In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?
Some say that the term caddie was originally coined by Mary Queen of Scots in 1552. She may have been the first female to play the game of golf. When she was going to school in France during her youth, it was traditional for French military cadets to carry the clubs of royalty. The cadets carrying golf clubs actually came to be called caddies due to the French language. The word cadet in French is pronounced "ca-dee," thus the term. The term traveled to Scotland when Mary returned there in 1561.
The word caddie comes from the gascon Occitan capdth or capdet, meaning chief then younger boy (become cadet in French and refers to the Cadets de Gascogne, the captains serving in the French army in the 15th century were the youngest sons of the aristocratic families of Gascony). The term caddie or cadie first appeared in the English language in the ye ...more