Who have the name to our planet, the Earth?
Have you ever wondered where the names of the planets in our Solar System come from?
Our planetary system is believed to be approximately 4.5 billion years old. It has 8 planets, which are divided into two classifications – inner planets and outer planets. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune are all named after Roman gods and goddesses. Uranus and the dwarf planet Pluto are named after figures from the Greek mythology – one is the god of the skies and the other one is the ruler of the underworld (also known as Hades). However, our own planet isn’t named after a Roman or a Greek deity.
Actually, we don’t know who named our planet “Earth”, how, why and when. The planet’s name is actually derived from two words – an old English noun and a root coming from proto-German. They both mean “ground” or “land”. The other two common names for our planet, Gaia and Terra, come from the names of the mythological Roman goddess Terra (or Tellus) and the Ancient Greek goddess Gaia (or Gaea). It is also believed that the name was derived from a personified goddess, which was worshipped by the followers of the ancient Germanic paganism. In other languages from all over the world the words used to name our planet also mean “soil” or “ground”.
In reality, there is absolutely no preserved document of any form, which can state for sure who named our planet, nor why we decided to call it Earth. However, we do know one thing for sure. Our home is the only planet in the Solar System, which has not been named after one Greek or Roman deity, unlike the other big planets, their moons, and the dwarf plants.