Is Friday named after a beautiful goddess with a chariot pulled by cats? Well . . .

Who is Friday named after?

In a world that knows too many details about unimportant matters, one would think that our collective expertise could be certain about something as essential as the days of the week. There is, however, a scholarly debate regarding which goddess of love in Norse mythology is the namesake of “Friday.” To complicate matters, it may be that Frigg (or Frigga) and Freyja  were at one point one goddess, or at least stemmed from the same one. It’s a headache.

Here’s a dollop of the facts we know about both divinities.

Frigg is the queen of Asgard, the capital city of the Norse gods. She is a major goddess, and most myths focus on her roles as a wife and mother. Frigg is also said to be prophetic. Like her husband Odin, Frigg sometimes sits in a high seat called Hliðskjálf. From there she can look into other worlds.

Freyja, which is Old Norse for the “Lady,” has many associations, which include fertility, gold, and death. She rides a chariot that is driven by two cats. When she’s not in her chariot, she’s also known to hitch a ride on a boar she owns called Hildisvíni.

(Have you ever considered why, given that September means “seven” and October means “eight,” these are the ninth and tenth months? Learn the reason, here.)

Friday is also associated with the planet Venus. In most Romance languages, the word for Friday derives from dies Veneris, which in Latin means “day of Venus.” For example, in Romanian Friday is vineri, and in French it is vendredi.

Is Tuesday really named for a one-handed god? More about that, here.


  1. Bill -  December 15, 2015 - 12:25 am

    How very very glad am I
    To realize today is Fri.
    To know, because tomorrow’s Sat.,
    This is a place I won’t be at.

    • Juliette -  January 16, 2016 - 3:25 pm

      Nice poem!

    • Lauren -  January 18, 2016 - 7:47 pm


    • Ellie -  February 24, 2016 - 6:58 am

      This is such a good poem! The next thing I know you’ll have your own book and this will be in it. Keep creating!
      This describes my life perfectly!

    • joel -  June 7, 2016 - 8:39 pm

      liking and sharing!

    • Bobby -  August 17, 2016 - 12:46 am

      Lol nice poem u poetic dude

      • Bobby -  August 17, 2016 - 12:47 am

        U stole me fing name

    • Angel -  September 13, 2016 - 9:58 am

      Unfortunately, today is Tues. :(

    • Liam Voss -  September 30, 2016 - 6:54 am

      Amen, brother :)

    • Levi Goff -  November 11, 2016 - 2:29 am

      I am a writer, you’re a writer I have a ton of compliments for ya. You are successful because you demonstrate skill, artistry, experience and I know money helps when you’re a writer and I also know you could sell books of poetry easily. I like to bring mine to open mic nights at bars and will be making videos of it with a link to download the document I saved it as when I wrote it. My philosophy is that good work and productive efforts proves a point in an honest working society and you have inspired me. The fact that I have faith in your talent should inspire you to keep going. If all your poems were this format, I’d pay $.99 for each poem and you’d be on the market doing business. Thanks for the poem and keep showing dedication.

  2. H -  December 3, 2015 - 5:34 pm

    Oh hai…

  3. Bill -  March 10, 2015 - 3:43 pm

    What were the cats names?

    • Jack -  May 7, 2015 - 5:43 am

      Bygul and Trjegul

      • Andrew -  May 13, 2015 - 10:51 pm

        I thought they were Mr Ruffles and Sir Purrs-a-lot

        • Stu -  June 19, 2015 - 7:56 am

          Funniest thing I’ve read all day!

        • Emily -  October 7, 2015 - 12:12 pm

          Immature, LDShadowladyish names…

          • Nancy Noonan -  April 30, 2016 - 8:36 am

            Emily-I apologise for the intellectual trespasses from those not as literarily gifted as yourself. Please try to make allowances for who find humor using simplicity. I know that from your lofty position that may be difficult, but don’t despair. I’m sure we’ll all be happy to help.

        • Mr.Cringe -  October 6, 2016 - 7:48 am

          “The cats Mr Ruffles and Sir Purrs-a-lot shall pull my chariot today!” says Freyja her servants.

    • Angel -  September 13, 2016 - 9:59 am

      Muffin and Sir Fluffs

      • Angel -  September 13, 2016 - 10:02 am

        I love cats ;)

  4. Alfric -  October 20, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Many texts show the ancient English word for “Friday” as frīġedæġ. Knowing the pronunciation of the “g” in this word as something more like a “y” would be pronounced today in the word “young,” you get something like “freeya day” as the pronunciation. So if the Anglo Saxons did at one time have a goddess corresponding to Frejya, you could argue they were saying “Frejya’s Day.” Btw, todæġ is Monandæġ, and tōmorgen biþ Tiwesdæġ. Wesaþ hāle!

    • Sarah -  May 3, 2015 - 3:23 pm

      Very cool, Alfric! I’m so glad I took a class on the works of Geoffrey Chaucer; it helped me decode your last two sentences. :)

    • Bobby -  August 17, 2016 - 12:49 am

      Fresh Avocado? Fre-Sha-vaka-do

      • Angel -  September 13, 2016 - 10:04 am

        Huh? >:(

        • Person -  September 30, 2016 - 4:55 am

          It’s a meme.

          • MemeLorde -  November 16, 2016 - 1:47 pm

            Yes, a very good meme

  5. Trolls -  October 3, 2014 - 6:58 pm
  6. Realname -  August 23, 2014 - 11:26 am

    I’m pretty sure Friday is named after an English goddess, not a Norse one.

    Sure, they’re basically the same god, but still, this article makes it seem like the English decided to honour a foreign interpretation of their local goddness.

    • bailey -  October 3, 2014 - 7:13 am

      how do you guys know this stuff is true it might be just a myth but if you guys are right that’s so cool.

