Introduction to the February Baby
In this article, we explore fun facts about February babies. A February birth month also offers the opportunity of being born under two different zodiac signs. As a month full of special holidays and events, newborns will have Valentine's Day (February 14th) and Presidents Day (February 15th) in their birth month.
February is also a month with a leap year. The article explains the reasoning behind this date and significance for baby's born on that date.
Lastly, some traits associated with February born babies are discussed. What's fact and fiction? Read on to find out.
History of February
For all you February babies, the Latin for your month is februum, which is translated as "purification." This is due to a purification ritual that was held in Roman times on the 15th of the month, always on a full moon. Some of the events around the world shared with babies born in February are Black History Month, the Chinese New Year, and of course our favorite: Valentine's Day.
A February Baby's Birthstone is the Amethyst
February babies are lucky to have the beautiful amethyst as their birthstone. This stunning gemstone is a purple variety of quartz. In the Christian faith, purple is the color for the season of Lent, which makes sense because Lent usually begins in February.
The amethyst has also been treasured for centuries as a symbol of protection, courage, and wisdom. This birthstone is also believed to bring serenity and calmness, a welcome blessing for the new family when the baby arrives.
Babies with a February Birth Month Share these Notable Days
There are several celebratory days in the second month of the year; the most well-known, of course, is Valentine's Day (Feb. 14th) and Groundhog Day (Feb. 2nd). On Groundhog Day, thousands of people gather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see if the groundhog produces a shadow when he crawls out of his hole. For some reason, people believe that if he does produce a shadow, there will be six more months of winter. Go figure.
Lastly, there is President's Day, which actually is not tied to a specific calendar date but rather aligned to the third Monday in February. Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras are all events that normally fall in February but sometimes end up in March. February is also the national cherry and chocolate month.
February Babies have two Birth Flowers
The birth flower is the primrose, although some would disagree and say it is the violet. The primrose is an elegant symbol of young love, representing optimism and gratitude for life's simple pleasures.
Meanwhile, the violet—which comes in shades of purple, blue, and white—embodies determination and faithfulness. Together, these two blooms offer reassurance in challenging times while celebrating the joys of life.
February Babies' Horoscope Sign is Aquarius or Pisces
The Zodiac sign for February is Aquarius until mid-month, on the 18th, when it changes to Pisces. For Aquarians, this sign literally means "water carrier" and it is the eleventh astrological sign of the Zodiac.
Babies born in the first 18 days of February possess strong and attractive personalities. Buying books on strong-willed children might help you understand your little Aquarian. These February babies can grow into individuals who are frank, speak their minds, and are very self-assertive.
The Pisces, on the other hand, are very compassionate, selfless, and sympathetic. Pisces means "circle of life" and is the twelfth astrological sign of the zodiac. Two fish are the symbols for this sign; they are more weak-willed and easily led. There is quite a difference between the two zodiac signs of February-born kids.
Your February Baby Could be Fame-Bound
February babies may be headed for notable status, as famous figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Rosa Parks were all born in February.
Moreover, since many babies are born under the sign of Aquarius - the zodiac believed to bring strong leadership qualities, creativity, and a passion for making a difference - it's not hard to see why a February baby could be fame-bound! Here are a few examples.
Historical Figures Born in February
Six United States presidents were February babies:
George Washington, February 22nd 1732
Abraham Lincoln, February 12th 1809
William Henry Harrison, February 9th 1773
Ronald Reagan, February 6th 1911
John Tyler, February 28th 1790
Grover Cleveland, February 18th 1837
Other Notable Public Figures with February Birthdays
Galileo Galilei, scientist and artist, February 15, 1564
Thomas Edison, inventor, February 11th 1846
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist, February 4th 1913
Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, February 24th 1955
Famous People Born in February
According to the study, many well know celebrities are born during this month. Consider this list of A-namers:
Rihanna, February 20th, 1988
Drew Barrymore, February 22nd, 1975
Jennifer Aniston, February 11th, 1969
John Travolta, February 18th, 1954
Garth Brooks, February 7th, 1962
Paris Hilton February 17th 1981
Johnny Cash, February 26th 1932
Elizabeth Taylor, February 27th 1932
Michael Jordan, February 17th 1963
Shakira, February 2nd 1977
Chris Rock, February 7th 1965
Your Newborn's Birthday Might Only Come Once Every Four Years
Every four years, February is extended by one day to make up for the small differences in our calendar and the Earth's orbit around the sun. This extra day is called Leap Day. This day is necessary to ensure that our calendar doesn't drift off track over time.
Leap day helps keep the seasons in sync and reminds us of how precisely nature functions. Babies born on February 29th have unique birthdays. This extra day allows for those born on February 29th to celebrate their birthdays once every four years, a phenomenon often referred to as 'leaplings'. This means there are many opportunities to get creative with celebrations around the theme of "leap" or "leaping."
Winter Babies Can be More Comfortable for the Pregnant Mom
In many parts of the United States, February means cold and wintry weather. Winter can be a great time to have a baby, and February is no exception. In many US states, winter offers expectant mothers an opportunity to stay cool and refreshed instead of hot and sweaty like those humid summer months.
Personality Traits Around February Babies
While not necessarily backed by science there is some research that warrants mentioning. A February baby is believed to possess strong leadership qualities, creativity, and a passion for making a difference. Scientists think that winter babies may have increased levels of certain chemicals within their brains, such as serotonin and dopamine, which helps them to remain calmer.
February Babies are Less Likely to be Irritable
Researchers have found a February baby is less likely to be irritable than those born in summer. This is because the seasons can affect certain chemicals in the brain that control how we feel. For example, winter babies may have more serotonin and dopamine which helps them stay calmer.
Are February kids STRONGER and TALLER?
Contrary to some beliefs, studies have shown inconclusive results between a baby's birthday month and their eventual strength or height. This implies that on average, people who are born in February are statistically not any taller or stronger than those born in other months.
Some research, however, claims a baby's length at birth has a stronger correlation to their eventual adult height. Seems to make sense.
Further, when a baby's measured height and weight fall into the higher percentile range compared to average, there is a higher probably the baby could grow into an overweight adult. Environmental factors such as diet and exercise probably have a bigger effect on a person's future weight and strength.
What's the Most Popular Birth Day in February?
According to data compiled by FiveThirtyEight, February 14th represents the most popular day for a February baby to be born. The least popular day is February 29th, primarily because it is leap day and only occurs every four years.
Summary About February Born Babies
It's important to remember that February's astrological signs, birthstones, and birth flowers are symbolic and do not necessarily reflect the personality or characteristics of an individual. Each person is unique and should not be judged or generalized based on their month of birth.
While there may be trends or patterns that emerge, it is not accurate or fair to make assumptions about an individual based solely on their month of birth, their birth length and height.
Every baby will grow into their own individual self, with their own unique characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses—that's what makes us all special.
If you enjoyed this article, please checkout the other posts in this series:
Fun Facts About January Born Babies
Fun Facts About March Born Babies
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