Elementymology & Elements Multidict
by Peter van der Krogt
IntroductionI am not a chemist, but a (map) historian much interested in the origin of names. On several of the sites listing elements you will find historical notes and often an explanation of the origin of element names. However, mostly, the authors of these pages copy each other and the same errors and mistakes are repeated. I tried to do some new etymological research on the element names, and find the original articles where the discoverer of a new element announced his find and explained the naming. If you have remarks, corrections, additions, etc. please contact me.
What do you find in this web site?
Elementymology: History of the elements and their namesClicking the small table to the right, or the tab
Elementsabove will bring you to the 'Element Pages'. These are 120 pages, each describing one element. You'll find:
Elements Multidict: Element names in 98 languagesClick on the tab
Languagesand you'll get a list of the languages included. You may also click on
Periodic Tablefor a clickable name origin periodic table in 98 languages, or on
Elementsfor alphabatic or numeric lists in the different languages.
Clickable Periodic Table
» Chronology of the discovery
» Persons involved in the discovery and naming
» Name origin
» Names that did not make it
13 June 2016: Today I read in the newspaper four new elements were named. Time to update the site again... Earlier this year Tom Sharp has read the whole text and sent me many typos and other errors. I have corrected this. Further I made some changes in the elements in Russian and Esperanto. The last four year I received more additions and correction, I hope to add these in the near future...
22 October 2012: Despite the new structure I didn't have the time for updates. Today I added two newly named elements, Livermorium and Flerovium, and some small corrections were made.
January 2010: After a standstill of a few years finally a major update and a complete restructuring of the site. Because the pages are now programmed in PHP – thanks to my brother René van der Krogt – and the element data and languages are in a database, it will be easier to maintain the site in future.
31 December 2009: Several small changes and photos of the Ytterby Mine added.
29 December 2009: Element 112 named Copernicium.
3 May 2009: Work, work work, and another website take most of my time. I still have the intention to update the site. I am now planning to have the dictionary in a database structure, so it will be easier to update the site. .
First, I would like to thank the persons and companies who gave me permission to use their photos or other information:
Furthermore, chemists and other interested persons of all over the world helped me with additions and corrections in the history and naming of elements: