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December baby names are incredibly inspired, with the winter season and holidays offering a wealth of worthy options. Christmas baby names or those related to the Christian faith are especially significant this time of year. So are Jewish baby names and those meaning “light,” in honor of Hanukkah.

December symbols, such as the zircon and turquoise birthstones, are related to baby names such as Fairuza and Perouze. You may also be interested in a Sagittarius or Capricorn baby name, in reference to your child’s zodiac sign.

Winter officially begins on December 21st, so a name related to snow, ice, and all things wintry feels right for a December son or daughter.

If you’re expecting a baby this December, consult our guide to December baby names, below.

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Top December Baby Names 

The most popular December baby names are largely related to the holidays celebrated during the month. Christmas names are abundant, with Natalie, Christian, Angel (for boys), and Joseph all ranking in the US Top 100.

Other holidays are represented as well — Israel could be used for a Hanukkah baby (although it’s typically used by non-Jewish families), and Lucia would be perfect for a daughter born on December 13th, Saint Lucia’s Day.

As far as non-denominational baby names go, there are many wonderful seasonal choices currently common for American children, particularly for girls. Among them, Ivy, Scarlett, Stella, and Winter.

Here, December baby names within the official US Top 500:

Angel
Archer
Christian
Esther
Eve
Faith
Gabriel
Israel
Ivy
Jasper
Jesus
Joseph
Juniper
Lucia
Natalie
Nicholas
Noelle
Scarlett
Stella
Winter

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December Names for Girls

The winter solstice occurs at the end of December, and a name meaning “snow” could be a special way to mark the season. Snowy names exist in cultures around the world — we especially love the Finnish Lumi, Italian Neve, and Japanese Yuki.

If you’re Jewish and celebrate Hanukkah, you may already be considering a Hebrew baby name for your child. But one that means “light,” such as Nera, Ori, or Eliora, would add an extra layer of significance for a baby born this time of year.

Historical December-born namesakes for a daughter include fauvist painter Henri Matisse (December 31), mathematician Ada Lovelace (December 10), French singer Edith Piaf (December 19), and novelist Jane Austen (December 16).

Below, our favorite December names for girls: 

Ada
Amaryllis
Austen
Belle
Bianca
Decima
Edith
Eliora
Emerald
Estelle
Holiday
Imani
Jovie
Lumi
Matisse
Miracle
Nera
Neve
Ori
Yuki

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December Names for Boys

The zodiac signs of December are Sagittarius and Capricorn, which each offer unique name inspiration for boys. Sagittarius is the sign of the archer, which may lead you to choose Archer, of course, but also Arrow, Bowman, or Fletcher. Capricorn is the sign of the goat — hircine baby names include Giles, Terach, and Jael.

December is the twelfth month of the year on our modern calendar, but was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, from which it gets its name. Decimus comes from the same Latin root, meaning “tenth,” and Tolvar is a Danish name meaning “twelve.”

Notable namesakes for a December-born son include Old Hollywood stars Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart (both born December 24), singer Frank Sinatra (December 12), and news anchor Diane Sawyer (December 22).

Here, a selection of the best December names for boys:

Abner
Arrow
Bowman
Decimus
Drummer
Edur
Fletcher
Frank
Gardner
Giles
Humphrey
Jael
Lior
Noel
Sawyer
Terach
Tolvar
Uriah
Yule
Zohar

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Unique December Baby Names

The symbols of December inspire many rare names for babies. December’s birth flower is narcissus, which is related to the name Narcissa — although we discourage its use due to its narcissistic associations. Instead, try another flower name associated with the month, such as Amaryllis or Winika and Calanthe, both of which mean “Christmas orchid.”

Turquoise and Zircon are two gems of December, each of which can be used as a name in its own right. You may also consider Fairuza or Perouze, which both mean “turquoise.”

Winter and Christmas-related word names sure to set your child apart from the crowd include Dancer and Frost, North and Pine. And of course, Christmas itself! Frasier, as in Frasier Fir, has a subtle connection to Christmas trees. The Fraser variation is a Top 100 name in Scotland.

Bibiana, Asella, and Leocadia are among the female saints with rare names and feast days in December. For boys, Clement, Osmund, and Florian are three of the worthiest options for a 2020 baby.

These unique December baby names were given to fewer than 50 babies in 2019. Below, 20 rare names for December babies:

Asella
Bibiana
Calanthe
Christmas
Clement
Dancer
Fairuza
Florian
Frasier
Frost
Joulu
Leocadia
Narcissa
North
Osmund
Pine
Shaviv
Temple
Winika
Zircon

What would you name a December baby?

About the Author

Sophie Kihm

Sophie Kihm has been writing for Nameberry since 2015. She has contributed stories on the top middle names of 2019, the top baby names in each state, and the hottest nickname names of 2018. Sophie is Nameberry’s resident Name Guru to the Stars, where she suggests names for celebrity babies. She also manages the Nameberry Instagram and Pinterest. You can follow her personally on Instagram or Pinterest, or contact her at sophie@nameberry.com. Sophie lives in Chicago.

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