How Names are Named?



Have you known how your parents named you? Or do you know why skies are named skies and lands are land? How about wondering why there are cows and horses in the seas?

Well, there are different stories in every word. This is called etymology, the study of the history of how a word become a word. Your first name has an etymology that might be derived by your parents. Are you called Kathrina, Mandela, Elizabeth, Jackson, Einstein? There is also a history behind your name.

You might have difficulties now on how to name your new pet, or how to address your lover in a unique way? I’ll give you some hints on how to.

Physical Appearance

Sea Horse

Sea Horse

Words can be derived by how they look like. This is the same way as a seacow or a seahorse. These marine animals are called so because they have the same figure as the cows and horses, respectively, in land. However, they are on seas so the word sea. If you ask me how to apply this? Put an object on a table. Look back from the object then quickly face the object. Has it resembled another thing, is it an animal? You might want to call that object with that word. This is the same as looking at the sky and look out for some clouds. Then you imagine objects that have the same formation like a bear cloud, a train cloud, or a tree cloud.



Though this is not always the case on some words, this is a way of calling things by affixing or using the names of places where they were discovered. An example is the element Californium. Californium was first made in the University of California. Thus, calling it Californium. How about siberian tigers? They are called such because they flock in Siberia. Have you discovered a vase that is only seen in your place, like India? You might want to call it Indianavasia. Just an idea.

Founders or Significant Persons

This is very common during the ancient times. They usually call things after important persons or probably after persons’ names. Since Galileo Galilei is a significant aura for astronomy, they called a planetarium after him which is Planetario Galileo Galilei found in Argentina. Some countries are also named after important persons. An example is the Philippines which was named after King Philip II of Spain.


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