Have you ever wondered why the Earth, our planet, is called that? What is the reason? The truth is that we do not know the answer. The name “Earth” is derived from the English and German words, ‘eor (th) e / ertha’ and ‘erde’, respectively, which mean land, dry land or country. But, the creator of the word is completely unknown.
We know an interesting fact about its name: Earth is the only planet that was not named after a Greek or Roman god. For example, Saturn was named after the god of agriculture and harvest in Roman mythology and the name Jupiter comes from the King of the Roman gods. According to Roman mythology, the son of Saturn and Cybele, is the main deity of the Roman gods.
Why didn’t our planet get a name from classical mythology like Venus or Uranus? Because, for many of the people of the ancient world, the Earth was not a regular planet or celestial object, like Mars, Neptune or Mercury, that we could observe in the night sky. The notion that the Earth was at the center of the solar system, and indeed of the entire universe, did not begin to take hold until Nicholas Copernicus proposed that the planets revolve around the Sun. Including the Earth. Recall that the posthumous publication in 1543 of the book From Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium. it would mark the beginning of the so-called ‘Copernican revolution’.
The earth considered as a planet was called this way from 1400 AD Use in ancient chemistry dates back to 1728.
Earth is the largest of the four rocky inner planets, and the densest planet in the solar system. We often like to think of our world as a land in which oceans, seas, rivers and lakes cover about 71% of the planet’s surface. And, for the moment, it remains the only place in the universe that we know of that harbors life.
Returning to the etymology of our planet, do you know the origin of the name of your country? And from other countries? Today we take a trip through the past of the names of the countries of our globe starting with Europe.
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