The origins of the names given to the days of the week in the Western calendar are traced back to a number of different beliefs and sources.
The name ‘Monday’ is Roman in origin and means “Moon’s Day”.
The word ‘Tuesday’ comes from old German and derived from “Tyr’s Day”. Tyr is a Germanic-Norse god of war and sky.
The name ‘Wednesday’ is derived from the Norse “Woden’s Day” or “Odin’s Day”. Odin is the Nordic all-father god and master of the runes.
The world ‘Thursday’ comes from the Norse “Thor’s Day”. Thor is the Nordic god of battle and strength.
It is thought that the name ‘Friday’ could come from the Nordic phrase “Frigg’s Day”. Frigg was Odin’s wife and a fertility goddess. The name may also derive from “Frey’s Day” a god who could not battle in Ragnarok after the mortal Skirnir lost Frey’s sword.
The name ‘Saturday’ has an origin in “Saturn’s Day”. In Roman mythology Saturn is the father of the god Jupiter.
Sunday is Roman in origin and means ‘Sun Day’.
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