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Monthly Names Of The Moon

Updated on August 14, 2013

Moon In Ancient Folklore

In Ancient folklore and myth, the moon is given a different name for each month, some of them are still commonly referred to and others seem to have just been forgotten.  Below are the Common full moon names, Native American full moon names and the Medieval full moon names.  Earth's one natural satellite is the moon and from the Earth's perspective it is the second largest object seen in the sky.  Ancient ancestors would have been influenced over the moon almost as much as the sun as it is used for similar guidance.

Common Full Moon Names

January - Old moon, Wolf moon

February - Snow moon

March - Sap moon, Worm moon, Crow moon, Crust moon

April - Grass moon, Pink moon

May - Flower moon, Milk moon

June - Strawberry moon, Rose moon

July - Thunder moon, Buck moon

August - Corn moon, Sturgeon moon

September - Fruit moon, Harvest moon

October - Harvest moon, Hunter's moon

November- Beaver moon, Frost moon

December - Cold moon, Long Night moon

Native American Moon Names

January - Wolf moon

February - Snow moon, Opening Buds moon, Hunger moon

March - Worm moon, Maple Sugar moon

April - Pink moon, Planter's moon, Frog moon

May - Budding moon, Flower moon

June - Strawberry moon

July - Buck moon

August - Sturgeon moon

September - Harvest moon

October - Moon of Falling Leaves, Hunter's moon

November - Beaver moon

December - Cold moon

It is interesting to note that the term Wolf moon receives its name from the hungry packs of wolves that would often howl outside Native American villages.  The tribes would give moons distinct names to keep track of season.  Accordingly, Hunter's moon was given its name due to the Natives tracking their prey to kill be using the autumn moonlight to stockpile a supply of food through the upcoming winter months.

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Medieval Full Moons

January - Wolf moon

February - Storm moon

March - Chaste moon

April - Seed moon

May - Hare moon

June - Dyad moon

July - Mead moon

August - Wort moon

September - Harvest moon

October - Blood moon

November - Fog moon

December - Oak moon

Fun Moon Facts

  • A lunar orbit is 27.32166 days.
  • A lunar cycle is 29.53059 days.
  • A Blue moon is not actually blue but rather a specific moon.
  • The moon is in orbit 384,400 kilometers up above the earth.
  • The diameter of the moon is only 3,476 kilometers while the Earth is 12, 7563.3 kilometers.
  • The moon is estimated to weigh 73,490,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms.
  • In Roman culture the moon was called luna.
  • In Greek culture the moon was called Artemis.
  • The moon travels at a speed of 1.03 kilometers per second.
  • The moon's average day temperature is 107 degrees Celsius while it plummets to a frigid -153 degrees Celsius at night.
  • There is no such thing as a dark side of the moon.  All sides receive the same amount of light as it spins.

January Moon

Wolf moon,Old moon
Wolf moon,Old moon

February Moon

Snow moon, Opening Buds moon, Hunger moon, Storm moon
Snow moon, Opening Buds moon, Hunger moon, Storm moon

March Moon

Storm moon, Crow moon, Worm moon, Sap moon, Crust moon, Maple Sugar moon, Chaste moon
Storm moon, Crow moon, Worm moon, Sap moon, Crust moon, Maple Sugar moon, Chaste moon

April Moon

Grass moon, Pink moon, Planter's moon, Frog moon, Seed moon
Grass moon, Pink moon, Planter's moon, Frog moon, Seed moon

May Moon

Flower moon, Milk moon, Budding moon, Flower moon, Hare moon
Flower moon, Milk moon, Budding moon, Flower moon, Hare moon

June Moon

Strawberry moon, Rose moon, Dyad moon
Strawberry moon, Rose moon, Dyad moon

July Moon

Thunder moon, Buck moon, Blood moon, Mead moon
Thunder moon, Buck moon, Blood moon, Mead moon

August Moon

Corn moon, Sturgeon moon, Wort moon
Corn moon, Sturgeon moon, Wort moon

September Moon

Fruit moon, Harvest moon
Fruit moon, Harvest moon

October Moon

Hunter's moon, Moon of Falling Leaves, Blood moon
Hunter's moon, Moon of Falling Leaves, Blood moon

November Moon

Beaver moon, Frost moon, Fog moon
Beaver moon, Frost moon, Fog moon

December Moon

Cold moon, Long Night moon, Oak moon
Cold moon, Long Night moon, Oak moon

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      mymoonlog 6 years ago from Bosnia-Hercegovina

      I like this splendide picture

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      ingeborg D'Ascoli 7 years ago

      Thank you , this was very interesting and informative to read ...

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      Germaine Reilly 7 years ago

      lovely hub and realy complemented by the pictures as well. Certain days of the week are meant to be suited to particular activities, because of the planet associated with the day - and Mondays is the moon, the day for getting in touch with your inner-self, emotions and feelings

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      ooooh...I will come find your hub and link too!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      I didn't realize that the moon had so many different names at different times of the year. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I'm linking a hub of mine to yours!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I'm so glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      Very well done hub! Great information! Nice writing style! A+!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Ooooh I love this information!! Thanks for telling me. I will need to look into this! I lived in Texas for a few years but it was very long ago...I must investigate this!

