How The Month Of June Got Its Name

How The Month Of June Got Its Name
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Spring is finally over and summer is now here. That, of course means, that the month of June has also arrived. For both students and teachers, the month of June represents their summer vacation. Still, there are many things which are very interesting about the mid summer month. If you’re like most people, you probably have wondered how the month of June got its name, why and when. The following questions, along with numerous other interesting facts, are explained in the article below.




The History Of June


The month of June, just like the rest of the other months, took their names from the Roman calendar. The Roman calendar however, was reformed and introduced by Julius Caesar, as the Julian calendar in 46 BC.  It was many years later though, when the Julius calendar was then replaced by the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar is what we used today all over the world. Some people believe that June, was named after the Roman goddess Juno. The Roman goddess Juno, is the counterpart to the Greek goddess, Hera. In the Greek mythology world, Juno was the wife of Jupiter. To the Romans, Juno was the queen of the heavens and one of their most important goddesses. Be that as it may, others believe that June received its name from the Latin word ‘juniors,’ which means ‘the younger ones.’


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What many people don’t probably know is that in the original Roman calendar, June was actually the fourth month of the year. However, during the Numa reformation of the Roman calendar, June became the sixth month. In that calendar, it only consisted of just 29 days. It wasn’t until the Roman calendar was reformed again and replaced by the Julian calendar, that June was then given 30 days again.



Interesting Facts About June


Although many of us wonder just why the sixth month is called June, there are various interesting facts about the month most may not know. For one, June was also referred to as the “midsummer month” in Old English. In the Northern Hemisphere, the month of June has the most amount of daylight hours of any other month. On the other hand,  it has the least amount of daylight hours in the Southern hemisphere. For those born during the sixth month of the year, their birthstones are moonstone, pearl and alexandrite. June is also the National month of Dairy, Candy and Ice Tea. 


June Is The Month Of Love

Juno is considered the goddess of marriage, and of married couple’s household, according to etymology. This may explain why so many marriages take place in June. Some believe June to be the month of love. This, even though Valentine’s day falls on the month of February. Another interesting fact about the midsummer month is that it ends on the same day of the week as March, every year! In addition, May and June are the only two months which do not start on the same day of the week, like every other month.


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The birth flowers for the month of June are the beloved and popular rose and the honeysuckle. In the year of 1925, the name June became the 39th most popular name for a baby girl. It catapulted in popularity in the early twentieth century as well. For those that are born in the month of June, take pride in knowing just how special your month is.


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