1. May is generally thought to have been named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.
2. The Roman poet Ovid had another idea and he sai d- May, was named for the maiores (the elders) and June for the iuniores (youth).
3. No month of the year either begins or ends on the same day as May.
4. According to old superstitions, you should not buy a broom, wash blankets or get married in May: “Marry in May and you will ruin the day”.
5. No United States president has ever died in May. It is the only month with that distinction.
6. Nine UK prime ministers were born in May, which is more than any other month.
7. May 1 may be Labour Day but in 1966, the World Tramps Congress in Argentina decreed that May 2 shall be the International Day of Idleness.
8. In 2014 May was the 576th most popular name given to a girl baby in England and Wales.
9. It was less popular than Maya (45), Amaya (220), Lilly-May (318), Ellie-May (383), Lily-May (393) and Mae (494).
10. In the nursery rhyme “Here we go gathering nuts in May,” the word “nuts” was probably a corruption of “knots” meaning bunches of flowers