28 June, 2016

The Name Origin / Meaning of English Months

1. JANUARY: named after Janus, the god of doors
and gates.
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2. FEBRUARY: named after Februalia, a time period
when sacrifices were made to atone for sins.
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3. MARCH: named after Mars, the god of war.
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4. APRIL: from aperire, Latin for “to open” (buds).
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5. MAY: named after Maia, the goddess of growth
of plants.
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6. JUNE: from junius, Latin for the goddess Juno.
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7. JULY: named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.
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8. AUGUST: named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C.
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9. SEPTEMBER: from septem, Latin for “seven”.
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10. OCTOBER: from octo, Latin for “eight”.
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11. NOVEMBER: from novem, Latin for “nine”
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12. DECEMBER: from decem, Latin for “ten”.
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NOTE: The earliest calendar was a 10- month
one, beginning with March; thus, September was
the seventh month, October, the eighth, etc. July
was originally called Quintilis meaning fifth;
August was originally called Sextilis, meaning
sixth.

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