The month of January is named after Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, endings, changes, gateways, and doorways. He is often depicted as having two faces, one facing forward and one facing backwards. The word "janitor" comes from this god as well, janitors being the caretakers of hallways. January was thus named because it is the beginning of the year. As a girls' name it recently got a boost in popularity from the rise to fame of the American actress January Jones (born 1978).
See Also: January (boy)

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