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Winter Baby Names Sparkle and Glow

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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.

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Baby name Winter

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.

It’s also part of a trend towards more edgy, offbeat names: Ivy instead of Holly, Olive rather than Olivia, Sage over Rosemary. As the AJR song says, Winter is “a badass name”.

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.

Other names meaning winter include Talvi, Warrin and Zima.

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Winter month names

The month names December, January and February are pretty rare and quirky (January Jones notwithstanding). But if you’re in the southern hemisphere, June, July and August are breezy winter 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:

December baby names

January baby names

February baby names

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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).

Frost and Ice: Frostine, Icelynn, Jack, Jaki, Kirsi

Snow: Eira, Fannar, Lumi, Neve, Nieves, Yuki

Sparkling: Amaryllis, Erlantz, Hibana, Jair, Lasma, Tindra

White and Silver: Alba, Arianwen, Aubin, Bianca, Gwen, Olwen, Rupa, Whittaker, Zuri

Winter sunlight: Apricity (of all the names meaning sun, this one is pleasingly specific!)

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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.

  • Berry

  • Cassia

  • Camellia

  • Celyn

  • Clementine

  • Conifer

  • Douglas

  • Eirlys

  • Evora

  • Forest

  • Fraser

  • Garland

  • Ginger

  • Hollis

  • Iris

  • Ivo

  • Jasmine

  • Kale

  • Oren

  • Pansy

  • Pinja

  • Primrose

  • Saffron

  • Viola

  • Wild animal names are enjoying a moment. These names’ meanings — in English and other languages — are animals particularly associated with winter, which wouldn’t be out of place on a Christmas card.

  • Arthur

  • Artis

  • Bear

  • Espen

  • Fox

  • Jedda

  • Oscar

  • Oisin

  • Peura

  • Robin

  • Roscoe

  • Ronan

  • Todd

  • Wren

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    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.

    The gemstones for December are Topaz and Turquoise (with international variants Fairuza and Perouze). January’s birthstone is Garnet, and February is Amethyst, best known as Iggy Azalea’s first name.

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    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:

    Christmas baby names

    — Hanukkah baby names

    Martin Luther King Day baby names

    New Year baby names

    — Presidents’ Day baby names

    Valentine’s Day baby names

    And here’s a flurry of our favorite winter holiday names:

  • Abraham

  • Bodhi

  • Bridget

  • Candelaria

  • Deepak

  • Deva

  • Eliora

  • Epiphany

  • Faith

  • Imani

  • Jovie

  • King

  • Lincoln

  • Martin

  • Natalia

  • Neoma

  • Nia

  • Pradeep

  • Sylvester

  • Theophania

  • Unity

  • Uriel

  • Valentine

  • Washington

  • Yule

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    Winter mythology names

    Mythical names, from Odin to Andromeda, are on the rise for both boys and girls. Here are some that are lesser-known, but perfect for winter.

    Chione — Greek goddess of snow.

    Janus — double-faced Roman god who guards the gateway to the year (his female counterpart is Jana).

    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.

    Persephone — in Greek myth she spends winter in Hades. When she returns to earth, so does Spring.

    Skadi — Norse goddess of winter and skiing.

    SolRoman sun god, sometimes called Sol Invictus (Unconquered Sun).

    Read our list of winter baby names for even more inspiration.

    About the Author

    Clare Green

    Clare has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, covering everything from the next high-rising names to how to choose a multilingual name, and keeping up-to-date with international baby name rankings. She has a background in linguistics and librarianship, and lives in England with her husband and toddler. You can follow everything she reads about names on Twitter or Scoop.it, or reach her at clare@nameberry.com

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