These are the elements in the periodic table with symbols different from their names. Do you know why? Read further to now know. Sodium with Latin name NATRUM had its origin from Persian natrun a natural substance found along Nile. Potassium with Latin name KALIUM had its origin from al-qualyah means calcined ash. Tin with Latin name STANNUM apparently came from stagnum means ‘the same thing’, the origin of stannum may be pre-Indo-European. Lead with Latin name PLUMBUM meas soft metal. Antimony with Latin name STIBIUM. Iron with Latin name FERRUM means sword. Copper with Latin name CUPRUM principally mined on Cyprus. Silver with Latin name ARGENTUM from Indo-European root arg meaning white or shining. Tungsten with Latin name WOLFRAM means wolf cream in German. Gold with Latin name AURUM means shining dawn. Mercury with Latin name HYDRARGYRUM means water-silver.

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