Christmas Names: Special TV Special Names

Remember when holiday specials were really special–a much-anticipated, much-loved holiday event? When Christmas wasn’t Christmas without How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas? Well, times may have changed, but the names from those mostly animated old shows still can evoke some nostalgic memories, and some newer ones are creating future memories of their own.


1962’s Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol was the first animated holiday program produced specifically for TV. In it, much of the focus is on Belle, Scrooge’s lost love. In modern times, Belle has been overshadowed by Bella and Isabel/la, but it was a Top 100 name in the 1880s and has made something of a comeback as a middle; Belle is Number 215 on Nameberry.

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peacebird10 Says:

December 19th, 2014 at 8:27 am

I expected to see Cindy, as in Cindy Lou Who, here!

miloowen Says:

December 19th, 2014 at 9:56 am

I think Cindy is still too retro, along with Debbie and Beth and Nancy and Barbie and all the other names I grew up with.

eechick Says:

December 19th, 2014 at 11:23 am

I was surprised that Rudolph was here and not Clarice- his love interest. She makes me love the name (just forget about Hannibal Lector). I also expected to see Zuzu from It’s a Wonderful Life. Great list, though!

Alyselynn14 Says:

December 19th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Absolutely love the name Linus!

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

December 19th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I think I’m in love with any name that can get me to the nickname Rudy (thanks to The Book Thief, this has become a growing favorite). Love Winnie (but only as a nickname for Gwendolyn or Guinevere), Marley (for a boy because A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite things to watch or read at Christmas time) and Linus (which may be easily rhymed with something to tease him about but is such a sweet name).

I like Ebbie for Elizabeth. It’s not a nickname you hear too often. A new name I’m currently loving is Eben, which I’m led to understand is a nickname for Ebenezer.

iwillpraise Says:

December 22nd, 2014 at 12:13 pm

@eechick – I was expecting the same!! Clarice has become one of my special loves solely for this classic character, and I’ve often (dreamily) considered it as great pairing for a Christmas b/g twin set with Gabriel.

I’ve heard Libby as a nn of Elizabeth before, but not Ebbie.. I like it! Very cute

And thanks, Nameberry! I completely forgot about Ziggy’s Gift; haven’t seen it for a few years! Now I’ll have to watch it!! 🙂

LuMary Says:

December 22nd, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Why not Ebenezer? It has the popular Z like Ezra, Boaz (there’s a baby named Boaz at my church), Jabez.

How about Clarence (the angel from It’s A Wonderful Life). Or Peter, after Peter Bailey from the same.

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