Easter was first known as "pasch" meaning Passover. Its root is still used in the French (Paques), Latin (Pascha) and Spanish (Pascua) words for Easter. The English word "Easter" shares roots with:
- the Middle High German word for resurrection Urstand.
- the word "east" and the rising of our sun, Jesus.
- the term "in albis" for the white baptismal garments worn at Church which sounded like the plural of alba (dawn), again, our rising dawn, Jesus.
- the old Anglo-Saxon month called Eosturmonath (April) in which Easter is frequently celebrated.