Santa Claus, jingle bells, sparkling lights, surprise gifts, yummy food – Christmas is indeed the most magical time of the year. And it becomes even more wonderful when you have a bundle of joy on the way. Now that you’re having a holiday baby, how about picking a name that captures the spirit of the season?
Christmas provides a lot of baby names. You can either go the subtle way and pick a name inspired by carols, hymns, and special television shows and movies, or select names that scream the Yuletide season. To help you in the selection process, MomJunction compiled a list of Christmas baby names that feature both. Just keep scrolling!
Christmas Names For Girls:
If you want to bestow a Biblical or spiritual name on your daughter, Abigail could be considered. In the Old Testament, Abigail was the name of King David’s third wife. Abigail means ‘my father is joyful’.
Amaryllis is a beautiful flower associated with Christmas. This Greek moniker, meaning ‘to sparkle’ was first used as an appellation of pastoral beauties.
This adorable moniker is gender neutral but sounds better on girls. Alternatively, you can opt for Angela as well. Angela Lansbury is its popular namesake.
Angelina, the subtle variation of Angel and Angela, sounds festive without sounding over the top. It means ‘angel’ and who best than Angelina Jolie herself to be a namesake.
In the movie Santa Claus, Anya was Mrs. Claus’s first name. Anya is the exotic Russian variation of Anna and means ‘grace’.
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Audrey was the youngest Griswold daughter in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. It means ‘noble’.
This musical name was a huge rage at the turn of the last century, reaching the 275th spot in 1884. However, it has been lying unused since the year 1915. Bell means ‘ringer of the bell’.
In “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol”, the first holiday program for television, Belle was the name of the long lost love of Scrooge’s. Belle means ‘beautiful’ in French.
When you can have names like Clementine and Plum, why not Berry, the fruit found abundantly during Christmas? A noted Berry is photographer Berry Berenson.
Beth, as in Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born, would be quite a festive name. This sweet name is a diminutive of Elizabeth and means ‘pledged to God’.
The name Cady is associated with the French word ‘cadeaux’, which means ‘present’. Or you can consider it as a trendier alternative to Katie.
This sugary name is as sweet as a candy cane. Candy originated as a diminutive of Candace, which means ‘pure’.
During the holidays, the streets, churches, and houses are filled with the sweet chants of carols. So why not name your daughter after it? The prime representative of this name has to be Carol Burnett, the American actress. Carol means ‘manly’.
This Italian moniker meaning ‘light and clear’ has been borne by several Italian saints, including St. Chiara, who was late anglicized as St. Clare.
Derived from the word Christian, Christina was at the summit of popularity in the 1980s. It means ‘follower of Christ’.
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The name Christmas has been used for both boys and girls in the past, but sounds better on girls. This name translates to ‘the mass of the Christ’, which we celebrate every year on the 25th of December.
Cindy Lu is the character from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. It is mostly used as a diminutive of Lucinda or Cynthia.
This vintage name, meaning ‘bright’, always manages to make a place in the US top 200. In “The Nutcracker”, Clara is the name of the little girl.
Clarice is the name of the female reindeer who likes Rudolf just the way he is, even with the red nose. It means ‘bright or clear’.
The origin of this name does not lie in Christmas. But it’s during this season these yummy oranges are abundant. And admit it, it sounds much better than Satsuma. This name means ‘mild or merciful’.
December is a wearable name for both girls and boys, but it’s often seen listed in the christmas girls names. How would Dax sound as a nickname for December?
Eira is the feminine form of Aneirin, meaning ‘very snowy’. It refers to the blanket of snow on our roofs during Christmas.
Forget Emma for a while and pick Emmanuelle, the Old Testament Messiah name. This Hebrew name means ‘God is with us’.
One of the least common names in the list, Epifanio is a Hispanic name, meaning ‘bringing lights’. In the Catholic calendar, Epiphany, the season following Christmas, which makes it a potential Christmas name. Epiphany means ‘manifestation’.
