February is the month of love! Though Valentine’s Day is essentially a commercial endeavor, it’s still a day of celebrating love and relationships and eating as much chocolate as you can handle—and then some. But besides the holiday meant for stuffing your face and cuddling, this month is also the time of Imbolc and Black History Month. If baby is due to arrive during this heart-warming time of year, then a February baby girl, boy, or gender-neutral name will highlight its importance in just a couple of syllables.
What makes a good February baby name?
Good February baby names take many shapes and epitomize many different lovable and vital causes. They are rife with associations with the colors pink and red, the flowers you’ll be giving or receiving, the Pagan traditions, the Civil Rights movements, and African American Heritage month. Aquarius and Pisces are the astrological signs that rule this month, highlighting creativity, determination, and emotional intelligence traits.
Why is February spelled like that?
Whether you are a staunch proponent of pronouncing every letter in February or believe in the power of a strong “feb-yoo-ary” approach, the spelling has no doubt tripped you up once or twice. Like the other months of the Gregorian calendar used today, February got its name from the time of the Roman Empire. The festival called Februa was one of the truest purifications; a time for ritualistically washing people. However, some sources say that February is dedicated to a Roman god, like many other months. February’s god being Februus. However, where the divide in belief is uncertain because Februus was known as the god of purification. Regardless, the Romans agreed and sent their future generations with the belief that February is a month of revitalization and wiping the clean slate.
What’s celebrated in February?
February is most popularly known as the month of love, with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, but there are plenty of causes to celebrate! For Pagans, Imbolc on February 1st is the day to welcome spring. It is based on the day commemorating the Pagan goddess Brigid. The festival is to strengthen the connection between the Pagans and the natural world by celebrating the goddess of healers, poets, and the fire and hearth, among many other mystical attributes! Though commonly conflated, African American Heritage Month is celebrated in February, whereas Black History Month is in October. African American Heritage Month closely inspects the deeply rooted ties of African Americans in American history. Their contributions to the evolution of the melting-pot country have been highlighted annually in February since the 1970s. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was published in January, the three-week celebration of its 50th anniversary inspired Carter G Woodson and several others to form the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). The ASNLH started Negro History Week in February 1926, which then contributed to the recognition of February as African American Heritage Month.