Winter Baby Names: What’s Your Favorite?
We’ve noticed a lot of expectant parents find their way to nameberry searching for winter baby names. Nicole Richie may have sparked the thought last year when she chose one of the winter baby names for her daughter, Harlow Winter Kate. Or perhaps it was Mad Men‘s January Jones who trained the spotlight on the idea of winter names.
Names that symbolize winter (or say it straight out) might be thought of as a branch of day names, the ancient class of names used by some cultures in Africa and elsewhere based on the day or time of year a baby is born. These can denote a time of day (Morning, Afternoon), a day of the week (like Nicole Kidman’s Sunday), a month (we all know about June and August), a holiday such as Easter or Christmas, or a season, with Summer and Autumn being much more popular in the past than Winter.
Day names of all kinds are undergoing a revival as parents search for unique names that carry personal meaning. Since many of the parents flocking to nameberry right now are expecting over the winter months, this seems an appropriate topic for a nameberry poll. Of the newest, freshest choices for girls, what’s your very favorite?
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on January 23rd, 2009 at 6:29 am
I love January for a girl, but I think North has possibilities, too. It could almost be a modern virtue name – as in True North – and it sounds quite adventurous.
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on January 23rd, 2009 at 11:32 am
They’re all lovely, in the middle. They’d be a bit much up front, but in the middle they’re great! One of my favorite combos is Odessa Snow (I plan to name a white, christmas present kitten that some day). I love Harlow Winter Kate. Hadn’t thought of North, but it has possibilities. January would be my least favorite, but it does have more potential in the front spot.
I’ll be using a winter baby name soon! My son’s middle name is going to be Frost!
on January 23rd, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Winter is my favourite season and I love names that remind me of it. Harlow Winter Kate is an absolute winner for me. It is such a beautiful name and only evokes soft, romantic, gorgeous images. I really like the idea of Snow as a middle name for a girl, and Frost for a boy. I don’t know if I would be brave enough to use them, but I find them gorgeous.
on January 23rd, 2009 at 12:56 pm
Are you folks really serious? North? True North? Yeah, imagine your your 6 year old screaming “But it’s a virtue name” as they are getting beat up on the playground. Come on….. What’s with the worlds new quest to give their kids the most outrageous, stupidly “cutting edge” original names. Here’s one for you:
Kind of rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it? the spelling is solid, not flimsy and best of all, it’s a virtue name…
on January 23rd, 2009 at 1:53 pm
I’d use North in the middle easily but honestly, I loathe the winter and the cold, so I’d be more likely to name a kid of mine Carribean or Solstice (summer of course)! B
ut then, I’d still stick it in the middle. First place is for the solid, middles are for the whimsy for me.
As for kids getting beat up on the playground, anyone who thinks that way hasn’t set foot on a playground in 20 years or more. I have never seen a kid beat up for their name, rather out of the norm looks or some other personality quirk. Heck, I got beat up for beig tall, skinny and uuncoordinated. Of course, I beat back, too so take that as you will. I teach my kids, “Never hit first but ALWAYS hit back”! 😀
on January 23rd, 2009 at 3:47 pm
There’s a Wynter in my daughter’s kindergarten class. You could add to the above all of the Christmas names, Holly, Ivy, Noel, Natalie, Nicholas…. There also a celeb named Season.
on January 23rd, 2009 at 6:25 pm
I must second Lola about the getting beat up on the playground thing. I’m probably a bit younger than many of the regular visitors to this site (17), and I can’t recall many of my peers being teased for having weird names. Heck, I live in New England, which is a pretty conservative area when it comes to baby naming, and my classmates Asia-Blue (girl), Colby (girl), Deholmys (okay, brother’s classmate) and Seymour were never once teased about their names. I doubt that anyone even gave them a second thought, actually, especially in elementary school. Besides me, the name nerd, of course. 😛
Anyway, I think January is probably the most usable as a first name out of these. It offers the familiar nickname Jan if January is too much for the girl to wear. Then again, Winter could be another way for parents to get the nickname Winnie if they don’t like Winifred. I don’t like Snow up front; it seems like you’re trying too hard, but it’s lovely as a middle name. I’ve never thought of North before, but it could work.
on January 23rd, 2009 at 8:08 pm
I love Snow for a middle name. I think it really complements a girly multi-syllable first name (the other readers Odessa Snow, for example).
on January 25th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
I love January
That baby is adorable!!
on January 25th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
“Getting beat up on the playground” is a common reason given for avoiding unusual names. Trouble is, the days of “normal names” are really behind us.
My kid’s friends and classmates already include Ronan, Ida, Kellon, Canyon, Mabel, Esme, Maeve, Marley (on a boy, after Bob Marley), Adrian (again, a boy) … the list goes on and on. Sure, we know kids called Emma and Hannah, too.
I doubt North would fare any worse than Aidan. Or Michael.
on January 25th, 2009 at 4:53 pm
I probably wouldn’t go as far as classifying January as a ‘winter name’ considering in half of the world January is in the middle of summer.
on January 25th, 2009 at 6:04 pm
You’re right! But then again, North doesn’t have the market cornered on winter, and Snow is not necessarily a component of the season either.
on January 30th, 2009 at 9:58 am
Nieves (Spanish for snow) and Neus (Catalan for snow, pronounced neh-oos) are fairly popular names for girls in Spain, with Neus of course more common in and around Barcelona.
on November 13th, 2009 at 8:42 pm
I’ve always loved the name Holiday.
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