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New Year's Baby Names

The start of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and hopes for the future. Here are some baby names from various cultures whose meanings reflect those feelings, especially appropriate for a baby born near the start of a new year.
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  • Asha

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    Asha is an Indian name that comes from the Sanskrit word for hope or desire, or it may be a Swahili name derived from Aisha, meaning life. Since the ascendance of Ashley through the 1980s and 90s,... Read More 

  • Aurora

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    Aurora, the poetic name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into the morning dew, and of (Disney's) Sleeping Beauty, would be sure to make any little girl feel like a princess. The... Read More 

  • Dagny

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    If you're looking for a name with Scandinavian roots, this would make a stronger and more appealing import than Dagmar. With its meaning of "new day," it could make an ideal choice for a girl born ... Read More 

  • Esperanza

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    Esperanza is a Spanish classic finding its way onto the national popularity list. It came into the spotlight not long ago when jazz singer Esperanza Spalding "stole" the Best New Artist Grammy from... Read More 

  • Gennaro

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    This name of the patron saint of Naples would make an apt choice for a New Year's baby, or one with Neapolitan roots.  Read More 

  • Hope

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    Can a name as virtuous as Hope be cool and trendy? Strangely enough -- yes. But though this optimistic Puritan favorite is experiencing substantial popularity, Hope is too pure and elegant to be c... Read More 

  • January

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    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... Read More 

  • Janvière

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  • Makara

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    Charismatic possibility for a January baby.  Read More 

  • Mika

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    Multicultural name that has the shiny sparkle of the metallic mica.  Read More 

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