April

April is the name of the fourth month of the year in English. Although the etymology behind it is unclear, it’s often been believed to be derived from Latin aperire meaning “to open” in reference to when the flowers and trees begin to bloom. The name has also been linked to Etruscan Apru, the Etruscan form of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, pleasure, and beauty. The first part of the name comes from Greek aphros (foam) in reference to her being born from the sea foam, while the second part is a little trickier; it could be linked to either *-odite (wanderer) or *-dite (bright, shine), the latter being linked to an epithet of the goddess of dawn, Eos. Other theories link it to being pre-Greek in origin.

Origin: Latin, Greek

Variants:

  • Avril (French)
  • Abril (Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian)

 

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