Monday, February 11, 2013
The first, and in my view quite unnecessary 'r' in February, comes from the Latin word for February, which was Februarius. And this word Februarius has in it a Latin word containing the idea of 'purification.' Which given how endless the shorter month of February can be, does make some sort of sense.
Two other names for this month of the year which speakers of Old English might have used before our language was so bruised by the Latin and the Greek and the French, include "Solmonath" which means "mud-month" and "Kale-monath" which means something like "Cabbage-month."