The Latin word februare means purification, referring to the purification feast dedicated to Februus of the Underworld, an Etruscan god. The Lupercalia-feast was held in his honour in ancient Rome.
An old Norse name “gøje”-month is known in parts of the North. This might refer to the legendary Goa, who is a daughter of “Snow the Old”. People sacrificed to him at Midwinter-Blot.