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Why Is the Sixth Month Called June?

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For students and teachers alike, June is often their favorite month. School’s out and the days are long. But where did the first month of summer get its name? In Old English, this month was often referred to as simply “midsummer month.” It also may have been called “sere-month,” meaning “dry and withered,” though this term may have meant June, July or August.

In the seventeenth century, the Latin name for the sixth month crept into English, Iūnius, meaning “sacred to Juno,” the Roman goddess. At this point in history, the capital forms of J and I were not yet distinguished from one another.

Juno is the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Hera. In Roman myth, she is the patron goddess of Rome. She is shown alternately as a cruel goddess (in Virgil’s Aeneid) and the goddess of marriage and childbirth. In fact, summer weddings are still very popular, and they may have started because of the blessing that this goddess bestowed on those wed in her sacred month.

(Why is May also a verb? Find out here.)

In the United States, the name June skyrocketed in popularity in the early twentieth century. In 1925, it was the 39th most popular name for a baby girl, as favored as Sarah and Allison are today. The name fell out of popularity through the rest of the century, but it has recently been back in vogue.

Is June your favorite month? What other months are you curious about?

101 Comments

  1. Khadi -  November 23, 2014 - 5:44 am

    I Like June :)

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  2. balthasar -  July 7, 2014 - 1:40 am

    june month is a new time of the year where every thing starts new like new schoolastic year and so on.a great relief from hot sun becoz it is raining season

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  3. Azam -  July 4, 2014 - 1:23 am

    I like this month.I was born in June.

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    • Susan -  July 11, 2014 - 8:31 am

      I was born June but I don’t like it because it’s cold

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  4. Shance -  June 23, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    Hey! June are you sure of what’s your mother reason is applicable to what you asked her ? I doubt it no offense dear but i think she has a one applicable answer to your question:) so better ask your mom . No big deal dear . When i scroll down any comments and i already read yours it was caught my attention . :)

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  5. vince -  June 21, 2014 - 9:56 am

    here in the philippines, june is the opening month of the school year

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  6. June -  June 17, 2014 - 11:55 am

    Pretty name? Trying having your name connected to a bug.

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  7. emma -  June 17, 2014 - 7:35 am

    december is the best

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  8. Juniper -  June 15, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    yeah!june!i think in some way i’m connected with june.hmmm….

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    • Leo -  June 28, 2014 - 9:20 am

      Juniper is also a type of tree. There may be a connection there. I don’t know what other trees sprout or ring or are connected, or even are complementary to Juniper trees in the forests where they dwell or do well. However I am quite curious to know more.

      Hope this helps in your quest for knowledge.

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  9. julious -  June 15, 2014 - 12:20 pm

    I have also read tht june was dedicated for the young. As well as may, to our elders.

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    • Leo -  June 28, 2014 - 9:23 am

      Where I grew up, there was a similar beverage place related to your nickname, called Orange Julius, I realize it doesn’t relate to the topic of June, or um, Countries, or Goddesses, or any of that salty stuff, but those were fun times to spend with friends at the shopping center.

      They made really nice orange flavored beverages. Hence the name “Orange Julius” that was their specialty drink. It made for a sweet relief in the month of June for me.

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  10. Aditi -  June 10, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Im our India june is the 1st month of rainy season..its very exciting…

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  11. Aditi -  June 10, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    In my country i.e India..its the 1st month of rainy season…so i like june..

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  12. Susan -  June 4, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    here in zambia june is really a lovely month coz its cool……i lov the cold season compared to the hot season…..n the best thng about june is because on the 30th is ma dad’s birthday.

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    • Eic -  June 7, 2014 - 3:45 am

      Happy birthday to your dad!

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    • millikens kelly -  June 7, 2014 - 9:31 pm

      dats good 2 hear

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    • Martins -  June 8, 2014 - 3:10 am

      In my country Nigeria, June is the month of raining

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    • Leo -  June 28, 2014 - 9:16 am

      Happy Birthday to your Mom!

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  13. someone -  June 4, 2014 - 10:50 am

    no one cares about you guys birthdays. we don’t need to know

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    • Raaid -  June 15, 2014 - 12:55 am

      Can you not? The majority of the people here aren’t jerks like you. What we DON’T need to know is that you don’t give a crap. So next time save yourself that few seconds of writing a stupid comment just like what you did now.

