April

April is the 4th month of the year in the Gregorian calendar (the 5th in the Julian calendar), and is associated with the beginning of spring. The name comes from Latin Aprīlis “of April” though the origin of the name is uncertain. It’s traditionally been associated with Latin aperire “to open, to uncover” in reference to when the flowers begin to open and bloom. 

However, it may perhaps be based from Etruscan Apru, which is the Etruscan form of Aphroditethe month likely named after the Greek goddess of love and beauty.

April is also a surname originating from the given name, someone who was born or baptized in the month of April, or it might have originated as a nickname. 

Origin: uncertain

Meaning: uncertain, could be linked to Latin “to open, to uncover”, or based on the name of the goddess Aphrodite 

Usage: English

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Variants:

  • Avril (French)
  • Abril (Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian)
  • Aprile (Italian)