As the year draws to a close, you could be forgiven for uttering a huge sigh of relief. 2020 has been a tough one, that’s for sure. But take heart, because 2021 is all about new beginnings – particularly if you’re having a baby.
There’s nothing more joyful than marking new life with a name that represents what we all need at the moment: hope.
We have a wealth of baby name inspiration on HuffPost UK Parents. Here are 10 of the best monikers that represent the start of something new.
The name Nova means “new” and comes from the Latin. It’s also the name for a transient astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of a bright new star, that slowly fades over several weeks or months.
Neo means “new”, too; but comes from the ancient Greek. It also means “sound” (ne) and “cherry blossom” (o) in Japanese.
By name, by nature: Hope means “desire of fulfilment” and is of English origin.
This name comes from the Bible and means “he who is happy”; “he who walks” or “he who looks”.
This is a Hebrew-based name, meaning “shining”, “radiant” or “light”.
Arun is an Indian male given which comes from Sanskrit, and means “dawn” or “reddish glow in the morning sky”. It also means “charioteer of the sun”.
This is the female form of Arun, from the Sanskrit meaning “dawn light” or “rising sun”. According to Hindu scriptures, Aruna means the rising sun, which is believed to have spiritual powers.
From the Latin word aurora, which means “dawn” after the Roman goddess of the dawn. It is also the name of the Aurora Borealis – a spectacular natural light display in the Arctic, also known as the “northern lights”.
Dawn comes from the Old English, and means the first appearance of light or daybreak.
Iola comes from the Greek, for “violet” or “dawn”. In Greek mythology, the hero Hercules was in love with Iola. In the original Welsh, it also means “deemed worthy”, or, “valued by God”.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.