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100 Creative Christmas Baby Names

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Get into the spirit of the season with cute Christmas names for babies to light up the holidays.

Christmas is hands-down the most magical time of the year. Whether you love this time of year or welcoming a new baby over the December holidays, it’s hard to resist these gorgeous Christmas names for your baby on the way. There are too many beautiful Christmas names to choose from for your merry baby boy or girl.

Our fun list has everything you’re looking for, from traditional Christmas baby names to modern monikers from famous holiday movies. With the history, meaning, and popularity stats at your fingertips, you’ll make the best decision for Christmas baby names to remember.


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100 Popular Christmas Baby Names

Find the perfect Christmas names for your holiday baby just in time for Santa’s arrival.

Abner

Abner was a biblical figure in the New Testament as the commander of Saul’s army. It became popular among Puritans and stayed common until the 1930s, when it fell out of favor.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Father of light
  • Pronunciation: AEB-Nahr
  • Variations: Abnar
  • Namesakes: Abner Coburn, the 30th Governor of Maine from 1863 to 1864. Abner Cotto, a Puerto Rican boxer and silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games.
  • Popularity: Abner is rare worldwide, mostly used in the Philippines, and ranked 301st in Israel in 2014.
Ancient, Unusual

Alba

Alba is based on the Latin “albus,” meaning “white.” It also refers to a “sunrise” or a “blond person.” Alba is the Gaelic name for Scotland and is a fair representation of the white snow of December.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: White
  • Pronunciation: AAL-Baa
  • Variations: Albah
  • Namesakes: Alba Bellugi, a French actress appearing in The Intouchables (2011). Alba Milana, an Italian runner who competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Alba ranked 1,519th worldwide and is mainly used in Colombia, where it ranked 30th in 2014.
Unique, Pretty

Alfredo

Alfredo also means “wise counsel.” The Italian pasta dish Fettucini Alfredo is also referred to as “Christmas Fettuccine,” so it’s got holiday food traditions all on its own.

  • Origin: Spanish, Italian
  • Meaning: Elf counsel
  • Pronunciation: Ahl-FREH-dow
  • Variations: Alfred
  • Namesakes: Alfredo Palacio, the President of Ecuador from 2005 to 2007. Alfredo Stephens, a Panamanian footballer for the national football team.
  • Popularity: Alfredo ranked 336th worldwide, is primarily used in Mexico and ranked 30th in the Philippines in 2014.
Popular, Cute

Amaryllis

Amaryllis derives from the Greek “amarýssō,” meaning “sparkle” and “shine.” The Amaryllis flower is traditionally given at Christmas because of its bright colors and ability to grow in winter months.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Christmas flower
  • Pronunciation: Ah-maa-RIHL-ahs
  • Variations: Amarillis
  • Namesakes: Amaryllis Tremblay, a Canadian actress and winner of a Gémeaux Award for Six degrés. Amaryllis Fleming, a British cello performer, and winner of the Queen’s Prize in 1952.
  • Popularity: Amaryllis is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Feminine, Ancient

Angel

In the Bible, angel means “messenger from God.” It’s based on the Latin Angelus, the angelic messengers who brought the original message of Christmas with them.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Messenger
  • Pronunciation: EYN-Jhahl
  • Variations: Angell
  • Namesakes: Angel Medina, an American comic book artist with Marvel Comics. Angel Stoyanov, a Bulgarian boxer who competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Angel ranked 203rd worldwide, is mainly used in Mexico and ranked 9th in Ecuador in 2014.
Strong, Popular

Angelo

Angelo comes from the Greek “angelos,” meaning “messenger of God.” It also means “bringing good tidings,” which is the primary point of a Christmas angel.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Messenger
  • Pronunciation: AEN-Jheh-low
  • Variations: Angel
  • Namesakes: Angelo Loukakis, an Australian author of the novel Messenger, The Memory of Tides. Angelo Cataldi, an American sports radio personality for 94 WIP-FM in Philadelphia.
  • Popularity: Angelo ranked 769th worldwide and is primarily used in Italy, ranking 19th in 2014.
Masculine, Traditional

