The Names of Christmas Past: Movie names from Anya Claus to Zuzu Bailey
Looking for Christmas names for your holiday-season babe? Well, you can forget about those old chestnut choices likeNoel/Noelle, Holly, Natalie, Eve, Merry, Carol and Claus. A much more original idea might be to look at some of the classic and current Christmas movies for interesting character names that would do the job more subtly. But don’t worry– we’re not suggesting Ebenezer or Clarence.
Alonzo was the name of both the father and the brother (both called by nickname Lon) in the Smith family in this “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” flick, "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland. This dashing Latinate name, which has always ranked in the Top 1000, is ready for wider use. Don’t like Lon? You can call me Al.
- Alonzo was the name of both the father and the brother (both called by nickname Lon) in the Smith family in this “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” flick, "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland. This dashing Latinate name, which has always ranked in the Top 1000, is ready for wider use. Don’t like Lon? You can call me Al." >
- Santa Claus," starring Dudley Moore, Mrs. Claus’s first name was Anya. This Russian pet form of Anna instantly turns the blander Ann and Anna exotic. It was also Audrey Hepburn’s name in Roman Holiday, and played a role in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer." >
- Arthur is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Santa in the recently released 3-D animated film, "Arthur Christmas," and Arthur is a name that has made a surprise return visit to nurseries, first in Britain and now in the US, where it’s begun to regain some of its old chivalrous King Arthur shine." >
- Audrey is the young daughter of the Griswald family, played by Juliette Lewis, in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," the third of the National Lampoon movies starring Chevy Chase. This name has been enjoying a new wave of popularity, thanks in large part to the lasting glow cast by the radiant image of Audrey Hepburn." >
- Augustus May Who might not have been the most appealing character in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" --which was based on the TV special which was based on the Dr. Seuss book. But though his name might sound a bit imposing, parents are beginning to warm to it, along with cousins August and Augustine, largely because of the friendly nickname Gus." >
- Cary Grant and Denzel Washington, played the angel Dudley, a Christmastime visiting angel in the 1947 movie, "The Bishop's Wife" and its 1996 remake, "The Preacher's Wife." Also the name of a Harry Potter character, Dudley is totally cuddly." >
- Santa’s variously named extended family is the older brother of Nicholas, played by Vince Vaughn in the 2007 film. "Fred Claus." After a long sabbatical, the name Frederick is coming back, joining other somewhat quirky classics like Henry. The nickname Freddie is very popular on its own in Britain." >
- Christmas in Connecticut," in which the charming hero’s character name is Jefferson Jones. Boys’ names ending in son (aka patronymics), are currently riding high—as in Jackson, Anderson, Harrison, Edison, and the now unisex Addison. (btw, there’s another Dudley here in Connecticut.)" >
- Will Ferrell as Buddy Hobbs, another featured character is the small but non-elfin, Miles Finch, played by Peter Dinklage. Miles is a cool and confident name with a jazzy veneer, now ranking at its highest point ever, Number 162-- a current favorite along with cousin Milo." >
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's mom goes by the name of Mitzi, a spunky German pet form of Maria. Upbeat names like Mitzi and Fritzi could well join the softer nickname names like Millie and Addie on future birth certificates." >
- Christmas Story," has become a holiday tradition in many homes—ours included—as we follow the exploits of Ralphie Parker in the desperate pursuit of his longed-for Red Ryder BB Gun. Ralph is a mid-century name that is finally shedding its Ralph Kramden weight. Some A Christmas Story names to avoid: Scut and Flick." >
- Jimmy Stewart in the eternally moving "It’s a Wonderful Life" is called Zuzu, which is actually a nickname for Zuzana, a Slavic form of Susana—but most likely in the Bailey family a nickname for Susan; Zuzu has a lot more pizzazz then the usual Susie. Celebrity chef Tania Peterson named her daughter Zuzu Audrey." >
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on December 25th, 2013 at 3:02 am
But I wish you would suggest Clarence! It’s a shame that there aren’t more little Clarences out there… 🙂 I like Augustus, Arthur, Frederick, Miles, and Jefferson. Zuzu would be a cute nn…
on December 25th, 2013 at 4:31 am
Actress Mitzi Gaynor is in White Christmas- another seasonal connection for the adorable name!
on December 25th, 2013 at 8:01 am
Zazu reminds me of the “Boston Teens” sketch on SNL with Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch
on December 25th, 2013 at 11:59 am
Love Frederick. It’s my pick if we have another boy. I also like Arthur.
on December 25th, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Lovely Post! I am rather fond of Clarice (Rudolph) and Rose (St. Louis). Alonzo nn Lon is striking me today as a rather dashing choice.
on December 25th, 2013 at 11:02 pm
Some cute names. Although I’d suggest that simply appearing as a character’s name in a Christmas movie doesn’t make a name particularly “Christmassy”.
on December 26th, 2013 at 3:09 pm
I grew up loving old movies because of my Grandmother’s influence. On Christmas Eve when our family visits her house she always has “It’s a Wonderful Life” “A Christmas Carol” or Meet Me in St. Louis” in her DVD/TV and in the kitchen, Doris Day, Elvis, Andy Williams and Judy Garland playing on her CD player. She always loved them as a kid from her parents too during the holidays, so we just grew up with the oldies during the holidays. I’ve always loved the names Clarice from Rudolph, Clarence from IAWL…..Ester and Tootie from MMSL…and Max from the Grinch. As a matter of fact, when I was 7 I told my Mom that I was going to have twins someday named Clarice & Clarence! 🙂
on December 29th, 2013 at 7:32 am
I love Christmas including Christmas movies!
From this list of awesome choices my favourites are…
on December 29th, 2013 at 12:09 pm
I’ve always thought Zuzu was a charming nickname. I have to agree though, a name appearing in a Christmas movie doesn’t really make it particularly “Christmasy” — OR clever.
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