April (n.) - From Easter to Aphrodite

April (n.) - From Easter to Aphrodite


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Definition

April

noun
Fourth month of the year, and the home of April Fools Day and Easter.

History & Etymology

The original English word for April was Eastermonað, which was named after the fertility goddess easter. Easter itself has and interesting origin I’ll touch on that later this week.

But the word April itself has a disputed origin. The Latin word Ap(e)rilis may be referring to Proto-Italic word “Aparo” meaning away or off and is also used to mean second or following after. This theory says that the name means “the following month.”

The other theory Apru, an Etruscan borrowing of the Greek Aphrodite, which would fall in line with months like March named after gods and the English name for the month. So I lean towards this version of the word but I’m in no place to make a call on which is correct.

Sources

https://www.etymonline.com/word/April#etymonline_v_15525

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April

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