A different kind of election: “Name That Moon”image preview

A different kind of election: “Name That Moon”

Several years ago, the Farmers’ Almanac conducted a “Name That Moon” contest in which we asked our readers to elect a new name for each of the year’s full Moons. 

If you’re a regular reader of our print edition or our web site, then you already know that each month’s full Moon has its own unique name, passed down to us from the Native Americans who lived in the Northeastern part of the United States. For years, the Almanac has printed those traditional full Moon names in our monthly astronomy calendar.

Of course we would never suggest that these traditional names actually be changed, but we wondered what those names would look today based on modern-day priorities and preoccupations.

Hundreds of you submitted full Moon names and thousands voted for their favorite among our editors’ top four choices.

Here’s a look at both the traditional and winning names. What do you think? What would you change?

Month Traditional Name Winning Name
January Full Wolf Moon Full New Beginnings Moon
February Full Snow Moon Full Sweetheart’s Moon
March Full Worm Moon Full Shamrock Moon
April Full Pink Moon Full Fool’s Moon
May Full Flower Moon Full Bloom Moon
June Full Strawberry Moon Full Firefly Moon
July Full Buck Moon Full Independence Moon
August Full Sturgeon Moon Full Cricket Moon
September Full Corn Moon Full Summer’s End Moon
October Full Harvest Moon Full Pumpkin Moon
November Full Beaver Moon Full Thankful Moon
December Full Cold Moon Full Glad Tidings Moon
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Gary
Gary
4 years ago

Growing up in the late 50’s and 60’s the only moon that we knew of that had a name was the Harvest Moon. All the others were known simply as the Full Moon.

carmen diaz
carmen diaz
4 years ago

Our Native Americans knew how to treat Mother Earth better than we do. They name the moon accordingly to the weather/necessities conditions, I respect that and I think there is no need to change it. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall remain the same, Why should we change the moon’name, after all, still being “The MOON” as the “The SUN” and “The Planets” remain the same.
What would be nice is to see people changing the way people treat Mother Earth now days. Our Native Americans would love that! Why don’t we start a contest trying to improve people’ behavior in a daily basis. “TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU LIKE TO BE TREATED!

Brian
Brian
4 years ago

Some are very good but leave the tradition in traditional

Allen Christian
Allen Christian
4 years ago

The Merry Months of Moon, 12 of them………….Honey Moon is my favorite.

Allen Christian
Allen Christian
4 years ago

I grew up in the mid west ( Ohio ) and my family ( 7 boys and 4 girls ) always looked forward to spring,summer
and fall as we did a lot of Hay Rides. They lasted from sundown till the wee hours and if you were with your sweetheart you got to enjoy the bonfires and hot dogs,marshmellows
and a beautiful Moon, then it was over till the next hayride………….

Peggy
Peggy
4 years ago

I don’t like change. Additions are okay, but keep the original.

Nancy Q
Nancy Q
4 years ago

Leave the original names. They are much more meaningful. Change is good in some things no in this one. Besides, the original names are so beautiful.

Dee
Dee
4 years ago

While it is fun to think up new names, it would be a shame to forget the past. We need to keep our perspective here! There is a lot of historical lore associated with the traditional names. I vote to keep them.

Joan
Joan
4 years ago

Keep the original. The new names are silly and have no meaning other than to be subjected to the whims and fads of the day.

Patty Sechi
Patty Sechi
4 years ago

I say keep the old names. They are rooted in interesting stories and meanings. I am sure it was a fun exercise, but the new ones are just so obvious and meaningless.

Pam
Pam
4 years ago

Leave the original moon names as they had meaning and forecasted the change of seasons …Harvest Moon, Full Buck Moon, etc.