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.


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Dana Andrews was a subdued, understated star of the 1940’s and fifties, a smooth presence in such films as Laura and The Best Years if Our Lives. He and, later, Dana Carvey have been two of the best known male carriers of their unisex name, which hasn’t been on the boys’ list since 1997, but remains viable for baby girls .

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