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New Year’s Babies: Dorian and Jadian

The New Year 2013 is here and its very beginning became the happiest moment for two families in Los Angeles.  Two couples, one at the Woodland Hills Medical Center and the other at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights, welcomed their newborns on Tuesday morning at 12 a.m. precisely. Dorian and Jadian, the two new baby boys, certainly have the birth date everyone will remember.

The statistics on how many children were born worldwide on January 1, 2013 are not complete yet, but there were thousands. It doesn’t happen too often though that the child would be born at midnight on the dot. And here we have two at once, both in Los Angeles County. And it seems that the parents had very different approaches to picking the right name.

Dorian as a first name has been around for a long time now. Originating in Greek language, the Dorians were one of the four major ethnic groups in Ancient Greece. However, the first mention of Dorian as a given name would probably have to be in Oscar Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in 1890. Those of you who have read the book know that Dorian Gray was an extremely handsome, yet surpassingly conceited young man. There is even something called the Dorian Gray syndrome, explained as a societal and cultural phenomenon where a person is extremely proud of their own appearance, unable to cope with aging process and doing everything to try to preserve their youth. Let’s hope for the parents’ sake that the majority of people are unaware of this connotation since it’s definitely not very flattering to the child.

Jadian, on the other hand, is a very new and quite a rare name. There might be a certain connection to the Malay folklore fairy tales. Malays are various populations in the Maritime Southeast Asia, specifically Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, East Timor, Singapore and Indonesia. More likely, though, Jadian is a made-up name that has been around since the year 2000 and thus sounds very new. Whether you find it original or rather a pseudo-modern wanna-be name, is your call.

Let’s wish the two families lots of health now that they have two reasons to toast on New Year’s Day. Cheers!

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