Christmas baby names may be the most popular birthday-related names of the whole year.
Parents expecting babies around the holidays are constantly asked whether they plan to name their children Holly or Noel, and baby name websites (not namin’ names) advise Christmas names ranging from Holiday to Melchior.
But what Christmas names are parents really considering? To find out, we pored over our search statistics for the month of December. Here are the Christmas baby names attracting the most attention, in order of popularity:
1. Ivy — Beyonce may have something to do with the new dominance of Ivy as the Number 1 Christmas baby name.
2. Clara — The name of the little girl in The Nutcracker takes the Number 2 spot.
3. Lucy — Names meaning light relate to the holiday season, and Lucy along with Lucia, Lucas, and Lucian all rank highly. In Sweden they celebrate St. Lucy‘s — or Santa Lucia — Day as an important element of the holiday festivities.
4. Evangeline — Angel-related names rank highly during the holidays. Other popular choices include Seraphina and Gabriel.
5. Noelle — Noelle, French for Christmas, ranks Number 5.
6. Scarlett — Scarlett is the quintessential Christmas color.
7. Nova — Nova may mean new, but it’s also the sudden appearance of a bright new star. Several other star-related names rank among the most popular at this time of year, including Astra and Estelle.
8. Evie — Christmas Evie? That may be the 2019 way to go.
9. Cole — Christmas‘s ultimate bad boy.
10. Eira — This Welsh name meaning snow is newly on the hot list.
11. Natalie — Natalie means “birthday of the Lord” and is popular at Christmas and also the rest of the year. Natalia is also popular at Christmas time.
12. Joseph — The name of the carpenter who was the husband of Mary, the mother of Christ.
13. Amaryllis — On a non-religious note, the Amaryllis is a gorgeous flower that blooms at Christmas time.
14, Nico — Old Saint Nico has a new namesake. Nicholas is also popular.
15, Belle — The Christmas bell.
16. Melody — Has picked up where Carol has left off.
17. Kane — Candy?
18. Magnolia — The magnolia flower and leaves are associated with Christmas, especially in the American south.
19. Jovie — The name of the adorable elf played by Zooey Deschanel in Elf is a new Christmas favorite.
20. Neve — The Italian and Portuguese word for snow.
21. Lux –– A new spin on light names.
22. Lumi — Another snow-related name, this one from Finland.
23. Dorothy — Yes, Dorothy, there is a Santa Claus.
24. Holly — At last! Holly may no longer be the favorite Christmas name, but it’s hanging in there.
25. Clarence — Clarence is the name of the guardian angel in the Christmas classic movie, It’s A Wonderful Life.
26. Emerald — A companion for Scarlett.
27. Joy — What we wish for you this holiday season.
28. Christina — One of the OG Christmas names, still ranked highly.