If you’re shopping for a New Year’s baby name, there are several routes you could take. You might choose January, à la Ms. Jones or Eve à la New Year’s. Or you could pick a name whose meaning celebrates the hope brought by a new year, like Nadia or Esperanza—or Hope. Or one that suggests the dawn of a new year, such as Aurora or Oriana—or Dawn. But 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.
Another New Year’s-born baby was the colorful Cuban-raised bandleader Xavier (born Francisco) Cugat, who was influential in promoting the rhumba, samba, mambo, and other Latin dance crazse from the 1940’s on. The name Xavier has been making a surprise comeback, now at Number 71, and chosen for their sons by Donnie Wahlberg and Tilda Swinton.