Why do full moons have names?
The early Native Americans didn’t record time using months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Instead the tribes gave each full moon a nickname to help them keep track of the seasons and lunar months.
Most of the names relate to an activity or an event that took place at the time in each tribe’s location.
However, it wasn’t a uniform system and each tribe tended to name and count the moons differently. Some tribes, for example, counted four seasons a year, while others counted five. Others defined a year as 12 moons, while others said there were 13. Some tribes started counting the seasons in the spring, while others began in the autumn.
Colonial Americans adopted some of the moon names and applied them to their own calendar system which is why they’re still in existence today, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.