The name for silver comes from the Anglo-Saxon word siolfur, which means silver. Its symbol is Ag, which comes from the Latin word for silver, argentum. Silver has been known since antiquity. More »

Elements are named when a suggested name is approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Most countries use the element name adopted by IUPAC. Names can come from many areas, including scien... More »

The only element named after a state is californium. A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, first produced the element in 1950. More » cites that the element silver got its name from the Anglo-Saxon word seolfor or siolfur, both of which mean "silver." The Latin term argentum also means silver and is the origin for its chemical symbol, Ag. Arg... More »

The Royal Society of Chemistry explains that zinc derives its name from the German "zinke." The German word may be derived from the Persian word 'sing', which means "stone." More » Science Chemistry Atoms & Molecules

The name for the element iron comes from the same Anglo-Saxon word, iron or iren, although it is thought that this word comes from the earlier Celtic word îsarno. Some scholars suggest that this Celtic word comes from an... More »

According to, radium gets its name from the Latin word "radius," meaning "ray" because it gives off gamma rays of radiation. It was discovered by Marie S. Curie and Pierre Curie in 1898. More » Science Chemistry Atoms & Molecules