New Year Baby

Many cultures recognize and celebrate when a baby is born on New Years Day – a new beginning – a new year. The symbol of an old man ‘Father Time’ representing the old year but a baby represents a new year – a fresh start.

The concept started in 600 B.C. with the Greeks, though the early Egyptians can also be given credit for using a baby as a symbol of a new year.

Babies born on New Year’s Day are commonly called New Year babies. Most hospitals give out prizes to the first baby born in that hospital in the new year. These prizes are often donated by local businesses. The baby and parents would be featured in the local newspaper. 

Sometimes, no local town baby was born on January 1st, it might not be until January 3rd or so.

Some Famous people born January 1st over the years:

Pope Alexander VI born in 1431

Henry, the Duke of Cornwall born in 1511

Christoph Bernhard, a German composer born in 1628

Paul Revere, American patriot and silversmith born in 1735

Betsy Ross, American creator of the first US flag born in 1752

John Cassidy, Irish sculptor and painter born in 1860

J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI born in 1895

Dana Andrews, American actor born in 1909

Hank Greenberg, American baseball player born in 1911

Roz Howard, race car driver born in 1922

Joe McDonald, American country singer born in 1942

Check the family tree, see who of your ancestors was a New Years Baby.

Photos: Father Time and News Years Baby in 1927.

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