      • Person -  September 30, 2016 - 4:56 am

        Myths don’t have to be true, they are just stories

    • chris -  October 3, 2014 - 7:46 am

      I read that it is Venus!!!!!

    • abofa -  February 22, 2015 - 6:38 pm

      Realname, You say this as if when language was forming that England must have been populated by a bunch of patriotic “hail to the king” types. But if you think about it, WHO populated England – The Angles and the Saxons and leftover Vikings. etc – all trying to figure out how to communicate, and the languages were evolving from Old Norse, German, Latin, and I don’t know what else… but it wasn’t a bunch of old men sitting around a table saying, “well, you know, Jeeves, we have some goddesses of our own, don’t we? Let’s ring over to Downton Abbey and see what THEY think about naming our days, shall we?” I mean, really?? Were they even called “The English” when the days were named? I dunno…

    • Random Guy -  March 31, 2015 - 11:10 pm

      Friday is named after Frigg in some languages, Freyja in some other languages and Venus in other languages.

      I’m pretty sure in English, Friday is named after Frigg

      I may be wrong though

  7. kek tarifleri -  September 8, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    never heard this word. Some have argued that Frigg & Freyja are the same god. Frigg is the highest goddess

  8. SkythekidRS -  April 29, 2013 - 7:03 am

    Butter hair

    • ninjabob201 -  October 3, 2014 - 8:55 am

      Sky!! You use dictionaries? I thought those were to old school for you.

    • Emily -  October 7, 2015 - 12:15 pm

      You are not Sky.

  9. Randolph Betsch -  September 14, 2012 - 10:08 am

    This definition, or etymological attempt, is interesting. Several Norse Gods have been credited with origin of Friday. The three most common are: Frigg, Freyja & Freyr. Some have argued that Frigg & Freyja are the same god. Frigg is the highest goddess of the Æsir, Odins wife. Freyja is the highest goddess of the Vanir and her brother Freyr. In Old Norse the day is: Frjádagr. I’ll let you arrive at your own conclusions, we could discuss this all day.

  10. Kayla Jupiter -  September 14, 2012 - 5:51 am

    I love when we have hot word of the deyy this one 2day is a little wierd sorry but it is i never heard this word in my life be4 o……………………m……………………….g……………………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you learn somethin’ every day you c(:

  11. Olivia -  August 12, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    cool, but not really explanatory or complete……..

    OMG so rick riordan will eventually write a norse series did anyone else know that\?!?!?!?!!? thats SO awesome!!!!!!!!!

    • Icy Sierra the Pegasus -  February 15, 2015 - 12:12 pm

      Olivia, you read Rick riordan’s Kane chronicles too? Omg!!!!
      That news is epic!!!

      • wow -  December 9, 2016 - 7:30 am

        I love Percy Jackson! Is Rick Riordon actually writing a norse series?!?!!?

  12. Dave the Large -  July 25, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    What an awesome thread. There’s enough on-topic info here to make a really excellent Wikipedia article. Plus there’s enough chaff to make a great article for a 200-level English course in Creative Writing. Nobody needs to feel sorry for TAAGND. She’s processing the world around her as well as she can with the tools she’s been given. I’m glad for her that she comes on here now and then to see what the rest of us are up to. In order to make comparisons as she does, she reads our comments, and whether she agrees or disagrees, she does let the words enter, and she does process them. Reminds me of the story of Bart Ehrman, respected college professor of religion, author of many books on the Bible, well-paid, high visibility lecturer, who after getting straight A’s at Moody Bible, was encouraged to continue studying the Bible in graduate work at Yale Divinity School.

    On topic, I most enjoy comparing the names of the days in other languages to get an idea of how the week shaped up in other cultures. We forget that our ‘weekend’ is shaped by religious traditions that don’t appear in every place in God’s green earth. We forget that our two-day break is really recent history. The idea that vendredi is perhaps market day, or perhaps a day to celebrate Venus, the goddess of love, is just a wonderful contrast. Or perhaps the goddess of love should be celebrated instead on Friday? In any case get all that sexy physical stuff out of the way before it’s time for church or temple or synagogue or mosque or ward or gathering in the woods.

  13. Emilia -  July 24, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    I’m rather sorry to say it, but reading T.A.A.G.N.D.’s comments slightly disgusted me. I mean, how old are you? Seriouly, I’m 12 and i use better grammer! I’m also of the same religion and would not go around insulting other religions or beliefs. I’m not saying you constantly have to be politically correct (because let’s face it: who is?) but at be polite! I don’t neccessarily agree with all the people who completley and utterley dissed her, but really, think before you comment!

    • Olivia Angelina -  July 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

      oh girl like seriously you spell grammar as grammer and completely as completley also utterly as utterley. ugh please learn vocabulary more.

    • EmiliaBishPlease -  October 3, 2014 - 7:14 am

      You didn’t capitalize one of your “I”s.

    • CHERYL BURDETTE -  March 31, 2015 - 2:25 am

      I find it rather strange that you made a comment about another person’s grammar. You misspelled GRAMMAR in that very sentence. You also spelled these words incorrectly: UTTERLY, SERIOUSLY, COMPLETELY, and NECESSARILY. Considering the atrocious punctuation and capitalization errors in your post, this seems like a case of “the pot calling the kettle black.” Since you stated that you are only twelve, your grammatical gaffes are understandable. Hopefully this mistake will teach you a lesson you will remember for many years to come. Never judge people unless you’re prepared to be held to that exact same standard, and treat others in the same way that you would like to be treated. These two tiny pearls of wisdom will help you lead a content, happy, and peaceful life.

      • JTink -  September 19, 2015 - 2:38 am

        I might also add that if you make a mistake in spelling, punctuation, or grammar in a post, you’ll get about a dozen people tearing you a new one over it. When you travel the information superhighway, you’ve got to look out for the potholes.