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  14. blessed wilberforce -  June 4, 2014 - 9:43 am

    what a wonderful thg that we ve got ppl whom God has equipt to bringup and join the ideas together

    very good mth

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  15. Mathewjosilet -  June 3, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Happy birthday

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  16. markjohn -  June 2, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    i like june becoz its month of my birthday,9th june

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  17. Abubakar -  June 2, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    yeah, its good to know .pls I do like to know about April

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    • janetbarne -  June 12, 2014 - 6:03 pm

      and

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  18. Joanne O'Connor -  July 1, 2013 - 5:40 am

    Well, May 27 is my older brother Ron’s birthday and June 7th is mine. We always celebrated in June. We did that for 39 years. Six months before our birthdays (his 41st, my 40th), Ron died from cancer. June will always hold a special place in my heart, not necessarily for my birthday, but because of the fond memories that I had celebrating with my best friend in the whole wide world

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    • mackenzie -  June 3, 2014 - 1:11 pm

      im so sorry joanne. i know how it feels to lose someone very special because of cancer. i hope ron is doing well in Heaven and just know that you have me here to support you, along with the millions of other people who read your comment post. stay strong joanne. <3

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    • Laila -  June 7, 2014 - 11:48 am

      Happy Birthday!

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  19. JUNE MORLEY -  June 29, 2013 - 8:52 am

    Some of had to live with the cry June is Busting out all Over aeons ago

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  20. Pj -  June 27, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    Lee, Thank you for the info on the Philippines. This page has been an interesting read. Tomorrow (28th) is mt BD.

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  21. Diane -  June 27, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Ole TBoy on June 2, 2013 at 6:04 am said:
    In 1948 Mississippi when I was 16 I had a
    male classmate whose first name was
    June. We were all puzzled by this moniker
    we all thought was feminine but he was
    a genuinely tough fellow and nobody I knew
    ever had the courage to raise the question.

    The answer probably is that he was a “Junior.” Some folks call my dad “June” because he has the same name as his father.

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  22. JM -  June 27, 2013 - 10:50 am

    My birthday’s in March but my mom’s is in June. Overall, I think spring is better for the sole reason that it’s getting warmer and it’s new life everywhere. But June isn’t bad at all, either, compared to July and August (at least in some places).

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  23. Meghna -  June 27, 2013 - 8:49 am

    wow i love this name and this month :D and my bros b day was on 26 june only i love that day

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  24. YOLO -  June 26, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    hahahahah YOLO

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    • Poo Fart -  June 4, 2014 - 11:43 am

      HEEHEHEHHEE I AGREE 1 HUNNA PERSENT

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  25. GrandMommy -  June 25, 2013 - 11:14 am

    This has been very educational, entertaining, humbling, & fun to read! Happy Birthday to all June “babies” & Congratulations to all named “June” – y’all have a name filled with historical context.. VERY interesting!

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  26. Lee -  June 24, 2013 - 10:30 pm

    June sucks here in the Philippines. Why? It’s the start of school. Plus, it’s rainy season.. rainstorms.. And in our country, most of the people named “Jun” or “June” are boys.. haha

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    • R0s!£ -  June 2, 2014 - 12:37 pm

      Hey Lee – I reckon u may be right 4 the Philippines but 4 England it is generally a nice month!! Except that is the month when the most exams are :-(
      But at least we get to revise outside…!! :-)
      Can’t imagine any BOY called June but I guess it must be possible…!!

      Just a quick question – Are all girl / boy Junes born in June?!?!

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  27. janeth -  June 23, 2013 - 3:55 am

    happy birthday to me,june 24 is the celebration of “Saint John The Baptist”

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  28. janeth -  June 23, 2013 - 3:45 am

    june 24 is my birthday, :)

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    • staycmoe -  June 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

      I was born on June 24th too :)

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      • emma -  June 17, 2014 - 7:35 am

        my mom was born on june 12th

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    • shannon -  June 6, 2014 - 10:46 am

      I was born in August

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  29. Suning Starseeker -  June 21, 2013 - 1:25 am

    Yeah… definitely thats my favorite month. I love June.

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  30. June -  June 20, 2013 - 8:18 pm

    Hello to all the other Junes out there. Do people call you “July” too?
    I also had a relative named Mae and one named August.

