Why is the periodic table organized by atomic number rather than alphabetically?
Undoubtedly, part of the reason is that different languages have different names for different elements.
The word for nitrogen in French is azote ; Greek is "azoto"; Italian is "nitrogene" (I might be wrong on the last). I don't know what it is called in Mandarin. If, however, I use the symbol,
At least today, the chemical symbols of the Periodic Table transcend provincial languages (and of course English is included in that designation!).