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…

July

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: derived from Julius (the month was named after Julius Caesar) which either means “downy-bearded” or else is related to Jupiter, composed of elements dyeus meaning “shine” or “sky” and pater “father”.

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…

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…

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…

Somerled

Origin: Scottish Meaning: Anglicized form of Old Norse Somarliðr meaning “summer traveler” or “summer passerby” from Old Norse elements sumar “summer” and liðr “to pass by” Variants: Somhairle, Sorley

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

January

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin ianuarius after the Roman god Janus, whose name means archway. Janus was the god of doors and beginnings and is depicted as having two heads, one looking backwards and the other forwards. Variants: Januarius, Janvier

December

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: from Latin decem meaning “ten” because, originally, it was the tenth month of the year in the Roman calender, which began with March

Natasha

Origin: Russian ( Наташа ) Meaning: a Russian diminutive of Natalya, meaning “Christmas day” from  Latin natale domini meaning “birth of the lord” and as natalis means “birth” the phrase refers to someone born on or near Christmas Variants: Tasha

Tessa

Origin: English Meaning: diminutive of Theresa, its meaning uncertain but possibly derived from Greek theros (summer) or from Greek therizo (to harvest)

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),…