Happy New Year Names!

Ring out the old, ring in the new—a toast to a fantastic 2013! An auspicious beginning for babies born at this time of year, with its sense of freshness and hope and a new dawn dawning. We’ve split our name suggestions for these new year babes into three parts: names that mean happy, names that mean new, and even a couple that mean year. So put them all together, and you have HAPPY NEW YEAR— our wish for all our Berries and their babyberries!


Année

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Since there are very few—if any—names that mean year, why don’t we just get creative and choose some other-language words that could conceivably be used as names. The French Année is similar enough to Annie and Aimée to be considered, and the Italian Anno could be a novel addition to the o-ending boys’ name group.

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BerryBry Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 8:53 am

I love Beatriz and Beatrice is nice! Asher has some great meanings but it’s just not my style. Feliz means happy in Spanish and that’s a bit like Felix…Leticia Herod was the winner of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model and there is a Spanish princess!But Zelig feels a bit strange and too unusual to me. I love Neo!Leo is my fave eo name but they are all nice!! Go Nova!!! And Nora and Nola for that matter! I love the soft v in the middle! I lke Annie but spelt that way and I know a girl called Amie.

Whirligig Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

My favourite on here is Beatrix. I much prefer it spelt like this because it is a bit brighter and more awake than Beatrice.

dayjoysky2815 Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Don’t name your kid Beatrice! Everyone I know uses it as another way to say the word “bitch” without actually saying it. I don’t know how widespread this is but most people I know have heard of this.

I like Annee. How is it pronounced? It sounds similar to my daughter’s name. I also like Nova.

HerMajesty Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I love Beatrix! Nova and Felix are cool too. The rest are okayish, but to me, Zelig is a little weird…..

juliannemarie Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Like

Popular
Beatrice
Asher

Less popular
Naomi
Nova (could be beautiful as double barreled name, Novalee, Nova-Mae, Nova Maeve)
Zelig (nn Zee, like Selig too)
Dagny (spunky)

Dislike
Laetitia – I really wanted to like this one the look of it is appealing as we’ll as the history but have a hard time with the “titi” in it. What names successfully (obscurely) pull off that letter sequence?

Samantha-Bianca Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Great names! Only problem I have is sadly with Dagny. Great name, but in Australia, “dag” is a pejorative term for someone who lacks care in their appearance or often looks dishevelled or has an uncouth manner. It’s not a seriously mean thing to call someone, it’s often used in fun…but not something you want to put in your kid’s name.

witchgreens Says:

December 31st, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I had a close friend named Dagny growing up and I think it’s a great name. I also really like Nova, though I’d probably only use it as a mn because it feels somehow incomplete or too short for a 1st name, even with 2 syllables.

Annie85 Says:

January 1st, 2013 at 1:28 am

Beatrice and Felix are my favorites from this list, though Felicity isn’t far behind.

stripedsocks Says:

January 1st, 2013 at 7:37 am

Yiddish speakers use Zelda as a feminine form of Zelig (meaning lucky, happy) and while Zelig doesn’t do much for me, I love Zelda.

Felicia/Felicity and Beatrice are my favourites listed for girls – since Zelda wasn’t in, lol – and Asher for the boys.

I really like Laetitia but I think maybe more as a middle name since I forsee much mispronunciation in its future.

Since my list would be so skewed to the girls, I must put in a vote for Noam for the boys. Its related to Naomi and refreshing compared to Noah.

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