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Gender: F Origin of January: Latin, Named for Janus, Roman god of doorways

Popularity: this week.

Thanks to two cultural influences, January has joined March, April, June and August as a plausible month name.

The first was a character named January Wayne in a bestselling 1973 Jacqueline Susann novel, Once is Not Enough, which was later made into a movie. Then, five years later, the mother-to-be of January Jones--future Mad Men star-- was inspired by that character to give the name to her baby daughter, as did enough other parents in 1978 to bring January to Number 639 on the list.

So if you're looking for a cool namesake for an aunt Janet or Janice, January might be the perfect wintery choice.

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Famous People Named January

January Kristen Jones, American actress.

Pop Culture References for the Name January

January Wayne was the lead character in Jacqueline Susann's 1973 novel "Once is Not Enough."