Beaver Moon (November) History, Origin, Name, Dates and Calendar

Beaver Moon Name Origin

What is a Beaver Moon? The full moon that appears in November is called the Beaver Moon. There is disagreement over the origin of November’s beaver moon name. Some say it comes from Native Americans setting beaver traps during this month before the swamps froze to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Other say that the Beaver Moon comes from the heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams. 


Beaver Moon Name Variations

The Beaver Moon of November was sometimes also referred to as the Frost Moon by some Native American tribes.

When is the next Beaver Moon?

The Beaver 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 Beaver 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
Beaver Moon 2011 Nov 10 20:16 Thu
Beaver Moon 2012 Nov 28 14:46 Wed
Beaver Moon 2013 Nov 17 15:16 Sun
Beaver Moon 2014 Nov 6 22:23 Thu
Beaver Moon 2015 Nov 25 22:44 Wed
Beaver Moon 2016 Nov 14 13:52 Mon
Beaver Moon 2017 Nov 4 05:23 Sat
Beaver Moon 2018 Nov 23 05:39 Fri
Beaver Moon 2019 Nov 12 05:12 Thu
Beaver Moon 2020 Nov 30 09:30 Wed

Popular Full Moon Names

The naming of the Beaver 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!

Full Moon Names History 

Beaver Moon (November)


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.


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