Today is the Full Wolf Moon, so named by Native Americans because it was the time of year when the wolf packs howled hungrily outside villages.

Other names have been attached to this moon by tribes including the Old Moon, the Cherokee Cold Moon, the Cooking Moon of the Choctaw, the Terrible Moon of the Dakotah Sioux and the Full Snow Moon (though that seems to have been applied more often to the next Full Moon).

It should be noted that the Full Moon names used by Native Americans were a way to record the seasons and the names applied to the entire “month” that began with the full moon.

Also, variation in the names for the moons is often geographic and based on the flora and fauna of their climate.

The European settlers created names of their own for the full moons such as Moon After the Yule and Winter Moon.