Avery

Avery originally meant “wise leader of elves” in Old English. Avery grew from the male name Alfred in the 16th-century in time for the elves in Santa’s workshop.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ruler of elves
  • Pronunciation: EY-vah-Riy
  • Variations: Averey, Averi
  • Namesakes: Avery Warley-Talbert, an American basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury. Avery Brooks, an American actor known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Popularity: Avery is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 19th for girls and 210th for boys in 2021.
Cute, Unique

Balthazar

Balthazar originally meant “Baal protects the King.” It’s best known for belonging to one of the three wise men of the Orient, also called the Magi. Balthazar gave the gift of myrrh to Jesus, which foreshadowed his death on the cross.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: God protects the king
  • Pronunciation: BAEL-thaa-Zaar
  • Variations: Balthazaar
  • Namesakes: Balthazar Getty, an American actor appearing in Lord of the Flies (1990). Balthazar Vorster, the prime minister of South Africa from 1966 to 1978.
  • Popularity: Balthazar is rare worldwide and mainly used in Burundi, ranking 342nd in 2014.
Ancient, Strong

Belle

Belle was often a nickname used for female names like Isabelle or Annabelle. As a stand-alone name, it re-emerged in the U.S. top 1,000 in 2016. Belle is the heroine in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a Christmas-viewing favorite.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Pronunciation: BEHL
  • Variations: Bell
  • Namesakes: Belle Benchley, the American director of the San Diego Zoo from 1927 to 1953. Belle Baker, an American singer who performed in the Ziegfeld Follies.
  • Popularity: Belle is rare worldwide, primarily used in the Congo, and ranked 1,047th for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Pretty, Traditional

Benedict

Benedict comes from the Latin Benedictus, meaning “blessed.” It’s the name of St. Benedict and many popes, which makes it quite Christmas-themed.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Pronunciation: BEHN-eh-Dihkt
  • Variations: Bennedict, Bennedikt
  • Namesakes: Benedict Cumberbatch, an English actor known for the BBC series Sherlock (2010 to 2017). Benedict Wells, a German-Swiss novelist awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016.
  • Popularity: Benedict is rare worldwide, mostly used in Ghana, and ranked 1,912nd for boys in the U.S. in 2022.
Formal, Traditional
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Bennett

Bennett originated as the Latin Benedictus, meaning “blessed.” It stems from a 13th-century surname meaning “descendant of Benedict.” Benedict is one of those Christmas names representing good holiday tidings.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Blessed
  • Pronunciation: BEHN-eht
  • Variations: Bennet, Benett
  • Namesakes: Bennett Jackson, an American football player for the New York Giants. Bennett Cerf, an American co-founder of the publishing firm Random House.
  • Popularity: Bennett is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., ranking 90th for boys in 2021.
Formal, Traditional

Berry

In Irish, Berry is a surname meaning “at the Bury.” The holly tree’s berries are a traditional Christmas symbol, representing Christ’s crown of thorns and his blood.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Small fruit
  • Pronunciation: BEH-Riy
  • Variations: Berrie, Bery
  • Namesakes: Berry Johnston, an American poker player and the 1986 World Champion. Berry Sakharof, an Israeli rock guitarist, called “the prince of Israeli rock.”
  • Popularity: Berry is rare worldwide, primarily used in the U.S., and ranked 462nd in the Netherlands in 2014.
Cute, Unusual

Bethany

Bethany was originally the biblical place name called Beth te’ena in Hebrew, meaning “house of figs.” It was also the home of Lazarus, whom Christ raised from the dead.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: House of figs
  • Pronunciation: BEH-thah-Niy
  • Variations: Bethane, Bethanny
  • Namesakes: Bethany Firth, a Northern Irish swimmer and a six-time Paralympic gold medalist. Bethany Kehdy, a Lebanese-American cookbook author of Middle Eastern cuisines.
  • Popularity: Bethany is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 843rd for girls in 2022.
Formal, Feminine

Blixen

Blixen comes from the Dutch “bliksem,” meaning “lightning.” Blixen is most famous as one of Santa’s trusted reindeer when it’s one of the more funny Christmas boy names around.

