April is one of four months with 30 days. Its original Latin name was Aprillis, but the origin of this name is unclear.
It probably comes from the Latin word ‘aperire’, meaning ‘to open’, as April is the time of year when flowers open. But it may also be named after the god Aphros, which we know as Aphrodite (or Venus), the god of love, since in Aprillis there was a festival held for Venus.
April was originally the second month of the year, but when January was made the first month in 450BC April became fourth, and it was given 29 days. However when the Roman emperor Julius Caesar revised the calendar in 45BC April gained one day, so now it has thirty.
The first day of April is always the same as the first day of July (this year it is Sunday), and April’s birth-stone is a diamond.
8 thoughts on “April”
Yes, as it should be:
As for Latin and German languages, they are all of same origin!
Do you happen to know if the names of the months have the same basic origin in French and English (and other European languages)?
But May and June did not need to be “feminized”!
May and June, yes, both are also girl’s names. And I suppose Julia and Augusta are too, but I don’t know anyone called September, do you?
Wait until you start with May and June!
To be honest I had never noticed that pictures of Medieval castles showed vegetable and herb gardens. Local food tastes best!
Yes, Avril is a very nice sounding name, isn’t it? And April is a woman’s name too. I wonder if anyone of this name knows that they are named after the goddess of love?
Same source again, isn’t it?
Have you noticed on the painting that Medieval castles included spaces for growing vegetables and herbs?
On another note, April in French is “Avril” and is used as woman’s name in English.