This is How the Months Got Their Names
Today, you’re recovering from all the Happy New Year hoopla yesterday. I’m sure you’re smart enough not to be hungover, but you’re probably tired. Many of you are savoring a cup of good coffee and cruising the internet while you relax. After all, 2021 was as tough as 2020, the beginning of CoVidfor entertainment
Since we’re in the first month of the new year, here’s something I found interesting. You may find it informative if only to add to your treasury of trivia knowledge. How the Months Got Their NamesJanuary was named for the Roman god Janus who was the protector of gates and doorways. Janus is always shown with two faces—one looking into the past and one looking into the Future.
February was named after the Roman Februalia which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement. The Latin word februa from which Februalia derives means to cleanse.
March was named for Mars, the Roman god of war. This month which brought spring was the time of year for war or military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter to resume.
April comes from the Latin word aperio which means to open or bud. This was the month when plants began to grow again.
May was named for Maia, the Roman goddess who ruled over plant growth, and for the Latin word, maiores, meaning elders, because this was the month elders were celebrated.
June was named for Juno, the Roman goddess who was the patroness of marriage and the well-being of all women, as well as deriving from the Latin word juvenis, which means young people.
July was named in honor of Julius Caesar (100 BC—44 BC), who in 46 BC with the assistance of Sosigenes, created the Julian calendar. His calendar was the precursor of the Gregorian calendar that we still use in today’s world.
August was named in honor of the first Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar (63 BC-AD 14)who was the grandnephew of Julius Caesar.
September comes from septem, the Latin word meaning seven. In the early Roman calendar, this month was the seventh month.
October comes from Octo, the Latin word for eight because, in the early Roman calendar, this month was the eighth month.
November comes from novem, the Latin word for nine because this was the ninth month in the early Roman calendar.
December comes from decem, the Latin word for ten because this was the tenth month of the early Roman calendar.