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New Year's Baby Names

Posted: 12/29/11 02:12 PM ET

If you're shopping for New Year's baby names, there are several possible ways to go. You might choose January, à la Ms. Jones, or Eve à la New Year's. Or you could pick a name whose meaning celebrates the hope brought by a new year, like Nadia or Esperanza -- or Hope. Or one that suggests the dawn of a new year, such as Aurora or Oriana -- or Dawn. But you could also go down the namesake path, paying tribute to a notable bearer of a name you happen to like, one who entered the world on New Year's Eve or Day.

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Whether Betsy Ross really did make the first American flag is up to question, but the myth lives on -- and at the very least she did make tents and repair uniforms for the Continental Army. Her Elizabethan nickname has given way to more modern sounding ones, but Betsy retains a certain retro freckle-faced, wide-eyed energy, along with others like Patsy and Polly.


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