53 Ultimate Baby Names That Mean New Beginning And Rebirth

The birth of a baby marks a new beginning in a parent’s life. And you may wish to carry this feeling forward into the child’s life. In that case, here are a few names that mean new beginnings. These names are derived from several languages and cultures and carry the essence of a new start. They are unique, stylish, and beautiful that would remind your child how precious they are to you and how grateful you are for their presence. If all of these words describe your feelings for your baby, then we suggest you scroll through this list of names that mean new beginning and rebirth.

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Baby Names That Mean New Beginning And Rebirth For Girls

1. Alba

Let’s kickoff the list with a popular name. The name Alba’s emergence on the popularity chart could be credited to the actress Jessica Alba. It was given to over 150 baby girls last year, which speaks a lot about its popularity today. The meaning of Alba is ‘dawn’ in Spanish and Italian.

2. Amaryllis

If you like showy, flower names, which signify new beginnings, you can consider Amaryllis, Greek for ‘new and fresh’. In Greek poetry, Amaryllis is an appellation used of pure pastoral beauties.

3. Anastasia

Anastasia meaning ‘resurrection or rebirth’ was once a forbidding regal Russian name. Now it is a viable option not just in Ireland and ancient Britain, but also in America. And since it is a name that means born again or resurrection, it is an apt choice for a spring or Easter baby. Its claim to fame is Princess Anastasia, the daughter of the last Czar of Russia.

4. Aurora

The Latin name Aurora, meaning ‘dawn’, exemplifies a new beginning. It’s obtained from the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into dew. This poetic name is also associated with Northern Lights, the stunning natural phenomenon. Rory would make a unique and quirky nickname for Aurora.

5. Ausra

This beautiful name, meaning ‘dawn’, is one of the most popular names for baby girls in contemporary Lithuania. It also happens to be the name of one of the newspaper companies in Lithuania.

6. Avil

Avil, meaning ‘renewal’, is a fresh spin of common names such as Aviva or Avril. In the US, the name is freshly back in the top 1000 list after a hiatus of three decades.

7. Ayelet

"The name Ayelet sounds familiar because of the novelist Ayelet Waldman. "

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This unusual and slightly challenging Hebrew name, meaning ‘dawn’, sounds familiar today all because of the Jerusalem-born novelist Ayelet Waldman.

8. Chae-Won

Korean name Chae-Won, meaning ‘beginning’, will make an unusual and unique name for your baby girl.

9. Dagny

If you’re looking for a moniker with Scandinavian roots or want to pay tribute to a Scandinavian ancestor, Dagny meaning ‘new day or new beginning’, would make an appealing pick. And with its meaning, it could make a lovely choice for a girl born during Easter. Dagny Taggart, the heroine of “Atlas Shrugged” novel is a literary bearer of this name. And Dagny also happens to be a French place name.

10. Dawn

There could be no better name than Dawn if you’re looking for a name with a strong sense of inception. It started off well but began to dwindle soon after. But Dawn is attracting parents once again as an option that is both simple and multicultural. This moniker originates from an English vocabulary word, meaning ‘beginning of the day’.

11. Eos

Here’s yet another unusual choice for your little baby. Eos, the name of the Greek goddess of dawn, is an ancient name but has a modern and sleek feel to it.

12. Fatiha

The Arabic name Fatiha, meaning ‘beginning or first’, is widespread in several Middle Eastern and African countries. All in all, Fatiha is an interesting and attractive naming option. The spelling variation of Fatiha includes Fathiya.

13. Genesis

Genesis, the name of the first book of the Bible may sound contemporary, but it isn’t as original and recent as you may think. It’s been used for both boys and girls for decades. But Genesis is more popular for girls and was given to more than 4000 baby girls in the year 2013. And it hasn’t fallen 55 places down since the year 2013. For the nickname, you can pick Gen instead of the ubiquitous Jen.

14. Iola

The name Iola, meaning ‘violet dawn’, is quite dated, considering it was last heard on Carol Burnett Mama’s Family show. But there’s no denying that it sounds lovely and will make an excellent option, even today. Just for clarification, Iola is a three syllable name and the ‘I’ is pronounced as ‘eye’.

