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Where did the months get their names?
It would be easier if the months was named Month 1, Month 2, Month 3… Where did the
English names for the months come from?
All of the English names for the months come from the Latin language. The Romans spoke
Latin 2000 years ago. The English names for the months come from the old Roman calendar.
January: It is named after Janus. Janus had two faces. He could look in front to the new
year, and look back to the old year.
February: It is named after Februs, a festival of cleaning.
March: It is named after Mars, the Roman leader of war.
April: comes from the Latin words a perire. A perire means to open. This is the time of
year when the flowers ‘open.’
May: named after Maia, a popular woman in Roman stories. She brings spring every year.
June: named after juniores. Juniores means ‘young men.’
July: named after Julius Caesar. He was a Roman leader.
August: named after Augustus Caesar. He was another Roman leader.
September: It comes from the Latin word septem which means seven. In old Rome,
September used to be the seventh month. Now it is the ninth month.
October: It comes from the Latin word octo which means eight. In old Rome, October
used to be the eighth month. Now it is the tenth month.
November: It comes from the Latin word novem which means nine. In old Rome,
November used to be the ninth month. Now it is the eleventh month.
December: It comes from the Latin word decem which means ten. In old Rome,
December used to be the tenth month. Now it is the twelfth month.
Now you know where the English names of the months come from!