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The Month of November

November is the 11th month of the year and has 30 days. It was originally the 9th month of the Roman calendar until 153 BCE.

Chryzanthemums in the wild. Octobers birth flower.

November’s birth flower is Chrysanthemum.

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Naming November

November is the 11th month of the year in the modern day Gregorian calendar and its predecessor, the Julian calendar. The month kept its original name from the Latin novem meaning “nine” which marked it the 9th month of the year in the Roman calendar.

November was named during a time when the calendar year began with March, which is why its name no longer corresponds with its placement in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.

  • Middle English - novembre
  • Latin name - novembris mensis - 9th month
  • Old English - Blotmanad - Blood month

History of November

November was originally the 9th month of early versions of the Roman calendar and consisted of 30 days. It became the 11th month of the year with a length of 29 days when the months of January and February were added. During the Julian calendar reform, a day was added to November making it 30 days long again.

11th Month in the Year

November is the 11th month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar and was the 9th month in the Roman calendar. It is the seasonal equivalent of May in the opposite hemisphere.

November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years and March every year. November ends on the same day of the week as August every year.

Birth Flower and Birthstone

November’s birth flower is the chrysanthemum.

The birthstone for November is the topaz.

Topics: Calendar, History, November, Months