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Iola in Greek means ‘violet’ or ‘beautiful lady’ while it means ‘valued by the Lord’ in Welsh.

15. Kia

Kia is a sweet and straightforward name of African origins, meaning ‘new beginnings or season’s beginning’. Drawn from the old books, this antiquated name feels just perfect for modern times. If you want to make the name look more stylish, spell it as Kiah.

16. Neoma


Neoma, meaning ‘new moon’, is a rare variant of Noami, which has experienced a flurry of usage in the last four decades. There haven’t been many takers of Neoma until now, and it has only featured in Barbara Cartland’s book “Light of the Moon”.

17. Nova

The moniker Nova, meaning ‘new’, has made a strong comeback in recent years. It soared over 300 spots since 2013 and currently sits on one of the top names in the 200 list. Nova is also the astronomical term of a star that increases in brightness suddenly and then fades. And it gets its glamorous quotient from Nova Pilbeam, a British actress.

Elise Larson, a mother of two adopted daughters shares the joy of being matched with her first adopted daughter, “Our hearts are so full as we share the news that we’ve been matched with our first daughter, Nova Winter Larson. A lot of you have asked about her name! As you may remember, we were previously planning to call her Winter Bloom, but after meeting our girl, we decided it wasn’t the perfect fit. So, for 10 days, we went back and forth (pretty much 24/7) with name ideas. We had a lot of pretty names on our list, but we wanted to give her a name that was stronger—maybe with a little edge? So, after sleeping on so many names and then deciding they weren’t right, I found Nova through googling lists of ‘celestial baby names.’ It’s kind of a special connection for us because Jeremy (her partner) made his decision to adopt her officially just before the solar eclipse. And, I don’t know, she just looks like a Nova to us. Sometimes you just know (i)!”

18. Nyssa

Nyssa, a fairly common Greek name, meaning ‘new beginning’, has a global appeal, which would fit well in America and its surrounding regions. It gained extreme usage after featuring in the British sci-fi series, “Doctor Who”.

19. Oriana

This strong and exotic name, meaning ‘dawn’, has a literary cred to it. In the medieval tales, Oriana was the name of knight Amadis’ beloved. She has appeared in three 17th century plays and Tennyson’s poem as well. This dashing name is also tied with the English actress, Oriana Pooles.

20. Raanana

This lovely Hebrew name, with double ‘a’, would make a unique name for your little princess. Meaning ‘fresh and new’, the name signifies the new beginnings in life. Ra’anana also happens to be the name of a city in Israel.

21. Renata

The name Renata, meaning ‘reborn’, is used widely across Europe symbolizes spiritual rebirth. It is most used in Chile, where it’s the 34th most popular name of all time. Renata Adler, one of the stars among the literati, is a famous bearer of this name. It was also borne by a minor character in the “Twilight” series. Renata also gives an opportunity to use the increasingly popular name Wren as the nickname.

22. Renee

The name Renee meaning ‘reborn’ is currently in the public eye only because of the famous America actress Renee Zellweger. The variations of this name include Renny, Rene, and Renae.

23. Roxanna

Roxanna, the name of Alexander the Great’s wife, sounds way more attractive than the commonplace Roxanne. Meaning ‘dawn’, in Europe and other English-speaking countries its introduction happened in the 1600s, but it gained popularity after featuring in Daniel Defoe’s novel, “Roxana.” We think it’s an attractive and relatively underused possibility.

24. Sahar

"Sahar is an Arabic name that was first heard in the Middle East countries. "

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This lilting Arabic name, meaning ‘morning, dawn, or awakening’, was first heard in the Middle East countries, but is now familiar with the Muslim populations of India, Pakistan, and the US as well. We’ve seen plenty of famous women bearing this name, including the Iranian author Sahar Delijani and Iranian actress Sahar Dolatshahi.

25. Senara

Senara, meaning ‘dawn’, is one of the rarest and loveliest names in the list. It’s simple, straightforward, and exotic, all at the same time. It’s claim to fame is the Cornish saint and the patron of Zennor village.

