January

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of January

"January" is a name of English origin, and it means "Born in January". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jan"u*a*ry
The first month of the year, containing thirty-one days.

Note: ☞ Before the adoption of New Style, the commencement of the year was usually reckoned from March 25.

Etymology: L. Januarius, fr. Janus an old Latin deity, the god of the sun and the year, to whom the month of January was sacred; cf. janua a door, Skr. to go

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The first month of the year; begins 10 days after the winter solstice
Wiktionary

Re-Latinized from Middle English Ieneuer, from Anglo-Norman genever, from Latin iānuārius (“(month) of Janus”), perhaps from a Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey- (“to go”, a root).

  1. The first month of the Gregorian calendar, following the December of the previous year and preceding February. Abbreviation: or
    01/01/09 : Thursday, 1st (,) 2009.
    American style: Thursday, 1st, 2009.
  2. (rare) A female given name.

Notable Persons Named January

January Jones is an actress and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. January was given the name January Kristen Jones on January 5th, 1978 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.

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January Lavoy is a television and television actress. January was born in Trumbull, Connecticut.

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January Makamba is a Minister of State in the, Vice President's Office, for Bumbuli, Deputy Minister of Communication, Science, Technology, Member of Parliament, forBumbuli, Ministry of Communication, and National Assembly (Tanzania). January was born on January 28th, 1974 in Singida Region.

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January Thompson is a downtempo electronica, ambient, and ambient music singer-songwriter, composer, producer, performer, record producer, and performing arts. She plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, and Vocals. She has been prominent since 2009. January was born January Thompson on January 28th, 1983 in Los Angeles.

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January Isaac is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1998 to present. January was born January Isaac on February 18th, 1976 in Philippines.

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January Zyambo is a soccer player for the Kabwe Warriors F.C., KF Bylis Ballsh, FK Dinamo Tirana, KF Vllaznia Shkodër, Olympiakos Nicosia, KF Teuta Durrës, KS Kastrioti, KF Gramshi, FC Kamza, Besa Kavajë, and Zambia national football team. January was born on September 9th, 1980 in Zambia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name January

Don January is a golf player.

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Briann January is a basketball player for the Indiana Fever in the Women's National Basketball Association. Her ongoing career started in 2009. Briann was born on January 11th, 1987 in Spokane, Washington.

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Lois January was a film, television, actor, and televisionactress. She was most prominent from 1932 to 1987. Lois was born on October 5th, 1913 in McAllen, Texas, U.S. She left this life on August 7th, 2006.

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Glenn January is a football player for the Free Agent. Glenn was born on May 25th, 1983 in Houston.

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Charles was born on February 1st, 1888. He breathed his last breath on April 26th, 1970.

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John was born on March 6th, 1882. He passed away on December 1st, 1917.

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How popular is the baby name January in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1951 7 7 0
1953 5 5 0
1959 5 5 0
1960 6 6 0
1962 7 7 0
1963 6 6 0
1964 7 7 0
1965 11 11 0
1966 7 7 0
1967 10 10 0
1968 12 12 0
1969 9 9 0
1970 10 10 0
1971 7 7 0
1972 14 14 0
1973 18 18 0
1974 20 20 0
1975 89 89 0
1976 204 204 0
1977 165 165 0
1978 257 257 0
1979 216 216 0
1980 122 122 0
1981 109 109 0
1982 58 58 0
1983 52 52 0
1984 42 42 0
1985 36 36 0
1986 31 31 0
1987 25 25 0
1988 23 23 0
1989 17 17 0
1990 8 8 0
1991 15 15 0
1992 20 20 0
1993 9 9 0
1994 10 10 0
1995 10 10 0
1996 9 9 0
1997 7 7 0
1998 13 13 0
1999 15 15 0
2000 13 13 0
2001 8 8 0
2002 14 14 0
2003 16 16 0
2004 11 11 0
2005 9 9 0
2006 10 10 0
2007 8 8 0
2008 11 11 0
2009 15 15 0
2010 23 23 0
2011 25 25 0
2012 28 28 0
2013 36 36 0
2014 27 27 0
2015 22 22 0
2016 20 20 0

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Popularity of January as a first name

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Popularity of January as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity January U.S.
  White 44.37% 64.26%
  African American 47.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.32% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.02% 16.26%

Of Last Name January

People with the last name January are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name January

  • How Popular is the name January? January is the 6,646th most popular name of all time. As a last name January was the 12,255th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name January have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,019 babies born with the first name January in the United States. That's more than enough people named January to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named January? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1951 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was January first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name January is Thursday, January 1st, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named January born? The highest recorded use of the first name January was in 1978 with a total of 257 babies.
  • Random January Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name January is not a popular baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name January: Your name in reverse order is Yraunaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nujyaar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name January? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,538 people with the last name January.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of January? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with January as their last name since less than 1 person in 116k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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