This first full moon of August is known as the Sturgeon Moon because this is the time of year when sturgeon are caught in abundance from the Great Lakes of North America. It is also known as the Green Corn Moon, the Red Moon and the Grain Moon.
The farmer's almanac included nicknames for the full moon depending on what month they occured. Most of these nicknames were based on the names North American aboriginal people used. Although many tribes gave nicknames to the full moon, the most well known come from the Algonquin tribes who lived in the area of New England and westward to Lake Superior.