  14. Madre Osa -  June 16, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    This is all very interesting. However, if one were to search for the etymology of the days of the week, I would think looking at the Latin would be very useful, and these are mostly named for the astrological bodies, namely: Sunday – quite obviously is the Sun; Monday (Luna) = Moon; Tuesday (Martis) = Mars; Wednesday (Mercuri) = Mercury; Thursday (Jovis) = Jupiter; Friday (Veneris) = Venus; Saturday is a little different; the latin is “sabbati” which means sabbath.

    • davemaster -  November 7, 2014 - 7:53 am

      Friday is not named after Venus… only other countries do that.. like Vendredi in France. In English it is named after Norse Goddess.

  15. kl -  June 16, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    I feel sorry for TAAGND…. it appears that she has used her entire vocabulary in each of her posts… I feel very sad that she is so very close-minded. Perhaps she should do better research because even the story of her “jesus” is based off of the pagan Sun God. Ahh well… I truly can’t be too angry or offended by one’s stupidity… The article is indeed clever. I had read in one of my rune books that Thursday is named after Thurisaz which is in essence the same as Thor. Here’s a great link about Thurisaz: http://www.runemaker.com/futhark/thurisaz.shtml (ugh! ok, so link may not be the best way to describe this… if it doesn’t work, just copy and paste it. Sorry…)

  16. Name -  June 16, 2012 - 10:58 am

    TGIF!!! :D ( Thank God Its Friday )

  17. LIMETURTLE -  June 16, 2012 - 9:31 am

    isnt Asgard and Friggand Odin part of themovie Thor???

    • Random Dude -  March 31, 2015 - 11:21 pm

      Thor (movie) is based on Norse mythology

      So yes

  18. dada -  June 16, 2012 - 8:47 am

    Thank you for let us know. I knew it since 2007. Since then i changed to call the fifth day friday, the new name is Victory day. I don’t about you.

  19. Ebony -  June 16, 2012 - 6:58 am

    sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saterday. when does Loki get honored? sure he isn’t really an Áss, but neither is Freya, who is one of the vanir gods. Loki is, like, the coolest jotun ever, and one of the most handsome. i say it’s time we give Loki his time in the limelight!

  20. Dani -  June 15, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    I’ve got a friend named Freya…ever since we were little, every time anyone has asked about her name all of us have been spouting this little-known fact. XD

  21. Minni -  June 15, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    it’s funny and sad because i had my first boyfriend on a Friday. He first hugged me on Friday and kissed my cheek for the first time the next Friday. He then broke up with me on a Friday. and today (Friday) he hugged me twice and i said that he wasn’t such a bad first boyfriend. apparently, Fridays love giving me surprises.

    gosh, i need a life :(

  22. Hannah G. Lee -  June 15, 2012 - 6:52 pm


  23. Mackenzie -  June 15, 2012 - 4:31 pm


    LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!! that was funny

    When I first looked at the title of this article, my brain just told me to sing “It’s Friday, Friday, gonna get down on Fridayyyy” by Rebecca Black

    Even though that’s a song from last year, it’s still stuck in my head!!!
    So thanks, dictionary.com, for bringing that annoying song back into my mind.

  24. Hannah G. Lee -  June 15, 2012 - 3:51 pm

    Stupendous! I love goddesses as well as mythology! I like Greek myths best, but others are still interesting.
    I wish I was a goddess…

  25. NoName -  June 15, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    What about Friday, in fact coming from the original roman calendar and it name coming from “Venus”. You can tell this by looking at the roman or latin based languages like, Spanish, French, etc. I’m having a hard time believing what you say here.

    • Gilesluver -  September 29, 2014 - 8:20 am

      @NoName and @Madre Osa Why are you saying that the WORD “Friday” is based on Latin? We don’t call “Friday” “Veneris”. They might in the Romance languages, but not in English.

      Freya/Frigga/Freyr are the basis of the word. If you consider that “meatless Fridays” in old Roman Catholicism could also mean “carnal-free Fridays”, it seems to imply Freya/Venus was the goddess honored on that day. Since, IIRC, orgies were common on that day in some cultures.

  26. mary -  June 15, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    Friday is named after WHOM. Not who. Geez.

  27. hiney Bliggard -  June 15, 2012 - 10:50 am

    hey Saf – …..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………..

  28. J -  June 15, 2012 - 10:01 am

    It would be nice if we could get hotwords more frequently and didn’t get “reruns”

  29. A Real Pretender -  June 15, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Reply to ‘all-american girl next door’:
    Just because you’re all ‘Jesus Jesus Jesus’ doesn’t mean the Norse were! Their mythology is different than yours. So what? That doesn’t mean that they were stupid or lonely (which, I noticed, you spelled incorrectly as ‘lonly’. Please; if you’re posting on a site called DICTIONARY.COM, learn how to spell. And if you can’t, USE THE EFFING DICTIONARY PROVIDED FOR YOU ON THE WEBSITE!) or that their gods or goddesses were, it just means that their beliefs and values are different than yours. Your ignorant comment immensely disagreed with me. Also, don’t Christians believe in the golden rule: Treat others how you want to be treated? How would you like it if a Norse believer came and called Jesus stupid because he willingly got himself killed, which is suicide, which is against your Christian beliefs? Yeah, I thought so.
    And to your second comment: This is a website for scholarly debate and education (including the education of spelling and grammar, which you have so clearly ignored), not a website for preaching your beliefs and discrediting/mocking the beliefs of others. If you want to preach, go to a church. If you want to make fun of others, recall how your Jesus said ‘What you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me’. So if you make fun of Norse beliefs and others’ comments, you’re indirectly making fun of Jesus. And we all know that making fun of Jesus is what gets you into Heaven (that’s sarcasm, if you can’t tell).