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  31. June Folk -  June 20, 2013 - 8:10 pm

    I’ve never liked my name but I DO like the month of June. My mother named me after June Allison.

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  32. SanctuaryMuch -  June 20, 2013 - 2:52 pm

    It is a glorious time of year! June is the time for new beginnings ~ and a wonderful time to begin new ventures. In the springtime, all things are made new… and transitioning in any area of Life are most readily accomplished. Some say that June marks summer, but here in Minnesota the month actually felt more like June-uary at it’s start.
    All the birds are lovey-dovey at this time of year. It is amazing and also lots of fun to witness their interactions with one another. We were able to see Mama Robin entice her 4 children from their nest with a beak full of angleworms. It bears witness to the hand of God, all the wonders of June! When we saw those babies fledge, I couldn’t help but be humbled
    by the glory of it all. Tears of wonderment flowed down my cheeks and I said to my spouse, “I’m rich!” The wealthiest man in the world can’t buy you a moment like that one… but He gives them freely to those who have eyes to see.

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  33. :0 -  June 20, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    well thats a surprise, about an hour ago i just finished the book legend-the one with the girl called June!
    anyways i think its a beautiful name and the book- its even more beautiful

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  34. sargam -  June 20, 2013 - 12:21 am

    on 19th june is my birthday

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  35. Zack Cunningham -  June 18, 2013 - 8:14 am

    how many people are named October?

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  36. Benedictor benno -  June 16, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Hahahaha guys!!! I like june because it is my birth month! 12 june

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  37. Sherry -  June 16, 2013 - 9:10 am

    When you ask why September isn’t the seventh month- because of Sept-ember, which means seven (same with October- Octo means eight) it’s beacause in the Roman calendar, March was the first month. That way September is seventh.

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  38. Nidnat Mystedin -  June 15, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    Yeah June is a season of Abundance!
    I Like June Month!
    I am curious about August & December!

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  39. Aishwarya Das -  June 15, 2013 - 1:02 am

    and the day of mine, the 26th ..JUNE.

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  40. Aishwarya Das -  June 15, 2013 - 12:55 am

    june flowers are alwaz beautiful and bloomed for ever, ever…

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  41. Wasi -  June 15, 2013 - 12:47 am

    My reply is to Mr. Bob Bobson….
    Long back ago, there were only 10 months in a year.
    1. January
    2. February
    3. March
    4. April
    5. May
    6. June
    7. September
    8. October
    9. November and
    10.December

    Then July came. This month was given the name of Julius Ceaser
    and then August came. This was dedicated to Roman King Augustus.
    But before July and August September was seventh, October was Eighth, November was Ninth and December was tenth moth of the year as the name shows.

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  42. Hawaa -  June 14, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    A used 2 lyk june cuz t was sxul’s day out month @ da tym being,only dat…….bt lemee say hap bethdei 2 ol wu born in dis month

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    • sallyyy -  June 3, 2014 - 1:14 pm

      i think you need to learn how to spell. i couldnt even read what you wrote.

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  43. Hawaa -  June 14, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Woooooooooooooow,u guys a so fantastic……….!

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  44. Chris -  June 14, 2013 - 5:05 pm

    My son was born in June. His birthday is the 30th.

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  45. Gene Fellner -  June 14, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Tuesday is also a feminine name, although rarely used except in show business. There was a character named Tuesday Warner in a New Zealand soap opera “Shortand Street,” and there is an American actress named Tuesday Weld. We used to joke that if she had married actor Hal March III, her name would be “Tuesday March the Third.”

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  46. Maze -  June 12, 2013 - 9:36 pm

    This is nice to know.

    Yey happy birthday to me! 14th June :)

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  47. Kenz :DD -  June 12, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    My favorite month is July…I don’t really know why but I still love it :)

    I also loveee June because about 3 weeks into it, SCHOOL’S OUT!! hahaha i have a little more than a week left of school and im so happyy!

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  48. June -  June 11, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    I asked mother why on earth she named me June when I was born December 23? The answer was simply “I liked it”.

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    • june -  June 4, 2014 - 9:31 pm

      My birthday is June 11 I’m in my sixty . It wasn’t until a few years ago I met the first person with that name .I never like it

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    • June -  June 17, 2014 - 9:20 am

      I was born Christmas Day, lol. True story…..

