Ring Finger Meaning | Names of all 5 Fingers

I just got married!

But that got me curious. 

Why do we keep the rings on that particular finger?

curious pavel with red tshirt pointing at his hand with a wedding ring on the ring finger

Did you know that every finger has a name?

The thumb, pinky, and middle finger are well known. The not-so-popular ones are the index finger (or the pointer), and the ring finger

But why is this the ring finger???

Legend has it, the ring finger has a vein that goes directly to the heart, so lovers’ hearts would be connected by their rings.

The early Romans called this the Vena Amoris, or vein of love.

So romantic, isn’t it?

Ring Finger Meaning | Names of all 5 Fingers

However, our modern-day understanding of anatomy shows that all fingers have the same connections to the heart.

Well, that’s disappointing! ;(

Historically, wedding rings have been documented to be worn on every finger, even the thumb. Today, wedding rings are most commonly worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. But some countries including India, Germany, Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, and Russia traditionally wear their wedding rings on their right hand. 

But with time, this became just one of those things – that you do but don’t really know where it originates from.

Ring finger or index finger.  Left hand or right hand. It doesn’t really matter. 

What really matters is the connection with your partner.

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