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How Did The Days of the Week Get Their Names,Learn What Thursday and Wednesday is Referred to?

Updated on November 10, 2015

Name of The Days of The Week

Have you ever wonder how the days of the week got their name, and what the name mite stand for? Did you know that Thursday is sometimes called thirsty or thirstday.  Names of the days were named after Norse gods and objects in the sky which were planets. The names originally came from the Greeks and Romans. The English language has inherited and changed these names to what they are today. Did you know that Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday were named after gods. And Saturday, Sunday, Monday were name after planets.

Monday is named after the Moon in many languages.
Monday is named after the Moon in many languages.


Monday derived sometime before 1200 from monedaei, which itself developed from Old English (around 1000) monandaeg and mondæg (literally meaning "moon's day"),

A number of songs feature Monday, often as a day of depression, anxiety, or melancholy. For example, "Monday, Monday" (1966) from the Mamas & the Papas, "Rainy Days and Mondays" (1971) from the Carpenters, "I Don't Like Mondays" (1979) from the Boomtown Rats, and "Manic Monday" (1986) from the Bangles.

The god Tr or Tiw, identified with Mars, after whom Tuesday is named.
The god Tr or Tiw, identified with Mars, after whom Tuesday is named.


The name Tuesday derives from the Old English "Tiwesdeag" and literally means "Tiw's Day". Tiw is the Old English form of the Proto-Germanic god Tîwaz, or Tyr in Norse, a god of war and law. Tiw, is a protector of mines, lakes, and rivers. It is closely related to the Aymara deity of Anchanchu, a terrible demon which haunts caves, rivers, and other isolated places.

Tuesday is the usual day for elections in the United States. Federal elections take place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November; this date was established by a law of 1845 for presidential elections (specifically for the selection of the Electoral College), and was extended to elections for the House of Representatives in 1875 and for the Senate in 1914.

Tuesday was the earliest day of the week which was practical for polling in the early nineteenth century: citizens might have to travel for a whole day to cast their vote, and would not wish to leave on Sunday which was a day of worship for the great majority of them.

In the United States and Canada, most home video and audio releases for purchase or rental occur on Tuesdays

The god Woden, after whom 'Wednesday' was named."Odin, the Wanderer"
The god Woden, after whom 'Wednesday' was named."Odin, the Wanderer"


The name is derived from Old English Wōdnesdaeg and Middle English Wodnesday, which means "Woden's day".

Woden in Modern English, is the head god in English heathenism,
Woden was worshipped during the Migration period, until the 7th or 8th century, when Germanic paganism was gradually replaced by Christianity.

Wednesday is sometimes referred to as "hump day"

The English god Thunor (the Norse Thor), after whom Thursday is named, by Mrten Eskil Winge, 1872
The English god Thunor (the Norse Thor), after whom Thursday is named, by Mrten Eskil Winge, 1872


The name is derived from Old English punresdaeg and Middle English Thuresday, which means "Thunor's day".

Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, destruction, fertility, healing, death, and the protection of mankind.

Thursday is sometimes referred to as "Friday Eve" in anticipation for the end of the work week on Friday.

In high schools in the United States during the 1960s, it was widely believed that if someone wore green on Thursdays, it meant that they were gay.

For college and university students, Thursday is sometimes referred to as the new Friday. There are often fewer classes on Fridays and more opportunities to hold parties on Thursday night and sleep in on Friday. Some call Thursday "thirstday" or "thirsty Thursday".

Frigg spinning the clouds
Frigg spinning the clouds


The name Friday comes from the Old English frigedaeg, meaning the "day of Frige".

Frigg is a major goddess in Norse paganism (Norse paganism is a term used to describe the religious traditions which were common amongst the Germanic tribes living in Nordic countries prior to and during the Christianization of Northern Europe).

Frigg is often associated with weaving, combining the aspects of a love goddess and a domestic goddess She is also described as having the power of prophecy yet she does not reveal what she knows.

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter in the Christian calendar. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus.

Black Friday refers to any one of several historical disasters that happened on Fridays.

Black Friday is also the nickname of the day after Thanksgiving, the first day of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

Casual Friday is a relaxation of the formal dress code employed by some corporations for that one day of the week.



It was named no later than the second century for the planet (Saturn),which controlled the first hour of that day according to Vettius Valens (was a second-century Hellenistic astrologer). The planet was named for the Roman god of agriculture Saturn (Latin Saturnus). It has been called dies Saturni ("Saturn's Day"), through which form it entered into Old English as Saeternesdaeg and gradually evolved into the word "Saturday".

Saturday is the only day of the week in which the English name comes from Roman mythology. The English names of all of the other days of the week come from Germanic polytheism.(Germanic paganism refers to the theology and religious practices of the Germanic peoples of north-western Europe from the Iron Age up until their Christianization during the Mediaeval period.)

In some parts of the world such as the Middle East, North Africa, most of North America, and Southeast Asia, many people view Saturday as the seventh day of the week.

Saturday morning is a notable television time block aimed at children while airing generally animated cartoons.

It is common for clubs, bars and restaurants to be open later on Saturday night than on other nights. Thus "Saturday Night" has come to imply the party scene, and has lent its name to the films Saturday Night Fever, which showcased New York discotheques, Uptown Saturday Night,
Saturday night is also a popular time slot for comedy shows on television. The most famous of these is Saturday Night Live, a skit show that has aired on NBC nearly every week since 1975.

In folklore, Saturday was the preferred day to hunt vampires, because on that day they were restricted to their coffins. It was also believed in the Balkans ( is a geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe) that someone born on Saturday could see a vampire when it was otherwise invisible, and that such people were particularly apt to become vampire hunters.

The amount of criminal activities that take place on Saturday nights has led to the expression, "Saturday night special" a slang term used in the United States and Canada for any inexpensive handgun.

A depiction of Mni, the personified moon, and his sister Sl, the personified sun
A depiction of Mni, the personified moon, and his sister Sl, the personified sun


Sunday derived sometime before 1250 from sunedai, which itself developed from Old English before 700 Sunnandaeg (literally meaning "sun's day").

Christians usually called Sunday the Lord's Day because they observed it as a weekly memorial of Jesus Christ's resurrection.

Sunday is a day of rest in many countries of the world.

Only those months beginning on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.

Most NASCAR Sprint Cup and IndyCar events are held on Sundays.

Many American and British daily newspapers publish a larger edition on Sundays, which often includes color comic strips, a magazine, and a coupon section.


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