Calendar Origins

The answers to many questions about calendars

Calendar - from Middle English calender, Latin calendarium (account book). The Romans called the first day of each month Kalendae, or calends. Debts were due on this day, so books to track payments were called calendarium from which we get our modern day calendar.

Modern Calendar Origins:

Calendar Origins - Where did calendars begin?

Day Name Origins - Where did the Names of Days come from?

Calendar Name Origins - Where did the Names of Months come from?

Months of the Year Origin - Why 12 months in a year?

Why 28 days in February?

Who set the Year 0, AD, BC?

Calendars it Derived From:

Egyptian Calendar

Roman Calendar

Julian Calendar

If you're like me, you've probably wondered about calendars. Where did the names of the days come from? How about the names of the months? And why such odd numbers of days in each month?
Why 12 months?

Well, I've gathered the answers to these and other calendar origin questions on this web site. I hope you find it useful and informative.

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"Life is not dated merely by years. Events are sometimes the best calendars." - Benjamin Disraeli

"It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what a glorious height we have at last reached." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Quotes are from Specialty Calendars - quotes about calendars, history and the passage of time.

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