    Other than those comments, great article! :) Dictionary.com has got to be one of my favourite websites.

  30. your mom -  June 15, 2012 - 8:59 am

    yhat is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fake jesus and god the father are the real deal and everyone else is a no-show.

    • Sky the Hedgehog -  February 23, 2016 - 5:35 pm

      That is so true. Jesus and God are the REAL DEAL!

      • Ron -  May 7, 2016 - 7:26 pm

        To many of us, Jesus and God are, respectively dead and imaginary.

        More important are Frigg and Freya. And of course, Sif.

  31. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 15, 2012 - 10:26 am

    Terri Murray, Girl Friday is the feminine form of “Man Friday”, which means a diligent and devoted aide or employee. It isn’t named after the day though; it is named after the servant Friday in Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

  32. Datein -  March 15, 2012 - 4:43 am

    I do find it quite intreging that everyone is trying to disprove another. If lore is from centries ago then how has it become so ‘exact’ now days? If many religion’s are almost identical then they can prove a theory but there are many religion’s, therefore every religion would try to put their ’2 cents’ in to show a higher authority on others on different lore.

  33. MissRedHead -  February 29, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    okay so hmm

    september means seven so april would mean 4
    and i was born on the 4th AND i was born on a friday…
    And i have a huge heart ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    this makes a lot of sense?

  34. MissRedHead -  February 29, 2012 - 3:36 pm

    i just decided to actually read the article, i was stopped by the very first line…i love it
    - “In a world that knows too many details about unimportant matters…”

    WOW! This is the focus of pretty much all dictionary.com articles and ha, thats why i love’em!

  35. MissRedHead -  February 29, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    i didnt read any comments or even the article but my first thought at reading the article title was – sweet, i was born on a friday and i sure do love cats! correlation perhaps?????-how about we make correlations based on the day of the week we are born on.. plyz!?!
    xo ♥

  36. David L Fort -  October 2, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    “In essence, Friday is a name given to a the 6th day in a seven day sequence of days called a week (that of which begins on Sunday).”

    Unless, of course, you are part of a tradition which places Friday in a different position, f’rex; The Seventh Day Adventists (who place Friday as the Sabbath, or Seventh Day), or are European (whose calendars generally begin the week on Monday, making Friday the Fifth day). The American calendar seems to be based largely on the Jewish tradition in ending the week on Saturday (the Jewish Sabbath).

    Of more interest to me is the way in which the seasons differ between the American and European traditions. For those not in the know, in Europe, Equinoxes and Solstices generally fall in the middle of their respective seasons (as they have historically). In America, or at least in the U.S., they mark the beginning of those seasons, which leads to hilarious peculiarities– like winter not beginning until December 23rd.

    • Kathy Robertson -  January 3, 2015 - 12:32 am

      Ah, that explains it. I have a friend who is in contact with an Irishman who was saying that spring would be starting on Feb 2 and she had no explanation for the difference between that and the American way.
      Probably marketing and so on have had something to do with it.

  37. nilonz -  September 30, 2011 - 1:06 pm

    @ Archon: yes, I have just one other suggestion; if Wikipedia is your best reference material, get back to your comic books. Hate to offend the easily offendable.

  38. Jennie -  September 19, 2011 - 7:16 am

    So, are Frigga and Freya indeed the same? I wonder what the history is there…

    Also (and I’m sorry that I feel the need to mention it here), I think we should not be too nonplussed by one very odd comment. Most people know that attitude with respect to learning is not representative of Christians or Christianity itself. The comments have deteriorated into a forum for giving and taking offense.

    I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints myself, and have had a bit of practice in not taking offense when someone accuses me of not being Christian.

  39. Archon -  April 23, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Nilonz: All reference works, including Wikipedia say that actual translation of the King James version of the Bible was done by 47 “scholars”, (italics mine) every one of whom was a member of The Church of England. At the time, C of E, as well as Catholic Church representatives, were known as priests or monks. To be important and well educated enough to be permitted to translate the Bible, most, if not all were Bishops or Archbishops, but they started at the bottom and worked their way up. A union president is still a rank and file union member, so, while they might not have been “mere” monks, they were still monks to a sufficient degree to explain to valley-girl Bible-thumpers. Perhaps I should have used the word translate rather than compile so as not to confuse you, but they did more than just translate, they assembled and organized the results and printed the book, which is what compiled means. Any other objections?

  40. Nilonz -  April 22, 2011 - 11:27 am

    Archon, you need to put the comic books away my friend. Do your homework before you attempt to school Girl-Next-Door. Monks did not compile the bible…

  41. Nilonz -  April 22, 2011 - 11:24 am

    @Kiki, etc., You speak of open-mindedness and these “educated” comments, but you seem to have an issue with Christianity, but no other beliefs, based on a few comments by a Christian (that probably should not post until they have something of substanceto say). Isnt it interesting that in two posts she stirred you to your core? Everyday I read religious and pagan posts here, yet the Christians are the only ones you seem to target. Well I read this thread and found several different origins of days of the weeks from the so-called “educated”. Lighten up, get over yourself, and hey, wicca woman, practice what you preach: Mormons and Christians aint the same. And Abrahamic worship of Yaweh is not “new”… As for the Abortion/gay thing, that is in worse taste than TAAGND…

  42. Archon -  April 19, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    Girl-next-door; believing that JESUS is his name just makes you as wrong as the rest. And it’s not CHRIST either! Christ is a job description, like his father, Joseph, the carpenter. Christ means savior or messiah. It’s not a name. And his parents didn’t call him Jesus either. He was named Ieshoah, or what we would today call Joshuah. When St. Paul went to preach to the Greeks, he told them that Christ was the son of the most powerful god. The heathen Greeks referred to him as Ia-Zeus (the son of Zeus). This was later mis-spelled and mis-translated by the monks who compiled the Bible, as Jesus, so even your savior has a pagan name.

