Unusual Baby Names in the Christmas Week News

Unusual Baby Names in the Christmas Week News

By Clare Green

This week’s news includes a huge stockingful of Christmas babies, hot new data from Canada and Australia, and the best names for hockey sticks.

Christmas babies around the world

Let’s take a look at the names of some of the babies born on Christmas day here, there and everywhere.

Among the first to arrive were baby boy Jimy in Fiji, and girls Aella, Mazzie and Pippa in New Zealand (here are their various stories). Possibly the first Christmas baby in New Zealand, born at 12:01am, was Izak Ray. His family have a strong pattern of matching names: his parents’ names are Irish and Raymound, and big sister is Isis.

Australian Christmas babies included Indi Rose in Adelaide, and Byron in Queensland. Parents in Papua New Guinea welcomed a boy called Lisle (which, appropriately, means “the island”), while in Singapore a girl named Charlie and a boy named Hanif were both born at the stroke of midnight – their names reflect the country’s diverse population. Hanif’s father commented that they had already picked the name out as meaning upright and religious, reflecting their hopes for their son. Another Christmas baby there was Eleanor Luna.

Moving west, in England we saw Idris (inspired by the Welsh mountain Cader Idris), Max (named after his mother’s pregnancy pills!), and Nicholas, perhaps after St Nick. There was also an Arthur – although he was named for a great-grandfather, the Arthur Christmas connection wasn’t lost on his parents. Scottish arrivals included boys called Artin, Harris and Matei, and girls called Aurora, Oliva and Ruby. In Northern Ireland there was Conor and Chen, and in the Republic of Ireland, Leon and Emma.

French Christmas babies included girls Soline and Célestine, and boys named Emin, Louis, and the unexpected bird name Swan. There was also Loris in Switzerland, Noah Emanuel in Austria, and Julian and Paulina in Germany.

Across the Atlantic, arrivals in the Caribbean included Melody in
Trinidad and Tobago, and KalEl in Barbados.

And so to America! Festive babies in the Carolinas got some lovely first-middle combos.
North Carolina arrivals included Joshua Julius, Micah Samuel, Ruby Love, and Lela Christine, and in South Carolina there were boys Everett Cole and Judah Owen, and a girl named Dalisay Healani. She has family in Hawaii, and her parents say that both her names are Hawaiian – though Dalisay also has Tagalog roots. Speaking of Hawaii,
Christmas babies there include Alazae Aulelei and Jeremiah Kalani.

Elsewhere, there was Winona in
New York state, Anastasia in Florida, Wade in Kansas, Bryleigh in Mississippi – a riff on her dad’s name, Bryceston – Sergio Fabian in California, and no doubt many more!

And in other news…

Baby named for brave medic

Zoelle Mickey was named after the paramedic who helped her mother when she went into labor in the middle of the Camp Fire in California. Sometimes it’s controversial to give a girl a traditionally male middle name, but it’s hard to argue with the meaning behind this one.

Popular names 2018: Canada and Australia

Another Canadian province has announced its top names of 2018. In Prince Edward Island, royal classics Charlotte and William are the favorites. But the island’s small population means that unexpected names can make the Top Ten – so also on the list are Landon, Emmett, Ivy and Claire.

William is also the top boy name in the Australian Capital Territory, the first part of Australia to publish its name data. For girls it’s Amelia. Juicy names announced in the local press this year include Calvin, August, Frida and Violette.

Jolly hockey stick names

Nameberry isn’t just for naming babies – we can also help you name anything from fictional characters to pets to cars to plants. Because some of us, you know, name everything.

It turns out that ice hockey player Rocco Grimaldi of the Nashville Predators uses the site to help name his hockey sticks. He cycles through the alphabet, alternating between boys and girls. Recent sticks include Keeley, Maddie, Natalie and Olivia.

About the Author

Clare Green

Clare Green

Clare Green has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from names peaking right now to feminist baby names, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. Her work has featured in publications such as The Independent and HuffPost. Clare has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and recently completed an MA dissertation researching names in multilingual families. She lives in England with her husband and son. You can reach her at clare@nameberry.com