Anglo-Saxons called the month Eostre monath or Eastremonath. The name of the Christian Festival of Easter comes from this word.
There is uncertainty of how this month got its name it has been suggested that it may come from Roman word 'Aprilis' meaning 'to open', or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love
It is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and is one of four months to have 30 days. The month was originally the second month of the Roman calendar until King Numa Pompilius added January and February in around 713bc.
Aprils birthstone is the diamond. It's birth flower's are the daisy or the Sweet Pea (Lathyrus Odoratus). picture left.
In the USA a list compiled by the Social Security Administration in 2009 found April to be the 353rd most popular girls name.
It is International Guitar Month. It is also the National month for Poetry, Mathematics Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness, Volunteers and Arab-American Heritage.
The average global land and ocean temperature for april in the 20th century is 13.7°c.
April 1st was used to celebrate the Birth of Christ Up until 350 when Pope Julius I declared that Christ's birth would be celebrated on December 25.
April starts on the same day of the week as July in all years.