26. Wahuj

Wahuj, an exotic and feminine Arabic name, increasingly popular with the parents in UAE, is beginning to rank well in other countries as well. The meaning of Wahuj is ‘dawn, a new beginning or the first day of light’.

27. Zelenka

Czech name Zelenka, meaning ‘fresh and new’, has a certain twinkle and charm to it that’s unavoidable.

28. Zera

Hebrew name Zera, meaning ‘new beginning’, is an unconventional name that’s almost unheard everywhere except maybe Israel. It does sound too much like Vera, but is doubly more exotic than the former. And it’s such a tiny name that you wouldn’t need a nickname. If you want to romanticize it more, add an ‘h’ at the end to make it Zerah.

29. Zerlinda

This exquisite Hebrew name, chosen by several celebrities, is one of the most luminous names. The name existed in the middle ages too but wasn’t adopted until the 19th century. Zerlinda means ‘beautiful dawn’.

30. Zora

Zora, meaning ‘dawn’, honors none other than Zora Neale Hurston, a black writer, and leader of the Harlem Renaissance. This moniker was used extensively from the 1880s to 1940 and reached its highest spot 293 in the year 1885. Its variant – Zorah – is a Biblical place name and the name of a character in the operetta “Ruddigore.”

31. Zorina

Zorina, meaning ‘golden dawn’, has a lovely, ballerina-like sound, which falls smoothly to the ears. This Slavic name doesn’t have many takers yet, so your child might be the only Zorina in her school. You also get plenty of nickname options with Zorina such as Zori, Zorah, or Zoriya.

Baby Names That Mean New Beginning And Rebirth For Boys

32. Altan

This short and sweet Turkish name is enjoying well-deserved favor, not just in Europe, but also in several parts of America. While Altan traditionally began as a surname, it would make an excellent option as a first or middle name too. Altan is a unisex name but has lately been in use more for boys than girls. The meaning of Altan is ‘red dawn’.

33. Anastasius

This Greek name, meaning ‘rebirth or resurrection’, is more popular all over the world in its feminine form. So if you’re looking for a unique and regal name for your son, go for Anastasius without a second thought. Your child can boast that his name was shared by several historical figures such as Saint Anastasius, who was martyred under Nero, and Anastasius I Dicorus, the Byzantine emperor.

34. Anatole

The French name, meaning ‘dawn or rising sun’, conjures to mind a French artist dressed in a dapper suit and sporting a pencil-thin mustache.

35. Arata

Arata is a Japanese name also means new.

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This Japanese name, meaning ‘new or fresh’, is an excellent option for parents who are looking for unusual and unique names, but with panache. A name common throughout the middle ages, Arata is known for its association with eminent personalities such as Arata Isozaki, the Japanese architect, and Hamao Arata, Japanese educator, and politician.

36. Aroon

Though unrelated, Thai name Aroon is a dramatic twist on the Hebrew name Aaron. The double ‘o’ in Aroon gives a gentleness to this name. The name Aroon means ‘dawn’.

37. Asier

This Basque name, meaning ‘the beginning’, is very popular in Spain, where it’s on the top 100 list. This is primarily because of its pleasant sound and lovely meaning. It will take some time for it to do well in English speaking countries though.

38. Dagian

Dagian, an English baby boy name, meaning ‘dawn’, is too sassy to be overlooked. You even get the option of picking the ever cool Dag as the nickname.

39. Fajr

Who would have even thought that a pure and simple name Fajr, one of the obligatory prayer times in Muslim religion, would become so popular? This beautiful Arabic name means ‘dawn or beginning’.

40. Fresco

The name Fresco is a perfect example of a successful last name turned into the first name. We’ve seen several prominent people in the history with Fresco as their surname, for instance, the Dutch scientist Louise Fresco and American polymath Jacque Fresco. But honestly speaking, Fresco sounds better as a first name than the last name. Fresco comes from an Italian word, meaning ‘fresh’.

41. Inizio

Inizio is an Italian vocabulary name that has started gaining traction lately, perhaps because of the trendy ‘o’ ending. The meaning of Inizio is ‘beginning’.

42. Irvin

Irvin, after losing the ‘g’, this name sounds way less dated than before. There’s something about the ‘erv’ sound, which makes the name highly appealing. It also represents modern mutations to names that have been going on for centuries. The meaning of this cool name is ‘fresh’.

