Naming the Sun and Ancient Deities
Unlike most of the planets in our solar system, the Sun’s name is not derived from some Roman God. The word Sun is believed to stem from the Old English spelling of Sunne. It wasn’t always known as the Sun, though. Ancient Greece dubbed the flaming orb Helios, the son of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. In Ancient Rome, the Sun was known as Sol, Latin for Sun, and was attributed to the deities Sol and the less popular Sol Indiges. For Ancient Egyptians, the Sun took form as the God Ra, who was later merged with Horus to create Ra-Horakhty, or the god of the sky, Earth, and the underworld.