by Angela Mastrodonato of Upswing Baby Names
One day I had an epiphany. I consider myself part of the “Mom Generation”. When I was in high school, I knew both a Debbie (short for Deborah) and an Allison.
Fast forward to 2014 and I would be surprised to see Deborah on a birth announcement, but not on a grandmother. At the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Allison on a birth announcement but I would be shocked to meet a grandma Allison.
Yet I can imagine both names on moms.
There are certain names, like Merry
, that scream to the world. “I’m a Yuletide baby!” One way around this, if you still want to acknowledge the season, is to pick names that are related but are also used all year round, to the extent that they’re found in the Top 500, given to babies born in July
as well as December
. Here are some examples—both religious and secular — that do relate to the holiday, but in a quieter voice, shown in the order of their current popularity:
Some Christmas baby names
whisper their connection to the season: Think of Bailey
, the surname of the main character from It’s a Wonderful Life,
or Snow, the stuff we dream will give us a white Christmas.
And then there are those that trumpet the yuletide season loud and clear, like the 13 classic Christmas baby names