Christmas Baby Names: More, please!

Last week our guest blogger Elisabeth Wilborn offered a great yuletide menu of names that was both inclusive and imaginative, covering all the bases from religious to seasonal to spiritual.  At the risk of being accused of overkill, I thought I’d offer a few quirkier ideas, which are tied less directly to the holiday.

One of them is to look at some first and last names that have appeared in classic Christmas movies, ranging from the vintage It’s a Wonderful Life to the more recent Elf. Some examples:

BAILEY ……..It’s a Wonderful Life

BELLE ………A Christmas Carol

CLAIRE …….Scrooged

CLARENCE ..It’s a Wonderful Life

DUDLEY ……Christmas in Connecticut

ELIOT ……….Scrooged

FAN ………….A Christmas Carol

FELIX ……….Christmas in Connecticut

FRED ……….Miracle on 34th Street

GEORGE ……It’s a Wonderful Life

JACOB ………A Christmas Carol

JEFFERSON ..Christmas in Connecticut

JOVIE ………..Elf

MARLEY …….A Christmas Carol

PRESTON …..Scrooged

RALPH ……….A Christmas Story

TIM …………..A Christmas Carol

VIOLET ……..It’s a Wonderful Life

ZUZU ………..It’s a Wonderful Life

Another possibility, even more of a stretch, could be various shades of the Christmas colors, red and green:

ALIZARIN

BERYL

CARMINE

CELADON

CRIMSON

EMERALD

JADE

NILE

SCARLET

VERDE

VIRIDIAN

Then, in addition to the Cedar and Pine that Elisabeth mentioned, there are several other Christmas tree names:

BALSAM

CAROLINE

CYPRESS

DOUGLAS

FRASER

SAPPHIRE

SPRUCE

VIRGINIA

And finally Christmas-season baby namers can consider one of the more exotic variations of Mary or Joseph:

MAIRE

MAIRI

MALIA

MANON

MARIELLE

MARIETTE

MARIKA

MARISKA

MARJAN

MIRJAM

MITZI

MOIRA

or

GIUSEPPE

JOOSEF

JOSE

JOSEBA

JOSEF

JOZA

JOZIO

Oh, and what about Santa‘s reindeer’s names?  Where did those funky names come from?  It seems that the Night Before Christmas poet Clement C. Moore gave a lot of thought to his choices,  picking names that imply speed, grace, power, and strength.  We wouldn’t recommend Donner or Blitzen or Prancer.  Comet, Cupid, Vixen–barely possible.  A little more conceivable: Dasher and Dancer.

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realpraise Says:

December 24th, 2008 at 11:05 am

Also…
Joshua- Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, so why not?
Natalie, Natasha, etc.- means ‘born on Christmas’
Stella- means ‘star’, as in the star of Bethlehem
Israel- the country where Jesus was born
Bethlehem- cute place name, sports nickname Beth
Elizabeth- Mary’s cousin whom she visited
Christopher- ‘friend of God’, first syllable is Christ
… of course, the best is Mary Christmas.

Jill Says:

December 24th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

I love the color names. Very original! I know it was on the other list but I also love Joy and Noelle!

Jen Says:

December 25th, 2008 at 2:04 am

My grandmother’s name was Stella… well, Estella, but she went by Stella, and since she passed away, I’ve had Estella at the top of my girls’ name list…

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

December 25th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Ooh, glad you did this!

I too love the colors of the season, and the characters from movies is a door I almost left ajar but was afraid it would be too much. Glad you devoted a separate list for them. Zuzu in particular is kind of a favorite of mine.

It’s always nice to be reminded of cognates. Mary in particular seems to have infinite manifestations…Marijke and Miriam are very special I think.

Well done ladies!

Merry Christmas.
~Elisabeth, of youcantcallitit.com

Linda Rosenkrantz Says:

December 26th, 2008 at 1:18 am

Thanks, Elisabeth! Re Zuzu, I have friends who named their baby Zoe just so they could use that as a nickname.

Paige Says:

January 10th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

My friend named her Christmas baby “Revel.” He was not supposed to be a Christmas baby, but with a name like Revel he just had to make his parents wait.

Sarah Says:

April 3rd, 2010 at 4:21 am

My rescue cats that we adopted at Christmastime are named, Holly, Ivy and Noelle.

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