This website covers the history, etymology
and background information on mermaids but more specifically deals
with mermaid tails showing the different types available to buy
Overview & Etymology
The mermaid has, for hundreds of years, been one of folklore’s most
popular creatures, with myths and legends related to the mermaid
appearing in art and literature from a number of different cultures
spanning the globe. With the upper body of a beautiful female and
the tail of a fish, these enticing mythological beings spark the
imagination of all with a love of the sea.
The term “mermaid” first derived from Old English, when the words
for “sea” and “girl” – mere and maid – were combined to describe
tales of unusual sightings passed around sea ports by sailors.
According to these sailors, their ships were approached by beautiful
young women who frolicked in the waves and invited love struck
seafarers to join them; although if the unfortunate Romeos chose to
dive over the edge of their boats, they were never heard from again.
Yet whilst many stories tell of the dangerous and malicious aspect
of a mermaid’s character, whereby schools of mermaids sang their
siren song to guide ships onto rocks or shoals, there are even more
tales claiming mermaids are in fact benign and helpful beings.
Sailors often told of mermaids delivering gifts such as shells or
pearls from the ocean floor, rescuing crewmates who fell overboard
or even falling in love with the humans that seemed to pique their
curiosity so much.
In recent years, those investigating potential mermaid sightings
have expressed an interesting theory that brave explorers, including
Christopher Columbus, did not in fact chance upon beautiful women
lurking below the waves. They believe that the legendary mermaids
were in fact Sirenia, an order of aquatic herbivorous mammals which
manatees and dugongs belong to. While this may explain the flash of
tail fins viewed in passing, it certainly doesn’t explain the female
upper body with the long, flowing hair – leaving many secure in the
belief that these magical, ocean dwelling creatures exist even