This traditional Hebrew, Christmas inspired baby girl name has everything you want– simplicity, strength, biblical roots, and loads of power. Eve means ‘enlivening’.
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Ever since Nicole Kidman opted this name for her daughter, its popularity has been increased manifolds. Faith means ‘trust or belief’.
While Gabrielle is definitely Christmassy, Gabriella sounds fresh from the oven. It is strong, yet feminine and comes with loads of nickname options such as Ella or Gaby. Gabriella means ‘God is my strength’.
Ginger, as in Ginger Bread, one of the staple cookies during Christmas, means ‘pure’.
Gloria, taken from the word glory, features in several Christmas hymns and carols. It means ‘glory’.
This English name refers to the plant with red berries that people use to decorate their house during the holidays. Holly means ‘to prick’.
The word name Hope denotes the expectations of believers in the eternal life and resurrection.
The inspiration behind this name is “Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella” a beautiful Christmas carol. Jeanette means ‘God is gracious’.
This unique name meaning ‘dove’ is climbing its way up in the Social Security Administration list. In the Bible, Jemima was the name of Job’s eldest daughter.
Jovie is one of the modern Christmas girl elf names. It is taken from the Holiday movie “Elf”, in which Buddy falls in love with a girl name Jovie. Jovie means ‘jovial’.
A girl named Joy is sure to bring happiness to everyone around her. This christmas baby girl name is in steady use, especially in the middle. Or you can pick Gioia, the Italian version of Joy.
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Karen is the kind-hearted girl who returned Frosty to the North Pole to prevent him from melting. Her name means ‘pure’.
This Latin name, meaning ‘light or shiny’ conjures images of twinkling lights we see in and around our houses.
Marley, the name of the ghost in “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” is currently at the 209th spot for girls. It means ‘pleasant wood’.
How can we not mention the mommy who gave birth to the child whom we celebrate on Christmas? Mary means ‘rebellion’.
This cheerful Christmas girl name was given to hundreds of girls in 1950s by parents who found Mary too commonplace. We think it will work best in the middle spot or as a nickname. Merry means ‘Guardia of the sea’ in Welsh.
This spunky form of Marie belonged to Rudolf’s mother in “The Red Nosed Reindeer”. Mitzi means ‘rebellion’.
Natalia is a French name, meaning ‘Born at Christmas’. It cannot get apter.
At 14th spot, Natalie, meaning ‘birthday of the Lord’ is at its highest point ever. This name has been a favorite of the girls born during or on Christmas. One of the most conspicuous bearers of this name is Natalie Portman, the American actress.
This super trendy name is the Russian version of Natalie and means ‘born in Christmas’. The other famous Natashas are Natasha Bedingfiled – the singer and Natasha Richardson – the actress.
One of the first choices of a lot of mothers, Noel is a French term, meaning ‘Christmas’. This name brings to the sophisticated and witty playwright Noel Coward. Then there is “The First Noel” one of the most popular Christmas carols of all time.
Capture the essence of this bright and cheery season by naming your daughter Nora, which means ‘light’.
This name will forever be connected to the holidays, thanks to the movie “Olive, the Other Reindeer”. We think it’s a great option for parents who avoid overtly feminine names. Olive means ‘olive tree’.
The name Paloma, meaning ‘dove’ featured in the song, “12 Day of Christmas”.
We’re not talking about “FRIENDS” Rachel here. Rachel is also the name of the first wife of Jacob and Joseph’s mother. It means ‘ewe’.
Not only is this name unique, rhythmic, and beautiful, it also means ‘fiery’, which nods to the toast fire that we enjoy during the holiday season.
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Now that unconventional noun names and Disney princess names are gaining ground, how about picking Snow for your daughter? It’s white, one of the primary colors associated with Christmas, and comes down mainly during winters.
