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How can I generate the name of the month (e.g: Oct/October) from this date object in JavaScript?

var objDate = new Date("10/11/2009");

First answer

Shorter version:

const monthNames = ["January", "February", "March", "April", "May", "June",
  "July", "August", "September", "October", "November", "December"

const d = new Date();
document.write("The current month is " + monthNames[d.getMonth()]);

Note (2019-03-08) – This answer by me which I originally wrote in 2009 is outdated. See David Storey’s answer for a better solution.

Second answer

Here’s another one, with support for localization 🙂

Date.prototype.getMonthName = function(lang) {
    lang = lang && (lang in Date.locale) ? lang : 'en';
    return Date.locale[lang].month_names[this.getMonth()];

Date.prototype.getMonthNameShort = function(lang) {
    lang = lang && (lang in Date.locale) ? lang : 'en';
    return Date.locale[lang].month_names_short[this.getMonth()];

Date.locale = {
    en: {
       month_names: ['January', 'February', 'March', 'April', 'May', 'June', 'July', 'August', 'September', 'October', 'November', 'December'],
       month_names_short: ['Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec']

you can then easily add support for other languages: = {month_names: [...]};

Third answer

If you don’t mind extending the Date prototype (and there are some good reasons to not want to do this), you can actually come up with a very easy method:

Date.prototype.monthNames = [
    "January", "February", "March",
    "April", "May", "June",
    "July", "August", "September",
    "October", "November", "December"

Date.prototype.getMonthName = function() {
    return this.monthNames[this.getMonth()];
Date.prototype.getShortMonthName = function () {
    return this.getMonthName().substr(0, 3);

// usage:
var d = new Date();
alert(d.getMonthName());      // "October"
alert(d.getShortMonthName()); // "Oct"

These functions will then apply to all javascript Date objects.

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