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Names of Months


As with the names of the days of the week, the English names for the month's of the year, ultimately derives from the Roman civilization of antiquity, and the Latin language which the Romans used. One thing to note is that the Romans began their years in March, and this is reflected in the names of the months. Additionally, it should be noted that the Roman calendar did evolve over time - the final version of the calendar, the Julian calendar, was introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BCE, and remained in use until long after the fall of the Roman Empire (until the 1582, or even later in some countries).

Here are the modern names of the months, and the Roman/Latin source from which their names derive:
  • January - Named after Janus, the Roman god of doors beginnings, sunsets and sunrises.

    Bust of Janus:
    Janus

  • February - Named after a festival celebrated on February 15th which marked the forgiveness of sins - "februare" is Latin for "to purify".

  • March - Named after Mars, the Roman god of war.

    Statue of Mars:
    Mars

  • April - Derivation uncertain, but possibly derived from Aphrodite (the Greek name of Venus, the goddess of love), or "aperire" which is Latin for "to open".

  • May - Named after Maia, a Roman goddess said to be the daughter of Atlas, and the mother of Mercury.

  • June - Named after Juno, the chief Roman goddess.

    Statue of Juno:
    Juno

  • July - Originally named quintilis, meaning 5th month, as it was the 5th month of the Roman calendar. The month was renamed to honor Julius Caesar in 44 BCE, at the suggestion of Mark Anthony.

    Julius Caesar:
    Julius Caesar

  • August - Originally named sextilis, meaning 6th month, as it was the 6th month of the Roman calendar. The month was renamed to honor Augustus Caesar in 8 BCE.

    Bust of Augustus:
    Augustus

  • September - Named after septem, Latin for 7, as it was the 7th month of the Roman calendar.

  • October - Named after octo, Latin for 8, as it was the 8th month of the Roman calendar.

  • November - Named after novem, Latin for 9, as it was the 9th month of the Roman calendar.

  • December - Named after decem, Latin for 10, as it was the 10th month of the Roman calendar.



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