  43. Kiki -  February 2, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    Heres my reply to the stick up their asses Jesus-followers (no offense to those who havent made rude, or inconsiderate, or closed minded comments), (and im talking to you Girl Next Door!) How about your holidays? are they so perfect? Christmas was taken from the pagans you so harshly just insulted. Yule origionally used the christmas tree,(and occurs 4 days before christmas), and celebrates the longest night of the year and the returning of the sun, not the birth of Jesus. Halloween was used to replace Samhain, a celebration of the dead, Easter was origionally Ostara, or Eostre, fertility and rebirth of life in the spring (not your oh-so-perfect Jesus), Groundhogs day was origionally Beltaine. So before you go accusing all other religions of lying, remember that yours is the baby religion here. Your religion’s creators took the dates of other peoples so as not to shock them when they started controlling religions.

    I will also point out that the baby religion the is everything that relates to Christ and “God”, tried to kill all other religions by going on “Witch” and “Vampire” hunts.

    A quick query, if your religion is so damn perfect and true, why is there hate on between Catholic, Christian, Mormon, etc when you all believe in the same damn deity?

    I will admit that i may be slightly closed minded, but people who have their head shoved down the “my religions the best” tube as far as it will go, and boast about it to everyone, it pisses me off. Seriously. Im a Wiccan. And you know what? A book i picked up with various spells in it said RIGHT ON THE FIRST PAGE: “and no, just because you have decided to try out Wicca, doesn’t mean you have to give up any previous religions.” Yet, with most “Modern” religions its one religion, and thats it.

    another question; you hate abortions and gays, but what if you save a baby, and it turns out to be gay? What will you do then?

    • Gilesluver -  September 29, 2014 - 9:01 am

      OK, Girl Next Door and TAAGND were pretty nasty. However, the resulting Christian bashing has been excessive.

      So the various types of Wiccan/Old Religions never tried to kill each other? They never oppressed those who didn’t agree with them? One priest’s followers never got angry at another?

      And isn’t Beltaine May Day?

      The Roman Catholic Church would have a lot less martyrs if the various Old Religions were as broad minded as “and no, just because you have decided to try out Wicca, doesn’t mean you have to give up any previous religions.”

      That quote makes it sound like Wicca is a practice, like medicine, not a religion. And “try out” implies you are expected, if you “stick with it”, to be all in.

      Modern Wicca has as much in common with old-fashioned Druidry and other Old Religions as the trendy Christian groups are to Inquisition-era Christianity.

      Ironically, for centuries after the “Christianization” of the Norse, the “Thor’s Hammer” was still used by sailors as a talisman. Because of its shape, it looked like a cross. The PTBs let it slide, while pushing their beliefs to replace the old ones.

      I find it interesting that the inclusion of familiar tropes from other religions is considered a negative of the Christian religion. So they make it easier for their new converts to understand and accept the new religion. And this is a bad thing? Should they have just crushed every cultural association, the way the Romans/Greeks/Egyptians did?

      Incidentally, this “acceptance” was not universal. The Celtic tradition in the Roman Catholic Church seems to have been more accepting than others. The ash tree was a worshiped tree in Germany and in Scotland (as the Rowan tree). The Irish had other associations related to trees and plants. Charlemagne and saints like Boniface tried to destroy ash-tree worship on the Continent, but Saint Patrick, Columba and others folded it and other “holy plants” (mistletoe, ivy, etc.) into their teachings. There is a major source of Irish folklore about their gods and goddesses that begins as a conversation between Saint Patrick and his pagan counterparts, where he hears the stories before explaining his view.

      Considering Christianity is an off-shoot of Judaism and started in the Roman Empire, they have plenty of “hold-overs” from that too. That doesn’t make it any less of a legitimate religion as any other. Everyone borrows from everyone else.

    • Gilesluver -  September 29, 2014 - 9:21 am

      TAAGND has no idea what etymology is. Don’t worry.

  44. Kiki -  February 2, 2011 - 5:43 pm

    The days of the week are norse(though in french they seem to line up with planets (tuesday=mardi=mars,wednesday=mercredi=mercury), the months and planets are Roman, what else do we take our time keeping from?

  45. adam carolla's disciple -  January 12, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    the girl in the pic aint exactly “beautiful.”

  46. Ferret -  November 8, 2010 - 9:19 pm

    I’ve studied a bit of German, and I find it interesting that the German word for Friday, “Freitag,” literally means, “free day.” So it seemed to me that the German language is where Friday originated. However, that does not make this article any less interesting!

  47. smoothius -  October 28, 2010 - 8:04 am

    is it friggin friday yet?

  48. Spawn -  October 22, 2010 - 1:21 pm

    So, I live with a family of asatru, and I can tell you that Friday is named after lady Frejya. And if any one is confused about Monday, it was named after Mani (pronounced “Mo-ny”), and sunday was named after his sister Sunna (“Suu-na”).

  49. Purple -  October 14, 2010 - 10:06 am

    Respect to the man who looks to the past as well as the future. Without history there can be no future.(Sadly it seems we’re heading that way:-S)

  50. Odin's_boy -  October 13, 2010 - 8:13 am

    @Luca – Correct and a good observation. Funnily enough language and religous worship (especially around Europe) made very similar journeys, largely based on conquest and trade routes. Indeed, religions (mainly pagan during the dark ages) took on their own regional dialects for worship i.e. slight deviations from the common faith at the time to reflect the zeitgeist (pardon the spiritual pun).

    A lot of the Norse manuscripts (which are the basis of most knowledge of the Dark ages in Scandanavia and Germany) share more then slight similarities with the religious beliefs of Greece and the Mediterranean.

