Naming the days of the week

The ancient Babylonians, then the Romans, named the days of the week after planets and other bodies they saw in the sky. Some names we know today come from the names of Scandinavian gods.

  • Monday

Moon’s day

  • Tuesday

Tiu’s day: Mars, the Roman god of war, was adopted in Scandinavian mythology as the warrior Tiu or Tiw.

  • Wednesday

Woden’s day: the Roman god mercury became the Scandinavian god Woden.

  • Thursday

Thor’s day: like the Roman god Jupiter, Thor was a thunder god.

  • Friday

Freyja’s day: like Venus, freyja or Frigg was the goddess of love.

  • Saturday

Saturn’s day

  • Sunday

Sun’s day