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Why is September the ninth month when it means 7, and likewise for October, November, December...?
Jessie Churchill, San Francisco, USA
- Septemeber is the ninth month for us, but the Romans had only ten months in their calendar, so the number-names worked out right for them.
Amanda , Norman, OK, USA
- It's one of the things "the Romans did for us" - slotting in two months - July named after Julius Caesar and August named after Augustus Caesar. This nudged the later months along by two and so September became the ninth instead of the seventh month etc.
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- In the Roman calendar there were only ten months - the 7th to 10th being September to December as their names suggest. It was only later when July and August (Julius and Augustus Caesar) were added that they became out of sequence.
Chris Woods, Mt Victoria, NSW, Australia
- The Roman year used to start with spring (1 March) which makes September to December the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months.
Keith Mason, London, UK
- The answer is obvious - the year used to start in March (close to the vernal equinox) rather than January (approximately the winter solstice).In most of Europe confusion over this extended for quite some time, leading to the appearance in historical texts of "old style" dates (year starts March 25) and "new style" (year starts January 1).
Susan Cartwright, Sheffield
- The Roman calendar had March as the first month of the year, so the count is correct: September is the seventh month. What seems somewhat odd is the fact that only the later months, and not all of them, are "counted". Any explication for this?
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- Further to my first answer and later contributions, it's true that there were originally only 10 (lunar) months, with a roughly 64 day 'non month' winter period. However the two extra months, Jan and Feb, were added at the end of the year, giving a year of about 354 days, with a short 'non month' at the end, before the time of Julius Caesar. He reformed the calendar, lengthened the months so they filled up the whole 365 day period, and later the 5th and 6th months (Quintilis and Sextilis) were renamed after him and his successor Augustus. The 'non month' survives in vestigial form as the leap day, February 29.Only later was the new year moved to near the winter solstice.
Keith Mason, London, UK
- Months are named after different things.January - Janus (Roman god)February - forfebrua (Roman word for purification and offerings)March - Mars (Roman god)April - probably from Latin "aperio, aperire" to uncover or openMay - prob from Maiesta (Roman goddess)June - Juno (Roman goddess)July - Julius CaesarAugust - Augustus CaesarSeptember - seventh monthOctober - eighth monthNovember - ninth monthDecember - tenth month
Roger Cline, Big Spring, Texas, USA
- It is the seventh month if you start with March, spring and new growth.
Jack Lewis, Lakeside, USA
- September is also special in that it's spelt with 7 different letters and 9 total letters -- numbers which correspond elegantly to both its root meaning and its calendar placement. No other month can do this trick.
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- September is the ninth month because two months were added to the original ten month calendar, but those months were January and February. Contrary to popular belief the months of July and August were NOT added, they simply were renamed. The month Quintilis (fifth) became July and, years later, Sextilis (sixth) became August. So January and February are the real culprits for the disparity of the names of the months vs. its position on the year.
Eduardo Campos, Monterrey MÃ©xico
- The romans could not count using there x v's all that cerfuddle!!!age 10!:)
tabi, norley England
- Tabi, I realise you are only ten but "there" refers to place as in "over there." You should have written "their" - the posessive pronoun. Also you do not use an apostrophe for plurals (more than one). I hope you don't mind me correcting you.
Martin Davies, Truro, England
- Martin, good remark. But for British people, punctuation that is not part of the quoted sentence should be placed outside the quotation marks!
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- September is named after the Roman emperor Sebtemberus Severus and has nothing to do with the number of the month.
Mike, Houston US
- What if I said that there is only 10 months, November number 9, March is the first... But I think it was only 6 days a week!!that means only 24 days each month!!so ask yourselves,if those born in jan,and feb,and after the 24th,,have always felt lost???well ask them,,because a lot of them do!!!!strange!
nils, oslo norway
- I thought I should correct Martin's spelling. "Possessive" has two "s" and it should be "I hope you don't mind my correcting you", since "correcting" is a verbal noun and requires a possessive adjective. But I like the comments about the Roman months. 30 days hath September...
