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Where did the elements get their names?

New elements can be named after a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, a property or a scientist. The names have to be unique and maintain "historical and chemical consistency". This means a lot of "-iums". "They're Latinising the name," explains chemist Andrea Sella of University College London.

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Accordingly, how are elements discovered and named?

In keeping with tradition, elements are named after a mythological concept or character (including an astronomical object); a mineral, or similar substance; a place or geographical region; a property of the element; or a scientist.

Similarly, how do scientists name elements when they are discovered? When it comes to new elements, the IUPAC invites discoverers to propose names, which it then considers and puts up for approval. For these names, the IUPAC observes tradition and allows new elements to be named after: A mythological concept or character (including an astronomical object) Mineral or similar substance.

Beside above, where did the names of the elements come from?

42 elements' names are derived from Greek; 23 from Latin; 11 from English; five are Anglo-saxon; five German; five Swedish; two Norse; three Russian, and one apiece for Japanese, Sanskrit, Gaelic, Arabic and Spanish.

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