Word Geek – Sunday

This month Word Geek explores the origins of the word ‘Sunday’. The word itself originates from Latin ‘dies solis’ which translated into Old English as ‘Sunnandaeg’, meaning ‘day of the sun’, before evolving into ‘Sunday’, the modern word we use today.

There are similarities with the Dutch word for Sunday ‘zondag’ and the German word ‘Sonntag’. One source says the word came from the Romans who named the days of the week after planets and deities. Sunday was said to have been named after the biggest heavenly deity of all, the sun. However, it is also said that Germanic and Norse mythology personifies the sun as a goddess called ‘Sunna’ or ‘Sól’ and this is where the original naming of ‘day of the sun’ is said to have come from.

Stay tuned for next month’s Word Geek where we’ll be investigating the origins of another week day name. In the meantime, if you require any help with translation, coding or proofreading don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly team on +44 1727 862722.


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