Why is it called October?

Did you ever wonder why October is called October? The prefix Octo means eight, but October is the tenth month. And when you think about it, November sounds like it should refer to the ninth month, en December seems like it should be the tenth.
The answer is that there used to be only ten months in a year:

1. Martius
2. Aprilis
3. Maius
4. Iunius
5. Quintilis
6. Sextilis
7. September
8. October
9. November
10. December

In this calendar, which is said to have been invented by Rome’s legendary founder Romulus in about 700 B.C., October is number eight, November is the ninth month and so on. It’s amazing that almost all of the months’ names are still the same today, except for Quintilis and Sextilis.
If you feel that July and August are missing, that’s because they weren’t added until centuries later, by Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar, respectively.


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7 Responses to Why is it called October?

  1. Cinz says:

    oh my…what gorgeous and colorful flowers!!!!!!!!! i loveee flowers so i always love it when you post flowers on your posts, every now and then:)

    And thanks for a little history too,hehe.i never knew that! I’m glad to hear my Sept bday month already existed way back,lol. Which month is your birthday if you dont mind me asking, Antonia???:)


  2. Lisa says:

    Ah, i get an instant summer vibe :) And I didn’t know octo means eight! But now I realize.. A Octopus has eight tentacles. Haha!

  3. Laura says:

    Awesome! I love to understand word meanings/etymology.

    Also, random news (wont be blogging about it)….IM ENGAGED!!! :D Wedding planning fun begins!

    • Antonia says:

      WHAT!!! Congratulations, Laura!!!! What a lucky guy he is:) When are you planning the wedding?

      • Laura says:

        Probably early 2014…we want to get married in Puerto Rico (but also avoid the 2013 hurricane season!) :D I’ve become obsessed with a site called weddingwire.com . It’s so good for organizing everything!

        • Antonia says:

          Amazing! You have so much fun ahead of you! (I’m checking out that site right now)
          When did you decide to? And who proposed?:) I’m so excited for you!

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