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ContributorContrib.Lucille on 5/4/2017
Meaning & History
Derived from Proto-Indo-European *perkwunos
, which itself is ultimately derived from Proto-Indo-European *perkwus
meaning "oak tree" or "fir tree". Also compare Perun
In Baltic mythology, Perkūnas is the name of the god of thunder, rain, mountains, oak trees and the sky. His name has stayed the same in Lithuanian (where his name has even become synonymous with thunder), but it has changed slightly in the other Baltic languages over time: for example, in Latvian, his name is now Pērkons