ETYMOLOGY



The word elephant is based on the Latin word, elephas, which is also the Greek word, and can be seen in Linear B (Mycenaean writing) as e-re-pa and e-re-pa-to. In the time of Homer, the word elephant was used to describe ivory, but over time it was used for the animal itself. In the 1300's, old french called Elephants elefant, pronounced, olyfaunt in Middle English, which moved to the modern day spelling of Elephant. In Swahili, they are referred to as Ndovu or Tembo, and in Sanskrit are called hastin.

Regardless of where you are in the world, an elephant can be named many things in different languages. However, many people think that this long lasting history of elephants help to show how long they've been around on the Earth, and how many cultures talked about these large mammals who shared the grounds we walked.

Below is a small list of some human names that refer to elephants if you ever wanted your children to be named after the great mammals:

Airaawat - a boys name, originated in both Hindi and Sanskrit, meaning "the celestial white elephant", with the desire of stability
Adrha-Matanga - a boys name, originated in Hindi, meaning "elephant of the cloud", with the desire of freedom
Devi Kunjara - a girls name, originated in Pali, meaning "divine elephant", with the desire of recognition
Gajendra - a boy and girl name, originated in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayali, Marathi, Punjabi, and Sanskrit, meaning "the elephant king", with the desire of solitude
Ibha - a girl name, originated in Sanskrit, meaning "elephant", with the desire of recognition
Ivory - a girl name, originated in Latin, meaning "as white as an elephants tusk", with the desire of responsibility

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