New Years. New starts and new beginnings. A new year, much like a crisp fresh coat of snow on the ground is like a fresh look at a world that now seems a little bit different, a little bit better and brighter. New Year’s Eve marks a time of coming together, reflecting on the past, and embracing the future by moving forward.
The birth of a child is sort of like a New Year no matter when it happens as it provides another route marker in the game of life. When these two events collide it can be extra amazing and special.
News stations and papers everywhere love revealing the photos of the happy parents who welcome in the newest member of their clan just after the stroke of midnight. People get excited about the possibility of their child becoming the local new year baby because who wouldn’t want to come into this world with just a little bit extra notoriety and fame?
January brings us all a lot to look forward to, and for some expecting moms, they aren’t just counting down the days left in 2016, they’re counting down towards the beginning of their new life, the start of another journey, one of parenthood, new challenges and joys.
Here are 25 fantastically fresh names to help welcome in the New Year and a new baby born on the edges between 2016 and 2017. These names commemorate new beginnings, this magical time of year, but also can be great namespiration for a child born whenever.
This short name is easy to pronounce in English and in its native Japanese. The New Year is a start to a new beginning, just as a new child is the beginning of a new chapter within the life of a family. Akeno is traditionally a boy’s Japanese name meaning in the morning, bright shining field, or beautiful sunrise.
This is a simply elegant and beautiful name for a little boy born on the eve of a New Year, or within the first few days of January. In many other cultures Akeno is also used for baby girls, so this name would be considered for the most part to be gender neutral.
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh
Some parents want to celebrate the time of birth of their child, particularly if it’s during a festive time of year. Others would rather separate themselves and their child from sharing their special day with other notable occasions, like New Year’s Day or New Year’s Eve.
The name Alden could serve as the perfectly subtle tribute to “Auld Lang Syne” (the song that everyone sings at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve). The name Alden, is English in origin and means old, wise friend or wise protector.
Alden is a nice, unusual boy’s name, some seeing it as a solid alternative to trendier names like Aidan, and currently ranks 621 in terms of popularity.
“Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon; The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone: Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold, that loving Breast of thine; That thou canst never once reflect On old long syne.” Robert Burns.
Amaryllis is like the flashier more refined version of the simple, but lovely name Lily. Perfect for that firecracker of a New Year’s Eve baby girl. Amaryllis is also a flower, this small bulb plant is native to South Africa and has pale colored funnel shaped flowers.
The name Amaryllis was used in Greek poetry to note pure pastoral beauty. The name simply means “to sparkle” which is very fitting considering the time of year of celebration and fresh gleaming snow reflecting off of holiday lights. This uncommon name ranked 390th on Nameberry in 2016.
Nicknames could include: Ami, Mary, Ama, Ellis.
Notable people who share the name include: British Cellist, Amaryllis Fleming, American co-founder of Falcon Motorcycles, Amaryllis Knight, and Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe who is the daughter-in-law of Sir Richard Branson and is a previous romantic interest of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Nothing says new beginnings like the poetic beauty of the Northern Lights (also known as Aurora Borealis). The Aurora Borealis are stunning rays of color and clouds in the northern sky and are best seen in Alaska, north most Canada, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Scotland.
The enchanting range of colors cast in the sky for The Northern Lights includes: green, red, and blue, all within the night sky. Aurora Borealis is Latin in origin and means northern dawn. Aurora was the name of a Roman Goddess of sunrise. Legend has it that Aurora’s tears were what creates the morning dew.
Some little girls may be proud to share their name with the Disney Princess Aurora, who also goes by the name Briar Rose. Other parents are proud to have a baby with a name that represents the cold crisp beauty that the winter has to offer. Aurora ranked 79 in popularity on Nameberry for little girls in 2015.
A great nickname for Aurora is Rory.
Classic names always have such a loveable charm for new babies, and they never go out of style. This can be said for Beatrice, a Latin origin name, originally Beatrix, meaning “she who brings happiness”.
Beatrice is the Italian version of Beatrix. What January born child doesn’t bring in happiness along with tidings of a New Year? The name became popular because of Poet Dante Alighieri’s famous poem about a Florentine woman named Beatrice Portinari who was his muse and the love of his life.
Beatrice ranked 565 in terms of popularity in 2015 in North America, but is a top 100 name in the UK. There is something almost creamy and rich about this sweet and simple name.
Nicknames for Beatrice include: Bea, Betti, Betty, Betsy, Bets, Trixie, Trix, Atty, or Rissa.
