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January is named for Janus, the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology. January is the door to the year.
   
February was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 in the old Roman calendar.
   

March

In Finnish, the month is called maaliskuu, which originates from maallinen kuu meaning earthy month. This is because in maaliskuu earth started to show from under the snow.

 

April

The traditional etymology from the Latin aperire, "to open," in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open"

 

   

May

The month may have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, the goddess of fertility, whose festival was held in May.

   

June

The month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera

   
July was renamed for Julius Caesar, who was born in that month. Previously, it was called Quintilis in Latin, since it was the fifth month in the ancient Roman calendar.

   August was renamed in honor of Augustus in 8 BC because several of the most significant events in his rise to power, culminating in the fall of Alexandria, fell in this month. It was originally named Sextilis.

 

   

September

In Latin, septi means "seven" and septem means "seventh"; September was in fact the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC.

 

   

October

In Latin, octo means "eight". October was also the eighth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.

 

   

November

In Latin, novem means "nine". November was also the ninth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.

 

 

   December

In Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.