August

Origin: Latin

Meaning: a form of Augustus, from Latin meaning “great” or “venerable”. It was originally a title given to the first Roman emperor.

Gus and Augie are diminutives of the name.

Augusta and Augustine are feminine forms of the name, while Auguste is a unisex name (feminine in German, masculine in French) as well as Augustine.

Variants: Augusto (Italian, Portuguese, Spanish); Augustus (Latin); Aukusti (Finnish); Augustas, Augusts (Lithuanian); Avgust (Ukrainian, Russian).

June

Origin: English, Latin

Meaning: the name of the sixth month of the year, derived from the name of the Roman goddess Juno, possibly derived from Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful”.

Variants: Juna, Junia, Junie, Djuna

I’ve written an earlier post about this name but figured I’d write another one.

May

Origin: English

Meaning: the month of May got its name from the Greek and Roman goddess Maia. In Greek, it means “mother” from an honorific used to address older women. It also means “midwife”. Maia also means “great” in Latin, the Roman Maia coming from a different etymology as opposed to its Greek counterpart.

May is also used as a diminutive of names such as Mary (to be rebellious; well-fed; bitter, bitterness; or it could come from Egyptian meaning “beloved” or “love”; bitter, drop; myrrh, mistress); Margaret (pearl) or Mabel (lovable).

It’s also a word in English, as well as being an archaic word for “maiden” in Old English.

Variants: Mae, Maye

April

Origin: Latin

Meaning: originally the second month in the ancient Roman calendar, April comes from the adjective aperire “to open” in reference to when the trees and flowers begin to open up.

Aprilia is an elaborate form of the name

This isn’t part of the A-Z challenge but I’ve been doing a profile on each month and I didn’t want April to slip through.

March

Origin: Latin, Welsh,  English

Meaning: from Latin Martius, named after the Roman god of wars Mars, whose name comes from Latin mas meaning “male” or “manly”.

I’ve also seen it listed as a Welsh form of Mark (pronounced the same) which also comes from Mars.

As well as being the third month of the year, march is also a word, referring to the act of marching, to walk in a measured and deliberate manner.

March also comes from Old French marche meaning “boundary”, referring to a tract of land along a border of a country. In Britian, the Marches refer to a belt of land on the boundary with Wales.

February

Origin: Latin

Meaning: it comes from the Roman festival of purification called Februa, from latin februum meaning “purification”. There’s also a Roman god called Februum though from what I gathered, he was named after the festival and not the other way around

Variants: Februarius

June

Origin: English, Latin

Meaning: comes from Latin Juno, its meaning uncertain. It could be related to youth or possibly of Etruscan origin related to the meaning alone, one, unit. Other sources report it as queen of the heavens.

June is a unisex name although it’s probably more popular for girls than boys.

Variants: Juna (f), Junia (f), Junilla (f), Junius (m), Iunius (m)