The timpani has different names in different countries

The word "timpani" is the plural form of the Italian timpano, derived from the Latin tympanum which is thought to come from the ancient Greek tupto ("beat" or "strike"). In modern German as well, they are called pauken, from the medieval German puken meaning "beat," so there is truly a connection with modern and ancient languages. As timpani have been set up as a set of multiple drums since long ago, it is also characterized by the fact that the plural form is commonly used in many languages.