A Day for Days

A Day for Days

Subhadra M., Staff Writer

     Where did the name Wednesday come from, anyway? It can’t be random, it’s such a purposeful bundle of letters. Then, how did it come about? How did any of the days of the week’s names come about?

     Originally, the Babylonians and Romans named their days after the planets known to them. However, only three of the days of the week maintained this pattern. The rest of them followed a different system: Anglo-Saxon names of the Norse gods.


     Sunday – Well, this one isn’t that hard to understand. It’s the first one based on a celestial body. You see, it’s “Sun” and “Day”, just mashed together into one word.

     Monday – This one came as a surprise, seeing as how it’s our second planet day. If you separate the word into “Mon” and “Day”, it seems almost familiar. That’s because Monday is a shortened version of Moon Day.

     Tuesday – Tiu, or Tiw, is the Anglo-Saxon name for the Norse god Tyr, the god of justice and the formalities of war. So, it literally translates to Tyr’s Day.

     Wednesday – Odin is the supreme god of the Norse deities. The Anglo-Saxons called him Woden, hence the name “Wednesday”, from “Woden’s Day.”

     Thursday – If you’ve watched the Marvel franchise, you might have known about Odin. You definitely know about Thor, the god of thunder. His day is this one, Thursday, the one right before the beloved—

     Friday – Frigga, also mentioned in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the Norse goddess of love and beauty. That wonderful day we all look forward to? The one that signals the end of the week? It’s hers.

     Saturday – Here’s our third and final space day. Saturn, the Roman god of fun and feasting, is the one for whom the ringed planet is named. So, this is Saturn’s Day.

     That was an interesting tidbit, wouldn’t you agree? Even though we see these words all the time, we don’t put very much thought into them. Though they may not seem important, once you learn about the days of the week, you’re all the wiser!