Periodic Table Element Etymologies

We give you the origin of the name, and you'll guess the element.
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Named After
Element
German for Goblin
Cobalt
Rose-colored
Rhodium
Indigo
Indium
A dwarf planet | Roman goddess of agriculture
Cerium
Stannum
Tin
Greek goddess of the rainbow
Iridium
The sun
Helium
The legendary founder of the Grecian Thebes
Cadmium
Nater/Headache
Sodium
Originally meaning Shining, got its name from Radium
Radon
Ferrum/Holy Metal
Iron
Stibium/Monk-Killer/Never Alone
Antimony
Little Silver
Platinum
Inventor of the Periodic Table
Mendelevium
Home of the Oak Ridge Power Plant
Tennessine
Artificial/Craft
Technetium
A Soviet physicist (Named after he died)
Flerovium
Pale-green
Chlorine
Sulfre/Sulpur
Sulfur
France
Francium
The 8th planet | Roman god of the sea
Neptunium
Before Actinium
Protactinium
To flow
Fluorine
Ray in Greek
Actinium
The founder of x-rays
Roentgenium
Bitter salt
Aluminum
The Rhine
Rhenium
Greek for violet
Iodine
Cyprus
Copper
New twin
Neodymium
The United States/The continent Columbus "discovered"
Americium
A Russian mine official
Samarium
Ruthenia
Ruthenium
The creator of the first chain reaction
Fermium
Otto Hahn's female partner
Meitnerium
Charcoal
Carbon
Argentum/Shining
Silver
Pipes/Plumbum
Lead
A town in Sweden, the third element to be found there
Erbium
The creator of E=mc^2
Einsteinium
Latin name for Paris
Lutetium
A city in California (The University of California's main location)
Berkelium
A town in Sweden, the fourth element to be found there
Ytterbium
A city in Germany
Darmstadtium
Early name for Scandinavia
Thulium
Greek for Color
Chromium
A "planet" | Roman god of the Underworld
Plutonium
Japan
Nihonium
Stench/Bad Smell
Bromine
The person who created one of the earliest atomic models
Rutherfordium
Green shoot
Thallium
The 7th planet | Greek personification of heaven
Uranium
Nitre
Nitrogen
Greek for new
Neon
Greek for water
Hydrogen
The most populous US state
Californium
Kalium | Potash
Potassium
German state
Hassium
Latin for Earth
Tellurium
Named After
Element
Inventor of the cyclotron
Lawrencium
Norse goddess of beauty
Vanadium
Norse god of thunder
Thorium
Danish physicist who composed the modern atomic model
Bohrium
Greek word for lead
Molybdenum
White mass
Bismuth
Greek for odor
Osmium
Latin for magnet | A region in Greece (1st element to be named after the region)
Manganese
The astronomer who composed the Heliocentric theory
Copernicium
The capital of Russia
Moscovium
German for point
Zinc
Greek for hidden
Krypton
The discoverers of Polonium and Radium
Curium
Greek for moon
Selenium
Latin for grayish-blue
Cesium
Latin for ray
Radium
A laboratory in Russia
Dubnium
German for devil (Copper Devil)
Nickel
Swedish for heavy stone/Wolfram
Tungsten
The discoverer of many elements of the Actinides
Seaborgium
A son of Zeus (Famous for a punishment)
Tantalum
Roman name for France | Latin for rooster
Gallium
A continent that has a Union
Europium
Greek for "lie hidden"
Lanthanum
Latin for red
Rubidium
Germany
Germanium
The Greek personification of the Morning Star
Phosphorus
Scandinavia
Scandium
An asteroid
Palladium
Latin name for Copenhagen
Hafnium
Acid
Oxygen
A group of deities that preceded the Olympians
Titanium
A region of Greece (The second element to be named after that region)
Magnesium
A Swedish town, the first to be found there
Yttrium
Borax
Boron
Latin for Stockholm
Holmium
The daughter of Tantalus | Formerly named after the explorer who "discovered" America
Niobium
A Russian physicist (Named when he was still alive)
Oganneson
Latin for Flint
Silicon
Greek for "Green Twin"
Praseodymium
Greek for "Stone"
Lithium
Beryl | Formerly named after the Greek word for sweet (Don't try tasting this, though.)
Beryllium
A Finnish chemist
Gadolinium
The Greek giver of fire
Promethium
Latin for lime
Calcium
Latin for Liquid Silver | The messenger of the Roman Gods
Mercury
A town in Scotland
Strontium
A lab in California
Livermorium
Yellow | Shining Dawn
Gold
Greek for Yellow Orpiment | Gold
Arsenic
Persian for "Gold-colored"
Zirconium
Greek for "Hard to get at"
Dysprosium
Poland
Polonium
Greek for lazy
Argon
Greek for strange
Xenon
The inventor of dynamite
Nobelium
A town in Sweden, the second to be found there
Terbium
Greek for heavy
Barium
Greek for unstable
Astatine
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