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Famous January Baby Names

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

January, the first month of the year, means God of the Doorway or Door to the Year. It's the coldest month in the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest month in the Southern Hemisphere. And January is the birth month of these famous celebrities, authors, politicians, athletes and historical figures:

Authors

January authors gave us The Tell-Tale Heart, Cinderella and The Call of the Wild.

Charles PerraultFrench, German and English origins, means Man or Manly

Edgar Allan Poe: English origin, means Fortunate and Powerful

Edith Wharton: English origin, means Spoils of War

Isaac Asimov: Hebrew and Dutch origins, means Laughter

Jack London: Hebrew meaning is Supplanter, English meaning is God is Gracious (a diminutive of John)

Stephen Hawking: English origin, means Crown

Virginia Woolf: English, Italian and Spanish origins, means Chaste, Pure, Virginal

Zane Grey: Hebrew origin, means Gift from God

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Historical Figures

Whether Sagittarius or Capricorn, these January babies changed the course of history.

Benjamin Franklin: Hebrew and English origins, means Right-Hand Son

Betsy Ross: Hebrew and English origins, diminutive of Elizabeth, means Oath of God

Joan of Arc: Hebrew and English origins, means God is Gracious

John Hancock: English origin, means God Has Shown Favour

Martin Luther King Jr: Spanish and English origins, means Warring or Warrior of Mars

Paul Revere: English and French origins, means Little

Read more: Historical Baby Names and Meanings

Athletes

Some of the best in football, boxing, golf, gymnastics, hockey and ballet were born in January.

Eli Manning: Hebrew origin, means High or Ascended

Floyd Patterson: English, Welsh and Celtic origins, means Grey

George Foreman: English origin, means Farmer

Jack Nicklaus: Hebrew meaning is Supplanter, English meaning is God is Gracious (a diminutive of John)

Mary Lou Retton: Hebrew origin, means Bitter

Mikhail Baryshnikov: Hebrew origin, means Gift from God

Muhammad Ali: Arabic origin, means One Who Is Worthy of Praise

Wayne Gretzky: English origin, means Craftsman or Wagon-Wright

Read more: 55 Sporty Baby Names

Presidents and Politicians

These influential politicians were born in the first month of the year.

Alexander Hamilton: Greek origin, means Defender of Men

Daniel Webster: Hebrew meaning is God Is My Judge; Irish and Welsh meaning is Attractive

Franklin D. Roosevelt: English origin, means Free-Born Landowner

J. Edgar Hoover: English origin, means Fortunate and Powerful

Millard Fillmore: English meaning is One Who Grinds Grain; French meaning is Strong

Richard Nixon: French, German and English origins, means Powerful or Strong Ruler

William McKinley: French, German and English origins, means Resolute/Determined Protector

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Entertainers

January-born celebrities can sing, act and talk it up.

Alicia Keys: Spanish meaning is Honest; German meaning is Sweet

Cary Grant: English origin, means Stream

Dolly Parton: English origin, diminutive of Dorothy, means Gift of God

Ellen DeGeneres: English origin, means Shining Light

Elvis Presley: English origin, means Elf-Wise Friend

Faye Dunaway: English meaning is Confidence, Trust, Belief; French meaning is Fairy

Loretta Young: Spanish meaning is Pure; English and Italian meaning is Laurel Tree

Oprah Winfrey: Hebrew origin, means Fawn

Orlando Bloom: German, Spanish and Italian origins, means Famed Land

Paul Newman: English and French origins, means Little

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Do you know a January baby? What is his/her name?

 

 

 

 

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