak, Manon's third in commond and part of the Thirteen in Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series

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