The Months of the Year
Naming June - Juno’s Month
June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and consists of 30 days. It is believed that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, who is the wife of Jupiter and is also equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera. Another belief is that the month’s name comes from the Latin work iuniores which means “younger ones”.
- Old English - Junius
- Latin name - Junius mensis - Month of Juno
- Old French - Juin
History of June
June was originally the fourth month of the year in the Roman calendar and consisted of 30 days. It became the fifth month with a length of 29 days when Numa reformed the Roman calendar. During the Julian reform, June was given a length of 30 days again.
Position in the Year
June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar and is 30 days long. It is the month that has the most amount of daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shortest amount of daylight hours in the Southern hemisphere.
Many celebrations take place in the month of June, especially marriages. According to one etymology, June is named after the Roman goddess Juno who is the goddess of marriage and a married couple’s household. It is considered good luck to get married in this month.
June and May are the only two months that doesn’t start on the same day of the week as any other month. June ends on the same day of the week as March every year.
June’s birth flower is the rose or the honeysuckle.
The birthstones for June are the pearl, the moonstone, and the Alexandrite which all symbolize health and longevity.