Because the month names are derived from pagan names, Quakers abhorred the names of the months and days . Therefore, they never used them. Quaker dates will be numbers -- with March being the first month and Sunday the first day. An example of a Quaker rendering of a date would be: the 4th day of the 2nd week of the 8th month 1699. This would be Wednesday of the second week of October 1699.