Christmas Baby Names

It’s now an annual nameberry holiday tradition, presenting the comprehensive   blog written for us by Elisabeth Wilborn, creator of the wonderful name blog youcantcallitit.com, so here it is!

Christmas seems to arrive sooner every year. Once again, I am running frantically to cross things off the list, get the baking done, trim the tree (first we have to get that tree…), and find the ever elusive Christmas stockings before it’s too late. Some may have bigger –or smaller– things on their minds this season. An impending birth, perhaps? If your new child shares a birthday with the most famous baby in the world, you may be tempted to incorporate the season somehow into their name. There’s a lot more to holiday baby naming than Nicholas and Noel. Here are a few ideas that might help broaden the list:

Names related to the Holy Family and the birth of Jesus:

Balthasar, Balthazar– One of the Magi

Casper, Gaspard, Jasper– While he doesn’t appear in the Bible, this is also said to be the name (here in several versions) of one of the three wise men

Christian, Christine, Christina, Christopher, Christabel (girl) and Cristobal (boy) – Followers of Christ

 Emmanuel for a boy, or Emmanuelle, for a girl

Epiphany– For the celebration just following that commemorates the visit of the Magi

Estelle, Estella, Estrella, Esther, Seren, Stella– All have meaning related to “star”

Eve– For the night before

Jesus

Joseph, Josepha, Josephine (also cognates Giuseppe and Jozef)

Yeshua– Other versions of the name Jesus

Maria, Mary– The mother. Miriam is also etymologically linked to this name

Melchior– The third king to visit Jesus

Natalia, Natalie– Derived from natal which means “birth”, Natale is the Italian word for Christmas; Natasha is an Eastern European nickname for Natalia

North– After the guiding North Star

Theodore/a, Dorothea, Dorothy– “Gift of God”

Virginia– There are any number of names that represent the Virgin Mary. Plus you can say to her, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Names connoting light:

Claire

Clara– Also the little girl in the Nutcracker, who in some versions is referred to as Mary or Maria; her brother is Fritz

Eleanor, Eleanora, Leonor, Lenora, Nora

Helen

Lucia, Lucian, Lucius, Lucy, Lux

The Angelic:

Angel, Angela, Angelica, Angelika, Angelina

GabrielAngel who broke the news to Mary that she was pregnant; Gabriella, Gabrielle

Hermione– “The messenger”

Malachi– “My messenger” or “my angel” in Hebrew

Michael– Another of the seven archangels, and a good choice if your loved one is away in battle, as he is patron saint of soldiers

Serafina, Seraphine– From the highest order of angels, the seraphim, and with the slightly ironic meaning “fiery”

Names that recall the spirit of the season:

Charity

Faith, Fidelity

Felicia, Felicity and Felix

Gloria, Glory

Hope

Joy

Merrily, Merry

Pax

Meaning “dove”, the symbol of peace:

Colombe

Columba

Dove

Jemima

Paloma

Greenery:

Berry

Cedar

Celyn- Welsh for “holly”

Elm

Holly

Ivy

Juniper

Pine

(Mistletoe and Poinsettia are other possibilities, though I can’t get behind either one)

Related to the season, as it is in the northern hemisphere:

Bianca, Blanca– “White” in Italian, Spanish

Blanche– French for “white”

EiraWelsh for “snow”

Lumi- Finnish for “snow”

Neige– “Snow” in French

Nevada– “Snow-capped” in Spanish

Nieves– “Snow” in Spanish

Robin

Snow

Solstice

Winter

Yuki, Yukiko– Japanese, “happiness + snow”, and “happiness + snow + child”

YuleWinter festival

For Posterity:

Bell, Belle

Carol

Christmas

Claus, Nicholas, Nicola, Nicole– For jolly old St. Nick

December

Noel, Noelia, Noelle

Rudolf

I wish you all the best if you are naming your little one this Christmas. A great name is one of the best gifts you can bestow. It’s a start, anyway. Happy Holidays!

