Happy, Hope-Filled, New Year Names 2014: From Aurora to Zora
Soft, poetic and romantic, Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn whose tears turned into the morning dew—not to mention being the name of Disney’s sleeping beauty. It’s a name that is definitely on the ascent, having climbed more than 500 spots in the past decade.
- Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of the dawn whose tears turned into the morning dew—not to mention being the name of Disney’s sleeping beauty. It’s a name that is definitely on the ascent, having climbed more than 500 spots in the past decade." >
- Dagny means “new day” and is the appellation of the powerful protagonist of the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged. Could make an appealing sibset with a brother named Viggo." >
- New Year’s babe, Eos is the name of the Greek rosy-fingered goddess of the dawn: it’s ancient, but with a sleek, modern feel, and a novel namesake for a Grandma Dawn." >
- Esperanza Spalding. Her name currently ranks at Number 881." >
- Nadia, is an exotic but accessible Russian name meaning “hope.” It entered the U.S. popularity list in 1976—not coincidentally the same year that young Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci won the Olympics; and it’s now at Number 293. More recently, Nadia was seen as a character on Lost." >
- Neo is a Greek prefix meaning "new", and gained attention via the charismatic character in The Matrix (aka Thomas A. Anderson), played by Keanu Reeves. Neo definitely has a cool sci-fi edge and also fits right in with trendy Leo and Theo." >
- Nova reappeared on the popularity list in 2011 after a hiatus of 73 years, and this year increased more than 150 places. As a star that suddenly becomes thousands of times brighter and then gradually fades, Nova is part of a mini-trend of celestial names that also includes Luna and Orion." >
- Oriana is a lovely Latin name meaning “dawn,” related to the more well known Aurora. Feminine and romantic, but strong, she appears in medieval tales, seventeenth century plays, an eponymous Tennyson poem and was also used as a reference to Queen Elizabeth I." >
- Roxana and sister Roxanne derive from the Persian meaning “dawn.” Roxana was the wife of Alexander the Great, Roxanne the object of desire of Cyrano de Bergerac, who says “Your name is like a golden bell.” Key attribute: the saucy nickname Roxy." >
- Taraji P. Henson, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2009 for her work in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and starred in the TV drama Person of Interest. Taraji entered the Top 1000 in 2009; Taraja is a variant.." >
- Zora is a Serbo-Croatian name meaning “dawn,” and is a significant literary namesake via Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston. Other related “Z” names include Zorya (Slavic mythological goddesses of the dawn), Zelenka, Zaria and Zorina." >
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on December 27th, 2013 at 12:19 am
i love these. i love any names with uplifting meanings, really…
just a note, though – the zoryi are patrons of the stars. i think their technical classification is demi-goddesses, though in some writings they are full-fledged goddesses, and daughters of dazbog, the russian god of the sun. but only one of them, zorya utrennyaya, is the dawn goddess.
on December 27th, 2013 at 12:22 am
Several names I like on here (Nova, Nadia, Aurora) but I’m most excited to see Esperanza. I do think Esperance is even better though–avoids the common “a” ending
on December 27th, 2013 at 1:03 am
I think this post is really well-done.
That being said I kind of like Dagny, except I have mixed feelings about the Ayn Rand associations. I think sometimes literature seems like a good reason to chose a name, but personally I would never use a name just because it’s literary. Rand’s self-serving (no one matters but me) philosophy is much politicized and not necessarily something I would want people to associate with me.
on December 27th, 2013 at 6:25 am
cool names. I like Aurora but I’m not that fond of Zora.
on December 27th, 2013 at 2:38 pm
I love Oriana
on December 27th, 2013 at 5:36 pm
A comment on Eos. AY-os seems like a weird name. Eos is also a titan not a goddess.
I like every one of these except Eos.
on December 27th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
My 12 year old daughter is Oriana…The name fits her perfectly 🙂
on December 28th, 2013 at 11:38 am
I love Aurora and Eos! 🙂
on December 28th, 2013 at 6:31 pm
Zora was one of our top picks until
I learned that in Spanish its heavily used as slang for prostitute. 🙁
on December 28th, 2013 at 7:34 pm
Eek! The sheer novelty of stopping by the blog and finding nearly all of my “serious considerations” list! Aurora, Dagny, Nova, Oriana, Roxanne/Roxana, Zora & Zaria! What a treat to see all of you here! Zorina is new to me, though I’ve already discovered Zoria. Nadia fell off my list somewhere along the way, but I do still like it. Esperanza isn’t for me but I admire it. Neo is fun but quite Matrix-associated. Trinity took off as soon as that movie came out though, so why not Neo eventually? I don’t care for Taraji or Eos, but they are interesting nonetheless. Thanks for a great article today!
on December 29th, 2013 at 6:49 am
Such an interesting read!
I love Aurora, Esperanza, Nova, & Oriana
on December 29th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
So happy to see Esperanza on here. Love it, and it’s got great nickname potential with Essie, Annie, Perry, Anza (my favorite). I also like Zora and Nova. Strongly dislike both Aurora and Dagny. Aurora is frilly and pretentious to me, and while I disagree with Ayn Rand in general, Dagny is in my opinion just ugly-sounding.
on December 31st, 2013 at 9:33 am
I didn’t know Dagny had such a lovely meaning. Still wouldn’t use it, but nice! Esperanza is so pretty, but one I would have a hard time yelling out on the playground. Great list 🙂
on January 3rd, 2014 at 6:40 pm
My 2-year-old daughter’s name is Zora. It fits her perfectly.
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