Gerry Grundy, Kitchener Canada
- Iranian nations have the calendar which starts from 21 March. This calendar is very old and is very precise too. In this calendar the year starts from the first day of spring when the nature is going to become green too. and the last month of this calendar is esfand which has 28 or 29 day like Feb. in European calendar (but Feb. is the second month of the year and this is not logical).It is obviously more logical to start the new year by changing the season from winter to spring. But European follow the Gregorian calendar. Because of religious reasons they tried to make the first day closer to Christmas. As you know the Iranian nations, Indian nations and European nations have the same origin and originally they followed the same calendar. September is the seventh month in Iranian calendar (but not in this name). I mean the seven month of Iranian calendar approximately coincides to September.
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Why are September October November and December not the 7th 8th 9th and 10th months? ›
September, October, November and December are named after Roman numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 – they were originally the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth months of the Roman year. Before July and August were renamed after Roman rulers, they were called Quintilis and Sextilis, meaning fifth and sixth months. How boring!Who Changed September to the 9th month? ›
The meaning of September comes from ancient Rome: Septem is Latin and means seven. The old Roman calendar started in March, making September the seventh month. When the Roman senate changed the calendar in 153 BCE, the new year started in January, and September became the ninth month.Why is September named after 7? ›
SEPTEMBER. September comes from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven,” because it was the seventh month of the early Roman calendar.Which month was originally the ninth month? ›
September (from Latin septem, "seven") or mensis September was originally the seventh of ten months on the ancient Roman calendar that began with March (mensis Martius, "Mars' month"). It had 29 days. After the reforms that resulted in a 12-month year, September became the ninth month, but retained its name.What does the Bible say about the ninth month? ›
 Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It was the ninth month, on the twentieth day of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of this matter, and for the great rain.What is the missing month called? ›
Undecimber or Undecember is a name for a thirteenth month in a calendar that normally has twelve months.Why is September 9 and not 7? ›
September is the ninth month because two months were added to the original ten month calendar, but those months were January and February. Contrary to popular belief the months of July and August were NOT added, they simply were renamed.Why is September 9th important? ›
We have 18 holidays listed for September 9. September 9 is the 252nd day of the Gregorian calendar. On this day, Washington, D.C. was named the capital of the United States, California was admitted the 31st state in the U.S., and Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in the UK's history.What is the 7th month in the Bible? ›
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April, fourth month of the Gregorian calendar. Its name probably derives from the Latin aperire (“to open”), a possible reference to plant buds opening at this time of year in Rome.
Why did they add 2 months to the calendar? ›
The ancestor of the Gregorian calendar was the first Roman calendar which had some differences: it consisted of 10 months rather than 12. In order to synchronise the calendar with the lunar year, the Roman king Numa Pompilius added 2 more months, January and February.Why is June called June? ›
June, sixth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named after Juno, the Roman goddess of childbirth and fertility.What is the 9th month in Hebrew? ›
Kislev or Chislev (Hebrew: כִּסְלֵו, Standard Kīslev Tiberian Kīslēw), also 'Chisleu' in the King James (authorized English) Bible, is the third month of the civil year and the ninth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar.Did November Use the ninth month? ›
November was the ninth month of the calendar of Romulus c. 750 BC. November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. November is a month of late spring in the Southern Hemisphere and late autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.Why is it called October when it is not the eighth month? ›
Why Is October Not the Eighth Month? The meaning of October comes from the Latin word Octo meaning eight. The old Roman calendar started in March, so October was the eighth month. When the Roman senate changed the calendar in 153 BCE, the new year started in January, and October became the tenth month.Why is November not the ninth month? ›
Why Is November Not the Ninth Month? The meaning of November comes from Novem, the Latin word for nine. The old Roman calendar started in March, making November the ninth month. When the Roman senate changed the calendar in 153 BCE, the new year started in January, and November became the eleventh month.Why does the Bible say the day of death is better than the day of birth? ›
The day of death puts an end to all those sufferings & miseries, which their birth was the introduction to, or attended with. 1. THEY were born in Sin: but at Death they are discharg'd from all sin & moral pollution. The Saints were born in sin, as well as others.What is the month of perfection in the Bible? ›
The month of October is the 10th Month of the calendar. 10 is the number of perfection. There are four biblical numbers in the Bible that denote completion or perfection. Three, seven, ten, and twelve all mean completion and perfection.What were the original 13 months called? ›
In 1849 the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798–1857) proposed the 13-month Positivist Calendar, naming the months: Moses, Homer, Aristotle, Archimedes, Caesar, St Paul, Charlemagne, Dante, Gutenberg, Shakespeare, Descartes, Frederic and Bichat.Why was the 13th month removed? ›
In 46BC, Julius Caesar introduced a 12 month calendar that eliminated the need for additional months. By removing the requirement to keep in step with the Moon, the length of a year could be chosen so that it was very close to that of a solar year.