Notable people who share the name include: Actor Beatrice Alda, Bea Arthur, and Activist Beatrice Potter Webb.
A New Year marks a new time, as does the name Dangy, which is a Norse name with Scandinavian roots. The name is mostly used for little girls and means new day or brightness.
The name originally appeared in Norse mythology and was not really used for centuries until it was brought back into use in the second half of the 19th Century. The name Dagny is most popular in Canadian countries, where it originates, yet it remains a rare selection for our one of a kind daughter.
In 2016, the name ranked 4,613 with baby center making it a unique choice. Odds are, no one else in your daughter’s class, or even school will share this name.
Nicknames for Dagny include: Dag, Daggy, Dags, Dagger, Daggo
Dagny Taggart is the main character in the famous Ayn Rand novel, Atlas Shrugged.
In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice brings long nights, which makes the morning light even more important. Consider naming your little girl after one of the brightest moments in a winter sky, the much anticipated Dawn. Dawn is Anglo-Saxon in origin and means awakening.
Dawn marks the first appearance of day, light, and morning. Dawn was a very popular girl's name in the 1960’s and reached its peak in popularity in 1970. In 2016 the name Dawn ranks 2,583 in terms of popularity.
Dawn is a popular name used in songs and is featured in “Dolly Dawn” by Harry Belafonte, “Dawn Can’t Decide” by the Lemonheads, “Delta Dawn” by Helen Reddy/Tanya Tucker, and “Dawn (Go Away)” by the Four Seasons.
Nicknames for Dawn include: Delta Dawn, Dawnie, Dawnovan, Dee, and DeeDee
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde
Who wouldn’t want to welcome a little girl into their home who brings good luck along with a New Year? This name is Greek in origin and means bearer of good news, or brings good news, something we all need a little more of after a somewhat lackluster 2016!
Evangela is a variant of the name Evangeline which is Latin and Greek in origin. This name is a fantastic one for shortening with a nickname that will suit just about any child from the time they’re teeny tiny, to when they’re a teen, or adult.
Nicknames for Evangela include: Evan, Ann, Eve, Eva, Angela, Angel, and Ella.
“The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.” Patti Smith
Fai is a boy’s name that is Chinese in origin, but can also be used for a baby girl, making it a great choice for expecting parents who are waiting to find out the gender of their child.
The name Fai means growth, beginning, or brilliant light, which is particularly timely during a time of year when there is little sunlight. Other origins for the female version of the name include Old Greek and Old English. The Russian form of the name is Faina.
This short and easy to pronounce name is sure to be a fantastic fit. As a girl’s name Fai was rare, ranking 8,830 in terms of popularity on Babycenter, having had its most prominent spike in popularity in 1998. The traditional colors for this name are blue and pink, which truly make it a fantastic unisex baby name.
The birth of a new baby brings joy to everyone around it. It seems fitting during a time of year known for bringing people together for moments of peace and joy. The beautiful name can be given to both baby girls and boys and is both a first and surname.
The Middle Eastern root of the name is associated with the warm and fuzzy meaning of joy, happiness, gladness, merriment and rejoicing. The English root of the name derives from Farrer which was a Middle English term from Middlesex meaning ironworker.
In 2016, Farah ranked 590 in terms of popularity for baby girls. Farah is far less common for little boys and was last ranked for popularity in 2013 coming in at 9,503.
Notable people who share the name include: Farah Fawcett, director Farah Khan, and royalty Farah Pahlavi.
Feeling lucky for 2017? Then consider naming your son Felix, a masculine Latin name that means lucky and successful. The name Felix was originally formed as an additional part of another name when it was acquired by a 1st Century Roman soldier, General Sulla.
The name has been used regularly in England since the Middle Ages and has been most popular throughout continental Europe over the years. The name Felix currently ranks 262 in terms of popularity in the United States and is very popular in Germany where it currently is 15 in terms of popularity.
For a number of years people avoided the name Felix because of characters Felix the Cat and Felix Unger, although enough time has passed that these connections have mostly been left in the past.
Celebrities Gillian Anderson and Elizabeth Banks both named their children Felix. The honorable Felix Frankfurter is a long-term serving Supreme Court Judge.
Name your little jewel of the New Year after this gem of a baby name, which is not so coincidentally the birthstone for January. This name is a fantastic brightly colored fit for baby boys and girls. This name originates from Old English and was a surname given to those who sold hinges.
The slightly more modern English meaning is armed with a spear, and the French/American definition is keeper of the grain.
In numerology the name Garnet represents those who thrive in a stable environment and seek a sense of community.
