mid-15c., fertil, "bearing or producing abundantly," from Old French fertil (15c.) and directly from Latin fertilis "bearing in abundance, fruitful, productive," from ferre "to bear" (from PIE root *bher- (1) "to carry," also "to bear children"). Fertile Crescent (1914) was coined by U.S. archaeologist James H. Breasted (1865-1935) of University of Chicago in "Outlines of European History," Part I.
1660s, "exalted, honored, ranking as a dignitary," past-participle adjective from dignify. By 1812 in the sense of "having a dignified manner, marked with dignity; of noble bearing; grave or stately."
also chincapin, chinquapin, "small tree or shrub of eastern U.S., bearing a nut like the chestnut," 1610s, from < chechinquamins >, a word in a central Atlantic coast Algonquian language,