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Posted December 16th, 2008
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December 16th, 2008 at 1:12 am
What a great list! There’s a ton of names in there that I already loved but never would have connected to Christmas. I have one addition to the seasonal section, Frost, my personal favorite!
December 16th, 2008 at 10:23 am
Such a comprehensive list! Well done, Elisabeth!!!
December 16th, 2008 at 10:28 am
Great list! I am now a follower of your blog, Elisabeth. I have an Elizabeth (Lizzie) of my own!
December 16th, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Brilliant list! Beautifully done.
I love all your extra detail!! Not to mention I loved so many of the names on the list as well. Great job.
December 16th, 2008 at 1:00 pm
What a timely and helpful article. I know parents everywhere will appreciate this list. Great job Elisabeth!
December 16th, 2008 at 1:43 pm
Love your list. My brother was born on Christmas and his name was Timothy. When I hear the name Timothy, I always think of him of course, and of Christmas.
December 16th, 2008 at 4:19 pm
Great list and one other suggestion – Leon. Noel backwards. I had a teacher in high school that was born on Christmas. His middle name was Leon and his sister born on Christmas Eve two years later had the middle name Noel.
I always thought it was great humor.
December 16th, 2008 at 7:08 pm
I often hear people expecting holiday bundles trying to come up with something inspired. This list has so many great ideas, definitely beyond Natalie and Noel! Bravo, Elisabeth! Jasper and Clara are a couple of my favorites, but there are so many lovely choices, really.
December 16th, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Merrily and Celwyn are gorgeous, somewhat unexpected choices, too, that struck me!
December 16th, 2008 at 11:06 pm
Post author here, finally getting a chance to write in. Thanks for your enthusiastic comments everyone.
Frost is an interesting suggestion I had not considered. I’d be afraid he might have a chilly disposition, but on the right person it would be really cool. Timothy was an omission I should not have made. I considered it in honor of Tiny Tim, but backed down because I thought it would open the door too wide to every Christmas story and fable. Still, Timothy evokes Christmas for me, too.
Truthfully, spelling a name backwards always reminds me of young kids playing their records backwards to hear satanic verses, so I’m not sure I myself would link Leon with Christmas. It’s a lovely name though, that was on my Summer Solstice list for a baby born in late July or August (in the form of Leonidas there).
Celyn was a new discovery for me this go round. It is gorgeous, isn’t it? The Welsh have a treasure trove of good names. Merrily would work really well in real life, too, I think. It’s got a feminine yet surnamey feel, with glad tidings all wrapped up in a bow. Jasper and Clara are favorites of mine as well, along with Balthazar, Christabel, Hermione and Estelle. I’m on a personal mission to make Hermione more widely used!
I’m glad everyone seems to be enjoying this! It was certainly fun to write. Thanks so much to Pam and Linda for giving me the opportunity.
December 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 am
Thank you for the suggestion of the name North- linking to the North Star. Our son was born December last year and we named him North- we didn’t even think of the significance of the North Star, but are really thankful to have some extra special meaning (other than directional) for his name- that is a wonderful connection to make! We will be keeping a copy of your blog!
November 29th, 2010 at 1:46 am
My cousin was born in December, and her parents named her Angeli. I always thought it was beautiful and wonderfully different from Noel. There are some amazing other suggestion on this list. Great job! I particularly love Clara and Gloria, though I would probably never use the latter because so many Christmas songs have it in the chorus. Awkward. And of course I’ve always loved Gabriel.
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