43. Janus

This name of the Roman God relates to transitions, which speaks of its connection to the name of the first month of the year, the time of commencement. It has royal connections as well since Janus was the name of King of Cyprus.

44. Neander

Greek name Neander, meaning ‘new man’, is the classical form of surname Newman. It is quite unique making it best for grabs!

45. Neo

Neo, the name of Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix”, enjoyed a burst of popularity following the release of the movie. It’s short, snappy, and sounds contemporary. The meaning of Neo is ‘new’, but in the African language, Neo means ‘gift’, which is also a positive connotation. Neo Raunch, the contemporary German artist, is a popular bearer of this name.

46. Nouvel

The French name, meaning ‘new’, entered the mainstream with the rise of renowned architect Jean Nouvel, but it shot to fame when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie used it as a middle name for their little one, Shiloh. Nouvel is a unisex name, but it sounds manly to the ears in our opinion. What do you think about it?

47. Novak

The famous tennis star Novak Djokovic introduced this Serbian name to America, and there has been no looking back for it ever since. And the tennis star can also be a role model for your little one. The meaning of Novak is ‘new’.

48. Oighrig

Oighrig is a Scottish Gaelic name.

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Oighrig is a Scottish Gaelic name, meaning ‘new’ and has quite a unique ring to it.

49. Ordell

If you’re unintimidated by old-fashioned formality and have a love for vintage names, you can pick Ordell for your son. This unusual name would make a distinct alternative to Orwell or even Olive for that matter. The name Ordell means ‘beginning’.

50. Raanan

This strong moniker, meaning ‘fresh’, is used in all its variations in Israel and its surrounding regions. One of its most famous bearers is Ra’anan Cohen, Israeli politician, and Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Israeli film director.

51. Sachar

The Hebrew name Sachar, meaning ‘dawn’, has a dorky quality, which is quite positive in today’s tech savvy world, where nerds are the thriving businessmen.

52. Tan

Tan is one of the hottest one syllable names reigning in Vietnam right now. This short and sweet name, meaning ‘new’, is ideal for parents looking for non-frilly names for their boys.

53. Zoran

Zoran may look like a funky version of Zoro, but it is a genuine Slavic name, meaning ‘dawn’. The name Zoran is highly popular in Croatia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia. It has several notable namesakes too, such as Zoran Bečić, Bosnian Serbian actor, and Zoran Baldovaliev, Macedonian football player.

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When you have to choose a name for your baby, a few hundreds of names may not be just enough. Keep digging our mine of baby names until you find that one precious gem.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Are Some Biblical Names That Mean New Beginnings?

Adam, Eve, Genesis, and Lazarus are some biblical names that symbolize ‘new beginnings’.

2. What Are Some Short Names That Mean New Beginnings?

Kia, Neo, Nova, Alfa, and Fa are some short names that mean ‘new beginnings’.

3. What Are Some Gender-Neutral Names That Mean New Beginnings?

Some unisex names associated with the meaning ‘new beginning’ are Phoenix, Shachar, and Nouvel.

4. Are there any Japanese names that mean ‘new beginnings’?

Motoyo, Akira, Seiki, and Shinichi are some Japanese names that are associated with the meaning ‘new beginning’ or ‘rebirth’.

5. Are there any Spanish names that mean ‘new beginnings’?

Asier and Fresco are some Spanish names that mean ‘new beginnings’.

Having a baby and becoming new parents truly marks the outset of a new phase in your life, and naming your baby inspired by this experience is a good idea indeed. We hope that these names that mean new beginnings will come in handy for you when you welcome your little bundle of joy. We have included names for both girls and boys in this list derived from various cultures, languages, and backgrounds. So scroll through the list and choose the names that attract your attention.

Infographic: Baby Names That Mean New Beginnings And Rebirth

Your newborn’s arrival is indeed a beginning of a new and exciting phase in your life, which brings you great joy and positivity. So, if you want to give them a name to celebrate these pleasant beginnings, scrolling through the infographic below could help you pick a beautiful ‘new’ name for your little one.

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