Who Is Wednesday Named For?

Where did the name Wednesday come from?

Surprise, surprise … Wednesday Addams wasn’t the originator of the name.

In fact, the name Wednesday actually derives from two mighty but distinct gods. The Old English word for Wednesday indicates that the day was named for the Germanic god Woden. In Romance languages, the name is derived from the Roman god Mercury. (For example, Wednesday is mercredi in French and miercuri in Romanian.)

The gods Woden (also known as Odin) and Mercury have been associated since Scandinavian and Roman cultures crossed paths. Under Woden’s supervision, the earth and sky were created from the dead body of a giant named Ymir. Woden also created the first man and woman from an ash tree and an alder. As if fashioning the human race wasn’t enough, Woden also established the laws of the universe.

Mercury was the messenger to the gods, along with being the patron of science, the arts, travelers, and athletes. Today, he is one of the most widely recognized gods. Usually, he’s depicted wearing a winged helmet and sandals.

How did Wednesday become hump day?

Starting around 1965, Wednesday began being referred to as hump day. Smack dab in the middle of the traditional work week, arriving at Wednesday symbolizes that we’ve made it over the hump (once the day is complete, at least) and the weekend is in sight.

It’s the perfect day to learn more about the word Wednesday. Visit our article to get more insight on the meaning and uses of Wednesday.

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Those meddlesome mythological gods have a hand in other days of the week, too. Want to know more? Take a look at the might behind Thursday.