December Baby Names: 12 names for the 12th month
By Linda Rosenkrantz
If you’re expecting a baby this month, you have lots of wonderful options for December baby names. You could go the wintry route with a name like Snow or Frost or Neve or even Winter. But here’s another idea: how about playing off the fact of December being the twelfth month on the calendar?
Twelve is a number with all kinds of references and resonances, not only numerical but in religion and myth, history, literature and film. Here are a dozen great names for babies born in December.
Apollo 12 was the second manned mission to land on the moon, launching on November 14, 1969, four months after the historic Apollo 11. Apollo is one of the Greek deity names that has come down to earth and started landing on birth certificates, especially since it was chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. On the US list since 2012, it’s now at #584.
- Apollo 12 was the second manned mission to land on the moon, launching on November 14, 1969, four months after the historic Apollo 11. Apollo is one of the Greek deity names that has come down to earth and started landing on birth certificates, especially since it was chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale. On the US list since 2012, it’s now at #584." >
- Olympus were referred to as the 12 Olympians. Apollo’s twin sister Artemis was the goddess of the hunt, childbirth and virginity and protector of young children. Though it doesn’t rank nationally, the distinctive Artemis is now on the Nameberry Top 1000." >
- North Carolina was the 12th state to enter the Union on November 21, 1789; among its famous natives have been Ava Gardner, Andy Griffith and Thelonious Monk. The sweet Southern-accented variation of classic Caroline, ranked at #422, Carolina is at the heart of several haunting songs." >
- Gareth was the nephew of King Arthur, and, modest and brave, he was nicknamed Beaumains, or “beautiful hands.” A softer Welsh alternative to Garrett, Gareth ranks at 616 on Nameberry." >
- Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, an Apollo17 astronaut who later became a senator. Patronymics have returned to popularity, and Harrison is a leader of the pack at Number 107 (and 47 on Nameberry), thanks to perennially popular Harrison Ford, Beatle George, and its presidential feel." >
- Sidney Lumet movie Twelve Angry Men is a classic portrayal of tense jury deliberations, with star Henry Fonda as the outlier. Perennially in the Top 100, Henry, at #22, is at its most popular in decades right now. A royal classic with a touch of quirkiness, Henry is a huge celeb favorite and is the ninth most searched boy name on NB." >
- Leo being the most usable of their names and a great choice for a December boy. Strongly associated with the lion (a wild animal name just beginning to be used), Leo is short, strong and definitely on the upswing internationally, in the Top 5 in France (as LAY-o), for example. It was the choice of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem." >
- Genesis, Jacob had 12 sons, each of whom founded an Israelite tribe. Levi was the third son, from whom the priestly tribe of Levites descended. Now at its highest point ever--#42—Levi has been chosen by Matthew McConaughey, Bernie Sanders, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Crow for their sons, and is also forever associated with blue jeans." >
- Christmas are almost upon us, and one prospective baby name that shines out in the lyric is Piper, as in ‘9 Pipers piping’. Piper is a wonderfully energetic and musical choice first heard by many in the TV series Charmed. It’s been rising since 1999, is now at #67, and the choice of, among other celebs, TV’s Samantha Bee." >
- Ocean’s 12, second sequel to the 1960s Rat Pack hit Ocean’s 11, was equally star-studded. The cast included Julia Roberts as Tess Ocean, wife of lead George Clooney’s Danny Ocean. Tess is a sweet but strong, somewhat neglected onetime nickname of Theresa that has long stood on its own. It dropped off the popularity charts a few years ago, but is still 286 on Nameberry." >
- Jesus were instrumental in the foundation of the Christian church. Thaddeus, dubbed “a man with three names,” was also known as Jude and Lebbeus and is the patron saint of lost causes. The name Thaddeus, with its pleasantly antique feel and trendy Th beginning and us ending, has been gaining traction, currently at #641. Thaddeus has many notable historic namesakes." >
- Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, probably written as an entertainment for the close of the Christmas season, features as its protagonist the delightfully intelligent and witty Viola. Following on the upward path of popular cousin Violet, Viola has additional musical cred and attention drawn by award-winning actress Viola Davis." >
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on December 1st, 2017 at 9:40 am
What about Lucy? It’s very popular for December babies in Europe because of St.Lucy who is celebrated on December 13th. Plus there is a nice association with lights. 🙂
on December 1st, 2017 at 12:57 pm
I love the name Harrison!
on December 2nd, 2017 at 8:27 pm
Taylor – 12th President of the United States
Benjamin – The 12th Tribe of Jacob
on December 5th, 2017 at 9:54 am
I love Harrison, I almost named my son Harrison James, but being from Pittsburgh, it seemed too closely related to the Steelers.
I also love Apollo, but more for Anton Apollo Ono, the Olympian!
Artemis is adorable too, a little girl called Artie! It is right up there with Fredericka called Freddie for me!
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