    However, we digress into religion rather than linguistics. Apologogies

  51. Noir Schist -  October 12, 2010 - 4:16 am

    To “The all american girl-next-door!!!”:

    Your comments, which lack badly in punctuation and in any general ‘sense’, are really an eyesore in the midst of these mostly educated, enjoyable comments about this article.

    If you want to preach, go to a church. Don’t come on Dictionary.com and ruin the backs of informative writings with your beliefs, which are 50% made up of random punctuation marks.

  52. Luca -  October 12, 2010 - 3:55 am

    The Roman Venus was the equivalent of the Greek Aphrodite. Both presided over love, romance, fertility, and the lot–in many ways similar to Frejya.

    Interesting how different languages derive their sources for what they call as “Friday/Vendredi, etc”.

  53. StudiousBeauty -  October 12, 2010 - 3:28 am

    @ T.A.A.G.N.D!!! Apparently, it is one where adolescent blind faith and sixth grade grammar skills qualify you to be disrespectful and closed minded to alternate forms of faith. Including, of course, ones that pre-date your prenatally-chosen religion. In a decade, or so, when you get to go to college, hopefully you will pick a non-faith-affiliated school and be able to take a decent comparative religion course. You are in for a very big shock.

  54. Odin's_boy -  October 12, 2010 - 2:20 am

    Just for completness, modern English was born from the old English used by the Angles and Saxons. Their language was based on the futhark alphabet or runes used by both Scandanavian which over time and conquest have manifested into what we know today.

    The naming of the days was based mainly on the religous beliefs and customs of the Angles and Saxon:

    Monday – Originated from Mani’s day, Mani being the Moon deity.
    Tuesday – Was indeed from the one hand war god Tiwaz or Tir
    Wednesday – Originated from Wodan’s day. Wodan being Odin head of the Saxon/Angle pantheon
    Thursday – Was named after Thor the god of Thunder and Lightening
    Friday – As mentioned above. Frey being Wodan’s wife/consort/lover.
    Saturday – Comes from the Old English – Sæternesdæg, meaning Saturn’s day as per Roman culture. To me it seems a bit strange to name days after your own tradition, except for one day. I prefer a more linked etymology of saetta being old Norse (closely linked to old high german) for reconciliation. So Sættasdagr actually means day of reconciliation. [citation needed]
    Sunday – After the Sun god Sunna (known as Sol to the Nordic tribes)

    • CrusaderDeleters -  January 7, 2015 - 5:16 am

      Týr* alt-0253

  55. Jenn -  October 12, 2010 - 1:14 am

    @ american girl.

    are you denying the origins of the names for the days of the week?

    THAT is by far the dumbest comment ive ever read. This subject is also so far removed from religion that it is the total wrong forum for your preaching.

    @ alexander – you put it perfectly “This day in age, old facts are not important, they are long lost in the great infinite amount of knowledge we must possess”. It is very true – but must argue they do make for interesting reads tho :)

  56. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  October 6, 2010 - 6:53 am

    HAHAHAHA this has to be THE DUMBEST thing I have ever heard in my life LM@O!!!!!!!!!! I swear people can come up with some of the darn-est things. There is only ONE true LIVING God who sent His Son for us yet, we reject the TRUE God for these false made up things that man create.
    wow what is the world coming to people?????????????????????????????????????????????????

  57. Blah-blah-blah... -  October 1, 2010 - 7:22 pm

    @ all american girl-next-door

    Why are you saying that she’s not real? Well, hate to break this to you but…it’s kinda obvious!! And plus, its really ignorent putting down other religions like that.
    And how is this blog dumb?? It’s not promoting believing in these gods, it’s just providing information.

  58. Alexander Steven -  October 1, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    In essence, Friday is a name given to a the 6th day in a seven day sequence of days called a week (that of which begins on Sunday). A week being a portion of a month; a month being a portion of a year. It has no relation to any goddess, planet, or myth. This day in age, old facts are not important, they are long lost in the great infinite amount of knowledge we must possess.

  59. jojo -  October 1, 2010 - 6:06 pm

    The only meaning of “Friday” in my dictionary is PARTYING!!!

  60. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  October 1, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    @Saf– likewise the Swedish equivalent….

  61. Melissa B. -  October 1, 2010 - 4:39 pm

    No matter the origin, Thank God It’s Friday! :)

  62. Saf -  October 1, 2010 - 1:52 pm


    If you were nicknamed “Frigg,” you might want to look into the Scottish slang usage of the word. ;)

  63. Ty -  October 1, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    Pagan symbolism like this is all around us. The days of the week, the months, many holidays(Christmas, Easter, Halloween, etc), the statue of liberty, In many corporate logos(starbucks, etc). Many are unaware or simply don’t care.

  64. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  October 1, 2010 - 1:12 pm

    (Consider, for example, the Greek Gaia– There were two, Gaia’s:

    1. Gaia Ge, who was the original Ki in Sumer, the sister-wife of Anu;

    2. Gaia Tethys “grandmother” Ki-Shar not Ki, the mother-not-wife of Anu but-sup’rogate-mother [*] who put the first-first-son into Anu’s family and whence the Greek confusion about who’s-whose-son-first…

    The point is, the Greeks knew practically nothing of the god-family … As the eldest priest in Egypt said to the Greek statesman: ‘Solon, Your nation is a bunch of children:– There is not a man among you who knows the old hoary science,- You know of but one, flood, But there have been many [**] calamities…’ The point being, one-step-beyond is loosing it and two-or-more-beyond is beyond-credibility ‘witchy-wives’-tales….


    * [sup'rogate mother not surrogate nor subrogate, because Ki didn't need a child yet: Kishar Gaia Tethys needed to mother the child but it was so late on their revised birthing schedule that it was moved down, to Anu.]

