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Names That Mean New

Names That Mean New
Baby names that mean new, newness, or new beginnings appeal to parents looking for a name that signifies the hope and fresh start a baby can bring to your life.

Aurora, which means dawn, is the top name meaning new today. Along with Aurora, other popular names that mean new or new beginnings include Chloe, Xavier, Hope, Ace, Nova, Kia, and Zara.

Names that mean new are often used for New Year's babies or spring babies, but new is a wonderful meaning for a name for a baby girl or boy born at any time of year. We're finding that many parents today are looking for names that mean new or new beginnings to symbolize the start of a new era after a period of darkness.

New and new beginnings don't have to be the literal meanings of the names to work. We also include here names of boys and girls with meanings related to newness: fresh, green, spring, dawn, change, and the number one.

These are baby names for girls and boys that mean change, newness, and dawn, in various cultures.

AuroraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "dawn"
  • Description:

    Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into the morning dew. She was said to renew herself by traveling from East to West across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun each dawn. Aurora is also associated with the scientific term for the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.

NovaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "new"
  • Description:

    Nova is a name that has the feel of both newness, from his meaning, and great energy from being an astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, then fades.

ChloeHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "young green shoot"
  • Description:

    Chloe appeared in Greek mythology as an alternative name for the goddess of agriculture and fertility, Demeter. She was referred to as Chloe in the spring months, due to the name’s relation to sprouts and growth. Chloe is also mentioned in the New Testament as the name of a Greek Christian woman.

XavierHeart

  • Origin:

    Basque
  • Meaning:

    "new house"
  • Description:

    Xavier originated is use as a given name after Saint Francis Xavier, cofounder of the Jesuit order, who got his name from the Spanish-Basque village where he was born. His birthplace was Javier, the name of which was derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, meaning “castle” or “new house.” Many Americans pronounce the initial X, as in ex-ZAY-vee-er, but it's equally accepted to pronounce the name ZAY-vee-er, closer to the French pronunciation.

ZaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "blooming flower; God remembers"
  • Description:

    Zara has multiple origins, but most notably is a variation of Zahrah, a name derived from the Arabic zahrah, meaning “blooming flower.” Zara can also be a diminutive of the Bulgarian name Zaharina, a feminine form of the Hebrew Zechariah. Today, Zara is heavily associated with the Spanish fast-fashion empire of the same name.

AceHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "one, unity"
  • Description:

    No longer tied to the hapless Ace Ventura, this jaunty, high-flying nickname name is starting to take flight among celebrity and other parents, with its countless positive references to doing well in tests and poker games, on the tennis court and golf course, and in the air.

NeoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin or Tswana
  • Meaning:

    "new or gift"
  • Description:

    This nouveau name of Keanu Reeves's character in The Matrix has not enjoyed the same burst of popularity as its female counterpart, Trinity, but it definitely sounds, well, newer. Neo Rauch is an interesting contemporary German artist.

PrimroseHeart

  • Origin:

    English flower name
  • Meaning:

    "first rose"
  • Description:

    A quaint and quirky flower name, until recently considered a bit too prim for most American classrooms but brought back to life in recent years by the attractive character of Primrose "Prim" Everdeen in the Hunger Games series. In the Top 300 girl names in England and Wales and on Nameberry, Primrose remains rare in the US, but is made more accessible by a raft of sweet nickname options, including Rosie and Posy.

HopeHeart

  • Origin:

    Virtue name
  • Description:

    Can a name as virtuous as Hope be cool and trendy? Strangely enough -- yes. But though this optimistic Puritan favorite is experiencing substantial popularity, Hope is too pure and elegant to be corrupted, a lovely classic that deserves all the attention it's getting.

AmaryllisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "to sparkle"
  • Description:

    If you love both unique baby names and flower names for girls, Amaryllis might be a perfect choice for you. A showier flower name than Lily, but in the same botanical family, Amaryllis is not as outre as it might at first sound. It was used in Greek poetry as the appellation of pure pastoral beauties; Amaryllis is the heroine of Virgil's epic poem Ecologues, after whom the flower was named. Other references are characters in the George Bernard Shaw play Back to Methuselah and The Music Man. James Bond-creator Ian Fleming had a half sister named Amaryllis Marie-Louise Fleming, who was a noted British cellist.

MikaHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful fragrance"
  • Description:

    Mika is a Japanese girls' name that translates easily to English. As a male name, it's a short form of Mikael, the Scandinavian and Finnish form of Michael. Both are spelled and pronounced the same.

ZoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Serbo-Croatian
  • Meaning:

    "dawn"
  • Description:

    Zora is a meaningful literary heroine name honoring Zora Neale Hurston, an important black writer and leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

UnaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "one; also, lamb"
  • Description:

    In an epic poem, the personification of truth, beauty, and unity; this ancient name is popular in Ireland but rarely heard here. The Oona spelling has more oomph.

OranHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "light, song, little green one"
  • Description:

    A calm and gentle multicultural choice. Oran is popular in Ireland, where its Gaelic form is Odhrán, meaning "little green one". In Scottish Gaelic, the name means "song", and in Hebrew, it's a combination of Or "light" + Ran "singing".

EmeraldHeart

  • Origin:

    Gem name; Persian
  • Meaning:

    "green"
  • Description:

    Emerald is the intriguing color and jewel name of the deep green stone treasured as far back as ancient Egypt — it's supposed to open one's heart to wisdom and to love and be good for strengthening relationships — which could make for an interesting, unusual name, particularly with the popularity of so many Em-starting names.

OrianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "dawn"
  • Description:

    Oriana is a dashing medieval name, with a meaning similar to Aurora. At this point, though, Oriana is much more unusual than Aurora and makes a unique choice if you're searching for names that mean new beginnings or dawn.

IrvingHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "green river, sea friend"
  • Description:

    It might be surprising to know that this name originated as a Scottish place and surname name, as in Washington Irving. It became a popular choice for first-generation Jewish-American boys, such as best-selling authors Irving Stone and Irving Wallace, whose parents looked to surnames from the British Isles to confer a measure of assimilation and class. Irving Berlin changed his name from Israel; actor Ving Rhames streamlined and coolized it. Irving was a Top 100 name during World War I, and though we don't envision it reaching those heights again, we can see some hipster parents having their own little Ving.

WinonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sioux Indian
  • Meaning:

    "firstborn daughter"
  • Description:

    Rode two rockets to fame, with actress Winona Ryder and singer Wynonna Judd.

DenverHeart

  • Origin:

    English or French place-name and surname
  • Meaning:

    "from Anvers"
  • Description:

    Before there was Aspen, Denver was the Colorado city name of choice, and it reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015 after a 14 year absence as a stylish two-syllable boys’ name with its trendy -er ending. Its decade of greatest use was the 1920s, when it reached as high as Number 422.

CyanHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "greenish blue color"
  • Description:

    Cyan is a highly unusual blue-green color name, a classmate of Celadon and Cerulean. It does come with the homey nickname Cy.

AvivaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "springlike, fresh, dewy"
  • Description:

    Aviva is vivacious and memorable, a fresh spin on the Vivian and Vivienne names that have been getting more popular since Angelina and Brad chose one for their twin daughter. Another A-beginning palindrome name: Aziza.

MidoriHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "green"
  • Description:

    In Japan, color names symbolize human qualities (in this case, fame); name of gifted violist Midori, but also a Japanese melon liqueur.

NeonHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "New"
  • Description:

    Bright and energetic, Neon seems like it would be a modern coinage, borrowed from neon lights.

CereliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "relating to springtime"
  • Description:

    Cerelia is a melodic and unusual choice, perfect for a child born in April or May. Another version is Cerella.

SigneHeart

  • 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.

PhyllisHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "green bough"
  • Description:

    Phyllis has been used by classical poets for the idealized pastoral maiden. A Greek mythological name of a woman who was turned into an almond tree, Phyllis was in the Top 100 from 1916 to 1958, reaching #24 in 1929, and has the (remote) possibility of joining other revived s-ending names like Iris. In the 'St Clare' book series by Enid Blyton Phyllis is nicknamed Fizz. Just a thought. Phyllida is a variation that sounds at once more old-fashioned and more stylish.

