Interesting Fact #11 – Earth Is the Only Planet Not Named After a God or Goddess


Most people believe that the planets in our solar system are named after Roman gods and goddesses. However, this is not the case for Earth. The name “Earth” is derived from the Old English word “eorþe” which means “ground” or “land.”

by David Stone

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Who was responsible for naming Earth?

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Earth in a way it could never be seen my us until the 20th Century./Photo by Pixabay on

Naming Earth is credited to the German astronomer Johannes Kepler. In 1610, he published a treatise entitled “On the Ellipse of the Planets.” In it, he proposed that the planets orbit the sun in an elliptical path. He also suggested that the name “Earth” would be more appropriate for our planet.

What Gods are the other planets named after?

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all named after Roman gods and goddesses. Mercury is the messenger god, Venus is the goddess of love and beauty, Mars is the god of war, Jupiter is the king of the gods, and Saturn is the god of agriculture.

Uranus and Neptune were both named after Greek gods. Uranus is the god of the sky and Neptune is the god of the sea.

Pluto was named after the Roman god of the underworld. However, it has since been classified as a “dwarf planet.”

What was Earth called before Kepler?

There is no record of what Earth was called before Kepler’s time. It is possible that it did not have a name or that the name has been lost to history. Since few people accepted the idea, then, of a solar system at all, it was just where we lived.

What is Earth called in the Bible and other older texts?

In the Bible, Earth is referred to as “the world” or “the cosmos.” In other older texts, it is sometimes called “Terra,” “Tellus,” or “Gaia.” These names are all derived from different languages and cultures.

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