"Christmas" is known by various other names throughout its history. The Anglo-Saxons referred to the feast as "midwinter" or, more rarely, as Nātiuiteð (from Latin nātīvitās below)."Nativity", meaning "birth", is from Latin nātīvitās. In Old English, Gēola (Yule) referred to the period corresponding to December and January, which was eventually equated with Christian Christmas. "Noel" (or "Nowel") entered English in the late 14th century and is from the Old French noël or naël, itself ultimately from the Latin nātālis (diēs) meaning "birth (day)".