Why turkey has the same name as Turkey
late 14c., probably a frequentative form, of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests Old Norse strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Dutch struikelen, German straucheln "to stumble." Related: Struggled; struggling.
1690s, from struggle (v.).
To have difficulty winning or holding the pace; be in athletic travail: Mets struggling; Cardinals soaring/ Lendl Struggles to WinRelated Terms
[1970s+ Sports; in the general sense ''strive despite difficulties,'' found by 1597]