  • Origin: English, Dutch
  • Meaning: Lightning
  • Pronunciation: BLICK-sen
  • Variations: Blitzen
  • Popularity: Blixen is extremely rare worldwide and was used nine times in 2014, mainly in Kenya.
Rare, Unusual

Cady

Cady is based on the French “cadeaux,” meaning “gift.” It’s also a nickname for Catherine or Cadence. When an Irish surname, Cady means “simple happiness,” which sums up the holidays well.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Gift
  • Pronunciation: KEY-Diy
  • Variations: Cadi, Cadie
  • Namesakes: Catherine “Cady” Coleman, an American NASA astronaut for two Space Shuttle missions. Cady Huffman, an American actress, who appeared in The Producers in 2001.
  • Popularity: Cady is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Unique, Informal

Candy

Candy is also a nickname for Candace, meaning “bright.” In the 17th-century, the candy cane came into existence as a shepherd’s hook.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Sweet
  • Pronunciation: KAEN-Diy
  • Variations: Candie
  • Namesakes: Candy Crowley, an American news anchor for CNN. Candy Devine (born Guivarra), an Australian broadcaster on Downtown Radio in Northern Ireland.
  • Popularity: Candy is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 840th in 2014.
Informal, Pretty

Carol

Carol comes from the French “carole,” meaning “a circle dance.” It was the place where the winter solstice festival took place. Nowadays, a Christmas carol is a wonderful way to bring in the season.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Pronunciation: KEHR-ahl
  • Variations: Carrol, Carole
  • Namesakes: Carol Burnett, an American actress and host of The Carol Burnett Show. Carol Thatcher, an English journalist and the daughter of Margaret Thatcher.
  • Popularity: Carol ranked 342nd worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., where it’s slightly uncommon in 2022.
Traditional, Ancient

Charlie

Charlie also comes from the Germanic “kerle,” meaning “warrior.” It’s usually used as a nickname for Charles. Charlie is a cool representation of the title character of a Charlie Brown Christmas special.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Pronunciation: CHAAR-Liy
  • Variations: Charley
  • Namesakes: Charles Schulz, an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts. Charles Daniels, an American singer, best known for the #1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
  • Popularity: Charlie is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 93rd for boys in 2021.
Informal, Cute

Chiara

Chiara also means “clear” and “famous” and is the Italian form of Clara. As a Christmas-related name, it means “daughter of the light,” which is perfect for the winter solstice.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Light
  • Pronunciation: Kiy-AAR-ah
  • Variations: Chiarah, Chiarra
  • Namesakes: Chiara Simionato, an Italian speed skater who competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Chiara Caselli, an Italian actress and winner of the Nastro d’Argento for Best Actress in 1994.
  • Popularity: Chiara is rare worldwide and mostly used in Italy, ranking 96th in 2014.
Pretty, Uncommon

Christian

Christian is based on the Latin Christianus, indicating “a Christian.” It also means “anointed one” and “follower of Christ,” which keeps the true meaning of Christmas alive.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: A Christian
  • Pronunciation: KRIHS-Chahn
  • Variations: Cristian
  • Namesakes: Christian Dior, the French founder of Christian Dior SE. Christian Ehrhoff, a German ice hockey player and silver medalist at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • Popularity: Christian ranked 153rd worldwide, is mainly used in France and ranked 11th in Austria and Switzerland in 2014.
Traditional, Masculine
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Christina

Christina comes from the Old English “christen,” meaning “Christian.” It also means “to anoint” in Greek. It’s a modern form of the Latin Christiana and can be shortened to Chris or Tina.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ
  • Pronunciation: Krihs-TIYN-ah
  • Variations: Cristina
  • Namesakes: Christina Tosi, the American founder of Milk Bar. Christina Jordan, a Malaysian-British Member of the European Parliament from 2019 to 2020.
  • Popularity: Christina ranked 413th worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 719th for girls in 2022.
Traditional, Popular

Christmas

Christmas originally appeared as the Old English “Cristes-messe,” meaning “Christ’s Mass.” It was a name for babies born on Christmas Day and was popular through the mid-19th-century.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Christ’s mass
  • Pronunciation: KRIHST-Maas
  • Namesakes: Christmas Evans, a Welsh nonconformist minister called “the greatest preacher…in Great Britain.” Earle Christmas Page, the 11th Prime Minister of Australia, in 1939.
  • Popularity: Christmas is very rare worldwide and mostly used in Zimbabwe.
Unique, Uncommon

