June

June is the sixth month of the year according to the Julian calendar. The name derives from the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and goddess of marriage and women; Hera is her Greek counterpart. Her name is possibly related to Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful” from Proto-Indo-European *yeu- meaning “vital force”, related to her role as a goddess of childbirth.

June may also be related to Latin iuniores meaning “the younger ones”.

Origin: Latin, Proto-Indo-European

Variants:

  • Junie
  • Juno
  • Junia (Ancient Roman)

 

Male forms:

  • Junius (Ancient Roman)

 

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Moon

Moon comes from Old English mona from Proto-Germanic *menon- from Proto-Indo-European me(n)ses meaning “month, moon” from *meh “to measure”. Moon is also a Korean surname from Chinese Wen meaning “literature, culture, writing”, as well as being an English surname with several possible origins behind it: it may have originated from Cornish mon “thin”, originally a nickname for a thin or slender person; it also derives from a place name in France, a village called Moyon. It could also have risen from Anglo-Norman moun or mon meaning “monk”, a nickname for someone who lived like a monk, or it could be from an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Mocháin “descendant of Mochán”, the latter meaning “early, timely”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Korean, Cornish, Anglo-Norman

Variants:

  • Mun (Korean)

 

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)