Aztec Zodiac showing the Atl symbol (see arrow), meaning water.
The origin of the word Atlas given to the mountain range in
Northwest Africa has no etymon in any language known to Europe
or Asia Minor. In the time of Herodotus (born 484 B.C.) there
dwelt near this mountain-chain a people called Atlantes. Atlas,
in Greek mythology, was the supporter of the world, son of Poseidon
who was the Founder God of Atlantis. A city named Atlan in the
Panama area when Columbus discovered the American continent.
Atlan, in the Nahuatl language, means amid the water. With Europe,
Africa, America and the waters between all bearing names having
the radical Atl (which finds no place in the etymology of the
Eastern Hemisphere, but which was known to the ancients of the
so-called Old World) which designates the fabled lost continet
between the two hemispheres and also is common to the Americas,
can it be said the circumstance is without significance? (III.
From a MS. In the Museo Nacional de Mexico).
Atlantis - Mother of Empires by Robert B. Stacy-Judd