Elisabeth Wilborn is an artist and writer who lives with her young family in , New .  To help quench your baby name thirst, check out her blog exclusively devoted to names, youcantcallitit.com.YorkBrooklyn

OUR WARMEST WISHES FOR A VERY TO ALL YOU DEAR BERRIES FROM & !!PAMLINDAHOLIDAYHAPPY

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Jay Says:

December 24th, 2010 at 2:58 am

What a lovely collection of lists! Certainly the most extensive I’ve seen. My partner and I have joked that if our twins are born early (they are due mid-January!), we would give them Christmas-themed names, but I secretly adore the idea! Gabriel and Seraphina were actually on our original lists for this pregnancy. I also love Stella, Felicity, Holly, and of course Nicholas!

Lola Says:

December 24th, 2010 at 8:58 am

What a lovely list Elisabeth, thanks for putting it together!

There are a few I’d use year ’round: Jemima, Felix or Lucius. I just love those three. But wow! what a great collection of names!
Happy Holidays to all with wishes for a wondrous New Year!

Gingersnap Says:

December 24th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I love Lucy and Claire for twin girls’ names year-round!

Alexa Says:

December 25th, 2010 at 5:32 am

I would add “Estrella” to your star names. Lovely list.

Jossiechris Says:

December 25th, 2010 at 11:13 am

I think Charity should be added in with Faith, Hope; The three catholic theological virtues. Glad to see Hermione being used in the biblical sense as opposed to it’s ties to Harry Potter. The name dates back to the Greek and Shakespeare’s time and shouldn’t be so pinned in. Seraphina is my favorite name for this list. I love the addition of the mn Rose.

nameseeker3 Says:

December 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Wonderful list of Christmas baby names! My favorite Christmas baby names from the list are: Estelle/Estella, Eve, Miriam, Claire, Clara, Lucia, Gabriel, Malachi, Serafina/Seraphina, Faith, Felicity, Gloria, Hope, Joy, Paloma, and Noelle. I think Noelia is rather lovely, too! I have always thought Emmanuella was really pretty-it could go along with Emmanuel and Emmanuelle in your list. Anyways, Merry Christmas and thank you for your insightful list of Christmas baby names, Elisabeth!

nameseeker3 Says:

December 25th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Just wondering-what is the proper pronunciation of Noelia? Can it be pronounced in different ways? I pronounce it No-EL-ee-yah. Is that an accepted pronunciation of the name?

ycw Says:

December 27th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Our son, Peter Sidney III, was due on the 21st last year and born on the 11th, daddy’s birthday. We’d decided on Rebecca for a girl, and toyed with some Christmasy names:
Rebecca Lucy, Rebecca Virginia, Rebecca Rose, and Rebecca Charity were possibilities we toyed with (though not for Christmas reasons).
Explicitly Christmasy names we considered were Rebecca Natalie and Rebecca Nativity. I don’t know as Nativity would work for a first name, but I thought it intriguing as a middle.

Emmy Jo Says:

December 28th, 2010 at 12:56 am

Our first daughter will definitely be Clara Joy. We chose those because they are family names, but it would be especially lovely if she were born near Christmas!

If I had a Christmas-born boy, I love the idea of using Frederick. It means “peaceful ruler,” which seems appropriate for a holiday commemorating the birth of the Prince of Peace. Plus,

Wouldn’t Clara and Frederick be great for Christmas-born twins?

Emmy Jo Says:

December 28th, 2010 at 12:58 am

Oops… I accidentally hit “submit” before finishing my comment. I was going to say that since Frederick is a version of Friedrich, which is the long form of Fritz, it also relates to “The Nutcracker,” albeit in a roundabout sort of way.

greatbird Says:

December 28th, 2010 at 3:03 am

Just to clarify, Marie is the name often used instead of Clara in “The Nutcracker”, not Mary or Maria.

rachellephipps Says:

December 26th, 2011 at 3:32 am

Two that I thought of: Celeste for a girl (means Heavenly) and Shepherd for a boy…. There’s a guy on Fox News named Shephard (with an a) …. Can’t remember his last name though…thats how I thought of it! 🙂

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