From Old German sachs
, which means "Saxon". The Saxons were a Germanic
tribe, their name ultimately deriving from the Old Germanic word sahs
meaning "knife". Famous bearers of this surname include Hans Sachs (1494-1576), a German poet, and Nelly Sachs (1891-1970), a Swedish dramatist and poet, who was awarded in 1966 with the Nobel prize for literature, poetry and plays about the Jewish people.