NevilleHeart

  • 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.

BerylHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "sea-green jewel"
  • Description:

    Dated British favorite that never caught on in this country, where Jade remains the green gem of choice. Interesting namesakes: British writer Beryl Bainbridge and British aviatrix Beryl Markham.

AntonellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "first born"
  • Description:

    Antonella is an Italian version more feminine and unusual than Antonia. Antonina is a similarly appealing possibility, heard in Poland and Russia.

NeomaHeart

  • 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.

RoxanaHeart

  • 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.

IchiroHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "firstborn son"
  • Description:

    Ichiro is a good classic choice for the first boy in a Japanese family.

NyssaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "goal"
  • Description:

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

JanuaryHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "month name"
  • Description:

    Thanks to two cultural influences, January has joined March, April, June and August as a plausible month name.

AlephHeart

  • Origin:

    First letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "chief, number one"
  • Description:

    Aleph came into the spotlight when chosen by Israel-born Natalie Portman for her son. Alef is a more common spelling of these related Hebrew baby names.

KiaHeart

  • 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.

SpringHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Spring doesn't sound half as contemporary as Winter, which has become the cool season name.

PeridotHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "a green gemstone"
  • Description:

    Peridot is the gem of the month of August, a vibrant green mineral, said to be good for helping people put the past behind them, and an interesting, undiscovered jewel name. It was regarded in ancient times as the symbol of the sun.

DagnyHeart

  • 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.

AlulaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "first leap"
  • Description:

    Alula, the palindromic name of the first double star to be identified as physically related to its twin, would make the perfect name for a first-born twin. Ideas (we're only half joking) for the second born: Aviva, Aziza, Otto. Alula is reminiscent of the unusual name chosen by Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen for their second daughter: Elula, a month name from the Hebrew calendar.

ElifHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish and Arabic, first letter in the alphabet
  • Description:

    This is the Turkish form of Alif, the name of the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. Actor Natalie Portman gave another spelling to her son, Aleph. In Turkey, Elif is unisex but especially popular for girls – it's been a Top 5 choice there since the early 1990s. Elif can also mean "slender", from the Turkish phrase elif gibi, literally "shaped like Elif."

ZorinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "golden dawn"
  • Description:

    Both a first and last name, Zorina has a pretty, ballerina-like quality.

JarekHeart

  • Origin:

    Slavic
  • Meaning:

    "spring"
  • Description:

    Diminutive for all the Slavic names that start with Jar-. If for family or cultural reasons you're seeking such a name, then this is a reasonable short form.

VernaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "springtime"
  • Description:

    Verna may mean "springtime," but May or Spring is fresher.

PrimoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "first"
  • Description:

    Primo is number one among the Latin birth-order names--Octavius et al--and the one most likely to be used in these days of smaller families. It has that jaunty 'o' ending and Italian flavor that many modern parents like so much. And what little boy wouldn't appreciate being prime?

ZeraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "seeds, beginnings"
  • Description:

    More than zero, but perhaps too close to Vera.

HarukiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "spring child"
  • Description:

    Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, well known in the U. S. , might inspire some namesakes.

NovakHeart

  • Origin:

    Serbian
  • Meaning:

    "new"
  • Description:

    Tennis star Novak Djokovic introduced this new first name to the English-speaking world, though it had long been familiar as a surname. The celebrity Novak, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, might be an inspirational role model for a baby Novak. And the name Novak goes well with other stylish names that mean new, including Nova, Neo, and Nouvel.

NewtonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "new town"
  • Description:

    Named after Isaac. Or Wayne.

KhloeHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Chloe
  • Meaning:

    "young green shoot"
  • Description:

    Khloe's a variation of the popular Chloe, thanks to reality star Karshadian of the K-named family. Khloe jumped a whopping 101 places into 2009's Top 100 and peaked at 42 in 2010 but has declined in popularity in recent years.
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