Literally meaning: “pertaining to Pallas”
Origin: Anc Greek
Παλλάς/Pallas=goddess Athena o( Greek mythology) >πάλλω/pallo= brandish in reference to the goddess brandishing the spear. Another theory is that the name was derived by Παλλάς, a friend of Athena who was accidentally killed by goddess who took her name in order to honour her. It is more probable that Pallas is the same word as pallax (=a virgin, or maiden).
Palladium was discovered in 1803 by English chemist William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828) and named after the asteroid Pallas discovered the previous year by German astronomer Olbers. Pallas was the Greek goddess of wisdom.
Palladium is a chemical element with atomic number 46 and atomic mass 106.42. Palladium together with phodium, ruthenium, iridium, platinum belongs to the platinum group. It is a soft silver-white metal that resembles platinum.