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Origins of the Months Names

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January From the Roman republican calendar month Januarius, named for Janus, god of beginnings and doorways.

February From Roman republican calendar month Februarius, named for Februa, the feast of purification held on the 15th.

March From Roman republican calendar month Martius, named for the god Mars.

April From Roman republican calendar month Aprilis. The Romans considered the month sacred to the goddess Venus, and its name may derive from that of her Greek equivalent, Aphrodite.

May From Roman republican calendar month Maius, probably named for the goddess Maia.

June From Roman republican calendar month Junius, probably named for the goddess Juno.

July From Roman republican calendar month Julius, named for Julius Caesar in 44 BC.

August From Roman republican calendar month Augustus, named for the emperor Augustus in 8 BC.

SeptemberSeventh month of early Roman republican calendar, from Latin septem, or seven.

October Eighth month of early Roman republican calendar, from Latin octo, or eight.

November Ninth month of early Roman republican calendar, from Latin nove, or nine.

December Tenth month of early Roman republican calendar, from Latin decem, or ten.

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