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How Did The Months Get Their Names?

Dec 27 | How Did The Months Get Their Names?

Julius Caesar for whom the month of July was named.

January | Januarius named after Janus; the god of beginnings.

February | Februarius after Februa; the feast of purification.

March | Martius which means the month of Mars; the god of war. March was the first month of the Roman year.

April | Aprilis which is thought to derive from the name of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite.

May | Maius derived from the name of the Greek goddess of spring and growth, Maia.

June | Junius derived from the name of the goddess Juno, Queen of the gods.

Follow up:

July | Julius after Julius Caesar for whom it was named in 44 BC. Originally July, the 5th month in the old Roman calendar, was called Quintilis. Caesar was born in the month of July.

August | Augustus named for Augustus Caesar in the year 8 BC. The original name was Sextilis which meant 6th month.

September | September which means 7th month in the early Roman calendar.

October | October meaning 8th month in the early Roman calendar.

November | November which means 9th month of the early Roman calendar.

December | December meaning 10th month.

 

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