Word Origin & History
the flowering plant Myosotis palustris, 1530s, from O.Fr. ne m'oubliez mye; in 15c. the flower was supposed to ensure that those wearing it should never be forgotten by their lovers. Similar loan-translations took the name into other languages, cf. Ger. Vergißmeinnicht, Swed. forgätmigej,
Hungarian nefelejcs, Czech nezabudka.