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Does anyone know who first named our planet "earth"?

Asked by spartacus (11points) November 30th, 2008 from iPhone

I just read somewhere that it’s the only planet not named for a god. Anyway, that got me to think about the origin of the name “earth”.

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Vincentt's avatar

Wikipedia to the rescue!

“The first photograph ever taken of an “Earthrise,” on Apollo 8.

The name Earth was derived from the Anglo-Saxon word erda, which means ground or soil. It became eorthe in Old English, then erthe in Middle English.[126]”

(See the sources references at that link)

fireside's avatar

Random factoid: write EARTH repeatedly in a circle and looks like HEART written repeatedly in a circle.

AstroChuck's avatar

Harvey Blankenship of Middlesex. It was for a “name this planet” contest at his local pub.
Oh! He won a pint of ale and a goat.

lefteh's avatar

AC, you make me happy.

bythebay's avatar

<—-is envious of Harvey Blankenship & AC, too!

gailcalled's avatar

And here is the goat;

Lefteh and BtB; be careful of what you wish for. :-)

KatawaGrey's avatar

Actually, a little known (at least by english speakers, I don’t know how it is with non-english speakers) name for our planet is Gaea. Gaea is not technically a god but she is a titan. I believe she is Zeus/Jupiter’s mother. :)

bythebay's avatar

gail, you made me laugh out loud! Point well made.

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