Wednesday name meaning

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wednes"day
The fourth day of the week; the next day after Tuesday.

Etymology: OE. wednesdai wodnesdei, AS. Wōdnes dæg, i. e., Woden's day (a translation of L. dies Mercurii); fr. Wōden the highest god of the Teutonic peoples, but identified with the Roman god Mercury; akin to OS. Wōdan, OHG. Wuotan, Icel. Oðinn, D. woensdag Wednesday, Icel. ōðinsdagr, Dan. & Sw. onsdag. See Day, and cf. Woden Wood (a.)

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  1. The fourth day of the week; the third working day

From Middle English Wednesday, Wednesdai, Wodnesdei, from Old English wōdnesdæġ (“Wednesday”), from Proto-Germanic *Wōdanas dagaz, a calque (interpretātiō germānica) of Latin diēs Mercuriī (“day of Mercury”) and Koine Ancient Greek ἡμέρα (hēméra, “day”) Ἑρμοῦ (Hermoû, “of Hermes”), via an association of the god Odin (Woden) with Mercury and Hermes.

Cognate with West Frisian woansdei (“Wednesday”), Dutch woensdag (“Wednesday”), Dutch Low Saxon woonsdag (“Wednesday”), dialectal German Wodenstag (“Wednesday”), Danish onsdag (“Wednesday”), Norwegian Bokmål onsdag (“Wednesday”), Swedish onsdag (“Wednesday”).

  1. (Britain, soccer) nickname of Sheffield Wednesday of the Football League.
  2. The of the week in many religious traditions, and the of the week in systems using the ISO 8601 norm; it follows Tuesday and precedes Thursday.

Wednesday was also found in the following language(s): Middle English

Notable Persons Named Wednesday

Notable Persons Named Wednesday

Wednesday Addams

Wednesday Addams is a fictional character.

Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13 is a horror punk, heavy metal music, glam metal, and outlaw country musician. He plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1992. Wednesday was given the name Joseph Poole on August 12th, 1976 in Lexington, North Carolina. Wednesday is also known as Joe Nothing, Audrey 3, and Buck Bourbon.

Wednesday Martin

Wednesday Martin is a memoir, social commentary, cultural criticism, and biography author, cultural critic, social researcher, and social research. She was most prominent from 1995 to 1995. Wednesday was given the name Wendy K. Martin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wednesday

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is an electronic music, industrial music, avant-garde music, and rock music musician. He plays Bass guitar, Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1976.


Fun Facts about the name Wednesday

  • How Popular is the name Wednesday? Wednesday is the 9,928th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Wednesday have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,151 babies born with the first name Wednesday in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wednesday to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wednesday? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1965 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Wednesday born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wednesday was in 2019 with a total of 77 babies.
  • Random Wednesday Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wednesday is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Wednesday: The name spelled backwards is Yadsendew. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Awdyesden. How do you pronounce that?
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