    ** [indeed, Moses' flood of 1656 was the starting of the use of the new Jewish calendar derived from the Nippur Calendar, and a different flood that the Egyptian knew-and-cared-about: The Sumerian-side of the family had been excommunicated 622-years before Noah's flood and the Egyptians at that time were suffering a drought and were glad to have Nile floods resume-- and they didn't care if Sumer got some water too. HA HA HA HA]


  65. Jeff -  October 1, 2010 - 12:50 pm

    Wow, lots of people with wayyyy too much time on their hands.

  66. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  October 1, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    First of all– Vendredi, means vendor-day, market-day, not venereal-day….

    Secondly, Friday in OE is free-day, either because it was the sixth day in the old sabbath-Saturday-week, or because it was a loose-ends-day….

    Thirdly,– Any discussion of the gods beyond one-or-two levels of mankind below-or-later-than-the-gods is Ovidic Metamorphoses (structure-breaking, bonebreaking) mocumentary… no longer related to the facts; Or as Christ Jesus said, “Verily verily, Before, Abraham was,- I am [relating].” (Then run because the mocumentary artists are picking up stones….)


  67. Julia -  October 1, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Wow who would have thought….

  68. Antematter -  October 1, 2010 - 11:34 am

    Oh, “All American Girl Next Door!!!” I have to agree with Lavasia’s comments.

    Besides, God imbued us with consciousness, intelligence, and laughter. If He hadn’t meant us to use these things in multitudinous ways, He would have just made another type of creature who was the equivalent of a doll which would say the same things with each press of a button.

    And if YOU are right, just think of all the FUN you’re going to have on Judgement Day, standing off to the side with your Diploma, and watching the rest of us (yep, I’m a Christian) plummet through His big trap door!
    It’s a win-win!

  69. Objectivedude -  October 1, 2010 - 11:10 am

    To Lavasia: AGREED! Couldn’t have said it better myself. Sadly a lot of people need to lighten up, open their minds up a little, educate themselves, but let’s face it, a lot of them don’t know how to.

    To Saf: So cute about your dad! About your entry it reminds me of the movie “Big Fish”. Adorable.

    Theo Moreno and mark V: you rock!

  70. Michelle -  October 1, 2010 - 11:05 am

    I’ll have to remember that. Very interesting.

  71. Jared -  October 1, 2010 - 10:53 am

    Isnt this mean that thursday is named after the norse Thorsday for the deity Thor I was told last year about almost every mythology in my school

  72. Deb -  October 1, 2010 - 10:45 am

    Whether it’s true or not, no matter your faith, you have come away learning something. And you just never know…one day, this knowledge could come in handy and be useful to you.

    To you SAF…you’re dad sounds like a brilliant humorist. LOVE that stuff!

  73. Oberon Pan -  October 1, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Terri Murray on October 1, 2010 at 5:22 am
    I have been wondering what does “Girl Friday” actually mean?

    Terri, read “Robinson Crusoe” and you’ll know. It’s the female version of “Man Friday”. It’s a term used to describe a male personal assistant or servant, especially one who is particularly competent or loyal.

  74. joey -  October 1, 2010 - 10:31 am

    thats cool

  75. Oberon Pan -  October 1, 2010 - 10:31 am

    I find it amusing that so many people scoff at the mythology of the Norse but take the mythology of the Christians as literal, with, of course, the condition that it requires belief or faith in order to do so.

    Everything Christian was taken from pre-extent paganism. Do your homework.

    The Romans wanted to pay homage to as many of the predominant religions that existed at the time [being politically correct so as to not leave anyone out who could make trouble for the State] so they named the days of the week thusly:

    Sun’s Day [for the Christians]
    Moon’s Day [for the Goddess Worshipers]
    Tyr’s Day [after the Teutonic god of war]
    Odin’s Day [after the Norse All-Father]
    Thor’s Day [after Odin's son]
    Frigga’s Day [after Odin's wife]
    Saturn’s Day [for the Jews]

    So, there you have it. Everything religious stems from paganism. Even our days of the week.

    - The Eternal Satyr

  76. Dark -  October 1, 2010 - 10:29 am

    What an interesting article, I’ve always figured that these names were associated with historical figures. I am a bit curious to find out the story about Monday and why so many people such as myself who work hate to hear that word often. Needless to say, Happy Friday everyone!

  77. Lavasia -  October 1, 2010 - 10:10 am

    ITT: ” all american girl-next-door!!!” and her ilk are horrendously, freakishly stupid. How does one get so stupid?

    Anyone. ANYONE who relates the abrahamic ‘god’ to this article as if the article itself is somehow blasphemous for mentioning mythological is a freak who doesn’t understand their own religion, or apparently any culture in general.

    You give us level-headed, cultured religious people a bad name.

  78. Rose -  October 1, 2010 - 9:51 am

    I don’t know whether to believe this or not. It is “quite” convincing but if you went deeper in thinking, I don’t think so it’s true. God knows rely…

  79. Saf -  October 1, 2010 - 9:29 am

    When I was a little girl, my father used to tell me that Friday was named after Sigmund Freud (Freuday). He told me a lot of made-up crap like that.

    (When asked where nougat came from, he explained that nougat was a type of meat that came from a small, fuzzy creature of the same name, the most sought-after of which being the Lancashire Garden Nougat, now almost hunted to extinction by the British).

    Probably where I get my weird sense of humor.

  80. mark V -  October 1, 2010 - 9:24 am

    Disbelieve as you will, but you cannot deny the nords knew how to whip up a badass mythos.

    • CrusaderDeleters -  January 7, 2015 - 5:18 am

      I say! Better than the Greek and Pre-Catholic Roman Pantheon!

  81. Theo Moreno -  October 1, 2010 - 9:07 am

    Hey–I’m a big believer in my homeboy, Jesus, but info like this is FASCINATING–REMEMBER: Dumb is in the mind of the beholder.