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      emeraldkell 7 years ago

      Great hub. In West Texas, when the moon is full and nearby its called a Comanche Moon. The Commanches use to raid Mexican villages whenever it appeared. The Shawnee used to count the seasons using the moon. They called their moons different names as well and developed yearly routines based off of them.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Well thank you for taking this journey with me! lol I'm glad you enjoyed! :)

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Interesting information and awesome photographs. What's not to like? I enjoyed this journey with you.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      So glad you liked it!

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      GreenThumbLady 7 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      Wow I love this! So interesting and these photos are gorgeous!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!

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      dealrocker 8 years ago from California

      Great photos. Very informative hub again! Keep up the great work!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I found something new from this hub. I never heard about this before. And I give big appreciation for the beautiful names based the moon. Thumbs up and good work.

      prasetio

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Awe you recently had a birthday prettydarkhorse! Happy Birthday!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      beuatiful hub very interesting topic, I like April moon, my birth month, Maita

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      LOVE your comment!! It is surprising how few people really understand and appreciate the affects of the moon!

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      billyaustindillon 8 years ago

      theherbivorehippi another great hub, I enjoyed this as I actually look at things like the moons and planetary alignments for anticipating herd reactions for markets - it is shocking, but not really given the herd mentality and we are predominantly water. :)

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Thank you!!

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      2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Great Hub - the photos are simply wonderful.

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      habee - Oh my yes! i think the moon over the ocean is even better than a sunset!!

      stars439 - Thanks so much for stopping by, reading and commenting! I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub!

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      stars439 8 years ago

      Very interesting hub as well as and education. Photographs were magnificent. God Bless You

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      I've always loved the moon, especially as it glows over the ocean. Great hub!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      lol...thanks! Ya know...the moon was fabulous last night! I don't know if anyone else saw it. I was looking all over for my camera but couldn't find it but of course saw it starring me in the face on my dresser this morning.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Great info Herbivore! I love the pictures. I've tried many times to duplicate some of the pics here but nope! Thanks!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      lol!! Have you noticed the moon only ever looks scary when you're alone outside for some reason? Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting and I love the fact that you included pictures. The October Medieval moon seems scary. (Blood moon) I must remember not to look up in the sky at night in October. lol.

      Beautiful photo's. Thanks. :)

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Thanks everyone for stopping by and enjoying my hub!!

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      Christine Mulberry 8 years ago

      Interesting stuff. Loved the photos too!

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      katiem2 8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Uhm I just had to come back and look at the beautiful pictures...Gave it another Rate Up, I'll be back, this is a keeper to cherish. Fab Hub Herb Fab INDEED... Peace :)

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      drbj and sherry 8 years ago from south Florida

      The moon may only be magical to some but this is definitely a magical hub. Thanks "herbi" for the info and the beautiful moon pictures.

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      LOVE your comment katiem2!!! You are so right...the moon is most definitely a magical source!!

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      katiem2 8 years ago from I'm outta here

      theherbivorehippi, I don't know how we came to do this, but my baby sister and I used to dream about things we wanted and we'd go outside at moons light with much anticipation holding our hands cupped together and raised up toward the moon (thinking of what we wanted or needed) and say three times. Moon Moon Fill It Up! Moon Moon Fill It Up! Moon Moon Fill It Up! The Moon is a Magical Source! Love the Moon Hubs. Rate it UP in honor of my sister Alice Faye... Thanks for sharing! Peace :)

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh me too!!!! Of course! lol

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      How fascinating! And you know which picture I love the best - probably you too. Love the wolf moon.

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Austinstar - What a fabulous idea!!! OMG..I love dreamcatchers! Now I'm going to check your hubs to see if you have written on them! If you haven't then you simply must!

      50 Caliber - Ooooh I love to know that I teach you something!! lol...More will be coming.

      valeriebelew - Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! ;)

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      valeriebelew 8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Loved the hub, especially the gorgeous moon pictures. Keep em coming.

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      50 Caliber 8 years ago from Arizona

      Good stuff and a unique topic. I read your hubs, and what do I get? Forced to learn stuff, have fun and enjoy the photo's.

      Looking forward to another.

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      Lela 8 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I should start naming my dreamcatchers for the names of the waxing moon I create them under. I will bookmark this hub, thank you!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      I LOVE the moon! It is magical! lol Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      kowality 8 years ago from Everywhere

      The things I didn't know about the Moon until now! It is certainly a beautiful thing. We loved the article and the Pictures. Thank You

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      OH my gosh!! I almost wrote that about the luna-tics but I thought I'd surely offend someone (wouldn't be the first time..lol) Of course you are not one though. :) I love that in all three variations January is always Wolf moon. So cool. Thanks for stopping by!

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What an absolutely fabulous hub - and super photos! And I am a moon-child so I love everything about the moon. I'm a June Cancer so my moon is the strawberry moon and the rose moon. So appropriate. I've only heard of the harvest moon.

      Interesting too how in Roman culture the moon is luna - which explains why many Cancer moon children are luna-tics. And that lunatic part is sooo true. Except me, of course.

      Great hub! Rated up and I will bookmark it so I can come back and hang out.

      Lovely - thanks a million!

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