Festive Girl Names for the New Year

December 29, 2016 Abby Sandel

The New Year brings hope, change, and, of course, celebration!

If you’re expecting a daughter on the December/January cusp this year, these upbeat girls’ names might make great choices. From names that suggest New Year soirees to those inviting joy and good cheer, there’s something here for every style of namer.

So pop the champagne – or the apple juice – and consider a girls’ name that glitters with all the excitement of 2017. By Abby Sandel

Caia and Gaia

There are dozens of possible origins for Kaya, Kaia, and Caia, but one strikes a festive note. The Roman name Caius or Gaius might come from the Latin gaudere “to rejoice.” The traditional Christmas carol Gaudete ties this to the Advent season, but the meaning seems just right for a New Year’s baby.

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Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at

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