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These Cool Winter Baby Names Are Hot, Hot, Hot!

December 11, 2019 Emma Waterhouse

Seasonal baby names: would you consider using one?

Each year, the Office for National Statistics in England and Wales releases a month-by-month breakdown of the Top 10 baby names for boys and girls. The boys’ side is more or less constant, and so is the girls’… for eleven months of the year, at least.

But in December, something strange happens: Holly (which sits outside the Top 50 overall) has ranked in the Top 10 girls’ names for December ever since records began in 1996.

Last year, Holly was the eighth most popular name for December-born girls — and it was joined in the Top 10 by fellow seasonal picks Ivy (at #6, compared to #14 overall) and Grace (#5, compared to #10 overall).

Plus, perky Poppy — which was the eleventh most popular girls’ name overall in 2018 — ranked at #5 in November: the month of the Remembrance Day parades.

So, what’s going on? Are the Brits just bonkers for seasonal baby names, or is this a broader trend?

Delving into our data

Unfortunately, the SSA doesn’t release month-by-month baby name data, but we’ve taken a look at our own site stats to determine which wintry names are catching people’s eye right now.

From cool evergreen choices like Aurora and Stella, Jasper and Felix — which are among the most searched-for names on the site right now, but prove equally popular for the rest of the year — to very specific seasonal picks like Christmas and Pine, these are the buzziest baby names of the month so far.

You never know — some of these could be the Holly and Ivy of the future!

Evergreens

These Nameberry favorites are still among the Top 300 most visited pages on the site, but they have seen no increase in views in December. Most of these names are popular year-round, but we’re surprised to see sweet, airy Eira on this list. A pretty Welsh option meaning “snow”, Eira feels like it’s just one high-profile baby away from stardom!

Aria Asher Astrid Aurora
Beatrice Celeste Clara Eira
Eve Felicity Felix Gabriel
Grace Jasper Josephine Lucia
Lucy Sage Scarlett Stella
Theodore Wren

Up 1-10%

These are the names that have seen a modest uptick in interest in December. Some — like Anna, Ivy and Nicholas — are already perennially popular; others — like Balthazar, Rudolph and Snowdrop — are still perhaps a little too festive for most.

Anna Aurelia Balthazar Belle
Carol Casper Clementine Eirlys
Elio Estelle Evangeline Faith
Gloria Ivy Juniper Lior (b)
Lucius Nathaniel Nicholas Nova (b)
Olwyn Piper Robyn Rowan (g)
Rudolph Seraphina Seren Snowdrop
Winter (g)

Up 11-20%

There’s no doubt about it: these wintry names have definitely gained a boost in page views this month. So many of these would make for superb “secret” seasonal middle names for more mainstream firsts: think Jack Emmanuel, Helena Glory, Madeline Snow

Angel (g) Buddy Emmanuel Glory
Joy Neve Noelle Pax (b)
Snow Star

Up 21-50%

Holly and its equally festive soundalike Holiday both make the list of baby names really hotting up in December! Other wintry word names in this category include Merry, Miracle, and Noel for both sexes. And more proof that longtime #1 Mary is starting to feel fresh again — at least for a Christmas baby.

Aneira Belen Bell (g) Christmas (g)
Frost (g) Gioia Holiday Holly
Mary Merry Miracle Mireille
Nieve Noel (b and g) Olwen Peace (b)
Pine (b) Seraphim Winter (b) Zuzu

Up over 50%

Several of these white-hot winter names are partly in the spotlight for other reasons: Psalm thanks to its use by Kim and Kanye earlier this year, Milagro following the recent birth of Bella Milagro Duggar, and Jovie, just maybe, from all the chatter around Charlie Wolf-gate

Celyn December (g) Jovie Milagro
Peace (g) Pine (g) Psalm

 

For even more seasonal goodies, check out our master lists of Winter Baby Names and Christmas Baby Names. And just for fun: what would you name a baby born this month?

About the author

Emma Waterhouse

Emma Waterhouse — better known as @katinka around these parts — joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from where to find a cool vintage boy name to why some names become popular memes. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active Forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at emma@nameberry.com.

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