Posted by: Jack Henry | September 1, 2022

Editor’s Corner: Thor’s Day!

Hello, and happy day of Thor!

We Americans like Thor. I wonder why?

As with Tuesday and Wednesday, English has strayed from the Romance languages with our name for Thursday, too. According to

The first records of Thursday come from before 950. It comes from the Old English Thursdæg, from Old Danish Thūrsdagr, meaning “Thor‘s day.” This is a translation of (or is modeled on) the Latin term diēs Jovis, meaning “Jupiter’s day.” In many Germanic languages, the Roman god Jupiter was subbed out in favor of Thor, the hammer-wielding god of thunder in Norse mythology.

In Christianity, Holy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, marking the day on which the Last Supper is believed to have taken place.

In the U.S., the only national holiday to fall exclusively on a Thursday is Thanksgiving, which is observed on the fourth Thursday of November.

So, we have named our day after Thor, a hammer-wielding god associated with lightning, thunder, storms, sacred groves and trees, strength, the protection of mankind, hallowing, and fertility, according to Wikipedia. Similarly, the Romans, Spanish, French, Italian, and Romanians have named their Thursday after Jupiter, by Jove, the god of thunder, lighting, and the sky. Same god, same day, different names.

I hope you have a great day without too much hammer-wielding and thunder!

Thor, in battle

English Ancient Greek Roman Spanish French Italian Romanian
Sunday Day of the sun

(hemera helio)

Day of the sun

(dies Solis)

Domingo Dimanche Domenica Duminică
Monday Day of the moon

(hemera selenes)

Day of the moon

(dies Lunae)

Lunes Lundi Lunedi Luni
Tuesday Ares, war god Martis, war god Martes Mardi Martedì Marţi
Wednesday Hermes, messenger god Mercurii, messenger god Miércoles Mercredi Mercoledì Miercuri
Thursday Zeus, god of sky/thunder Jovis (Jove/Jupiter), sky and thunder god Jueves Jeudi Giovedì Joi
Friday Aphrodite, love goddess Veneris (Venus), love goddess Viernes Vendredit Venerdì Vineri
Kronos, time god
Saturn, father of Jupiter Sábado Samedi Sabato Sâmbătă

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