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50 Christmas and Winter Baby Names

Marianne is a British writer and researcher who has always been fascinated by names and where they come from.

Whether you're seeking a name that means "Christmas," like Noelle, or a name that invokes the winter season, find 50 options here.

Whether you're seeking a name that means "Christmas," like Noelle, or a name that invokes the winter season, find 50 options here.

Winter and Christmas-Themed Name Ideas

Christmas is a special time of year. If your baby is born during the cold season of goodwill and cheer, consider giving them a name that suits the season.

This article includes names in the following categories:

  • Baby names that mean "Christmas"
  • Angelic names for babies
  • Winter nature-inspired names
  • Character names from Christmastime and winter
  • Christmas spirit names
  • Starry baby name ideas

Baby Names That Mean "Christmas"

Try one of these names if you love the holiday season or if you give birth around Christmas.

Natalie/Natalia

Natalie is a beautiful name that means "Christmas Day" or "born at Christmas."

Natasha

A beautiful Russian version of Natalie, which also means "Christmas."

Noel

The French word for "Christmas." Noel is a popular traditional name for baby boys.

Noelle

Feminine version of Noel, which is also the French word for "Christmas."

Angelic Names for Babies

There are many beautiful names with "angel" as a root. My favourites are Angela or Angelica for a girl, or Angelos for a boy.

Gabriel

Gabriel was the name of the messenger who announced the birth of Jesus. A popular name for baby boys.

Gabriella/Gabrielle

Feminine version of Gabrielle.

Malachy/Malachi

Malachi was the name of a messenger in the bible who foretold the coming of Jesus.

Evangelos

A rarely used Greek boy's name meaning "messenger bringing good news."

Celebrate the season with names like Juniper and Holly.

Celebrate the season with names like Juniper and Holly.

Winter Nature-Inspired Names

If your child is born during winter (or if winter is your favourite season), a nature name that invokes the flora and fauna of the season may be a good fit.

Amaryllis

This pretty red flower is associated with Christmas time and makes a lovely, unusual name for girls.

Holly

One of the plants most associated with Christmas, Holly was most popular as a name for baby girls in the 1970s and 1980s, but it's still cute today.

Ivy

Of course you can't think of Holly without also thinking of Ivy. The name Ivy has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Juniper

The juniper tree is associated with Christmas time; indeed, junipers can make good Christmas trees. Juniper entered the top 1000 names for baby girls in the United States for the very first time in 2011, and it has steadily grown in popularity since then.

Robin

A unisex name that is associated with the red-breasted bird. Traditionally a male name, but it was very popular for girls in the 1960s.

Clementine

A pretty name for girls born in the winter, after the lovely fruit.

These names are associated with famous seasonal characters, like Mary and Rudolph.

These names are associated with famous seasonal characters, like Mary and Rudolph.

Character Names From Christmastime and Winter

This list includes the names of famous religious figures related to Christmas, like the magi, as well as secular wintertime figures like Rudolph.

Balthasar

The name given to one of the three wise men or magi who visited Jesus at birth. This is a popular name in Iceland. This means "Bel protect the King."

Emmanuel

A lovely biblical name used for the messiah. Immanuel is an alternative spelling.

Jasper

The name of one of the other three wise men, which comes from the Persian for "treasurer." Alternative spellings are:

  • Casper
  • Gasper
  • Kasper

Jesus

Jesus is, of course, a central Christmas figure. This baby boy name is most commonly used in Spanish communities who pronounce it more like hay-SOOS.

Joseph

The biblical name Joseph is associated with Christmas as Joseph was Mary's father. Joseph means "God shall increase."

Mary

The name of Jesus's mother, Mary is the most popular girl's name ever. It was the number 1 most popular girl's name in the USA until 1946. In recent years, as parents try to find more unique names for their children, it has slipped in popularity, but it is a good choice for a Christmas baby girl.

Melchior

The third name of a wise man, which means "King of light." A rare name for boys.

Nicholas

This name comes from the Greek, meaning "victory of the people." The most famous Nicholas is none other than Saint Nicholas, aka Santa Claus.

If you aren't sure about Nicholas, you might like some of its variants:

  • Nicole (female)
  • Nicola (usually for girls in English-speaking countries, but it's a male Italian name)
  • Nico/Niko (male)
  • Claus/Klaus (male)
  • Colin (male)
  • Kay (unisex)

Lucia

Lucia is a pretty name meaning "light." The 13 December is Saint Lucia's Day, a popular celebration in Scandinavia which is marked with a candlelit procession. Lucy is a popular alternative version.

Rudolph

A Germanic name meaning "famous wolf." Rudolph is associated with Christmas since the creation of the 1939 song about the red-nosed reindeer.

Wenceslas

A Slavic name meaning "more glory." This name is rarely used in the English-speaking world, but everyone knows the Christmas song with "Good King Wenceslas looking out on the feast of Stephen."

From Joy to Merry, these names express the spirit of the season.

From Joy to Merry, these names express the spirit of the season.

Christmas Spirit Names

Invoke the holiday spirit with one of these lovely names. Several of these are also what are known as virtue names, like Joy and Faith.

Gloria

A popular name for girls born in the 1920s to 1950s, Gloria is a good choice for parents who want to celebrate the Christmas season without being too obvious.

Joy

Christmas time should be fully of Joy, so this is a fitting name for baby girls born in this season.

Merry

We wish you a Merry Christmas! Merry was in the top 1000 baby girls names in the 1950s, but it's now rarely used.

Hope

Christmas and the new year are a time for hope for the future.

Faith

If you are religious, Christmas is about faith. This is a popular girls' name, although it peaked in the USA in 2002.

Felix

This popular baby boy's name is perfect for babies born in the Christmas season as it comes from the Latin for "happiness."

Starry Baby Name Ideas

The Star of Bethlehem and the star atop the Christmas tree are common symbols of the season. Try one of these names that translates to "star."

Astra

A rarely used name for girls from the Greek word for "star."

Estella/Estelle

These were originally French names which are based on the Latin for "star."

Seren

A pretty Welsh girls name that translates to "star." This name is fairly popular in England and Wales.

Star/Starr

If you want a name that means "star," a straightforward option is to name your baby Star.

Stella

This girls' name is the Latin for "star." It has risen in popularity over the last few years, entering the top 50 in the USA in 2016.

Comments

Liz Westwood from UK on December 14, 2018:

In the UK Holly is a popular name in December. I have noticed several Jesus names when visiting Spain.