Christmas Baby Names: The Ultimate Guide
Christmas names range from the literal – like Natalie and Noel, which both mean “Christmas” – to the more subtle, like Piper, Cassia, Felix and Shepherd.
Christmas is a magical time to welcome a new baby into the family, and choosing a name with a festive meaning or connection is a great way to honor the special season of their birth.
Here you’ll find a wide selection of our favorite Christmas baby names for boys and girls, as well as advice on where to look for further festive naming inspiration. Happy holidays!
Top Christmas Names
The top Christmas baby names in the US – and on Nameberry – tend to be evergreen choices like Angel, Joseph, Natalie and Stella, which are popular year round.
Each year, the UK baby name data reveals a big boost for festive names like Holly, Ivy and Robin in December. Unfortunately, US name data isn’t broken down by month in the same way, but our site stats for December do show a significant increase in searches for seasonal names.
The top Christmas names below all rank within the current Top 200 baby names in the US, and cover a range of styles. They include Biblical figures, names with festive meanings, names with Christmas connections, and winter nature names.
See our full list of Christmas baby names here.
Cool Christmas names for girls include some beautiful international choices with Christmassy meanings, like Anjali “gift”, Chiara “light” and Irina “peace”.
Some of these lovely festive girl names are among the hottest names on Nameberry this month – Evangeline and Seraphina both make our Top 100 for girls, despite ranking much lower on the official charts. And many other Christmas names for girls, like Beatrix, Felicity, Sylvie and Winter, also fit in that stylish naming “sweet spot” – not too popular, not too wild.
Here are some of our favorite Christmas girl names, from a range of styles and sources.
Discover more December baby names here.
Cool Christmas names for boys include some familiar faces: (Bing) Crosby, (Jacob) Marley and even Eben – we’re not quite ready for the full Ebenezer yet! You could also consider one of Nicholas’ many modern nicknames, like Nico or Cole.
Other Christmas boy names include those with joyful or peaceful meanings, as well as names that bring to mind snowy Christmas scenes, like Robin, Shepherd and Douglas (fir).
Here is a selection of our favorite fresh festive boy names, to suit a variety of tastes.
Find more cool Capricorn baby names here.
Unique Christmas names range from novel word names like Drummer and Viridian to overlooked Biblical figures like Balthasar and Melchior (why should Jasper have all the fun?)
If you’re looking for a unique baby name with a Christmas connection, another great place to start is by browsing lists of names by meaning. You’ll find plenty of overlooked international gems with seasonal meanings, like Bijou “jewel”, Elouan “light” and Sidra “star”.
The unique Christmas baby names below all rank below the US Top 1000 and would make for great quirky middle names for a Yuletide baby. Or even a first, if you’re feeling adventurous!
Browse more unique baby names here.
Names With Festive Meanings
Names with festive meanings – such as joy, peace, light or miracle – hold a lot of appeal all year round, but they feel especially fitting at Christmastime. Choosing a baby name with a positive meaning is one of the subtlest ways to honor the season in your child’s name.
Many of the most popular Christmas names, like Asher “happy” and Clara “light”, also have festive meanings – but the choices in the list below are all a little more unexpected.
Here is a selection of the best under-the-radar Christmas names for boys and girls, all with positive meanings related to the season.
See more names with positive meanings here.
There’s a wealth of winter nature names beyond Robin and Rowan! Lovers of botanical baby names might like to consider types of Christmas tree, like Cedar and Cypress, or winter blooms, like Amaryllis and Magnolia (a Christmas tradition in the South).
Move from the garden to the kitchen and there are also plenty of fruit, herb and spice names which evoke the Christmas season. Anise, Bay, Clementine, Marron, Plum, Rosemary and Sage, to name just a few.
Below are some of our favorite festive nature names for a Yuletide baby.
Find more winter names for babies here.
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