(Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash)
July marks the first month of the second half of the year. It is a time of summer fun and accomplishing everything before school rolls back around. But just how did this month earn its name?
Believe it or not, the Romans used to call this month Quintilius. It also was the fifth month on the Roman calendar. This name came from the Latin word for “fifth.” Later, the dictator Julius Caesar came in control of the Roman Empire. In the year 46 B.C., he changed the month’s name to July after his own name. Eventually, as changes were made to the calendar, July became the seventh month as we know it today.
So next time you look at your calendar, you can remember how the sunny month of July got its name!