THE ATL SYMBOL IN THE AZTEC ZODIAC
The 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).
From Atlantis - Mother of Empires by Robert B. Stacy-Judd