Wolf Moon (January) History, Origin, Name, Dates and Calendar

Wolf Moon Name Origin

What is a Wolf Moon? In January, amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Native American villages. Thus, the villagers began calling January’s full moon the Wolf Moon.


Wolf Moon Name Variations

The Wolf Moon was sometimes referred to as the Old Moon or the Moon After Yule. Some tribes called January’s full moon the Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to February’s full moon.

When is the next Wolf Moon?

The Wolf 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 Wolf 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
Wolf Moon 2011 Jan 19 21:21 Wed
Wolf Moon 2012 Jan 9 07:30 Mon
Wolf Moon 2013 Jan 27 04:38 Sun
Wolf Moon 2014 Jan 16 04:52 Thu
Wolf Moon 2015 Jan 5 04:53 Mon
Wolf Moon 2016 Jan 24 01:46 Sun
Wolf Moon 2017 Jan 12 11:34 Thu
Wolf Moon 2018 Jan 2 02:24 Tue
Wolf Moon 2019 Jan 21 05:16 Mon
Wolf Moon 2020 Jan 10 19:21 Mon

Popular Full Moon Names

The naming of the Wolf 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

 Wolf Moon (January)


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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