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

January Origin and Meaning

The name January is a girl's name .

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 alternative. January, along with Snow and Frost, are also perfect names for winter babies.

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skyladder Says:


January Jane sounds super pretty!

skyladder Says:


My favorite month name. Really like Jane and Janie as nn options

Mikayla395 Says:


This is one of my daughters name... January Jane. We call her Jani or JJ, and she loves it. When she was born, everybody was surprised when we told them her name. Even the nurses were surprised! It's uncommon, but all my kids think it's adorable. January is now eight, and when we introduce her people are still surprised! Totally recommend :D

autumnreverie Says:


I don't like this name ever since I saw a documentary about a girl named January. The nickname Jannie rubs me the wrong way.

MaryKathryn Says:


January, April, May, June, and August are the only month names I would consider using as a name.

snowsbeloved Says:


I wish I could use this name! :(

RoddyThlayli Says:


Another month name I really like on either gender -- nicknames could be Jan, Jane, Jerry, Nary or even Ju.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Jan seems like a good nickname to me. It sounds sorta like "Jen" and sounds like a real name. I think it works quite nicely as even a full name. But I would probably lengthen the name on the birth certificate to Janet or January. Or you could just go with the nickname Jen for January.

Guest Says:


Or South America and Sub-saharan Africa. I guess it'd be like naming them June hahaha 😝

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


"...would be the perfect wintery choice"..unless you're from Australia or New Zealand :)

AnonymousPerson Says:


I think this should be a boy's name. It seems decidedly masculine to me.

aburs93 Says:


Annie, Ann, Anna and, depending on middle name, you have things like JB, JC, JD, JJ, JP, JR, etc..

jan11th Says:


What are some good nicknames for this? Other than Jani

LadyVanRaven Says:


You could still use it. But be ready for people to constantly ask you if your child was born in January.

jan11th Says:


love this! what if your baby wasnt born in january tho? could u still use it?