Buck Moon (July) History, Origin, Name, Dates and Calendar

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 Moon Lunation Year Date Time
Buck Moon 2011 Jul 15 06:40 Fri
Buck Moon 2012 Jul 3 18:52 Tue
Buck Moon 2013 Jul 22 18:15 Mon
Buck Moon 2014 Jul 12 11:25 Sat
Buck Moon 2015 Jul 2 02:20 Thu
Buck Moon 2016 Jul 19 22:57 Tue
Buck Moon 2017 Jul 9 04:07 Sun
Buck Moon 2018 Jul 27 20:20 Fri
Buck Moon 2019 Jul 16 21:38 Tue
Buck Moon 2020 Jul 5 04:44 Thu

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!

Full Moon Names History

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.


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