Marianne is a British writer and researcher who has always been fascinated by names and where they come from.
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 baby names
- Winter nature-inspired names
- Christmas and winter character names
- Christmas spirit names
- Starry baby names
Baby Names That Mean Christmas
Natalie is a beautiful name that means Christmas day or born at Christmas.
A beautiful Russian version of Natalie, which also means Christmas.
The French word for Christmas. Noel is a popular traditional name for baby boys.
Feminine version of Noel, which is also the French word for Christmas.
Angelic Baby Names
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 was the name of the messenger who announced the birth of Jesus. A popular name for baby boys.
Feminine version of Gabrielle.
Malachi was the name of a messenger in the bible who foretold the coming of Jesus.
A rarely used Greek boy's name meaning messenger bringing good news.
Winter Nature-Inspired Baby Names
This pretty red flower is associated with Christmas time and makes a lovely unusual name for girls.
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One of the plants most associated with Christmas, Holly was most popular as a name for baby girls in the 1970s and 1980s, but is still cute.
Of course you can't think of Holly without also thinking of Ivy, Ivy has become increasingly popular in recent years.
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 has steadily grown in popularity since then.
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.
A pretty name for girl's born in the winter, after the lovely fruit.
Christmas and Winter Characters
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".
A lovely biblical name used for the messiah. Immanuel is an alternative spelling.
The name of one of the other three wise men, which comes from the Persian for treasurer. Alternative spellings are:
Jesus is, of course, a central Christmas figure. This baby boy name is most commonly used in Spanish communities who pronounce it more like Hee-sus.
The biblical name Joseph is associated with Christmas as Joseph was Mary's father. Joseph means God shall increase.
The name of Jesus's mother, Mary is the most popular girl's name ever. It was 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.
The third name of a wise man, which means King of light. A rare name for boys.
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 male Italian name)
- Nico/Niko (male)
- Claus/Klaus (male)
- Colin (male)
- Kay (unisex)
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.
A Germanic name meaning famous wolf. Rudolph is associated with Christmas since the creation of the 1939 song about the red nosed reindeer.
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."
Christmas Spirit Baby Names
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.
Christmas time should be fully of Joy, so this is a fitting name for baby girls born in this season.
We wish you a Merry Christmas! Merry was in the top 1000 baby girls names in the 1950s, but is now rarely used.
Christmas and the new year are a time for hope for the future.
If you are religious, Christmas is about faith. This is a popular girls name, although it peaked in the USA in 2002.
This popular baby boy's name is perfect for baby's born in the Christmas season as it comes from the Latin for happiness.
Starry Baby Names
A rarely used name for girls from the Greek word for star.
These were originally French names which are based on the Latin for star.
A pretty Welsh girls name that translates to star. This name in fairly popular in England and Wales.
If you want a name that means star, a straightforward option is to name your baby Star.
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.
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.