We all know that star is a Christmas symbol. So how about naming your daughter after this celestial object? You can snip the second ‘r’ if you want to keep it straightforward.
Mark your daughter’s arrival by naming her Stella, which means ‘star’. It will refer to the star of Bethlehem mentioned in the Christmas tales.
How about naming your daughter after the famous snowflake, Suzy? Suzie means ‘lily’.
This beautiful Swahili name, meaning ‘hope and faith’ commemorates the spiritual side of the season without being too blatant.
Tiffany derived from the medieval English name Theophania and means ‘appearing from God’ in Greek. The film and novel “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has made it even more popular. Tiffany means ‘epiphany’.
Apart from its connection to the Virgin Mary, Virginia also featured in the powerful newspaper editorial of 1897. Virginia means ‘chaste’.
Just like other noun or word names, Winter is also on the rise. Harlow Winter Kate, the American actress put this season name on the map. A spelling variation of this name is Wynter.
Zuzu is the name of Jimmy Stewart’s adorable daughter in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. A name with loads of pizzazz, Zuzu means ‘lily’.
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Christmas Baby Names For Boys:
This Biblical name, meaning ‘father of light’, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1880s. And it continues to move upwards the list.
This name references to the elves that work hard day and night to make Christmas presents for the little one. This Christmas boy elf name, Alfredo is the Spanish and Italian version of Alfred and means ‘elf counselor’.
In the Christmas special movie, “Meet Me in St. Louis”, Alonzo was the name of both brother and father in the Smith family. This Latinate name means ‘eager for war’.
Arthur was Mr. and Ms. Santa Claus’ son in the 3D Christmas special movie, “Arthur Christmas’. This name has begun returning to the nurseries of Britain and the United States after years of hiatus. Arthur means ‘noble or courageous’.
This moniker may sound a bit imposing, but it belonged to one of the kindest hearted character in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Augustus means ‘noble’.
Balthazar, also spelled as Balthasar, is the name of one of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to baby Jesus. Balthazar means ‘Baal protects the king’.
The religious ties of Caleb make it an appealing Holiday name. Caleb means ‘devotion to God’.
If you are a fan of the classic Christmas movie, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, you can consider the name Charlie for your son. It means ‘man’.
No other name can proclaim your faith more than this moniker. Your son will even get to share his name with Christian Bale, one of the most iconic actors of our generation. Christian means ‘follower of Christ’.
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St. Christopher, the patron saint of the travelers is believed to have carried baby Jesus across the river. It means ‘bearer of Christ’.
Clark is the name of the head of the dysfunctional Griswold family in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. Clark means ‘scribe or secretary’.
Both Claus, and its spelling variant Klaus would make a cool name for your son. It began as a nickname for the name Nicholas, which we believe, explains the name Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas). This name means ‘people’s victory’.
This name will honor Clement Moore, the writer of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”, who disclosed the names of the eight reindeer. The meaning of Clement is ‘mild or merciful’.
Comet is the name of one of Santa’s reindeer. This astronomical name is reckoned to gain extreme popularity in the coming years. It means ‘long haired’.
Cristobal is a unique, Christmas inspired name, meaning ‘bearer of Christ’.
Cecil Frances Alexander had written a poem, which inspired the classic carol, “Once in Royal David’s City”. David means ‘beloved’.
Ebenezer is the name of the biblical place that was set up by Samuel to commemorate his victory over the Philistines. It also featured in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as well. You can shorten the name to Eben to make it sound unique. Ebenezer means ‘stone of help’.
Elden is another name meaning ‘from the elves valley’. And it’s one of the least familiar names too!
This name, meaning ‘hot ashes’, exudes the fuzzy feels that makes Christmas our favorite holiday. Or you can use it as a short form for December.
Emmanuel, the biblical name given to Messiah, is a worthy contender for a xmas baby name. It means ‘God is with us’.
Felix means ‘happy’, which is what we associate Christmas with. The ‘x’ ending makes this name even more Christmas friendly.
