English form of the Polish name Kazimierz
, derived from the Slavic element kazic
"to destroy" combined with mer
"great" or mir
"peace". Four kings of Poland have borne this name, including Casimir III the Great, who greatly strengthened the Polish state in the 14th century. It was also borne Saint
Casimir, a 15th-century Polish prince and a patron saint of Poland and Lithuania. The name was imported into Western Europe via Germany, where it was borne by some royalty.