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  49. My dauhgter's name is bodulo she was on the 28 june 2008 its unique -  June 11, 2013 - 8:32 am

    June is my favourite month

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    • Prasanna -  June 3, 2014 - 2:23 am

      I like june bcoz my best frnd b’day

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  50. June -  June 10, 2013 - 9:25 pm

    I just want to say a word for all of us with the names April, May and June. We KNOW our name is the same as the name of a month. We do not find it amusing to hear for the zillionth time, things like, “Hey June, don’t you know it’s July?” Just letting you know so that if you feel inclined to think you are being creative and funny about our name, we’ve probably already heard it. Just trying to be kind and cluing you in here. :) Peace

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    • June -  June 17, 2014 - 9:35 am

      “Yeah, what she said….”

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  51. Kylie -  June 10, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    My Birthday is June 19th. We don’t get out of school on June 14th. It is long.

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  52. Coffee -  June 10, 2013 - 11:35 am

    Haha, my friend’s name is June but she was born in July.

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  53. Laura Baker -  June 9, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Our daughter’s name is June. We chose it because it was accessible (easy to spell) but still unique in 2008 when she was born.

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  54. Maria -  June 9, 2013 - 7:28 am

    To Bob Bobson and Smoo:

    I see that you have learned your Greek and Latin Roots just by saying that September Should be the seventh month. For example, October has the root Octo- in Greek Ohto( how you pronounce it) meaning 8.

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  55. Dara Smythe -  June 6, 2013 - 7:55 pm

    It’s baaack! Thanks.

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  56. Dara Smythe -  June 6, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    Several hours ago I left a comment and now it’s gone. Why?

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  57. Dara -  June 6, 2013 - 5:38 am

    June is my favorite month because that’s the month I was born–on the 21st, the summer solstice, and that year it was also Father’s Day.

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  58. Jonathan -  June 6, 2013 - 2:49 am

    I like the month of June because its the starting of summer

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  59. Matins Christopher -  June 5, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    June would have been a very wonderful name for the sixth month if it has nothing in common with that dirty and lifeless Roman goddess called juno. Martins Christopher

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  60. Rennesmee -  June 5, 2013 - 9:32 am

    I hate the month of June just because of its name.
    Peace

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  61. smoo -  June 5, 2013 - 7:33 am

    To Bob Bobson,
    September used to be the seventh month.
    Around the time of Julius Caesar, however, it was decided to add two additional months to the roman calendar. These months were named to honour the ruler, Julius Augustus Caesar: July and August.
    Thus, September was pushed into the position of ninth month in the calendar.

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  62. Abiodun -  June 4, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    Quite informative & revealing.

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  63. bernard -  June 4, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    hey guys be quite august is the best month of the year!!!!!!!!!

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  64. Denise -  June 4, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    I like June because it is my birthday month. I feel like it is a great month for transitions!

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  65. Rebecca Charlotte Gray -  June 4, 2013 - 4:59 am

    Please check this out and learn of what you can on the History of the World.

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  66. vincent -  June 4, 2013 - 4:19 am

    june month is our both me & my wife s birth months as well as our marrage

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  67. a.gopalakrishnan -  June 2, 2013 - 6:51 pm

    realy know new information thankyou

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  68. josh fox -  June 2, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    hey how to not be special ed

    Reply
  69. JUNE | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  June 2, 2013 - 3:13 pm

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  70. Ole TBoy -  June 2, 2013 - 6:04 am

    In 1948 Mississippi when I was 16 I had a
    male classmate whose first name was
    June. We were all puzzled by this moniker
    we all thought was feminine but he was
    a genuinely tough fellow and nobody I knew
    ever had the courage to raise the question.
    Curiously, in the cult TV series, FIREFLY,
    there was a tough guy called Jane.
    Jane also is the name applied to
    THE MENTALIST, currently on CBS.
    In these two cases however, Jane is their
    surname.

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  71. Bharath -  June 2, 2013 - 3:33 am

    On 28th June is my birthday

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  72. GLORIA -  June 1, 2013 - 11:22 am

    I like the name JUNE, but I prefer the meaning of JUNO because I love the old history, Rome history is one of my favorite

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  73. Bob Bobson -  June 1, 2013 - 7:08 am

    Why isn’t September the seventh month?

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    • R0s!£ -  June 2, 2014 - 12:45 pm

      coz that’s July – my B-day…!! :-)

      Reply

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