By: Elliott Lester
- Iron is an element that has been known in its pure form for at least 5,000 years. The name "iron" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "iron" and Scandinavian "iarn" for the metal.
- The element symbol for iron is Fe, which comes from the Latin word for iron, "ferrum".
- Iron is one of the most plentiful elements. It comprises about 5.6% of the earth's crust and almost all of the earth's core.