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Crodonium, Anglohelvetium, Klaprothium, Nipponium, Vestaeium, Wodanium....

Not all elements had immidiately after their discovery their final name. Sometimes several proposals were made and variants names were used for a long time.
Morover, dozens of new elements were discovered, described and named only to be a few years later exposed as an impure other element, a compound or just an erroneous assumption.

The variant names are discussed with the element in question. The names of alleged elements are discussed at the most appropriate place. For instance, Wasium and Nebulium are discussed with Iron, because the first was impure Iron, and the second one was introduced because of some spectral lines of nebulae, which later turned out to be of Iron.

In the window to the left you will find an alphabetical list of all variant names and names of non-existent elements.
Not included are the names of the elements known from antiquity, which have their own names in all languages (see The seven metals known from antiquity in >100 languages).

Just click on the chemical symbol and the element page will come in THIS window.


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AccretiumCf
ActiniumZn
Actinium-A to D, K, XAc Table
Actinium EmanationRn
Actin(e)on (An)Rn
Actino-uraniumAc
AgusterdeBe
Alabamine (Ab),
Alabamium (Am)
At
AlcaligèneN
Alcalinium, AlkaliniumFr
AldebaraniumYb
Alkalinium, AlcaliniumFr
AlumiumAl
Andronia, AndroniumSi
AngliumAr
Anglohelvetium (Ah)At
AngulariumGe
AntimoniumSb
ArchoniumHe
Argon (A)Ar
AridiumFe
AsteriumHe
Athenium (An)Es
Aurum paradoxiumTe
Ausonium (Ao)Np
AustriumMgY
Azote (Az)N
BarytiumBa
BerzeliumTh and Y
(Bz)Pr
Bohemium (Bo)Np
BoraciumB
Brevium (Bv)Pa
CaroliniumTh and Y
Cassiopeium (Cp)Lu
Celtium (Ct)Hf
Centium Md
Centurium (Ct)Fm
CereriumCe
CeresiumPd
ColoniumCf
Columbium (Cb)Nb Am
CoroniumFe
CrodoniumMg
CycloniumPm Cf (Cy) No
CyclotroniumCf
DakinAt
Damarium (D)Y
DamoniumY
DaniumHf
Danubium (Da)Tc
DavyumTc
Decipium (Dp)Sm
DemoniumDy
DenebiumY
DeuteriumH
DianiumNb
Didymium (Di)Pr & Nd
DiplogeniumH
DonariumTh
Dor (Do)At
DubhiumY
Dubnadium (Dn) (proposed) – Uuo


DVI = Two (Sanskrite)
Dvi-ManganeseRe
Dvi-RubidiumFr
Dvi-Tellurium (Dt)Po (Uuh)

EKA = One (Sanskrite)
Eka-AluminiumGa
Eka-BoronSc
Eka-CaesiumFr
Eka-Gold (Eka-Aurum?) – Bk (Rg)
Eka-IodineAt
Eka-IridiumAm (Mt)
Eka-ManganeseTc
Eka-OsmiumPu (Hs)
Eka-PlatinumCm (Ds)
Eka-RheniumNp (Bh)
Eka-SiliconGe
Eka-TantalumPa (Db)