Was there ever 13 months? ›
The 13-month calendar was devised by Auguste Comte in 1849. It was based on a 364-day year which included the one or two "blank" days that Abbé Mastrofini, an Italian Roman Catholic priest, had devised 15 years before. Each of the 13 months had 28 days and exactly four weeks.Why are the months named wrong? ›
Why do the Gregorian months have the wrong names? The Roman calendar originally had ten months, so September was 7th etc. It also began in March, with the months between December and March not belonging to any month.What were the original 10 months? ›
The 10 months were named Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December. The last six names were taken from the words for five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten. Romulus, the legendary first ruler of Rome, is supposed to have introduced this calendar in the 700s B.C.E.Why is November named November? ›
The word, “November”, is derived from the Latin word “novem” meaning “nine” because it was the ninth month of the Roman calendar and December, derived from the Latin word “decem” meaning “ten”, was originally the tenth month.Is September 9 the rarest birthday? ›
The most common birthday is Sept. 9. In second and third place are Sept. 19 and 12. In fact, the entire top 10 list is made of September birthdays between Sept. 9 and 20. Count backward and you're just in time for the holidays, since pregnancy is an average of 40 weeks from last menstruation.How popular is the birthday September 9? ›
According to real birth data compiled from 20 years of American births, mid-September is the most birthday-packed time of the year, with September 9th being the most popular day to be born in America, followed closely by September 19th.Why is October 9 special? ›
World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October, the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union in 1874 in the Swiss Capital, Bern. It was declared World Post Day by the UPU Congress held in Tokyo, Japan in 1969.What was the first month in the Bible? ›
Exodus 12:1-2 states that Nisan is the first month in the intercalation of the new year and the Mishnah in Tractate Rosh Hashanah 1:1 describes the First of Nisan as one of the four beginnings of the Jewish New Year: There are four new years.What does 7 times 7 mean in the Bible? ›
Jesus speaks of forgiveness beyond what anyone had ever considered before: seventy times seven! Many commentaries understand this to mean that Jesus was telling Peter that he should forgive his brother a limitless number of times.Why is 7 lucky in the Bible? ›
In the Bible, scholars claim that God created the world in six days and used the seventh day to rest. Because of this, the number seven is used to illustrate an idea of completeness throughout the Bible. In both Islam and Judaism, there are seven heavens.
Why is July called July? ›
July, seventh month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named after Julius Caesar in 44 bce. Its original name was Quintilis, Latin for the “fifth month,” indicating its position in the early Roman calendar.Why is February named February? ›
February. February is named after a Roman purification festival called februa, which occurred around the fifteenth of this month.How did December get its name? ›
How did December get its name? It comes from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, because this had been the tenth month of an early Roman calendar.What is the true calendar? ›
The Gregorian calendar is the calendar used in most parts of the world. It was introduced on February 24 with a papal bull, and went into effect in October 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII as a modification of, and replacement for, the Julian calendar.What month was removed from the calendar? ›
Changes of 1752
The Julian Calendar was replaced by the Gregorian Calendar, changing the formula for calculating leap years. The beginning of the legal new year was moved from March 25 to January 1. Finally, 11 days were dropped from the month of September 1752.
Because Romans believed even numbers to be unlucky, each month had an odd number of days, which alternated between 29 and 31. But, in order to reach 355 days, one month had to be an even number. February was chosen to be the unlucky month with 28 days.What are the children born in June called? ›
June babies are either a Gemini or Cancer
Gemini birthdays fall between May 22 – June 20, while Cancer birthdays fall between June 21 – July 22. Gemini babies are known for having a curious nature to them, being great communicators as well as seamlessly adapting to different environments.
June is a gender-neutral given name. It is a common female name and a less common male name in English-speaking countries. It comes from the name of the month, which is derived from Juno, the name of a Roman goddess. It is also a short form of the names Juniper, Junia, Junius and Junior.Why are June babies special? ›
Born on the cusp of spring and summer, June babies are often outgoing and friendly. Known as social butterflies, charismatic June babies easily draw everyone's attention, making them attractive both inside and out.What does the month of September mean in Hebrew? ›
Elul (Hebrew: אֱלוּל, Standard ʾElūl, Tiberian ʾĔlūl) is the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a month of 29 days. Elul usually occurs in August–September on the Gregorian calendar.
