New Year’s Names: Finding a New Year’s namesake

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.


Xavier

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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.

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pdxlibrarian Says:

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?

miloowen Says:

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.

Mischa Says:

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!

encore Says:

December 30th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I love a lot of these names but some had nothing to do with New Year’s.

pam Says:

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.

Lola Says:

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! 😀

emilymaryjane Says:

December 30th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I love Betsy as a nn 4 elizabeth

pam Says:

December 31st, 2011 at 8:19 am

Hope your party goes well, Lola! Are we all invited?

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:

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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