What is the meaning of the name April? Any ideas?

I have a friend who wants to know the meaning of her name.

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  • Your title is too generic, I thought you were either asking for the etymology for the word, etymology or "name". – Mari-Lou A Apr 19 '14 at 7:42

April c.1300, aueril, from Old French avril (11c.), from Latin (mensis) Aprilis "(month) of Venus," second month of the ancient Roman calendar, dedicated to the goddess Venus and perhaps based on Apru, an Etruscan borrowing of Greek Aphrodite. In English in Latin form from mid-12c. Replaced Old English Eastermonað, which was similarly named for a fertility goddess. Re-spelled in Middle English on Latin model (apprile first attested late 14c.).

Source: Etymonline

It origin seems to come from Aphrodite with reference to this fruitful period of the year.


april means to open, like buds, in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open". hence it means to open like a flower or bud like in spring.

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    Connected with the Latin verb aper-ire meaning to open. – rogermue Apr 19 '14 at 7:37
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    I'd actually like to see a reference for this. That is, other than whattonamemybaby.com and the like. A quick look into dictionaries suggests it has nothing to do with aperire, but was derived from the month, which again has nothing to do with aperire. I'd rather not have us spread folk etymology here. – RegDwigнt Apr 19 '14 at 10:24

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