Pagan Names

A “sin” that the greatest majority of otherwise sincere people do not realise they are committing on a daily basis is calling on the names of pagan deities when they say anything about any day of the week using the secular weekday names.  Scripture does not name the days, but calls them in the order of their sequence from the Creation.  We should walk as He walked.

1 Peter 2:21
21 For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Yahushua suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps.

Yahuwah had some things to say about that practice, and those things do not bode well for those guilty of it.

Howshea’ (Hosea) 2:16-17
And it will be in that day,” says Yahuwah, “you will call Me ‘My Husband’ and no longer call Me ‘My Lord’ and I will take from her mouth the names of the pagan deities and they will not be remembered by their name anymore.

Shemot (Exodus) 23:13
And in all that I have said to you give heed and make no mention of the name of other elohiym nor let it be heard from your mouth.

Below are the secular calendar names of the days of the Gregorian week. Take note that each and every one of them is derived from and/or dedicated to a pagan deity. This ought not to be in a world that claims to followers of Yahuwah and His Son Yahushua HaMaschiach.

Also be aware that the gregorian secular calendar has the days of the week starting at midnight, while scripture has them starting at sunrise.

The sun god as seen used by the Pope of Rome

Sunday (day of the sun or Suns Day) is the first day of the gregorian week. Its English name and its German name (Sonntag) are derived from the Latin dies solis, “sun’s day,” the name of a pagan Roman holiday.

Sunday is called the Lord’s Day (Dominica in the Latin version) and in Romance languages (French Dimanche; Italian Domenica; Spanish Domingo; Rhomaios Duminica).

Sunday was instituted as a day of rest for the Roman Empire by the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Since the 4th century, ecclesiastical and civil legislation controlled by the Roman Catholic Church has frequently regulated work on Sunday and service attendance.

The moon god.

Monday (day of the moon or Moons Day) is the second day of the gregorian week, derived from the Anglo-Saxon monandaeg, which means “the moon’s day.” Its Latin equivalent is dies lunae, or “day of the moon.”

For the Anglo-Saxons the second day was sacred to the female deity of the moon.


Tuesday (Tyr’s day) is the third day of the gregorian week, named for the Norse god of war, Tiu, or Tyr, the son of Odin, or Woden.

It is called tisdag in Sweden, Tirsdag in Denmark. The Romans honoured their god of war, Mars, by naming the third day for him (dies Martis), and in France the day is mardi, in Italy martedì, and in Spain martes. In Germany it is Dienstag, originally meaning “assembly day.”


Wednesday (Woden’s day) is the fourth day of the gregorian week, named to honour Odin, or Woden, chief deity in Norse mythology.

In Sweden and Denmark, the day is Onsdag, from its Norse original. The Romans honoured their deity Mercury by naming the fourth day for him, in Latin, dies Mercurii.

Languages of Latin origin retain the root: French, mercredi; Spanish, miércoles; and Italian, mercoledì. The Germans call the day Mittwoch, meaning “mid-week.”


Thursday (Thor’s day) is named for Thor who in Norse mythology is the deity of thunder, eldest son of Odin, ruler of the gods, and Jord, the earth female deity.

Thor was the strongest of the Aesir, the chief deities, whom he helped protect from their enemies, the giants. He had a magic hammer, which he threw with the aid of iron gloves and which always returned to him. Thunder was supposed to be the sound of the rolling of his chariot.


Friday (Frigg’s day) is named for Frigg or Frigga who in Norse mythology is the female deity of the sky and wife of Odin, the chief of the deities.

She was worshipped as the female deity of darkness, who killed Balder with a mistletoe sprig. In German mythology, Frigg was sometimes identified with Frevia, the female deity of love.


Saturday (Saturn’s day) is the seventh day of the gregorian week, named in honour of the Rhomaios deity Saturn.

In Latin, Saturday was called dies Saturni; it was called Sater-daeg by the Anglo-Saxons.

So what about the months?

1. January – derived from the Latin Januarius which in turn is derived from the Roman deity of portals and patron of beginnings and endings Janus, to whom this month was sacred. He is shown as having two faces, one in front, the other at the back of his head, supposedly to symbolise his powers.

With the exception of islamic states and other scattered pagan tribes, most of the world uses the Gregorian calendar, named for the Roman Catholic pope Gregory III who invented it, and it has “January” as the first month of the year.

