(Greek, poieo, to make).
Skalds of Scandinavia (etym., scalla, to sing, Swedish, etc.)
Minnesingers of the Holy Empire (Germany), love-singers.
Troubadours of Provenee in France (troubar, to invent, in the proveneal dialect). Trouvères of Normandy (trouver, to invent, in the Walloon dialect).
Bards of Wales (bardgan, a song, Celtic).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894