New Year’s Names: Finding a New Year’s namesake
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on December 30th, 2011 at 9:49 am
Totally confused. What is the connection between these people and New Year’s? Were they born on New Year’s Day? Are they just nice people you think more people should name babies after this coming year?
on December 30th, 2011 at 11:24 am
Love the name Betsy and Sophie (my great-grandmother was Sofie). Don’t much care for either Paul or Jerome — I prefer Paolo to Paul and Gerald/Gerard to Jerome. This year I have three students named Gerard (two Gerards and one Gerardo).
New Year’s Eve is a big deal down here in Florabama. Everywhere you go people are offering you dishes of black-eyed peas for good luck. So perhaps in the South, African names should be included in this list: Phillis for Phillis Wheatley and Equiano for Olaudah Equiano.
on December 30th, 2011 at 12:14 pm
I don’t see the connection to New Year’s for most of these names either but I did enjoy reading the comments under the photos. I love Sophie and Xavier!
on December 30th, 2011 at 12:32 pm
I love a lot of these names but some had nothing to do with New Year’s.
on December 30th, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Sorry it wasn’t clear; these people were all born on December 31 or January 1. I changed the introduction to state that outright.
on December 30th, 2011 at 5:30 pm
Oh, I like Jerome! Of course, I’d call him ‘Rome’ instead of ‘Jerry’ for short. 😀
I’m wondering when Bess will make a comeback as a nickname for Elis/zabeth; I adore Bess. If I named a daughter Elisabeth, Bess would be *my* choice for day-to-day use.
I saw the link, almost instantly. But then, my OH is one born on 12/31, and I’ve long looked at lists of people born on the same day! I’ve got a huge party planned for Him tomorrow. Shhh, though, it’s a surprise! So glad he doesn’t check out Nameberry too! 😀
on December 30th, 2011 at 8:33 pm
I love Betsy as a nn 4 elizabeth
on December 31st, 2011 at 8:19 am
Hope your party goes well, Lola! Are we all invited?
on July 14th, 2013 at 1:38 pm
@pdxlibrarian ut you could also go down the namesake path, paying tribute to a notable bearer of a name who entered the world on New Year’s Eve or Day. Here, eleven worth namesakes born on December 31 or January 1.
That was in the introduction
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