Festive Girl Names for the New Year
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.
- 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." >
- Love It or List It. Desta feels equal parts accessible and exotic." >
- New Year’s is a festive occasion, often marked by lavish indulgence – the very definition of a gala! As a girl’s name it might be short for Galina, Galilea, or Galatea, but it stands on its own, too. Part-soiree inspired word name and part sister to names like Ella and Mila, Gala is seldom used as a given name. But it feels like the kind of word just waiting for discovery. Salvador Dali’s exotic wife, born Elena, was known as Gala." >
- Jovie just plain wasn’t a name until Zooey Deschanel wore it in 2003’s holiday hit movie, Elf. While Elf takes place at Christmas, her character’s name works nicely for the New Year, too. It comes from our word jovial, meaning cheerful, and fits right in with Ava, Ivy, and Sylvie." >
- Jovie or Gala, Joy has a long history of use as a given name. It’s a word name as familiar as Hope. Upbeat and friendly, Joy takes on some additional shimmer thanks to the character from 2015’s hit Disney Pixar movie Inside Out. Other notable Joys: actor Bryant, The View co-host Behar, and Miracle Mop inventor Mangano." >
- Jubilee appeals on sound, too. X-Men character Jubilation Lee is known by the nickname. It was given to 227 girls in 2015 – a new high, and almost enough to tip the name into the US Top 1000." >
- Fay and May. Gilmore Girls fans might immediately think of Keiko Agena, who played Rory’s BFF Lane in the series. The name feels cheerful, unexpected, and optimistic." >
- Marnie, this Hebrew name has become slightly more common thanks to one of the main characters on HBO hit series Girls. It means rejoice, making it a great choice for a baby born early in the New Year. Singer Lily Allen is mom to a Marnie Rose." >
- Rebel Wilson put her bad girl name on the list of possibilities. Revel takes it in a more festive direction – though both words come from the Latin rebellare. To revel is to make merry, and that seems exactly right for a December 31st daughter." >
- Zelda? The gorgeous jazz age standard has roots in Yiddish, where it served as a feminine form of Selig or Zelig – both names meaning happy. It feels like a natural name for a daughter born at the start of a New Year." >
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on December 30th, 2016 at 1:11 am
I like Marni/Marnie and Zelda best. Revel is interesting, too. I’d be afraid it would be heard as Rebel, though.
on December 30th, 2016 at 1:19 pm
I like most of these names. Too bad my parents probably wouldn’t approve of Jubilee, though (even though I only associate it with the holidays, and X-Men).
on December 31st, 2016 at 8:42 pm
I’ve loved Caia for a long time but wasn’t aware of this origin. Very cool list!
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