Roman legend has it that the ruler Numa Pompilius added January and February to the end of the 10-month Roman calendar in about 700 BCE. Pompilius gave the month 30 days. Rome later made “January” the first month. In 46 BCE, the Roman statesman Julius Cesar  added a day to “January” making it 31 days long.

The Anglo-Saxons called the first month “Wolfmonth” because wolves came into their villages in winter in search of food in that period.

2. February – derived from Februa, a Roman festival of purification. It was originally the month of expiation.

February is the shortest month of the Gregorian calendar year. February had 28 days until Julius Cesar gave it 29, and 30 days every four years. According to tradition Augustus, the Roman emperor, took one day off to add one day to August, the month named after him, so it would be equal to July. We now have February with 28 days and 29 on leap years.

A good video explaining how February came to have 28 days can be found here:

3. March – named for Mars, the Roman deity of war.

March is the third month of Georgian calendar. According to the early Roman calendar, it was the first month and was called Martius. The ancient Roman later made January 1 the beginning of the year, which pushed March to the third month on the calendar. March has always had 31 days. Its name honours Mars, the Roman deity of war.

4. April – derived from the Latin APRILIS, indicating a time of Fertility. It was believed that this month is the month when the earth was supposed to open up for the plants to grow.

April was the second month in an early Roman calendar but became the fourth when the ancient Rome started using January as the first month. The Roman’s called the month Aprilis. It may come from a word meaning ‘to open’, or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the female deity of love.

5. May – named for Maia, the Roman female deity of growth or increase.

According to the early Roman calendar, May was the third month. Later, ancient Rome used January 1 for the beginning of their year and May became the fifth month. May has always had 31 days.

Several stories are passed around to show how the month of May was named. The most widely accepted explanation is that it was named for Maia, the Roman female deity of spring and growth. Her name related to a Latin word that means increase or growth.

6. June – this name is sometimes attributed to JUNO, the female deity of marriage, the wife of Jupiter in Roman mythology. She was also called the “Queen of Heaven” and “Queen of Mighty Ones.” The name of this month is also attributed to Junius Brutus, but originally it most probably referred to the month in which crops grow to ripeness.

June is the sixth month on the Georgian calendar. On the Roman calendar it was considered the fourth month and had only 29 days. Julius Ceasar gave the month 30 days in 46 BCE when he reformed the Roman calendar.

As you can see from the above, the first six months are named for some pagan deity and Yahuwah told us He did not want to hear those names come from our mouths.

Shemot (Exodus) 23:13
And in all that I have said to you give heed and make no mention of the name of other elohiym nor let it be heard from your mouth.

All of the remaining names are either from some person, notably two of the kaisars of Rome and the rest are Latin numbers.

7. July – named for the Roman emperor Julius Ceasar.

July is the seventh month on the Gregorian calendar. On the Roman calendar it was the fifth month and it was called Quintilis’, meaning fifth. Julius Ceasar gave the month 31 days in 46 BCE. The Roman Senate named it ‘Julius’, in honour of Ceasar.

8. August – named for Octavius Augustus Ceasar, emperor of Rome. The name was originally from Iaugure which means to increase.

August is the eighth month on the Gregorian calendar, renamed by the Roman from Sextilis, meaning sixth, to honour their emperor, Augustus.

9. September – derived from the Latin septem, meaning seven.

September is the ninth month on the Gregorian calendar. But on the Roman calendar it was the seventh month. September has had 29 days and 31 days but since the time of the emperor Augustus it has had only 30 days.

10. October – derived from the Latin root octo, meaning eight.

October is the tenth month of the year on the Gregorian calendar. October was the 8th month in the early Roman calendar. October has had 31 days since the time of the Roman emperor Augustus.

11. November – derived from Latin novem, meaning ninth.

November is the eleventh month of the year on the Gregorian calendar. In the early Roman calendar it was the ninth month. The Roman Senate elected to name the eleventh month for Tiberus Ceasar and since Augustus’ time it has had only 30 days. Originally, there were 30 days, then 29, then 31.

The Anglo-Saxons referred to November as the ‘wind month’ and the ‘blood month’ – probably because this is the month they killed their animals for food.

12. December – derived from the Latin decem, meaning ten.

December is the twelfth and last month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. It was the tenth month in the early Roman calendar. It became the twelfth month in a later Roman calendar. Until 46 BCE December only had 29 days but the Roman statesman Julius Ceasar added two days to December which made it 31 days.

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