Names That Fit January Babies
Names for January babies may reference the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, which gets its name from the Roman God Janus, who was associated with new beginnings. January baby names can be related to symbols of freshness or related to the winter season. But you can also look for names associated with illustrious figures and events with important connections to the month of January.
Author (Pearl) Zane Grey, born on January 31, 1872, was best known for his Western genre adventure novels. The name Zane is an English surname name that may possibly be a variation of John. But the name is also getting popular in other forms that at least sound like the English version, even if they have different roots. The Arabic name Zayn has risen on the wings of One Direction singer Zayn Malik, whose name was originally spelled Zain. And singer Mindy McCready used the spelling Zayne for her son.
Poet and novelist Anne Brontë was born on January 17, 1820, the youngest of the literary Brontë family, which includes her sisters and fellow authors Charlotte and Emily. Anne Brontë is best known for her novel Agnes Grey, based on her experiences as a governess. Patrick Brontë, Anne’s father, changed his surname from Brunty to Brontë, a Greek name meaning thunder. Andie MacDowell played a character called Bronte in the 1990 film Green Card, bringing public recognition to this name.
Snow is becoming a popular baby name, both as a first and a middle primarily but not necessarily for girls. And now other names with snow meanings are coming to the fore too. Lumi is a Finnish name meaning now. Eira is a Welsh name with a snow meaning. And names that play off the Portuguese or Spanish snow name Neve — Nevada, Neva — are also becoming more popular.
Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was born on January 11, 1755 or 1757, becoming General George Washington’s assistant. Hamilton: An American Musical is a current Broadway megahit depicting the life of the influential character. Alexander, a popular Greek name meaning defending men, was another name for the hero Paris in Greek mythology. A Top 10 name from 2008-2015, Alexander currently ranks at Number 13. There are many attractive nicknames for Alexander including Alec, Alex, Lex, Sasha, Xan, Zan, and Zander.
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe was first published on January 29, 1845, one of the most famous narrative poems The Raven that popularized Poe as a writer. Raven is a bird name currently ranking at Number 412 for girls but also used for boys. The Raven is a revered symbol in many Native American groups and amongst African-Americans. Ravens are also associated with the Norse god Odin and is the real name of Mystique in the X-men film series. Other attractive bird names include Lark, Phoenix, Piper, and Wren.
Presidential baby names are appropriate for a January baby, given that the US presidential inauguration has taken place in January since 1937. While President Lincoln — Lincoln is one of the most stylish and popular presidential names — was inaugurated on March 4 as was the prior custom, names of presidents inaugurated in January that might translate well to current baby names include Franklin, Truman, Ike, Kennedy, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Barack.
Crosby Newell Bonsall, a female children’s book author and illustrator, was born on January 2, 1921. Bonsall wrote more than forty children’s books, including the I Can Read series, which is still in print. Crosby is an Irish surname meaning village with crosses. Rarely used for girls, Crosby is rapidly climbing the charts for boys. Crosby first entered the Top 1000 for boys in 2011, and peaked in popularity in 2015 at Number 576 (it’s now at 696). The character Crosby Braverman on the TV Show Parenthood, likely contributed to Crosby’s rise. Crosby may also remind you of the crooner Bing Crosby and the band Crosby, Stills, & Nash.
While you may be understandably reluctant to make your child the namesake of the tragic poet Sylvia Plath, her great book The Bell Jar was first published on January 14, 1963. An apt name inspiration may be the chic French form Sylvie. Rhea Silvia was the mythical mother of twins Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.
Influential painter (Paul) Jackson Pollock was born on January 28, 1912 and became one of the most prominent figures in the Abstract Expressionist movement, recognized for his unique drip painting style. Jackson is an English name meaning, of course, son of Jack. Currently ranked at Number 20, Jackson is even more popular when you add up the various spelling variations, such as Jaxon and Jaxson. Several celebrities including Bill Murray, Charlize Theron, Katey Sagal, and Spike Lee have sons named Jackson.
Playwright Anton Chekhov, born on January 29, 1860, is widely considered one of the greatest writer of short fiction and plays. His dramatic works include Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. Anton is a German and Scandinavian form of Anthony, meaning priceless. It currently ranks at Number 990, not nearly as popular as Anthony at Number 32. Actor Al Pacino has a son named Anton James.
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on January 4th, 2019 at 8:34 pm
I would rather not have kids than ever have a child named after a racist president like Ronald Reagan.
I really love the name Brontë but I absolutely detest the pronunciation Bron-tay. Who came up with that!?!? To me it’s on my list of worst names (if that’s the pronunciation)
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on January 2nd, 2020 at 11:23 am
@Sinclaiiir Do you prefer the pronunciation bron-tee? Both are commonly accepted. Or is there another pronunciation we’re not familiar with?
on January 5th, 2020 at 12:56 am
Yes I like Bron-tee better. The other pronunciation may be commonly accepted, but I still find it quite ugly and it sounds like people trying to make up a name to sound upper class LOL
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