Periodic Table Names
Periodic Table with Names - Names of elements with their symbols, atomic numbers and states
Due to limitations of screen width it is not possible to create a practical table including all of the Periodic Table names. We have therefore detailed an alphabetical list of the Period Table names of elements together with their symbols, atomic numbers and whether they are classified as a liquid, solid or gas (States of Matter). We have then gone on to provide facts and information on the meanings and origins of the names of the elements and their symbols. This additional info will help students to understand the Periodic Table names and memorize them.
Alphabetical List of Period Table Names of Elements
Periodic Table with Names - Origins of the Names of Elements on the Periodic Table
The origins of the Periodic Table names of the elements are derived from various sources including:
- The ancient names of elements or substances taken for Greek and Latin
- The names of the scientists of first discovered the element
- The names of famous scientists, such as Curie and Einstein, in whose honor the element was named
- The names of places where the element was first discovered such as Californium and Germanium
- The names of planets, such as Uranium and Plutonium
- Names taken from the Latin words for numbers e.g. Ununseptium which is a temporary name taken from Latin meaning one-one-seven
Periodic Table with Names - Names of Element Symbols
Some of the Periodic Table names of the symbols of elements are derived from their names in the Greek, Latin or German languages. Great if you are multi-lingual but difficult if you are not! Knowing the origins of the names the Element Symbols make them easier to learn and understand. The elements with Greek of Latin names are the oldest elements known and the element symbols were allocated when these classic languages were those used by ancient scholars. There are only 10 elements whose element symbol names are not immediately apparent. Learn these origins of names and symbols and the Periodic table becomes easier! The meanings and origins of the names of the more obscure element symbols are as follows:
Names of Element Symbols
Sb - Name from the Greek words 'anti' and 'monos' meaning "opposed to solitude".
Cu - Name from the Latin word 'cyprium', after the island of Cyprus.
Au - Name from the Latin word 'aurum' meaning gold.
Fe - Name from the Latin word 'ferrum' meaning iron.
Pb - Name from the Latin word 'plumbum' meaning lead.
Hg - Name from the Greek word 'hydrargyros' meaning 'water' and 'silver'.
K - Name from the Medieval Latin word 'kalium' meaning potash (pot ashes).
Ag - Name from the Latin word 'argentum' meaning silver.
Sn - Name from the Latin word 'stannum' meaning tin
W - Name from the German word 'Wolfram'. Ancient alchemists called the metal "spuma lupi," the Latin words for 'wolf foam' which was translated to the word "wolframite" in allusion to the objectionable scum or substance formed during the smelting of tin ores containing tungsten.
Names of Element Symbols
Periodic Table with Names
We hope that the information on this page illustrating the Periodic Table with names will prove to be a useful resource for chemistry students.