These Cool Winter Baby Names Are Hot, Hot, Hot!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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…
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)|
|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…
|Peace (g)||Pine (g)||Psalm|
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on December 12th, 2019 at 9:52 am
I’m surprised Shepherd didn’t see an increase.
on December 19th, 2019 at 10:59 pm
I suppose the difficulty is that, while births all happen in one month, name searching could be a nine month adventure…or longer, if you’re very good at planning, haha. If you find out your due date is in December, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to start looking up names in April…May…June…etc!
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