EmaniumAc
En(ne)actiniumCf
EosiumKr
ErythroniumV
Esperium, Hesperium (Es)Pu
EuprosiumCf
EurosamariumY
Euxenium (Ex)Hf and Y
ExactinioRn
ExradioRn
ExthorioRn
ExtremiumPu
Florentium (Fr)Pm
Flyorium (proposed) – Uuo
Francium (Fa)Fr
GTb
GeocoroniumN
Ghiorsium (proposed) – Uuo
GlaucodymiumUnknown Glucinium, GluciumBe
GouriumAt
Helvetium (Hv)At
Hesperium, Esperium (Es)Pu
HiberniumAr Ra
IdumiumUnknown
Illinium (Il)Pm Bk
Ilmenium (Il)Nb Sm
Incognitium (Ic)Tb
Infra-CarbonC
IoniumTb
Japonium (Jp) (proposed) – Uut
Jargonium (Jg)HfZr
JoliotiumDb
Junonium (J)Cd and Y
KlaprothiumCd
Kosmium (Ko) Unknown
Lawrencium (Lw)Lr
LeptinAt
LawrenciumCf
LewisiumCf
LittoriumNp
LuciumTc and Y
MagniumMg
Masrium (Ms)In and Y
Masurium (Ma)Tc
Meitnium (Mt)Pa
MeliniumCd
MenachinTi
MendeleviumBk
(Me) Er
(Mv) Md
MesothoriumRa
MetaceriumUnknown
MetargonAr
MoldaviumFr
MoniumY
MosandiumUnknown
MosandrumSm Tb
MoseleyumTc
Moskovium (proposed) – Uuo
MuriaticumCl
MurideBr
NebuliumO
Neo-erbiumEr
Neokosmium (Nk) Unknown
NeothuliumY
Neoytterbium (Ny)Yb
Neptunium – <1877>Nb – <1886> Ge
Newium Cf
Newtonium (Nw)Ho
Nielsbohrium (Ns)Db Bh
NigriumHf
NipponiumTc Re
Niton (Ni) or (Nt)Rn
NonactiniumCf
Norium (No)Hf
Norwegium (Ng)Hf and Y
NovumNe Rh
OchroiteCe
Odinium (Od)Sm
Offium Cf
OrthoheliumHe
OstraniumHf
PanchromiumV
PanormiumTc
ParaheliumHe
Pelopium (Pe)Nb
Percentium Md
Philippium (Pp)Sm Ho
PhtorF
Pluranium – See Ru
PlutoniumBa
Polinium – See Ru
PotassiumK
PraediciumCf
Prodaniukium Element 120
ProtofluorineO
ProtohydrogenHe
PteneOs
RadioactiniumAc
RadiobismuthPo
RadioleadPb
RadiotelluriumPo
Radium-A to GRa (table)
Radium EmanationRn
RadlabiumCf
Rikenium (Rk) (proposed) – Uut
RogeriumUnknown
Rolandium Element 120
RussiumYFr
Sm
Samarium (Sa)Sm
ScheeliumW
ScotiumAr
Sequanium (Sq)Np
SiriumCd
Sodium (So)Na
Spectrium (Sp)Yb
ThelikeSi
Therine (Θe)At
Thor(e)on (Tn)Rn
Thorium (Θ)Th
Thorium EmanationRn
Thulium (Tu or Θu)Tm
TritiumH
Tungsten (Tn, Tu)W
Tyrium (Ty)Nd
UltimiumPu
Universitium Cf
Uranium-I, II, X, Y, ZU Table
VesbiumV
Vestaeium or VestiumCd and Y
VestiumRu
VictoriumY
Virginium (Vi, Vm)Fr
Wasium – See Th [Wasium]
WasmiumUnknown
WelsiumY
Wodanium – See Cd
XHo Y
Gd
Sm
Yorkium Cf
Yttrium (Yt)Y
Dy
Tb
– Tb (Y)
Eu)
Eu
Δ – see Y
ΓTb
Θ – see Y
ΣEu
Ω – see Y

Some names of which it is unknown which element is meant

Glaucodymium
Mentioned by Holden (2001) (note).
Idumium
Announced by Websky (note).
Kosmium (Ko) and Neokosmium (Nk)
The discovery of new elements had become in the 1880s quite a mass phenomenon. A certain Kosmann, hardly known to the scientific world, reported in 1896 in a chemical journal that he had succeeded in detecting two new elements at once. And he gave them the pompous names of Kosmium and Neokosmium (note). The names of course more derived from Kosmann than from Cosmos! It soon became apparent that the "discoverer" of kosmium and neokosmium had just been making fun of this discovery epidemic. The article was a kind of April-Fool joke. (note1) (note2).
Metacerium
Announced by M. Brauner (note).
Mosandium
Discovered ca. 1878 by Prof. Lawrence Smith, of Louisville, Ky., and named after the Swedish chemist, Mosander Mentioned by Holden (2001) (note).
Neokosmium (Nk)
See Kosmium.
Rogerium
Mentioned by Holden (2001) (note).
Wasmium
Mentioned by Holden (2001) (note).


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