Christmas Baby Names
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:
Eve– For the night before
Names connoting light:
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
Names that recall the spirit of the season:
Meaning “dove”, the symbol of peace:
Celyn- Welsh for “holly”
(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:
Blanche– French for “white”
Lumi- Finnish for “snow”
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
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on 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!
on 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!
on December 24th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
on December 24th, 2010 at 3:22 pm
I love Lucy and Claire for twin girls’ names year-round!
on December 25th, 2010 at 5:32 am
I would add “Estrella” to your star names. Lovely list.
on 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.
on 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!
on 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?
on 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.
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on 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 Said
on 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.
on 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.
on 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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