European Review



The Names of the Months in Europe: Agricultural and Meteorological influences


JEAN-PAUL  POIRIER a1
a1 18 Place des Vosges, Paris 75004, France. E-mail: jean-paul.poirier@noos.fr

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Abstract

The ancient Anglo-Saxon and Germanic month names related to agricultural activities and meteorology have left traces in names still used in Germany, Holland and Denmark in the 19th century. Nowadays, in a number of East European languages (Croatian, Czech, Ukrainian, Polish, Byelorussian, Lithuanian, Finnish) the names of the months still refer to seasonal agricultural labours or meteorological conditions.

(Published Online April 4 2007)