New Year Baby Names
To commemorate the beginning of a new year, we offer our annual New Year’s blog, together with our thanks for making nameberry such a thriving community in 2009, and our resolution to make it even better in 2010!
The ringing in of a new year brings with it a 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 some names drawn from a variety of cultures that suggest those very things–and all of them appropriate for a New Year’s baby.
NAMES THAT MEAN HOPE
NAMES THAT MEAN DAWN
Another approach, if you’re naming a baby born in the first month of the year, would be to consider one of the diverse names used for the month of January across the world:
CAIT (in Hindi)
MAKARA (means born under Capricorn)
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on December 31st, 2009 at 9:32 am
I’d use Nova if I had a girl around New Years 🙂
One question regarding Idony: I’ve never heard of her as anything else than Idun for the Norse goddess of eternal youth, is Idony what she’s translated as in English?
And why don’t you ever suggest Idun? It’s similar to the more popular choice of Eden and it fits better with the names people choose these days, so to me it has better chance of being used if only people knew about it…
Just a thought 🙂
on December 31st, 2009 at 11:03 am
Happy New Year!
I get a Chevy vibe from Nova, but oh, I do love Sahar and Idony.
on December 31st, 2009 at 1:58 pm
I love Nova! If were to have a New Year’s baby, it would definitely be in there as a mn at least 🙂
on December 31st, 2009 at 2:30 pm
Great New Year’s Blog! Here are three more names for January in other languages, to add to your list:
EANÁIR (Irish – pronounced an-arr. Sounds like it could be a strong name for a boy.)
GENVER (Breton and Cornish. Sounds like it could be a girl’s name, possibly an alternate for Jennifer.)
JANVIER (French – pronounced zhan-vee-ay. Possibly a name for a boy?)
Happy New Year to you, Linda & Pam!
on December 31st, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Whoops! I just saw that you already included EANÁIR and JANVIER! Haha! *Nephele throws a snowball at herself*
Linda Rosenkrantz Said
on December 31st, 2009 at 3:02 pm
Thanks Nephele–and to you!
on January 1st, 2010 at 8:39 am
January in Welsh is Ionawr, pronounced YONN-ow-r (“ow” as in bough or flOWer or our).
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!
on January 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am
Aurora, Amaryllis, and Zara are all gorgeous and names I would consider using!
on January 1st, 2010 at 4:17 pm
I’d just like to add Elpis and Elpida , two greek female names meaning hope (both “i” pronounced like “i” in “sit”).
And since you propose Neo (for newness meaning) , Nea in greek means new for female (“e” pronounced like “e” in “set” and “a” like “a” in Sarah).
Happy new year to all!
on January 2nd, 2010 at 3:03 am
Happy New Year to everyone! 🙂
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