Snow Moon Name Origin


What is a Snow Moon? Traditionally, the heaviest snow falls and piles even higher in February. Usually this month is a time for snow and cold air temperatures, so Native American tribes most often called February’s full Moon the Snow Moon or the Full Snow Moon.

Snow Moon Name Variations

Among tribes that used this name for the January moon, the February moon was called the Hunger Moon or Full Hunger Moon due to the challenging hunting conditions. Storm Moon, Hunger Moon, Little Famine Moon, and Full Bony Moon are other traditional names for February’s full moon.

When is the next Snow Moon?

The Snow Moon dates are expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UT), the international basis for other time zones. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full moon dates shift from year to year. For Snow Moon times in your city, please use the Time Zone Converter. You may also simply subtract five (5) hours to get to U.S. Eastern Time.

Full Moon Year Date Time Day
Snow Moon 2011 Feb 18 08:36 Fri
Snow Moon 2012 Feb 7 21:54 Tue
Snow Moon 2013 Feb 25 20:26 Sun
Snow Moon 2014 Feb 14 23:53 Thu
Snow Moon 2015 Feb 3 23:09 Mon
Snow Moon 2016 Feb 22 18:20 Mon
Snow Moon 2017 Feb 11 00:33 Sat
Snow Moon 2018
Snow Moon 2019 Feb 19 15:53 Tue
Snow Moon 2020 Feb 9 07:33 Tue

Popular Full Moon Names

The naming of the Snow Moon has a pretty interesting history. Do you want to learn about other Full Moon names? If so, check out the following full moon names: Wolf Moon, Snow Moon, Worm Moon, Pink Moon, Flower Moon, Strawberry Moon, Buck Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Harvest Moon, Hunters Moon, Beaver Moon, Cold Moon, and, of course, the Blue Moon!

Popular Full Moon Calendars

Some popular full moon calendars, in addition to the Snow Moon Calendar, include the following: Moon Calendar 2011, Moon Calendar 2012, Moon Calendar 2013, Moon Calendar 2014, Moon Calendar 2015, Moon Calendar 2016, Moon Calendar 2017, Moon Calendar 2018, Moon Calendar 2019, Moon Calendar 2020.

You can also check out our Full Moon Calendar, Lunar Calendar, Lunar Eclipse Calendar and Solar Eclipse Calendar!

Full Moon Names History

Snow Moon

Snow Moon (February)

Full Moon names have been used by many cultures to describe the full moon throughout the year. Specifically, Native American tribes used moon phases and cycles to keep track of the seasons by giving a distinctive name to each recurring full moon, including the Flower Moon. The unique full moon names were used to identify the entire month during which each occurred.

Although many Native American tribes gave distinct names to the full moon, the most well known full moon names come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior. The Algonquin tribes had perhaps the greatest effect on the early European settlers in America, and the settlers adopted the Native American habit of naming the full moons.