Names Searched Right Now:

Category: Christmas names

Nook of Names Berry Juice profile image

Twelfth Night Names: From Airi to Wren

posted by: Nook of Names View all posts by this author
twelve-days-of-christmas_ornament

By K. M. Sheard, Nook of Names

Today is the Christian feast of Epiphany, the traditional date among Catholics and Protestants when the legendary “Three Kings” visited the baby Jesus.

In parts of Italy, it is at Epiphany, not on Christmas Day, that children get their presents — delivered by a witch called Befana by broomstick last night.

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.

The fabled “Twelve Days of Christmas” have their roots in the Norse Jól, and were originally kept between December 20th and the 31st.

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.

Read More

What are your favorite holiday names?

holidays

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.

Christmas baby names are the most obvious choices, as familiar among people of all faiths as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Nicholas and Noel, Holly and Ivy and Merry.

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.

And New Year’s baby names range from Aurora to January.

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.

Read More

Christmas Baby Names: From Natalie to Noel

xmasblog2012

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 featured here.

Read More

abbyballet

In baby name news this week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks beyond the obvious Christmasy names for some more subtle year’s-end suggestions.

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?

Read More

Post Categories:
slidezuzu1

Looking for Christmas names for your holiday-season babe? Well, you can forget about those old chestnut choices like Noel/Noelle, Holly, Natalie, Eve, Merry, Carol and Claus. A much more original idea might be to look at some of the classic and current Christmas movies for interesting character names that would do the job more subtly. But don’t worry– we’re not suggesting Ebenezer or Clarence.

Alonzo

Picture 1 of 12

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.

Read More