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New beginnings: 20 names for your joyful January baby

January can be a dark and cold month. However, it can also be a month that celebrates new beginnings and brings hope for the year to come. This January is particularly special as the beginning of a new decade. If you are welcoming a new arrival this month- or if you know someone who is- here are top names for a joyful January baby, inspired by new beginnings!

For your little girl

Hope - for well wishes of for the year to come

Nova - a Latin word for new

Dawn - for the dawning of a brand-new decade

Genevieve - January 3rd marks the feast day of St Genevieve

Nadine - a French name meaning hope

Aurora - the Roman goddess of the dawn

Epiphany - the celebration of the three kings’ visit to Bethlehem on January 6

Angela - a Latin word for angel. The feast of St. Angela is celebrated on January 27

Zara - meaning bright as the dawn

Amal - an Arabic word for hope

For your little boy

Caspar - one of three wise men who visited Bethlehem on January 6th

Kai - meaning new beginning

Altan - meaning dawn

Ewan - meaning young

Ordell - meaning beginning

Xavier - meaning bright

Von - meaning hope

Elvis - after the king of rock n roll, Elvis Presley who was born on January 9, 1935

Felix - Latin for happy and fortunate, this name symbolises good luck for the year ahead

Ethan - meaning steadfast, firmness, and long-lived. This name is ideal for  a baby born at the beginning of the decade

With her daughter Evie as her muse, Anna writes about mumhood and all its intersections from mental health to movies, social issues to pop culture. Anna lives in Dublin with her daughter, partner, three younger sisters and parents. She is a dreadful cook, a fair guitar player and thinks caffeine should be given as a yearly vaccine to parents - courtesy of the HSE.

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