Category: Christmas names
By K. M. Sheard, Nook of Names
In Britain and America, however, Epiphany — which also happens to be the twelfth day of Christmas, that is to say “Twelfth Night” — is often entirely neglected now, though once, when the twelve days were kept with full festivity, it was a big event — so big, it even got a Shakespearian play named after it.
They also have very prosaic origins; at this darkest time of the year, with the harvest gathered in, animals slaughtered, and crops requiring sowing in the autumn sowed, there really wasn’t much that needed doing – making it a perfect time for relaxing, and enjoying the year’s produce while it was still fresh.
If you’re expecting a baby anytime during the end-of-year holidays, you can’t help but at least muse on the idea of using a holiday-themed name.
Less widely-known are names that connect to other December holidays. Names that mean light, such as Zohar and Eleora, relate to Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Kwanzaa names include Nia and Imani.
There are names that announce the holidays loud and clear: Solstice, say, or Christmas or Holiday. Or you might prefer names that reference the holiday season more subtly: Hope, for instance, or Balthazar.
Could the circumstances of your child’s birth influence the name you choose?
There’s been no shortage of seasonal and holiday-themed name articles over the past few weeks. Surely, if you were whisked to the hospital on the back of a scooter and hadn’t yet settled on a middle name, your daughter could wind up christened Isabel Vespa. But how many parents deliberately choose seasonal appellations for a baby born in December? Is all that tinsel and mistletoe enough to make names like Merry or Belle seem better than Margaret or Brooke?
Seven years ago, I was due with my first child on Christmas Day. I can honestly say that, despite a struggle to settle on a middle name, we never considered Rudolph or Winter or Noel. But if I had it to do over again?
Alonzo was the name of both the father and the brother (both called by nickname Lon) in the Smith family in this “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” flick, "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland. This dashing Latinate name, which has always ranked in the Top 1000, is ready for wider use. Don’t like Lon? You can call me Al.