Christopher

Christopher first appeared as the Latin Christopherus, meaning “bearing Christ.” It was a name given to Christians and is still one of the most popular Christmas baby names on the list.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Bearing Christ
  • Pronunciation: KRIHS-taa-Fer
  • Variations: Christoffer, Cristopher
  • Namesakes: Christopher Nolan, a British-American filmmaker and winner of 11 Academy Awards. Christopher Lee, an English actor, best known as Count Dracula in Hammer Horror films.
  • Popularity: Christopher ranked 163rd worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., ranking 74th for boys in 2022.
Traditional, Popular

Cindy

Cindy is a diminutive of Cynthia or Lucinda. It originally meant “Mount Kynthos.” In ancient Greece, Cynthia was the first name of the goddess Artemis. Cindy Lou Hou was the adorable little girl in the classic holiday story – How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Light
  • Pronunciation: SIHN-Diy
  • Variations: Cindi, Cyndi
  • Namesakes: Cindy Crawford, an American model and one of the most popular supermodels during the 1980s and 1990s. Cindy Wilson, an American musician and member of the B-52’s.
  • Popularity: Cindy ranked 1,003rd worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,329th for girls in 2018.
Cute, Informal

Clara

Clara comes from the Latin “clarus,” meaning “bright” or “famous.” It ranked in the top 10 girl names until the end of the 1880s. Clara peaked with the popularity of actress Clara Bow and beautifully represents the spiritual light that Christmas brings.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Light
  • Pronunciation: KLAE-rah
  • Variations: Clare
  • Namesakes: Clara Alm, a Swedish footballer for Mallbackens IF. Clara Luper, an African-American civic leader and part of the 1958 Oklahoma City sit-in movement.
  • Popularity: Clara ranked 730th worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., ranking 72nd for girls in 2022.
Pretty, Popular

Claus

Claus means “victory of the people” in German. It’s one of the nicknames for Nicholas. Though it sounds fun, it’s illegal to name a baby Santa Claus in the U.S., but Claus is OK!

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Victory
  • Pronunciation: KLAUWS
  • Variations: Klaus, Clas
  • Namesakes: Claus von Bülow, a Danish-British socialite accused of the death of his wife Sunny von Bülow in 1982. Claus Toksvig, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s first permanent foreign correspondent.
  • Popularity: Claus is rare worldwide, mainly used in Germany, and ranked 34th in Denmark in 2014.
Strong, Unique

Clementine

Clementine is the female version of the Latin Clément. It also means “gentle” or “mild.” Clementines were a traditional Christmas stocking stuffer that represented generosity and joy.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Merciful
  • Pronunciation: Kleh-mehn-TAYN
  • Variations: Clementyn, Clementyne
  • Namesakes: Clementine Ford, an Australian feminist writer with a column for Daily Life. Clementine Ford, an American actress on Showtime’s The L Word.
  • Popularity: Clementine is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in DR Congo, and ranked 496th for girls in the U.S. in 2022.
Formal, Feminine

Comet

Comet originally referred to the shooting balls of light across the sky. Their tails were called a “head with long hair” by the Greeks. In the world of Christmas, Comet is also known as one of Santa’s strongest reindeer.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Head with long hair
  • Pronunciation: KAH-met
  • Popularity: Comet is extremely rare worldwide and mostly used in South Africa.
Unusual, Rare

December

December originated with the Latin “decem,” meaning “ten.” December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar. It’s a perfect pick among Christmas girl names for your December baby.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Tenth month
  • Pronunciation: Diy-SEHM-ber
  • Variations: Decymber
  • Popularity: December is rare worldwide and mainly used in South Africa, where it ranked 1,449th in 2014.
Ancient, Unusual

Dickens

Dickens began as a surname meaning “son of Richard.” You may love its association with Charles Dickens, the famous English writer of A Christmas Carol. Dickens is super rare globally but may make the ideal middle name for a baby born around the holidays.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Beloved King
  • Pronunciation: DIHK-Ahnz
  • Popularity: Dickens is rare worldwide and primarily used in Uganda, ranking 490th in 2014.
Formal, Unique
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Dorothy

Dorothy comes from the Greek Dōrothéa, meaning “God’s Gift.” Dorothy is a clever yet classic way to infuse your little girl with the spirit of Christmas.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Pronunciation: DAOER-ah-Thiy
  • Variations: Dorathy
  • Namesakes: Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, an American astronaut and the first Space Camp alumna to become an astronaut. Dorothy Hamill, an American figure skater, and the 1976 World champion.
  • Popularity: Dorothy ranked 553rd worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 483rd for girls in 2021.
Traditional, Popular

