An exmaple of a derringer pistol.
Origin of derringerafter Henry Deringer 1786-1868, United States gunsmith
Origin of derringerAfter Henry Deringer, (1786–1868), American gunsmith.
The spelling and capitalisation of the word has varied since the pistols were first designed, with Deringer being the original usage. In the late 1850s, misspellings added a double R to the name, Derringer, which remained capitalised. Lower case versions of both spellings were in use soon after. The fifth edition Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in 1937 lists the now common spelling of derringer with lower case D and a single R.
Named after gunsmith Henry Deringer Junior.