Random Fact: August

August was given its name in 8BC by the Romans, who named it after the Emperor Augustus (reigned from 27BC-14AD). Prior to that, it had been known as Sextilis, as it was the sixth of ten months in the Roman calender.

The Anglo-Saxons called it Weodmonath, meaning ‘weed month’.

August was the 55th most common boys name in Sweden in 2014; however, only 22% of men named August in Sweden are actually born in that month.

Augusta, Georgia was named after Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (1719-1772), the mother of King George III (the mad one!).

King George III in his coronation robes, Allan Ramsay, 1762

King George III in his coronation robes, Allan Ramsay, 1762