These Names Say Happy New Year
New Year’s baby names carry the sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and bright hopes for the future. And so with that in mind, and with our warmest wishes to all of you for a great year, we offer names drawn from a variety of cultures that suggest those very things, all of them appropriate for a New Year’s baby.
Names that mean hope signal our optimistic views for the future. This January, we’re looking forward to the start of not only a new year but a new decade!
Dawn means the start of a new day and carries with it the messages of hope and fresh starts that go with the beginning of a new year.
New and newness are meanings conveyed by names from many cultures, either literally or via symbolic representations of newness like spring and new green shoots pushing through the earth toward the bright sun.
HAVE A HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
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on December 31st, 2010 at 1:38 am
I went to school with a girl named Raja… didn’t know it meant hope!
Happy New Year Nameberry!
Charlotte Vera Said
on December 31st, 2010 at 2:41 am
Interesting list, although technically, Cait (roughly, “kite”) isn’t the Hindi name for January, because although it’s considered the first month of the year, it falls somewhere in March or April of the Gregorian calendar. The Hindi name for January transliterates as “janavarī”.
Have a very Happy New Year!
Stacy Lou Said
on December 31st, 2010 at 4:29 am
My twins were born Tuesday! and one of my little girls names is Nova, I loved the astronomy connection as well as the meaning new, not just a new year, but a new life!
on December 31st, 2010 at 10:37 am
When you search Roxana on nameberry the meaning comes up as “little star.” I’ve wondering how that relates to dawn…
on December 31st, 2010 at 10:48 am
Kelsey, when we translated our book The Baby Name Bible into the database that became nameberry, names that had two or alternate definitions sometimes have one definition hidden because of the way the coding was done. That’s what happened with Roxana, which I just fixed. Often we don’t find those until we have some reason to look at the name in the “back end” of the site, where we can see the hidden definition or origin. And for a long, complicated blog like this one, we sometimes use our books as reference rather than the site itself as it’s easier to page back and forth.
on December 31st, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Stacy Lou, congratulations on your twins! I LOVE the name Nova! Beautiful! What did you name the other twin?
on December 31st, 2010 at 3:04 pm
on December 31st, 2010 at 11:53 pm
I think Nova is charting in the top1000, but for boys.
Charlotte Vera Said
on January 1st, 2011 at 2:18 pm
One of Roseanna’s playmates is a little girl named Nova. It’s a pretty name, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes more popular.
on January 2nd, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Stacy Lou congrats on your twins! Love Nova!
Happy New Year Berries!
Stacy Lou Said
on January 2nd, 2011 at 8:01 pm
thank you! I’m just in exstatic mama mode! they are my first and were perfectly healthy and beautiful. Nova Louise’s twin sis is Ziva Ann. One meaning for Ziva is “bright or brilliant” which I loved with the name Nova (a star that will give off great energy and become very bright)
on January 2nd, 2011 at 11:50 pm
Similar to the comment about Roxana, the more common meaning in my native language (a Slavic language) for Zora/Zorina is “star.” I have a cousin named Zoriana, and I’ve always loved her name.
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