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Elements named after places
Guess the names of the elements named after places
Only real places, mythological places don't count.
Extraterrestrial places (e.g. planets, asteroids) have their own quiz.
As of May 31, 2012 the IUPAC has officially approved the names for the elements 114 and 116
Last updated: September 1, 2014
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October 28, 2012
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Named after a continent which is commonly called the 'new world'
City in California with a famous University
State and homonymous university in the USA
Named after the island of Cyprus
German city, whose name literally means 'intestine city'
Town in Russia with the status of naukograd (town of science)
Named after a village on the Swedish island of Resarö near Stockholm (1)
Named after a continent which is commonly called the 'old world'
Largest country in western Europe, famous for its wine and food
Latin name of the previous mentioned country
Most populous country in the Europe, famous for its beer and leatherpants
Latin name of Copenhagen
Latin name of the German state of Hesse
Latin name of Stockholm
Named after a research institute in California
Latin name of Paris
Named after a district in Thessalya, Greece
Named after the country in which Marie Curie was born
Latin name of a long and important river in western Europe
Latin name of the largest country in the world
Latin name of a peninsula in nothern Europe
Named after a small village in the Scottish highlands
Named after a village on the Swedish island of Resarö near Stockholm (2)
Named after a village on the Swedish island of Resarö near Stockholm (3)
Named after a village on the Swedish island of Resarö near Stockholm (4)
Jul 29, 2013
Really cool quiz, although I didn't do very well. Learned from it! But I would argue that Poland (Polonium) was a *communist* country, but not "Soviet." From the clue, I was thinking...Latvia? Lithuania? Georgia? I.e., former Soviet republics.
Jul 30, 2013
Hmm, that's a legitimate complain indeed. I think I'll change the clue for Polonium to make this one unambiguous. Thanks for the suggestion and I'm happy you enjoyed the quiz.
Nov 27, 2013
Doesn't Manganese also come from the same root as magnesium (and also magnet)? So wouldn't it also be named after a district in Thessalya, Greece?
Aug 31, 2014
How about Strontian/Strontium?
Sep 2, 2014
Everyone makes mistakes, it should be fixed by now.
Nov 28, 2014
Dec 4, 2014
Samarium was isolated from the mineral samarskite, named in honour of a Russian mine official, Colonel Samarski, and which therefore gave samarium its name.
Nov 28, 2014
Dec 4, 2014
Indium is named after the indigo line in it's spectrum
Apr 15, 2017
Nihonium? After Japan (Because Nihon is Japan Japanese)
Apr 21, 2017
You're correct, last year IUPAC made the name of four new elements official. I just didn't keep the quiz up to date since it's already three years old, not that popular and not eligible for points.
Feb 28, 2018
I know it happened after you wrote the quiz, but it only takes a few minutes to add Moscovium, Nihonium, and Tennesine. It won't be a constant labour; there may not be any new elements now that 118 has been named. Anyway, you also missed Manganese which, like Magnesium, was named after Magnesia. Also, Thulium was named after Thule, whose location is still debated, but was probably Norway. You could say something like, "A location on medieval maps, whose exact location is unknown", or just say "Ultima ____".
Dec 30, 2018
Agree with everything that sumguy said ( besides that thule was probably norway ;) (spend quite some time researching it myself) but indeed you could say a mythological place shown on old maps because of mention in old documents about a place far north ( sorry for the bad english).
Jul 1, 2018
nihonium, tennessine and moscovium should be on here. Nihonium is named for Japan. Tennessine is named after Tennessee and Moscovium is named for Moscow respectively.
Oct 1, 2019
Nice quiz! Note that Europe is not synonymous with the old world, but rather part of it, along with Asia and Africa. And the spelling is Thessaly, without the a at the end.
Jul 13, 2020
Also Rhodium was named after Rhodesia if I remember correctly
Jun 25, 2021
how did that small place in sweden get two elements named after it?
Jun 25, 2021
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