New Year Names
The date may be just a number, but for many of us a new year — in whichever calendar you use — represents an opportunity to reflect, say goodbye to the year that’s been, and look ahead to the future. There are many names with forward-looking meanings, which would be especially good for a child due at the start of a new year.
This is our guide to the coolest names with meanings relating to the new year. They range from popular favorites to rare and quirky, ancient to modern, and from all around the world. Cheers!
New Year festival names
In some countries, New Year’s Eve (oh hi, Eve!) is known as St Sylvester’s Day, or simply Silvester. Forget the cartoon cat; this is an underused gem in both spellings, from the same name family as fashionable Silas and Sylvie.
Brand new baby, brand new year… and a name that signifies fresh beginnings? Nova is a popular choice (with good reason), and these are some of the other names that have newness and beginnings in their meaning.
Not only is sunrise a powerful symbol, but in the northern hemisphere the new year falls as the days s-l-o-w-l-y start to get longer and lighter again. Not surprisingly, many languages and cultures have names meaning dawn. Dawn itself was a 1970s favorite, and recently Aurora has risen to take its place in the US Top 50. Other radiant options include:
New Year’s namesakes
Beatrice (Bebe) Neuwirth — Frasier actress
Betsy Ross — she of the US flag
Diane von Fürstenberg — fashion designer
Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren — Swedish-born model
Gabrielle (Gabby) Christina Victoria Douglas — Olympic gymnast
Henri Matisse — artist
Jerome David Salinger — author of The Catcher in the Rye
Lance Reddick — The Wire actor
Mary Beard — classy classics professor
Odetta Holmes — singer, actor and civil rights activist
Ouida — aka the novelist Maria Louise Ramé
Park Jae-sang — better known as Psy, of Gangnam Style fame
Paul Revere — American revolutionary who did a midnight ride
Senfronia Calpernia Thompson — longstanding Texas legislator
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