The stone garnet ranges in color depending on the store type: the Mandarin Garnet is a rich dark green color, whereas the more popular and traditional Tsavorite Garnet is a deep and dark crimson red. When you provide someone a gift of garnet it is believed this symbolizes friendship and trust.
Garnet isn’t that common a name today, ranking at 11,217 for boys and 5,399 with Baby Center in terms of popularity in 2016. It was one of the top 1,000 names for American girls born between 1884 and 1944.
On icy days, why not name your sparkling daughter after Halona, the goddess of the Ice Elves. This deity is known as the great sculpture - she sculpted the ice elves after her own likeness and beauty. Her icy stares are capable of freezing men in an instant and her breath is what creates the great and magnificent glaciers.
As a Native American name, Halona means happy fortune or fortunate. What a wonderful way to welcome a baby girl and good fortune into your home!
Numerology for Halona says that baby girls with this name will have a deep desire to lead, and will strive to achieve status and power.
Nicknames for Halona could include: Hal, Al, Alon, Lona, or, Ona.
“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others. “Robert A. Heinlein
Wanting new things for a New Year is a normal sentiment. Wanting amazing things for your child and the next generation is everything the name Hope stands for.
The name Hope is a feminine name that is an Old English Puritan name that was first used in the 17th Century and was originally derived from the word hopian. Hope is a Christian virtue name and is often paired with Faith and Charity.
Hope is popular in the US, currently ranked 231, and is even more popular in the UK, ranking 144 in England and Wales and 96 in Scotland.
“Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
-- Bradley Whitford
This baby name is an immediate reminder of a child’s birthday. By naming your child after their arrival month you’ll always be reminded of the special day when they came into your life and joined your family.
The month January is a translation of Latin Ianuarius, which derives from the Latin word Ianua meaning door because the month is said to be “the door” to the next year.
January is also named after Janus, the God of Beginnings, appropriate for the first month in a new year in both Julian and Gregorian calendars. In Saxon January is the month of the wolf. January can be used for both a baby boy or girl, however is much more popular for girls. In 2016, it ranked 11,207 as a boy’s name and 4,613 for baby girls.
Nicknames for January include: Jan, and Jannie.
Notable people who share the name include actress January Jones and singer January Thompson.
Strong and simple, means forgiveness in Japanese, and is a wonderful sentiment to start a new year on. This name means so many different and wonderful things to various cultures which is one of the many things that helps make it such a solid choice. It means sea in Hawaiian, food in Maori, and willow tree in Navajo.
Fitting for the cold winter months, Kai was the name of the little boy who was enchanted in the fairy tale The Snow Queen.
Kai is a popular choice for both first and middle names. Actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber named their son Samuel Kai. The name currently ranks 145 in the US, is within the top 75 names in Canada, Australia and the UK, and has recently ranked 5 in Malta.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.
New Year is when family and friends come together to share memories and enjoy one another’s company, which makes Levin the perfect boy’s name for someone born on such an occasion. Levin is a masculine name that is a more modern version of the Old English name Leofwine, or Liebwein which means “dear friend”.
There are saints with names that are slight variations of the name Levin, whose name's meaning is related to love. In Hebrew the name means heart.
Other versions and nicknames based on Levin include Levi or Lewin.
While the name Levin remains rare in North America ranking on Baby Center at 3,723, and it was most popular in 2013. Levin is quite a popular choice in Germany as one of the top 100 given boy names.
The name Lucien just rolls off the tongue. The name is French and Latin in origin and means light or illuminated. Naming your little baby boy after the lights of the holiday season, or about how he brought your family some lightness in the dark and long nights of winter is a touching choice.
Some believe that the name Lucian is a more sophisticated version of the name Lucius. The name Lucian ranked 634 on Nameberry in 2015 and is continuing to gain popularity.
Notable people who share the name include ancient Greek satirist, Lucian of Samosata, Lucian of Chester (monk and author), and Saint Lucian of Antioch. In the Underworld movie series Lucian the Lycan is the name of the werewolf.
The Italian version of this name is Luciano, as in famous singer Luciano Pavarotti.
Actor Steve Buscemi named his son Lucien.
Nicknames for Lucian include: Lu, Luke, and Cia.
Do you want your child to have a “Happy New Year” and a happy life? Consider a name based on the Japanese word which means happy. Nara is a truly beautiful choice for a little girl, but also can be used for a little boy since it means man in Hindi.
Nara is the name of the capital city of Nara Prefecture which is located in the Kansai region of Japan, and is the name of many other cities from around the world. Nara was an ancient city in Rome, and is a village in Pakistan. The Nara River is a 158 KM river located is Russia.
