We saw how the Hebrew weekdays have no names (except Shabbat). The secular weekday
names, however, have very different and unbiblical origins. Every day name is
associated with a planet and a pagan god.
|Dan. - Danish
||L. - Latin
|D. - Dutch or Belgic
||Sax. - Saxon or Anglo-Saxon
|Fr. - French
||Sp. - Spanish
|G. - German
||Sw. - Swedish
|Ir. - Irish, Hiberno-Celtic, and
||W. - Welsh
|It. - Italian
The information (shown in black) in the "Origins of Name" column comes from Noah
Webster's original 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.
G. sonntag; D. zondag; Dan. söndag; Sw. sondag; so called
because this day was anciently dedicated to the sun, or to its worship.]
The first day of the week.
D. maandag; G. nontag; moon and day; being formerly sacred to
that planet.] The second day of the week.
Dan. Tirsdag; D. Dingsdag; G. Dingstag; Sax. Tiwæsdæg or Tuesdæg,
from Tig, Tiig, or Tuisco, the Mars of our ancestors, the deity that
presided over combats, strife and litigation. Hence Tuesday is court day, assize
day; the day for combat or commencing litigation.
The third day of the week.
Woden's day; Sw. Odenstag or Onsdag; from Wodin or Odin, a
deity or chief among the northern nations of Europe.]
The fourth day of the week.
that is, Thor's day, the day consecrated to Thor, the god of thunder
answering to the Jove of the Greeks and Romans, L. dies Jovis; It. Giovedi;
Sp. Jueves; Fr. Jeudi. So in G. donnerstag, D. donderdag,
thunderday. This Thor is from the root of W. taran, thunder; taraw,
to strike, hit or produce a shock; Gaelic, Ir. toirn, a great noise; toirneas,
thunder. The root of the word signifies to drive, to fush, to strike. In Sw. thorndon
The fifth day of the week
goddess Frigg or Freia
G. freitag; D. vrydag; from Frigga, the Venus of the north; D. vrouw,
G. frau, Ir. frag, a woman.]
The sixth day of the week, formerly consecrated to Frigga.
Roman god Saturn
D. Saturdag; Saturn's day.]
The last day of the week;
the day next preceding the sabbath.
The day of the Sabbath.
March, 2003 Adar II, 5763
Updated: June 2019 • Sivan 5779
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