In ancient times, it was common to give a name to each month’s Moon. People tracked the changing seasons and marked the calendar this way! The Moon names were usually related to what was happening in nature. Here are the Full Moon Names for the entire year.
Many Moon names came from Native Americans. But also other Moon names came from Germany or England. Keep in mind that different Native American tribes used different Moon names. After all, what you see in nature depends on where you live! We have picked some of our favorite Moon names for each month of today’s calendar.
|January||Full Wolf Moon||Wolves tended to howl more often at this time. This Moon has also been called the Cold Moon and the Spirit Moon.|
|February||Full Snow Moon||The heaviest snows often fall in February. This Moon has also been called the Hunger Moon.|
|March||Full Worm Moon||The ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This has also been called the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.|
|April||Full Pink Moon||This full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.|
|May||Full Flower Moon||Flowers spring forth in abundance this month. This has also been called the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.|
|June||Full Strawberry Moon||In the Colonial areas, this was a time to gather ripening strawberries. It has also been called the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.|
|July||Full Buck Moon||At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This full Moon has also been called the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.|
|August||Full Sturgeon Moon||The sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. This has also been called the Green Corn Moon.|
|September||Full Corn Moon||This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It has also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. (See note below regarding the “Harvest Moon” timing.)|
|October||Full Hunter’s Moon||This is the month when the leaves are falling and the game is fattened. Now is the time for hunting and laying in a store of provisions for the long winter ahead. October’s Moon has also called the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon.|
|November||Full Beaver Moon||For both the colonists and local tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon has also called the Frost Moon.|
|December||Full Cold Moon||This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon has also been called the Long Nights Moon.|