Year-Round Christmas Names: Jasper, Jesse and Joy
(#12—there were 13,834 Baby Matthews born in 2012, most of them not Christmas babies). The story of the birth of Jesus is told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, with Matthew's including the story of the Christmas Star and the Visitation of the Magi. Matthew has been a Top 10 name since 1972, becoming the second most popular boys’ name in 1995. It’s now attached to several silver-screen heartthrobs.
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on December 20th, 2013 at 3:45 am
Yay… Sinterklaas.. Peter is a name closely related to the Dutch tradition.
on December 20th, 2013 at 9:49 am
I love Gioia but I worry about pronunciation here.
on December 20th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
I love the name Joy even though people seem to think it’s “old”. I love Gioia too but it could be confusing around here.
I’ve known plenty of Natalies in my day and none of them were actually “born in December” like the meaning says. I think it’s a name like Valentina or April. Strictly in one month–but that’s just me.
Matthew is one of my favorite traditional names but I’m in love with Matteo. So I’d use Matteo.
Jesse was the first name of my favorite teacher. He was a “gift” to my life as well!
Christopher was always a Christmas name to me because my grandpa Christopher was born on Christmas. Christopher probably has nothing to do with Christmas haha.
I knew a girl whose sister’s name is Maris but I like Marisa/Marissa better.
I detest Stella and Ivy. Idk why.
I like Luca better than Luke.
on December 20th, 2013 at 3:38 pm
I personally think that any Christ- beginning name (Christopher, Christian, Christina, etc.) could be associated with December/Christmas time.
on December 20th, 2013 at 6:02 pm
I love Joy as a name regardless of the time of year. I read Gioia as Gloria first. While I can’t speak for other Christian denominations, “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (Latin for Glory to God in the Highest) is a common Christmas hymn in the Catholic church.
on December 21st, 2013 at 12:53 am
I totally forgot Marley was from a Christmas Carol!
I keep thinking of Bob or the dog.
on December 21st, 2013 at 4:13 am
Love this 🙂
on December 21st, 2013 at 4:58 am
Nice names 🙂 Some of my favourite Christmas names are Noelle (for a girl), Maria, Gabriel, Donna (like Donner the reindeer), and Dash, Blitzen and Comet or Cupid would be a cool sibset haha!
on December 21st, 2013 at 4:55 pm
I Love the name Jesse as a Christmas name! I have a cousin Jesse who’s name was inspired by the Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree has always been a huge part of our family Christmas for the kids. I also remember how our second grade class had a part in the Christmas play portraying the Jesse Tree! I also love Natalie and Noelle’s association with Christmas! They are so beautiful and remind me of the Christmas Star when I hear them.
on December 22nd, 2013 at 7:33 am
I like Jasper, Stella, Matthew, and Ivy… I’d add…
Eben- Ebenezer Scrooge
George- George Bailey
Bailey- George Bailey
Clarence- The angel
Timothy- Tiny Tim
Robert- (Bob) Tiny Tim’s father
Charles- Charles Dickens
Nova- a kind of star
Bethlehem- this could be a cool middle name
Aubrey- “elf ruler”
Avery- “elf counsel”
Alfred- “elf counsel”
Alvin- “elf friend”
Myrrh- this could be a cool mn
Oliver- “elf army”
Olivia/ Alivia- “elf army”
Berger (and maybe Barker)- “shepherd”
MacGregor- “son of a shepherd”
Pan- god of shepherds and flocks
Orianna/ Oriana- “golden”
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