Category: Meanings of Baby Names

Festive Girl Names for the New Year

The New Year brings hope, change, and, of course, celebration!

If you’re expecting a daughter on the December/January cusp this year, these upbeat girls’ names might make great choices. From names that suggest New Year soirees to those inviting joy and good cheer, there’s something here for every style of namer.

So pop the champagne – or the apple juice – and consider a girls’ name that glitters with all the excitement of 2017. By Abby Sandel

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

When you’re looking for a name for a Christmastime babe, you can go the obvious route with Noel and Noelle, Mary or Merry, or you could consider a more subtle reference. Here are Nameberry’s 2016 picks of 12 great not-quite-under-the-mistletoe yuletide names.

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14 Winter White Baby Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The winter solstice, aka the first day of winter, is scheduled to arrive this Wednesday, although for many of us—even here in Southern California—it has already landed. And when we think of wintery names, the color white comes to mind, just as Spring is green, Summer is yellow, and Autumn a riot of red-orange hues.

Almost every culture has a name or names related to the color white and its suggestion of purity, goodness and light. Here are 14 of the best for your winter babe.

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By E. Wittig

The last autumn sign of the Western Zodiac is Sagittarius, the archer. Drawn in the stars as a centaur wielding a bow, the archer stands for adventure, independence, and honesty. Those born from November 22nd to December 21st are graced with the sign of the archer.

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Virtue Names

By Linda Rosenkrantz

As we sit down to our Thanksgiving feasts in this divisive year, it might be a good idea to take another look at the traditional virtues embedded in these names.

In the seventeenth century, for some of the most puritanical of the Puritans, even biblical and saints’ names were not pure enough to bestow on their children, and so they turned instead to words that embodied the Christian virtues.  These ranged from extreme phrases like Sorry-for-sin and Search-the-Scriptures (which, understandably, never came into general use) to simpler virtue names like Silence and Salvation.

The virtue names that have survived in this country were for the most part the unfussy, one-syllable girls’ names with positive meanings, such as Joy, Hope, Grace and Faith.  But then, in the late 1990s, a door was opened to more elaborate examples by the popularity of the TV show Felicity, and its appealing heroine.  Felicity (also the name of an American Girl Colonial doll) reached a high point on the girls’ list in 1999, a year after the show debuted, leading parents to consider others long forgotten relics.

Here are the Nameberry picks of the twelve best virtue names:

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