New Year's Names 2010

  1. Aurora
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "dawn"
    • Description:

      The goddess name Aurora has consistently been on the US popularity list since the nineteenth century, but has really taken off in the past 30 years. Aurora also enjoys remarkable international popularity, ranking in the Top 100 throughout the English-speaking world as well as in Italy, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and several other European and Latin American countries.
  2. Aurore
    • Bellanova
      • Dawn
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "dawn, sunrise"
        • Description:

          Dawn's heyday in the US, Canada and the UK came in the 1960s and 70s. It peaked at #14 in the US in 1971, but has since sunk from sight to be eclipsed by other names with the same meaning, such as Aurora, Roxana or Zariah.
      • Day
        • Origin:

          Word name
        • Description:

          A bright and optimistic middle name choice.
      • Decima
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "tenth"
        • Description:

          In the days of huge families, this name of the Roman goddess of prophecy and childbirth, and one of the Fates, would be saved for bambina number ten. Now it might be used for a girl born in October, the tenth month.
      • Dexter
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "dyer, right-handed"
        • Description:

          The jazzy, ultra-cool Dexter, like most names with an "x," has a lot of energy and dynamism. Over the years, it's been attached to a number of diverse real and fictional personalities—C. K. Dexter Haven, the witty Cary Grant character in The Philadelphia Story; Dexter Green, the protagonist of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story "Winter Dreams"; great jazz tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon; the boy-genius protagonist of cartoon Dexter's Laboratory; and the most recent TV series Dexter based on the books by Jeff Lindsay, whose lead happens to be a genial but sociopathic serial killer.
      • Epiphany
        • Origin:

          Word name, Greek
        • Meaning:

          "manifestation, striking appearance"
        • Description:

          Epiphany is based on the ancient Greek word for a feeling or realization that comes upon you suddenly. It often relates to the divine, as in the realization that Christ is the son of God. The Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus, takes place on January 6, ranking Epiphany among the unique January baby names. As word names and spiritual names become more popular, the attractive Epiphany becomes a more viable choice.
      • January
        • 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.
      • Langston
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "tall man's town"
        • Description:

          The great African-American Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes put this one on the map; actor Laurence Fishburne adopted it for his now grown son, born in 1987. Despite these popular associations, the name didn't make it into the US Top 1000 until 2013. This name is even less used in England or Wales, where as recently as 2014 no births were registered using this name.
      • Newman
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "newcomer"
        • Description:

          Family name best used in the middle, especially since it was seen as the portly postman in Seinfeld.
      • Nova
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "new"
        • Description:

          Nova has the feel of both newness, from its meaning, and great energy as an astronomical term for a star that increases suddenly in brightness before fading.
      • Prima
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "first"
        • Description:

          Will assure your daughter she's numero uno.
      • Renata
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "reborn"
        • Description:

          Widely used across Europe as a common baptismal name symbolizing spiritual rebirth, Renata, in this country it has an operatic image via Italian-born divas Renata Tebadi and Renata Scotti.
      • Renee
        • Origin:

          French from Latin
        • Meaning:

          "reborn"
        • Description:

          Chic in the fifties, now kept in the public eye mainly by actress Zellweger. Variations include Rene, Renae, and Renny.
      • Reno
        • Origin:

          Place-name
        • Description:

          Has a lively and swaggering sound, and also some unfortunate associations with Reno, city of gambling and failed marriages.
      • Roxanna
        • Origin:

          Persian
        • Meaning:

          "little star"
        • Description:

          Spelled with one 'n', this was the name of the wife of Alexander the Great, and is more attractive than the better-known Roxanne.
      • Roxanne
        • Origin:

          Persian
        • Meaning:

          "dawn"
        • Description:

          Best known as the beautiful heroine to whom Cyrano de Bergerac says, "Your name is like a golden bell".
      • Roxie
        • Origin:

          Diminutive of Roxanne
        • Description:

          Audacious offshoot of Roxanne, the wayward heroine of the musical Chicago.
      • Tennessee
        • Origin:

          Native American, Cherokee, place-name
        • Meaning:

          "bend in the river or meeting place"
        • Description:

          When playwright Thomas Lanier Williams adopted the pen name of Tennessee, he created a new possibility among American place-names, although it's admittedly a bit bulky in size.