Gaia (or Ge) was the great primeval earth goddess, the first creature to be born from Chaos. The name is simply the Greek for 'earth', which usually appears in the form ge (as in 'geography') but also has the poetic form gaia, used for the name of the goddess, and occasionally aia. In Doric Greek, ge is sometimes da, but this does not seem to be the origin of the name Demeter.