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Christmas may have its reindeer and holly, and Thanksgiving its turkeys, but no holiday has as many flowers and trees and animals associated with it as Easter, symbols that evolved from both pagan and Christian sources. From Jesus as “the Lamb of God,” to chicks and bunnies symbolizing abundant new life, to the Easter lily, there’s a wealth of baby name inspiration to be found in the flora and fauna of Easter.

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There are certain names, like Merry and Christmas and Noel/Noelle, 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:

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What are your favorite holiday names?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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