Winter Baby Names
Meaning:"God protects the king"
Description:Balthasar was one of the biblical Three Kings who visited the infant Jesus, also used by Shakespeare and in the oil-rich Getty family; offbeat and intriguing. Balthazar is another, equally appropriate spelling.
Description:Sure, he'd probably get a certain amount of red-nosed teasing around the holiday, but a boy named Rudolph could probably take it. Besides, he's got other, more distinguished namesakes -- the great ballet dancer Nureyev, silent screen Lothario Valentino and 9-11 Mayor Giuliani.
Description:Olwen is a Welsh favorite, the name of a legendary princess in what is believed to have been the earliest Arthurian romance, and in fact one of the first recorded examples of Welsh prose.
Origin:Greek mythological name
Description:Demeter, the Greek goddess of grain, agriculture, and the harvest, growth and nourishment, was Zeus's sister and Persephone's mother. Variation Demetria is the full name of actress Demi Moore. Though familiar, Demeter is not one of the Greek goddess namesthat's finding widespread modern favor.
Origin:English word name
Description:Cooler than April, May, or June, but also a tad icy.
Origin:Variation of Amy
Description:Amy was a 1970s favorite, and French spelling Aimee peaked in the same decade.
Description:Turquoise is similar in hue to Aqua, which is one of the cool new color names on the palette. Other blue-hued options: Cerulean, Cyan, Indigo, or Blue itself.
Description:If you discount the connection to the controversial Whittaker Chambers in the days of the Red Scare, Whittaker is a pleasant enough British surname with the preppyish nickname Whit.
Description:This ethereal Welsh word name has a sound as pretty and delicate as its floral namesake.
Meaning:"beautiful snow / beautiful happiness"
Description:The meaning of this sweet Japanese name varies depending on the combination of kanji used, but the first element mi means “beautiful”.
Description:North's image and gender status was irrevocably changed when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced it as the name of their newborn daughter. But why not? West is firmly established as a name, Easton is coming up strong, and North has a nice solid sound as well -- certainly as appropriate for either gender. South, though, not so much.
Description:How often do you see a name from Madagascar that is so wearable in English? Kendry has a great meaning to boot and is possibly a great name for a Christmas baby. What's not to love?
Origin:English word name
Description:Free and fun name if you don't want to be pinned down to Noelle, Pasqua, or Valentine.
Description:Finola, the readily accessible version of some of the more problematic Gaelic versions of the name, would make a welcome addition to the stockpot of Irish girls' names.
Origin:Spanish variation of Casper
Description:The name of one of the Three Wise Men from the East is heard in several European countries, but rarely here.
Description:Khione was the name of several minor figures in Greek mythology, of which the most notable is the nymph who Hermes turned into a snow cloud. Khione works as both a high-brow mythological name and a Kardashian-trendy K name.
Origin:French form of Alban
Description:More appealing than the English version, Aubin might be seen as a fresher and more decidedly masculine twist on Aubrey. This handsome discovery is now ranked at Number 311 in its native France.
Meaning:"white haired or blond"
Description:Kenyon is a very engaging British surname name, the middle y giving it a kind of southwestern canyonesque undertone.
Origin:Jewel name, from the French
Description:One of the jewel names in use a hundred years ago, due for revival along with sisters Ruby and Pearl.
Description:For years there was only one Cher, and then along came the charming heroine of the movie "Clueless." The world now officially has enough Chers in it.