Tattoo - Wikipedia

The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a loanword from the Samoan word tatau, meaning "to strike". The Oxford English Dictionary gives the etymology of tattoo as "In 18th c. tattaow, tattow. From Polynesian (Samoan, Tahitian, Tongan, etc.) tatau.In Marquesan, tatu."Before the importation of the Polynesian word, the practice of tattooing had been described in the West as painting ...…

The Origin of the Word Tattoo - Tattoo.com

The study of word origins are very interesting because throughout the world there were many similar words for the same thing and it’s hard to say where something originated. Depending on where you look, the word tattoo was spawned from the sound of the tapping made by the primitive instruments while the images were being made on the skin.…