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January is a unique baby name that originates from the month of the year. It is more obscure than options like May and April. As of 2021, January is a top 13,000 option at rank 12,659.

Meaning of the name January:

Latin: January, knee
Polish: January
American: January

Origin of the name January:

January is a traditional and modern name, depending on its origins. In recent years, this option is solely about the month of January. In Poland, January is a form of Januarius. Januarius was a Roman cognate that translated to “January” in Latin. January could also come from the surname January, a play on Genoa. Genoa was the title of an ancient city in Italy.

Symbolism of the name January:

The baby name January always means “January,” no matter its origins. It comes from the title of the Roman god Janus, which gave the month its title. It has the same origins in modern times. Some state that in the seventeenth century, January was a form of Genoa. Genoa was a town in Italy that meant “knee.”

Style of the name January:

Traditional and modern

Gender of the name January:

January is a unisex baby name that depends on its culture.

Pronunciation of the name January:

ya-noo-WA-ri ja-NU-ar-ee

Number of syllables in the name January:


Emotion evoked from the name January:

January feels trendy and unique. It is a youthful baby name option.

Alternative spellings for the name January:

  • Januarie
  • Januari
  • Januarey
  • Jannuary
  • Jannuarie
  • Jannuari
  • Jannuarey

Nicknames for the name January:

  • Jan
  • Jannie
  • Janni
  • Janny
  • Janu
  • Ary
  • Janie 

Popularity of the name January:

January was first a top 1,000 baby name in 1976 at rank 718. It remained on the top 1,000 list until 1979 when it was number 749. January ranked highest in 1978 at number 638. As of 2021, January is a top 13,000 option. It is number 12,659 for boys or girls.

Related names for the name January:

Great middle names for January and their meanings:

  • Kingston (king's settlement)
  • Dominic (of the Lord, belonging to the Lord)
  • Blaise (lisp, stutter)
  • Rhett (advice, counsel)
  • Rose (rose, a flower)
  • Cerise (cherry)
  • Renee (born again, reborn)
  • Rue (herb, regret)

Famous people with the name January:

Januarys in popular culture:

  • January (character from “The Merchant's Tale”)
  • January (character from “Prey” video game)
  • January (character from “The Ten Thousand Doors of January”)
  • January (character from “Beach Read”)
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