Does Easter really come from Eostre?

A popular claim is that Easter was simply a repurposed pagan festival and the name is derived from the ancient goddess Eostre.

Is this really true?

If you go to the Wikipedia page on Easter, and proceed to dig into where the word “Easter” comes from, then you find this …

The modern English term Easter, cognate with modern Dutch ooster and German

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David Gamble

David Gamble

Blogger and writer with a keen interest in science, skepticism, critical thinking, and many other weird and whacky topics.