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How The Month Of July Got Its Name

How The Month Of July Got Its Name

Have you ever wondered how July got its name?

July is named after Julius Caesar, a Roman general, statesman, and historian who conquered Gaul (which is not part of Italy, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands).  During his rule, he changed the structure of the Roman government into a dictatorship, and more importantly, Julius helped make the calendar what it is today!  He is responsible for the “year” as we know it having 365 days and the existence of a leap year every 4 years.  Today’s calendar is still pretty much the same system Caesar instituted more than 2000 years ago.  Although, July was originally known as Quintilis or “fifth month” which is where it originally fell in the Roman Calendar before Caesar changed it.  So after Caesar died, Quintilis was renamed July which is also his birth month.

One last Julius Caesar fact….  Do you know where the word c-section came from?  You got it, Julius Caesar! It is rumored that Julius himself was born in this way.