Buck Moon Name Origin

What is a Buck Moon? The full moon that appears in July is called the Buck Moon. Male deer, which shed their antlers every year, begin to regrow them in July, hence the Native American name for July’s full moon.

Buck Moon Name Variations

The Buck Moon of July is sometimes referred to as the Thunder Moon, for the month’s many summer storms, and Hay Moon, after the July hay harvest.

When is the next Buck Moon?

The Buck 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 Buck 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 MoonLunationYearDateTime
Buck Moon2011Jul 1506:40Fri
Buck Moon2012Jul 318:52Tue
Buck Moon2013Jul 2218:15Mon
Buck Moon2014Jul 1211:25Sat
Buck Moon2015Jul 202:20Thu
Buck Moon2016Jul 1922:57Tue
Buck Moon2017Jul 904:07Sun
Buck Moon2018Jul 2720:20Fri
Buck Moon2019Jul 1621:38Tue
Buck Moon2020Jul 504:44Thu

Popular Full Moon Names

The naming of the Buck 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 Buck 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

Buck Moon

Buck Moon (July)

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.