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.
  • Nadia

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    Nadia, an exotic but accessible Slavic favorite, which took on added energy and charm when Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci won the 1976 Olympics, had a strong run of popularity in the early 2000s... Read More 

  • Neo

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    This nouveau name of Keanu Reeves's character in The Matrix has not enjoyed the same burst of popularity as its female counterpart, Trinity, but it definitely sounds, well, newer. Neo... Read More 

  • Neoma

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    A rare name, which may also be a variation of Naomi, that had a flurry of usage in the first four decades of the twentieth century, reaching Number 664 in 1907.Read More 

  • Newlyn

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    Male name that seems feminine enough to switch genders, if you're looking for a new lyn spin. Read More 

  • Nova

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Nova is a name that has the feel of both newness, from his meaning, and great energy from being an astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, then fades.

    Now... Read More 

  • Oriana

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    Oriana is a dashing medieval name, with a meaning similar to Aurora. Strong and exotic, Oriana also has an admirable literary resume. In medieval tales, she was the beloved of the knight Amadis,... Read More 

  • Roxana

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    The name of the wife of Alexander the Great, more attractive than the better-known Roxanne. Roxana was first used in the English-speaking world in the 1600s and was popularized by Daniel Defoe's... Read More 

  • Taraja

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    The raja sequence of sounds gives it a regal feel. Read More 

  • Zara

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    Zara is an evocative name, often used in early movies and novels for a sultry character from the East -- Greta Garbo played one in the 1932 film As You Desire Me. Britain's Princess Anne... Read More 

  • Zora

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    Zora is a meaningful literary heroine name honoring Zora Neale Hurston, an important black writer and leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

    Spelled Zorah, it is a biblical place name, and... Read More 

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