What is the first month in the Hebrew Bible? ›
Nisan is considered the first month, although it occurs 6 or 7 months after the start of the calendar year. Apples and Honey at Rosh Hashana.What are the original Hebrew months? ›
5) The months are Tishri, Cheshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, Adar, Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, and Elul.What calendar did they use in Jesus time? ›
The Julian calendar is the one that was introduced in the year 46 BC by Julius Caesar to all of the Roman Empire, and it is the calendar that was used during the life of Jesus Christ and at the time of the early Church.What God is September named after? ›
The Romans believed that the month of September was looked after by the god, Vulcan. As the god of the fire and forge they therefore expected September to be associated with fires, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.Was December Originally the tenth month? ›
December was from the Roman calendar. The Roman calendar had only ten months in its year. December was the tenth month which makes sense as the meaning of December is the tenth month. When the calendar was changed to the Julian calendar in 45 BC, he added two months, January and February.Why isn't December the 10th month? ›
Why Is December Not the Tenth Month? The meaning of December stems from the Latin word decem, meaning ten. The old Roman calendar started in March, making December the tenth month. When the Roman senate changed the calendar in 153 BCE, the new year started in January, and December became the twelfth month.Who renamed the months? ›
Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and public holidays are regulated by Pope Gregory XIII's Gregorian Calendar, which is itself a modification of Julius Caesar's calendar introduced in 45 B.C. The names of our months are therefore derived from the Roman gods, leaders, festivals, and numbers.Why is March named March? ›
March, third month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. Originally, March was the first month of the Roman calendar.Why is October the 10th month not the 8th? ›
Why Is October Not the Eighth Month? The meaning of October comes from the Latin word Octo meaning eight. The old Roman calendar started in March, so October was the eighth month. When the Roman senate changed the calendar in 153 BCE, the new year started in January, and October became the tenth month.Why are the months numbered incorrectly? ›
It's one of the things "the Romans did for us" - slotting in two months - July named after Julius Caesar and August named after Augustus Caesar. This nudged the later months along by two and so September became the ninth instead of the seventh month etc.
What is the reason the calendar for September of 1752 is missing 11 days? ›
Changes of 1752
By that time, the discrepancy between a solar year and the Julian Calendar had grown by an additional day, so that the calendar used in England and its colonies was 11 days out-of-sync with the Gregorian Calendar in use in most other parts of Europe.
December was from the Roman calendar. The Roman calendar had only ten months in its year. December was the tenth month which makes sense as the meaning of December is the tenth month. When the calendar was changed to the Julian calendar in 45 BC, he added two months, January and February.Why is it 12 months instead of 13? ›
Why are there 12 months in the year? Julius Caesar's astronomers explained the need for 12 months in a year and the addition of a leap year to synchronize with the seasons. At the time, there were only ten months in the calendar, while there are just over 12 lunar cycles in a year.Why isn't November the 9th month? ›
Why Is November Not the Ninth Month? The meaning of November comes from Novem, the Latin word for nine. The old Roman calendar started in March, making November the ninth month. When the Roman senate changed the calendar in 153 BCE, the new year started in January, and November became the eleventh month.Why was the 13th month removed from the calendar? ›
In 46BC, Julius Caesar introduced a 12 month calendar that eliminated the need for additional months. By removing the requirement to keep in step with the Moon, the length of a year could be chosen so that it was very close to that of a solar year.What year did we skip days? ›
' The English calendar riots of 1752. The eleven days referred to here are the 'lost' 11 days of September 1752, skipped when Britain changed over from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, bringing us into line with most of Europe.What was wrong with the Julian calendar? ›
The problem with the Julian calendar was that it was slightly longer than the solar year. The Julian calendar was 365.25 days long, whereas the solar year is 365.24219 days long. As a result of this, the Julian year produced 1 extra day every year.Why is March called March? ›
March, third month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. Originally, March was the first month of the Roman calendar.Who invented the 12 months of the year? ›
It was Julius Caesar's astronomers who explained the need for twelve months plus the addition of leap year in order to synchronize with the seasons, which is why he elected to add January and February to the calendar. The word Monday shares a similar root, and literally means “day of the moon.”