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Notable New Year’s Babies’ Names: Mercury, Micah & Saffron

December 25, 2014 Linda Rosenkrantz

It’s the birth of a new year, and the first of January also happens to be the birth date of numerous notables who might make a worthy namesake for your New Year’s baby—among them Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, John Smith and Pocahontas, E.M Forster, Barry Goldwater, and Hank Greenberg. Here are a dozen admirable New Year’s babies who happen to have interesting, berry-potential names.

Doak

Ewell Doak Walker, Jr., always known by his middle name, was a big, handsome midcentury Football Hall of Famer, featured on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1948. He gets extra points for marrying an Olympic skier named Skeeter. Doak is a Scottish surname.