New Year Names

  1. Roxy
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Roxanne, Persian
    • Meaning:

      "dawn"
    • Description:

      Roxy, also spelled Roxie, is one of those high-stepping showgal names with plenty of moxie, among the many sassy nickname names on the U.K. popularity list--currently Number 398.
  2. Siddharth
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "one who has accomplished a goal"
    • Description:

      Siddhartha Gautama was one of the real names of Buddha, making this an impressive and weighty name among the Buddhist community.
  3. Jubilee
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "ram's horn"
    • Description:

      Jubilee has a joyous and jubilant aura, but it wouldn't be an easy name to carry, what with all that pressure to be a living, breathing, 24-7 party. Jubilee was the name selected by television's Duggars for their miscarried child.
  4. Kia
    • Origin:

      African
    • Meaning:

      "season's beginning"
    • Description:

      Kia is a sweet, simple name that is now, unfortunately, associated with a Korean car label. Better today: Nia, Thea, or Keira.
  5. Von
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "hope"
    • Description:

      One of those midcentury shortenings that are starting to sound cool again, though we prefer Van.
  6. Signe
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "new victory"
    • Description:

      Signe could make an offbeat, more unusual alternative to Sydney or Sigrid. In Norse mythology, Signe was the twin sister of Sigmund. Can also be spelled Signy.
  7. Esperanza
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "hope, expectation"
    • Description:

      Esperanza is a Spanish classic that's found its way onto the national popularity list in recent years. It came into the spotlight not long ago when jazz singer Esperanza Spalding "stole" the Best New Artist Grammy from favorite Justin Bieber. It's also the name of the main character in the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, about a young Latina growing up in Chicago.
  8. Eos
    • Origin:

      Greek; Welsh
    • Meaning:

      "dawn; nightingale"
    • Description:

      Eos -- that's pronounced with a short e like eros without the r -- is the Greek Titan of the dawn. Any ancient name with a sleek modern feel has definite revival possibilities. Eos could be an inventive way to honor grandma Dawn.
  9. Idony
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "love again, renewal"
    • Description:

      Idony was the Norse goddess of spring and eternal youth, and variants of her obscure name could come under consideration with the rest of the fashionable I pack.
  10. Vihaan
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "dawn"
    • Description:

      Vihaan comes from a Sanskrit word denoting the dawn, but has the symbolic meaning of the beginning of a new age, making Vihaan a wonderful choice for the first baby in a family's next generation.
  11. Sahar
    • Origin:

      Arabic, Persian
    • Meaning:

      "dawn, morning, awakening"
    • Description:

      This is a soft and strong Arabic and Persian name commonly heard in the Middle East.
  12. Nadezhda
    • Origin:

      Slavic
    • Meaning:

      "hope"
    • Description:

      Nadezhda is more familiar in the English-speaking world by its short forms, Nadia or Nadya. Well-used through the Slavic countries and Russia, Nadezhda was the name of Lenin's wife. Viewers of The Americans learned that this was the original Russian name of the spy known as Elizabeth Jennings, played by Keri Russell.
  13. Koki
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "bright light; hopeful fortune"
    • Description:

      A Japanese name with lovely meanings.
  14. Dagny
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "new day"
    • Description:

      If you're looking for a name with Scandinavian roots, this would make a stronger and more appealing import than Dagmar. With its meaning of "new day," it could make an ideal choice for a girl born around New Year's.
  15. Roxana
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "dawn; or, little star"
    • Description:

      The name of the wife of Alexander the Great, more attractive than the better-known Roxanne. Roxana was first used in the English-speaking world in the 1600s and was popularized by Daniel Defoe's novel Roxana, published in 1724. An underused and attractive possibility and perfect if you're searching for names that mean new beginnings.
  16. Naveen
    • Origin:

      Hindi
    • Meaning:

      "new"
    • Description:

      Naveem, which is also spelled Navim, is a traditional Arabic name that also has the sheen of modernity. It was introduced to a wider audience via Prince Naveen, the charming (if opportunistic), free-spirited royal of an unnamed European principality in Disney's animated 2009 Princess and the Frog, who wins the heart of Princess Tiana.
  17. Neville
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "new town"
    • Description:

      More often used in Britain than here, where most names ending in ville fall into the unthinkable class, this might make an exception via fans of the musical Neville Brothers.
  18. Neoma
    • Origin:

      Greek or Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "new moon; pleasantness"
    • Description:

      An obscure yet on-trend name with two wonderful meanings associated with it. Neoma is one of the freshest celestial girl names with moon-related meanings, rarer than Luna or Phoebe but with the same fluid sound.
  19. Novi
    • Origin:

      Variation of Nova, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "new"
    • Description:

      This Nova-offshoot is hot in the Netherlands, where it was recently one of the fastest-rising names of the year. It could eventually see great success in the US as well, and was given to 46 American girls at last count.
  20. Nyssa
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "goal"
    • Description:

      A fairly common Greek name that would fit in well here.