Why Is April Called “April”? The Answer Is a Mystery!


Mark Twain once wrote: “This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.”  Twain is referring to the first day of April or, as it has come to be known as, April Fool’s Day. While the first day of the fourth month of the year is certain to bring shenanigans and tomfoolery, what is not so certain is the origin of the month’s name.

Prior to the addition of January and February by King Numa Pompilius around 700 BC, April was the second month of the Roman calendar year – March being the first. Around 450 BC, April slipped into the fourth slot and assigned 29 days. With the introduction of the Gregorian calendar by pope Gregory XIIII in 1582, an extra day was added and thus ‘30 days hath April.’

Though April’s derivation is not certain, a common theory is that the name is rooted in the Latin Aprilis which is derived from the Latin aperire meaning “to open” – perhaps a reference to the opening or blossoming of flowers and trees, a common occurrence throughout the month of April. Another theory holds that since months are often named for gods and goddess and since Aphrilis is derived from the Greek “Aphrodite,” one can surmise that the month was named for the Greek goddess of love, whom the Romans called Venus.

Around the 5th century AD, the Anglo-Saxons referred to the month of April as Oster-monath or Eostre-monath, a reference to the goddess Eostre, whose feast occurred during this month. The Venerable Bede, a monk from the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter, believed this gave root to the word Easter – most often observed during the month of April.

Windermere broker buys out partners this web site windermere real estate

Journal of Business October 20, 2011 | McLean, Mike Real estate broker Joe Garst says he has bought out the minority interests in the Windermere franchise north of downtown and is now its sole owner.

The franchise, which does business as Windermere Real Estate/City Group LLC, occupies about 4,000 square feet of leased space, which is most of the first floor of a three-story building at 908 N. Howard, across Howard from the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

Windermere Real Estate/City Group has 23 agents and is growing, Garst says.

He says he first bought into the franchise in 2008 and recently acquired the remaining interest from former partners and longtime owners Randy Wells and Ric Lake.

The brokerage handles mostly residential properties, says Garst, who has been in the real estate business nine years, having managed another Windermere office before becoming a principal in Windermere Real Estate/City Group. in our site windermere real estate

Other Windermere franchise offices in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene market are located in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Deer Park, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, and Hayden, Idaho.

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  1. briiiiiiloveshannah -  April 16, 2014 - 8:44 am


  2. Jeovanni -  April 16, 2014 - 7:42 am

    my birthday is today 4/16

  3. Maria -  April 15, 2014 - 5:29 am

    This is kinda cool, I have a friend who REALLY likes the greek gods and stuff. I bet she would like this…

  4. Jay -  April 14, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    ’cause that’s her Greek name

  5. Jay -  April 14, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    What the?

  6. flieger -  April 14, 2014 - 4:31 am

    Why would the Romans name the month after Aphrodite if they called her Venus?

    • Douekos -  April 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm

      That was my question. I have a feeling they mentioned that just to cast doubt on the idea and, like you, I’m inclined to agree it probably wasn’t named after Aphrodite/Venus.

      • Tanya -  April 14, 2014 - 5:16 pm

        Because Aphrodite was the godess of love and beauty, and April is when flowers open up and beauty is made.

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