Moon Month Names
Many of the old names for full moons had to do with natural phenomenon and agricultural practices. The American Indian tribes named their moons according to the important events of their climate and territory regions. Many English names had to do with practices that reach back into historic agricultural culture in the island of Britain. Settlers brought those to America. If you live in Australia, “down under” , you’d have to turn the terms around for many of the full moon names. I looked for something comparable in Aboriginal terms, but didn’t find any information on that.
Names for the December Moons include Cold Moon, Oak Moon, Wolf Moon,Long Night’s Moon, Aerra Geola (Month Before Yule), Wintermonat (Winter Month), Heilagmanoth (Holy Month), Big Winter Moon, Moon of Popping Trees, Deer Shed Their Horns.
Names for the January Moons include Chaste Moon, Cold Moon, Disting Moon, Moon of Little Winter, Quiet Moon, Snow Moon, Wolf Moon. Strong Cold
Names for the February Moons include Big Winter Moon, Horning Moon, Hunger Moon, Ice Moon, Red Cleansing Moon, Storm Moon, Sun Moon, Quickening Moon, Wild Moon, Chaste Moon Dark Red Calves, Trapper’s Moon
January’s wolf moon is taken from medieval English, but February’s ice moon is of Celtic origin.
November: Snow or beaver moon — snow moon is medieval English. Beaver moon is Colonial American. The Chinese knew it as the white moon, and the Celts called it the dark moon.
December: Cold moon — the Celts called this moon the cold moon. It was Christmas moon to the Colonial Americans, and bitter moon to the Chinese.
Names for the March Moons include Worm Moon, Crow Moon, [Snow]Crust Moon, Sap
Moon, Lenten Moon, Windy Moon, Moose Hunter Moon, Cottonball Moon,
Names for the April Moons include Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Shad Moon, Moon of the Red Grass Appearing, Sugar Maker Moon, Moon of the Big Leaves, Ice Breaking Moon,Gray Goose Moon,
Names for the May Moons include Corn Planting Moon, Milk Moon, Blossom Moon, Frog Moon, Mulberry Moon,
Names for the June Moons include Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Honey Moon, Turtle Moon,
Names for the July Moons include Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Moon of the Horse, Raspberry Moon, Buffalo Bellows Moon, Little Ripening Moon, Maedmonat (Meadow Month), Hewimanoth (Hay Month), Fallow Moon.
Names for the August Moons include Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, Cutter Moon, Geese Shedding Moon, Big Ripening Moon, Yellow Flower Moon, Plum Moon, Weodmonath (Vegetation Month),Sturgeon Moon
Names for the September Moons include Harvest Moon, Corn Moon, Barley moon, Rice moon, Snow Goose Moon,
Little Chestnut Moon, Papaw Moon, Witumanoth (Wood Month)
Names for the October Moons include Harvest Moon, Big Chestnut Month
Names for the November Moons include Snow Moon, Dark Moon, Fog Moon, Beaver Moon, Mourning Moon, Blotmonath (Sacrifice Month), Herbistmanoth (Harvest Month), Mad Moon, Moon of Storms, Moon When Deer Shed Antlers,Trading,Falling Leaves