Winter Baby Names Sparkle and Glow
Winter baby names celebrate everything we love about this time of year: nature, festivals, seasonal symbols, and yes, even the weather. They’re great for a winter baby, or if this season is special to you.
From shimmering snowy choices to evergreen plants, we’ve got a blizzard of cool wintry names for you.
Winter itself is, appropriately, the coolest season name right now. Gentle Summer and Autumn have been steady favorites since the 1970s. Winter started to rise at the same time thanks to a soap opera character, but it took longer to really catch on. (Poor old Spring hasn’t made it as prime name material yet. But we suspect it gets more love as a middle name.)
Several factors contributed to the rise of Winter. Celebrities brought it to the public’s attention by using it for their children, from Nicole Ritchie’s daughter Harlow Winter Kate in 2008, to Alanis Morissette’s son Winter Mercy in 2019.
At the same time, parents started to look increasingly to word names and unisex names for fresh, modern ideas. And the sounds aligned. Names ending in -er, like Hunter and Skyler, have been big for years, and “Win” is one of the hottest sounds today. Vintage Winnie, surnamey Winslow and Hollywood-esque Winona are all rising.
Altogether, it’s a perfect (winter) storm to boost this seasonal name. Both Winter and Wynter are in the US Top 500 for girls, and used occasionally for boys. The most popular hyphenated choice is Winter-Rose.
Winter month names
A Saxon name for January was the Wolf Month, so wolf-related names like Conan and Zev nod to the month. In Finnish, January is Tammikuu, possibly meaning “Month of the Oak”, which lends itself to names meaning oak like Adair and Ilana. February is Helmikuu, meaning “Month of the Pearl” — cue pearly names like Marguerite and Sania.
There are more month ideas in our lists:
Winter weather names
The weather defines winter, and makes for beautiful and evocative names. If some feel too out-there for you — we’re not all bold namers like rapper Gucci Mane, who has a son named Ice — they’re worth considering as middle names. They give extra sparkle in combinations like Logan Frost and Elowen Snow (both real Babyberries).
Winter nature names
Botanical names aren’t just for summer — in fact, some of the most popular flower and plan names are around in the colder months too. Beyond Holly and Ivy, here are more winter-flowering, evergreen, and warming spicy names.
Winter gemstone names
Like botanicals, the jewels associated with winter months are rare and quirky names that would make daring first names or literally hidden-gem middles.
Winter festival names
Through the long dark nights of winter there are plenty of festivals to look forward to — and plenty of festive names to celebrate them. Not surprisingly, many focus on light, so names meaning light are very appropriate.
International winter holidays include the winter Solstice, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, New Year and patronal days for saints Lucia, Stephen, Bridget and of course Valentine. There are also American holidays like Presidents’ Day and Martin Luther King Day. These make for hundreds of name ideas, so check out our lists for individual festivals too:
— Hanukkah baby names
And here’s a flurry of our favorite winter holiday names:
Winter mythology names
Chione — Greek goddess of snow.
Koliada — a Slavic winter festival, possibly named after the deity of the returning sun.
Marena — Russian name for an ancient Slavic goddess of winter’s death and rebirth.
Skadi — Norse goddess of winter and skiing.