The Names of the Months


January:
named after Janus, the god of doors and gates

 

February:
named after Februalia, a time period when sacrifices were made to atone for sins

 



March
:
named after Mars, the god of war

April:
from aperire, Latin for “to open” (buds)

 



May:
named after Maia, the goddess of growth of plants

June:
from junius, Latin for the goddess Juno



 

July:
named after Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.



August:
named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C.

September:
from septem, Latin for “seven”

October:
from octo, Latin for “eight”

November:
from novem, Latin for “nine”

December:
from decem, Latin for “ten”

 


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