In the Homeric Hymn to Hermes it is claimed that Πάν (Pán) derives from πᾶν (pân), neuter nominative singular of πᾶς (pâs, “every”) because "he delighted all".
Alternatively, the deity may be of Indo-European origin; see Sanskrit पूषन (pūṣana) "Pushan," literally "nourisher," a Vedic god associated with guarding and multiplying cattle.
Πᾱ́ν • (Pā́n) (genitive Πανός); m, third declension
- (Greek mythology) Pan, the Greek god of shepherds and nature
- p. 1,020 in S. C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Attic Language. Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited. 1950.