This rare name currently ranks 7,075 in terms of popularity for little boys having risen up 4,882 spots in usage from just last year. The usage of Nara for girls is currently ranking 3,617 in 2016.
A friendly and welcoming little girl can have a name with a meaning to match. The name Naomi is of Hebrew origin and means pleasantness. This is a sweet choice for parents who want a traditional Old Testament name for their child.
Naomi’s biblical reference is as the wise mother-in-law of Ruth. The name Naomi is often given to girls who are born on Shavuot as this is when the Old Testament story of Ruth is read at the synagogue, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fresh choice for a new year.
For those who want to put a fresh spin on the name, consider the French version, Noemie, or the Italian version Noemi.
Notable people who share the name include: Naomi Campbell, Naomi Watts, Naomi Judd, and writers Naomi Wolf, and Naomi Klein.
In January the year is still young, and there are so many seasons and days ahead of us. Naveen is the perfect name to reflect this timing. This masculine name is both an Indian surname and given name. Its meaning is derived from the Sanskrit word navina which means new or young and also means beautiful and pleasant. It can also mean good news.
Although the name is usually used for boys, it can also make a fantastic fit for a gender neutral choice. There are currently 3,339 people in the United States named Naveen and the name ranks 5,117 in terms of popularity
Prince Naveen was the free-spirited and aimless character who was turned into a frog and eventually won the heart of spirited, hard-working and strong Tiana in the 2009 Disney film Princess and the Frog.
Notable people who share the name include actor Navin Chowdhry, and singer/songwriter Navin Kundra.
A newborn child in your home is a recent addition to your family. They will soon become so intricate to what makes your house a home that it will be hard to even imagine a time before they were in your life.
The name Newman means New Comer and is a first name, surname, and perfectly gender neutral. The name is English in origin and was first given as a name in the 19th Century.
The name may be associated with Jerry Seinfeld’s neighbor nemesis named Newman, which may make parents hesitate at using it for their little newbie, however fans of actor Paul Newman may find this name to be the perfect fit.
This is truly a unique name for both baby girls and boys, and was last ranked for girls in 2011 with a popularity ranking of 5,973. Newman is a much more popular name for boys and ranked 11,207 for boys in 2016, increasing in favor by 750 places from 2015.
2017 marks the year of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac. The Rooster is the tenth animal within the 12 year cycle. People born under the year of the Rooster (beginning January 28) are believed to be observant, hardworking, confident, courageous, talented, and honest. Rooster could be a great name (or nickname) for a little redheaded boy born around Chinese New Year, or a child who comes early, like the bird who wakes everyone on the farm up each day!
For those who feel a little strange naming their child after the barnyard friend, they may want to consider naming their New Year’s baby girl after the flower Gladiola which is believed to be lucky for the Rooster. Others may want to consider naming their Chinese New Year child Seven, a lucky number for Roosters!
“Pink-Blue Sky Turns Orange...Rooster calls............it's time, Amber fields, blush with ripe grains, Coffee is brewing...” Sally A. Bayan.
This short and sweet name for a baby girl is of Hebrew and Arabic origin. The name is the English version of the Name Zaire, who was a pivotal character in Voltaire’s 1732 play, The Tragedy of Zara. The name means Princess, and bright as dawn, and is truly a fresh name to begin the year or a little one’s life with. It also comes from the word Zahara, which is a seed to a blossom. This name is the perfect fresh start for your little flower!
The name poignantly increased in popularity when Princess Anne named her daughter Zara in 1981. The Spanish fashion store Zara may have also influenced the increase in usage of this girl’s name.
Zara, the Priestess of the Golden Flame, is a villain from the Wonder Woman comic book series.
The name Zara is climbing the charts on Nameberry and moved up from 229 in popularity in 2015, to 159 in usage in 2016.
This sweet baby name is really three names in one. It’s an unusual, and not often heard Yiddish version of the name Selig, which means happy and blessed. All parents want to be happy and blessed in the arrival of their children. Zelig is a masculine translation of the other popular New Year name Asher, meaning the same thing.
In 2015 the name Zelig ranked 7,710 in terms of popularity for little boys, whereas Asher is a much more popular version of the name ranking at 61 for little boys in 2016. In the Bible Asher is one of Jacob’s sons. Zelig may be an interesting alternative for those who love the meaning behind Asher, but aren’t fond of the idea of having a child with a top 100 name.
"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken." Albert Camus.