If you had never seen a goldfish before and had to think up a name for it, what do you it would be? Perhaps you would look at its bright color in the sun and say it looks golden, so let’s call it “goldfish”? Well, many fish got their names because of their appearance or some special quality about them.
For example, “shark” comes from the Greek Karckarios and the Latin Tartarus, which means “sharp teeth”! Does the porpoise resemble a hog a little bit? It gets its name from the Latin words porcus pieces, which means “hog-fish”. The swordfish is an easy one.
The upper jaw of this fish really looks like a sword. The whale is simply the modem spelling of an Anglo Saxon word heal. be sunfish is so named because it has a round shape like the sun. That catfish got its name because of its large, glaring eyes. Is there any question as to how the flying fish got its name?
The “sole” comes from the Latin word 3olea which means “the bottom”. Herring comes from an Anglo-Saxon word haring, which means “a multitude”, or “many”, and of course the herring is always found in multitudes.
Have You Ever Examined A Mackerel?
Then you probably noticed the spots on it. The word “mackerel” comes to front the Danish word mackerel which means “spots”! A “smelt” got its name because it has a peculiar smell.
What’s Interesting About The Salmon?
The way it jumps over obstacles on its way upstream. So the word “salmon” comes from the Latin Salerno which means a “leaping fish”! The trout loves to go after bait. And “trout” comes from the Latin tract, which means “the greedy fish”.
Who Named The Fish In The Sea?
The fish is named after a sailor, Herbert Swire, an officer on the HMS Challenger expedition in the late 1800s that first discovered the Mariana Trench.