Wondering what Forrest is doing on the list? It is taken from the traditional English carol “Down in Yon Forest”. Forest means ‘woodman or wood’.
Frank as in Frankincense, is one of the gifts Balthazar gave to Mother Mary on the birth of Jesus. This warm and friendly name means ‘free man or Frenchman’.
Fredrick or Fred Claus, is the older brother of Santa Claus. His name means ‘ruler’.
This cool name is perfect for a child born at this time of the year. It was earlier heard as a last name, but has now entered the scene as first. Frost means ‘white haired’.
Anyone who has read the Christmas story would know that Gabriel was the archangel who informed Mary that she was going to give birth to the Son of God. Gabriel means ‘God is my strength’.
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This variation of the name of the ‘wise man’ is less common that Casper. It means ‘treasurer’.
Another name tied to peace. Geoffrey is a European name, dating back to the Middle Ages. It means ‘peace’.
Mr. Jack Frost would be truly honored by your choice. This durable and cheery form of John means ‘God is gracious’.
“Christmas in Connecticut”, a vintage Christmas movie featured a charming hero named Jefferson. Jefferson means ‘son of Geoffrey’.
Jesus, the man Himself! In the Catholic countries, Jesus is a popular pick for baby boys. It is pronounced as ‘Hay-Zoos’ in Spanish and ‘Gee-zuhs’ in English language. Jesus means ‘God saves’.
In the Bible, Joseph was the carpenter whom God chose to father Jesus. This Hebrew moniker is famous in every English speaking country. It means ‘increase or addition’.
This name is best remembered for the animated musical show, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, which featured the Peanuts gang – Lucy, Linus, Violet, and Frieda. Linus means ‘flaxen haired’.
In the Old Testament, the Gospel of Luke gives the longest account of the nativity. It narrates the incidence when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary. This name means ‘light giving’.
If you want a name with religious connotations, pick Malachi, which refer to the angels in the nativity scene. Malachi means ‘messenger’.
Melchior was one of the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus. His name means ‘city of the king’.
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If you want an uncommon variant of Milo, pick the cool and confident name Miles. This name featured in the movie “Elf”. Miles means ‘soldier’.
The geographers out there would know that Natal is the name of the place that Vasco de Gama spotted on the Christmas day. This Spanish name means ‘birthday’.
Some of you may not know, but the real name of Santa Claus is St. Nicholas and he’s the patron saint of children. Nicholas means ‘people’s victory’.
This cool, ‘x’ ending name meaning ‘peaceful’ perfectly describes the merry time of this year. Its spelling variation is Paix.
Most of you would recognize this name from the cult movie “A Christmas Story”. This nickname for Ralph, meaning ‘wolf-counsel’ is on the verge of a comeback.
Rudolf, the name of the Santa’s most favorite reindeer, is one of those vintage names that might be back anytime soon. Rudolf means ‘fame or wolf’. For the nickname, you can pick Rudy.
Snowden is an English name, meaning ‘from the snowy hill’.
Tannenbaum, the German word for ‘pine’ also features in the carol, ‘O Tannenbaum’. But to give it a modern touch, you can shorten it to Tannen or Tannon. This name means ‘fir tree’.
The best-known reference of this name would be the loyal disciple of St. Paul, who was executed for denying worshiping Goddess Diana. It was further immortalized in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Timothy means ‘honoring God’.
The association of this Middle English name with Christmas comes from the practice of calling carolers Waits as the tradition began with a group of watchmen singing tunes. Waite means ‘guard’.
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If Slavic or traditional names tickle your fancy, Wenceslas could be the one for you. Wenceslas is the name of the good king who attended the feast of Stephen. It means ‘greater glory’.
A name fit for a future pop star. The origin of the name Yule stems back to Old English and means ‘winter solstice’.
Would you consider any of these Christmas inspired baby names? Did we miss your favorite seasonal name? Let us know by commenting below!
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