Happy New Year, everyone!
Time for the first post of 2013.
And my question is: Have any babies ever been named after the New Year?
The answer is yes.
Most notably, at least seven people have been named Happy New Year:
- Happy Newyear Boor, female, born in 1926 in Pennsylvania
- Happy New Year Dennis, female, born in 1920 in South Africa
- Happy New Year Grierson, born in 1896 in Oregon
- Happy New Year Kauakahi, female, born circa 1906 in Hawaii
- Happy New Year Kapahu, male, born circa 1907 in Hawaii
- Happy Newyear Kerwenzee, female, born 1877 in Ontario
- Happy New Year Ribs, male, born circa 1912 in South Dakota
Several hundred others have simply been named New Year.
The earliest examples I’ve seen come from the 1600s:
- Newyear Dale, male, baptized on January 6, 1675, in York, England.
- Newyear Harrison, male, baptized on January 2, 1687, in York, England.
- New Year Carlile, female, baptized on January 12, 1690, in Cumberland, England
- New Years Mitchinson, male, baptized on December 31, 1691, in Cumberland, England
- New Year Ireland, male, baptized on February 5, 1694, in York, England
Here are three more from the 1700s:
- New Year Dowthwait, male, baptized on January 1, 1731 in York, England
- New Year Prudget, male, baptized on January 15, 1737, in Suffolk, England
- Hannah New Year Chamberlain, female, baptized on January 7, 1759 in Northampton, England
And three more from the 1800s:
- William New Year Sadler, male, baptized on January 2, 1819, in Norfolk, England. Here he is in the Norfolk parish register:
- Frances New Year Tobin, female, born on December 31, 1872, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- New Year Bowman, female, born on January 1, 1881, in Ontario, Canada
And three more in the 1900s:
- Columbus New Year Clanton, male, born on January 1, 1900, in Alabama
- Curtis New Year Cooper, male, born on January 1, 1905, in Texas
- New Year Bell Sunday, female, born on January 1, 1912
- New Year Mahu, male, born circa 1916 in Hawaii
The most recent New Year I’ve spotted was born in Micronesia in 2002. (The most recent U.S. New Year I’ve seen was born in 1930.)