Dove

Dove comes from the Old English “douve,” and is a beautiful white bird synonymous with Christmas. It’s also a symbol for peace,” used as a nickname for a gentle person like your little one.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dove (bird)
  • Pronunciation: DUV
  • Variations: Dov
  • Namesakes: Dove-Myer Robinson, Mayor of Auckland City from 1959 to 1965 and 1968 to 1980. Dove Cameron (born Chloe Hosterman), an American actress appearing in the Disney Channel comedy series Liv and Maddie.
  • Popularity: Dove is very rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S.
Uncommon, Unique

Ebenezer

Ebenezer was the name of a stone set up by Samuel in the Bible. The Puritans were fans of the name, so it stayed popular through the 1880s. The flawed but lovable Ebenezer Scrooge is the Xmas link here in A Christmas Carol.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Stone of help
  • Pronunciation: Eh-bah-NIY-Zahr
  • Variations: Ebenezar
  • Namesakes: Ebenezer Ayeh, a member of the first parliament of the second Republic of Ghana. Ebenezer Hagan, a Ghanaian footballer for Sekondi Hasaacas F.C.
  • Popularity: Ebenezer is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in Ghana, ranking 22nd in 2014.
Traditional, Unusual

Eira

Eira is the Norse goddess of childbirth, Eir. It also means “earth” in Sanskrit and “snow” in Welsh for the magical time of year that brings us Christmas.

  • Origin: Welsh, Finnish
  • Meaning: Snow
  • Pronunciation: AY-Raa
  • Variations: Eir
  • Namesakes: Eira Stenberg, a Finnish playwright and recipient of the Eino Leino Prize in 2007. Eira Lydiard, a Finnish gymnast who competed at the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Eira is rare worldwide and mostly used in Finland, where it ranked 277th in 2014.
Pretty, Unique

Elden

Elden originally meant “Ella’s hill” in Old English. Elden also means “old friend” and is a cute choice for the little male elf you’re expecting.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Valley of the Elves
  • Pronunciation: EHL-Dehn
  • Variations: Eldin
  • Namesakes: Elden Benge, the principal American trumpeter of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1928 to 1933. Elden Campbell, an American basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Popularity: Elden is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S.
Ancient, Unusual

Elsa

Elsa is the Scandinavian form of Elisabeth based on the Hebrew Elisheba. It also means “pledged to God” and is the most magical of Christmas girl names because of Disney’s Frozen.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Pronunciation: EHL-Sah
  • Variations: Ellsa, Ellsah
  • Namesakes: Elsa Lanchester, a British-American actress best known for the Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Elsa Sylvestersson, a Finnish ballet dancer, appearing in Swan Lake.
  • Popularity: Elsa ranked 590th worldwide, is primarily used in Argentina, and ranked 1,071st for girls in the U.S. in 2022.
Popular, Pretty

Ember

Ember has been among the top 1,000 U.S. girls’ names since 2009. It’s a synonym for a “lump of hot coal,” but don’t worry, Santa will still visit your little Ember.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Spark
  • Pronunciation: EHM-Ber
  • Variations: Embyr
  • Namesakes: Ember Junge, an American senator from Minnesota and the majority whip from 1991 to 1994. Amber Davis (known as Ember), an American model and winner of Miss Congeniality in the 2020 Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
  • Popularity: Ember is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., ranking 163rd for girls in 2021.
Unusual, Modern

Emmanuelle

Emmanuelle derives from the Hebrew Immanuel, a name for Christ. Emmanuelle also means “faith,” just in time for the holidays.

