What is the history and origin of words known as?
I believe that "Etymology" is the answer you're looking for...
It is likely that History does not record the origin of Democracy. The Greeks and Romans were known to have elections yet the eligible voters of these societies were only a small percentage of the people. Machiavelli in "Discourses on Livy" suggest that democracies have existed for as long as history was recorded. John Lock in his "Second Trieste on Government" suggest that democracy may be the oldest form of government outside of a Patriarchy.
Antoine Monastier has written: 'A history of the Vaudois Church from its origin, and the Vaudois of Piedmont to the present day' 'A history of the Vaudois church from its origin, and of the Vaudois of Piedmont to the present day' 'A history of the Vaudois church' -- subject- s -: History, Persecution, Waldenses
The branch of ethical theory that considers the origin and meaning of ethical prinicples is known as?
Are you looking for the absolute origin or just an old example to use as a reference? Absolute origin will be understandably difficult to determine, but if that's your quest then I suggest multi-cultural history professors as a starting block. The earliest known form of aggressive linguistic imperialism will at minimum go back thousands of years.
Victor Duruy has written: 'Histoire de France' -- subject(s): History 'Ancient history of the East' -- subject(s): Ancient History 'Histoire de France' -- subject(s): Accessible book 'Notes et souvenirs (1811-1894) ..' 'A history of Greece' -- subject(s): History 'Petite histoire greque' -- subject(s): Juvenile literature, History 'History of Rome and the Roman people, from its origin to the establishment of the Christian empire' -- subject(s): History 'Histoire des Romains' -- subject(s): History 'History of Greece…