  82. Francisco -  October 1, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Great entry! I think you forgot to add the link to the article about Tuesday being named for a one-handed god (Tyr, wink), at the very end.

  83. jacinta -  October 1, 2010 - 8:03 am

    this is stupid i dont think that friday is named after her

  84. Nathan -  October 1, 2010 - 6:41 am

    If Friday is associated with Venus, then it’s also associated with Aphrodite, the greek god of love. And all of the planets, excpet Earth, is named after a Roman god that was once Greek. Like Pluto is Hades, Mars is Ares, Jupiter is Zues, Neptune is named after Posidon, and I think, but not 100% sure, Mercury is named after Hermes. The rest I used to know, but can’t think of it.

  85. The all american girl-next-door!!! -  October 1, 2010 - 5:53 am

    Okay I’m sorry to say it but this blog was dumb to me.First of all chariot of cats??? Rides a boar??? Wow she must be really lonly oh and NOT REAL!!!!!!!!!!! JESUS is his name and believeing is the way!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Gilesluver -  September 29, 2014 - 9:18 am

      You like trolling, do you? We are discussing the origin of words, not the relative truth of the characters! GEESH!

    • Adam -  November 2, 2014 - 6:48 pm

      It’s called “mythology” for a reason. There are a LOT of words and names used every day that originate from Norse, Roman, Greek, etc. mythology. Perhaps you should educate yourself in the various mythologies and how they may or may not relate to each other, so you could intelligently discuss them from a biblical perspective. But whatever you do, please stop flaunting your ignorance and giving Christians a bad name.

  86. louis paiz -  October 1, 2010 - 5:43 am

    thank you very much for this clarification of friday or freyja my doughter’s name is freyja her middle name is ixmucane for the creator of the mayan culture. i love the way you discrive it .it also happen that i have a son whose name is jeffrey so i have frey and freyja as in king knajor children thank you again.

  87. Rich Durst -  October 1, 2010 - 5:33 am

    Lacking a link for the Tuesday article. Other than that, a decent entry. I guess I’d prefer more information, but then again I’ll almost always say that.

  88. Terri Murray -  October 1, 2010 - 5:22 am

    I have been wondering what does “Girl Friday” actually mean?

    • Adam -  November 2, 2014 - 6:59 pm

      The term “Girl Friday” is the feminine (obviously, I know) of “Man Friday,” which was originally coined from the character Friday in Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Crusoe is an Englishman shipwrecked on a deserted Caribbean island and when he rescues one of the natives from cannibals, he makes him his servant. Crusoe names him “Friday” after the exact day of the week he had rescued him. He takes Friday under his wings and teaches him English and converts him to Christianity. In return, Friday helps him with everything.

      A “Girl Friday” is a lady who can do, and does do, anything and everything for her boss… a devoted “Jill-of-all-trades”. Think Mary Richards to Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, or Pepper Potts to Iron Man in the Marvel Universe.

  89. abc -  October 1, 2010 - 4:53 am

    “Is Tuesday really named for a one-handed god?”

    If it isn’t, tell us what is named for.

    • Adam -  November 2, 2014 - 7:02 pm

      You’re supposed to click on the link and read the article. But to sum it up in one word: “Yes.”

  90. azar -  October 1, 2010 - 3:47 am

    your text about friday was really amazing!!
    would you please tell us abuot other days??

    • Random Dude -  March 31, 2015 - 11:18 pm

      Sunday – Sun
      Monday – Moon
      Tuesday – Tyr (one-handed god)
      Wednesday – Odin (chief of the gods)
      Thursday – Thor (Odin’s son)
      Friday – Frigg or Frejya
      Saturday – Saturn (Roman god of agriculture)

  91. valarmathi -  October 1, 2010 - 1:48 am

    friday story is very interesting sir.it s very useful sir and also jolly 2 know something like this…………..

  92. subhadharshini -  October 1, 2010 - 1:42 am

    sir, I got an idea about friday. But some of the words are not able to understand as they r in their original language. So, pls give the simple synonym for it in brackets near those words.

  93. MAK -  October 1, 2010 - 1:28 am

    There is no link at the end!!!

  94. Alan Turner -  October 1, 2010 - 12:59 am

    That was in world war two of course.

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    [...] the HOT WORD said about FRIDAY is more than likely true But Sergeant Joe Friday would probably say, “Just the Facts.” [...]

  96. Alan Turner -  October 1, 2010 - 12:57 am

    Freyja could see for a hundred miles and the Germans named one of their radar systems after her. It was very secret of course but the name gave the game away because the allied scientists put two and two together and realized what it was.

  97. ms.karma -  October 1, 2010 - 12:36 am

    oh, so that is where friday got its name. now i know. thanks for this blog.

    it’s a friday! where are we gonna party tonight? :P

  98. Kathy -  October 1, 2010 - 12:05 am

    Interesting. To me cause I was once nick named frigg and never realized that she was a goddess queen, thanks for the trivia

    • bailey -  October 3, 2014 - 7:14 am

      hey everybody how are you doing

      • David A. Bundy -  December 18, 2015 - 1:17 am

        I Love this page; I crave Learning something … New, everyday … been this way since age 3 … Thanks !!! …

        • David A. Bundy -  December 18, 2015 - 1:19 am


          • altheweld -  July 17, 2016 - 9:50 am

            I have read some of the posts on this log ! and I I am a bit stunned by the questions & answers & comments ?
            What is the problem ?
            The day’s of the week. originate from Norse land [about 200 ac]
            Monday [ Moon's day] their may be lunatics?
            Tuesday [toothache day]
            Wednesday [ it's raining] named after Woden
            Thorsday [it's raining with thunderbolt's & flashes of lightening!
            Friday goddess of love day [enjoy]
            Saturday: Saturn: man’s day – go out hunting or fishing, with your mate’s or BBQ ?
            Sunday [Sun] enjoy]

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