  • Origin: French, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Pronunciation: EH-MAN-yew-Ehl
  • Variations: Emmanuel
  • Namesakes: Emmanuelle Chriqui, a Canadian actress appearing on HBO’s Entourage. Emmanuelle Khanh, a French fashion designer and part of France’s 1960s New Wave movement.
  • Popularity: Emmanuelle is rare worldwide and mainly used in France, where it ranked 193rd in 2014.
Feminine, Uncommon

Epiphany

Epiphany uses the root “phainein,” meaning “to appear,” and refers to the appearance of dawn or a spiritual awakening. The Christmas holidays end with the Feast of Epiphany on January 6th.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Manifestation
  • Pronunciation: Ih-PIH-fah-Niy
  • Variations: Epifani, Epifany
  • Namesakes: Devorah Frost (known as Epiphany), an American wrestler and winner of the Ohio Valley Wrestling Women’s Championship.
  • Popularity: Epiphany is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Pretty, Uncommon

Eve

Eve originated from the Hebrew “chavah,” meaning “to breathe,” and “chayah,” meaning “to give life.” Eve also means “mother of life,” perfect for the daughter you love.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Life
  • Pronunciation: IHV
  • Variations: Evie, Eva
  • Namesakes: Eve Beglarian, an Armenian-American composer and recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Robert Rauschenberg Award (2015). Eve Myles, a Welsh actress in the BBC series Belonging (2000 to 2009).
  • Popularity: Eve is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., ranking 637th for girls in 2022.
Pretty, Ancient
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Everest

Though known for being the highest mountain in the world, Everest may be based on Everett. The mountain was named after George Everest in 1856. It’s the pinnacle of a snowy northern mountain and a remarkable symbol of the majesty of winter.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Summit
  • Pronunciation: EH-veh-Rest
  • Popularity: Everest is rare worldwide, mainly used in Nigeria, and ranked 903rd for boys in the U.S. in 2021.
Unique, Masculine

Faith

Faith is one of the English virtue names made popular by the Puritans. It comes from the Latin “fidere,” meaning “to trust,” and is an old-fashioned reminder of what Christmas is about.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: To trust
  • Pronunciation: FEYTH
  • Variations: Faethe, Faithe, Faythe
  • Namesakes: Faith Yang, a Taiwanese musician and winner of a Golden Melody Award in 2000. Faith Esham, an American opera singer, appearing in the 1984 film Carmen.
  • Popularity: Faith ranked 967th worldwide, is primarily used in Kenya and ranked 169th for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Pretty, Modern

Fatima

Fatima also means “shining one.” In Arabic, it means “chaste” or “motherly.” Fatima was the name of Muhammed’s daughter, known as the Muslim counterpart to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Captivating
  • Pronunciation: FAA-tiy-Maa
  • Variations: Fatimah
  • Namesakes: Fatima Yusuf-Olukoju, a Nigerian runner who competed in the 1991 All-Africa Games. Fatima Rainey, a Swedish pop singer known for her 1998 song “Hey.”
  • Popularity: Fatima ranked 40th worldwide, is mostly used in Algeria, and ranked #1 in Oman in 2014.
Feminine, Ancient

Felicity

Felicity also means “intense happiness” in English. It’s based on the Latin “felicitas,” meaning “good fortune.” Felicity is associated with the Roman goddess Fortuna and belonged to two Christian saints.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Happy
  • Pronunciation: Feh-LIH-sih-Tiy
  • Variations: Feliciti
  • Namesakes: Felicity Kendal, an English actress known for the 1975 TV series The Good Life. Felicity Cockram, the general manager of the Australian Film Institute from 2002 to 2005.
  • Popularity: Felicity is rare worldwide, mainly used in South Africa, and ranked 340th in Australia in 2014.
Feminine, Ancient

Felix

Felix also means “fortunate.” It began as a Roman surname that became the nickname of Sulla. Felix was also a name taken by four popes and many saints as a religious means of connoting joy.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Happy
  • Pronunciation: FEH-leeks
  • Variations: Felyx
  • Namesakes: Felix Yusupov, a Russian prince known for his part in the assassination of Grigori Rasputin. Felix Neureuther, a German alpine ski racer and a silver medalist at the 2013 World Championships.
  • Popularity: Felix ranked 238th worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 198th for boys in 2021.
Traditional, Unique

Forest

Forest also means “dweller near the woods.” A forest of evergreen fir trees is where the Christmas tree tradition begins with pagans and ends with modern celebrants.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Woodsman
  • Pronunciation: FAOR-ehst
  • Variations: Forrest
  • Namesakes: Forest Barber, an American racing driver and winner of the 2004 24 Hours of Daytona. Forest Whitaker, an American actor known for The Crying Game (1992).
  • Popularity: Forest is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it’s ranked in the top 1,000 boys’ names since 2013.
Masculine, Cool

Frank

Frank is a modern, casual version of Francis and comes from the German name Franko, meaning “a Frank.” Frank also has connections to Frankincense, a gift from Balthazar, who was one of the Three Wise Men.

