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How did the Earth get its name?

The answer on Wikipedia is a bit short and unhelpful.


I was not just referring to its English name - in the few languages I know it translates to basically the same meaning. Even "Tu" translates to "earth; soil".

Maybe I should have asked: Was it named after its soil? Or did it get its name from a religion, legend, etc.?

Are there any other names (in any language) that have a different meaning?

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closed as off topic by Anixx, Joe, knut, Mark C. Wallace, American Luke Apr 23 '13 at 21:37

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I think it is a question for linguistics.SE rather than history. –  Anixx Apr 23 '13 at 15:36
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Why is the wikipedia answer unhelpful? How does it fall short? A sizeable plurality of people don't call it Earth. They call it tu. Any name for any planet is an arbitrary label, and language isn't normative; any label is pretty much the same as any other. –  Mark C. Wallace Apr 23 '13 at 16:02
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@MarkC.Wallace - Surprisingly, no - there are more English speakers than standard Mandarin speakers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… –  RI Swamp Yankee Apr 23 '13 at 16:50
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Actually, English.SE successfully fields questions like this one all the time. –  T.E.D. Apr 23 '13 at 17:50
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Much improved question. I'm still not sure that the answer is found in historical scholarship. I think the last question is probably the most important in answering the question, but I think it is clearly not a question about history. (I apologize for the digression about language). –  Mark C. Wallace Apr 24 '13 at 15:01