Etruscan, M names, Male, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Mercury

Mercury is the Roman god of trade, commerce, merchants, travelers, and is the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Hermes. It’s also the name of a planet and a metallic chemical element with the symbol Hg (also known as quicksilver). The name derives from Latin mercari meaning “to trade” from merx (merchandise, commodity; goods), which could be derived from Proto-Italic *merk- via a Etruscan source referring to various aspects of economics; or it could be derived from PIE *merĝ- (boundary, border).

Origin: Etruscan, Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Mercurius (Latin)
  • Mercurio (Italian)
  • Mercúrio (Portuguese)
  • Mercutio (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Mercuria (Ancient Roman, Italian)

 

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