It’s the birth of a new year, and the first of January also happens to be the birth date of numerous notables who might make a worthy namesake for your New Year’s baby -- among them Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, John Smith and Pocahontas, E.M Forster, Barry Goldwater, and Hank Greenberg. Here are a dozen other admirable New Year’s babies who happen to have interesting, berry-potential names.
Ewell Doak Walker, Jr., always known by his middle name, was a big midcentury Football Hall of Famer, featured on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1948. He gets extra points for marrying an Olympic skier named Skeeter. Doak is a Scottish surname.