  • Origin: French, German
  • Meaning: Frenchman, free man
  • Pronunciation: FRAENCK
  • Variations: Francke, Franke
  • Namesakes: Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American architect, called one of the most important in the 2010 World Architecture Survey. Frank Capra, an Italian-American film director best known for It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).
  • Popularity: Frank ranked 157th worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., ranking 392nd for boys in 2018.
Traditional, Informal

Gabriel

Gabriel also means “God is my strength” and “hero of God” in Hebrew. Most famously, the Archangel of the Annunciation tells the Virgin Mary she is carrying Jesus Christ.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is mighty
  • Pronunciation: GEY-briy-Ahl
  • Variations: Gaybriel
  • Namesakes: Gabriel García Márquez, a Colombian novelist and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. Prince Gabriel, the son of King Philippe and second in line to the throne of Belgium.
  • Popularity: Gabriel ranked 144th worldwide and is primarily used in Brazil, where it ranked 16th in 2014.
Ancient, Strong

Gaspar

Gasper is connected to the Hebrew Gizbar, meaning “he who guards the treasure.” Gaspar was one of the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

  • Origin: Spanish, French
  • Meaning: Treasure
  • Pronunciation: Gaas-PAAR
  • Variations: Gasper
  • Namesakes: Gaspar Meseguer, a Spanish water polo player who competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Gaspar Saladino, an American comic book logo designer for DC Comics.
  • Popularity: Gaspar is rare worldwide and mostly used in Angola, ranking 177th in 2014.
Unique, Masculine

Geoffrey

Geoffrey comes from the Middle English Geffrey. It’s a version of the Germanic “gudą,” meaning “God’ and “friþuz,” meaning “peace,” for the holidays.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Peaceful ruler
  • Pronunciation: JHEH-Friy
  • Variations: Geofrey, Geoffry
  • Namesakes: Geoffrey Chaucer, an English writer known for The Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Howe, the Deputy Prime Minister of the UK from 1989 to 1990.
  • Popularity: Geoffrey is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in England, where it ranked 125th in 2014.
Traditional, Masculine
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Ginger

Ginger is both a British nickname for redheads and a diminutive for Virginia. Gingerbread is recognized as the most festive Christmas treat made with ginger spice.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Reddish orange
  • Pronunciation: JHIHN-Jher
  • Namesakes: Ginger Huber, an American diver and silver medalist at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. Peter “Ginger” Baker, an English drummer for the British rock band Cream.
  • Popularity: Ginger is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Cute, Unique

Grace

Grace derives from the Latin “gratia,” first referring to “God’s grace.” It also means “blessing” and was the 14th most popular U.S. girls’ name in the 1880s.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Favor
  • Pronunciation: GRAYSE
  • Variations: Grayce
  • Namesakes: Grace Zia Chu, a Chinese cookbook author who introduced Americans to Chinese cuisine. Grace Tully, the American private secretary to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Popularity: Grace ranked 148th worldwide, is mostly used in Nigeria and ranked 24th for girls in the U.S. in 2018.
Feminine, Popular

Holiday

Holiday originally meant “holy day” to mark the Christian calendar. It also means “born on a holy day” for babies requiring the most literal Christmas names.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Holy day
  • Pronunciation: HHAA-lee-Dey
  • Variations: Holidaye, Holliday
  • Namesakes: Holiday Reinhorn, an American writer known for the novel Big Cats.
  • Popularity: Holiday is very rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S.
Unusual, Rare

Holly

Holly comes from the Old English “holegn,” meaning “dwelling by the clearing by the hollow.” The holly plant has come to represent resilience and eternal life, symbolized by the Christmas holiday.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: By the hollow
  • Pronunciation: HHAA-Lee
  • Variations: Holley, Hollie
  • Namesakes: Holly Hunter, an American actress known for the Oscar-winning 1993 film The Piano. Holly Willoughby, an English TV presenter for ITV’s This Morning since 2009.
  • Popularity: Holly is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 465th for girls in 2021.
Pretty, Traditional

Ivy

In ancient Greece, newlyweds wore ivy wreaths to prove their devotion. It’s a Christian symbol associated with Christmas since medieval times. The Christmas carol “The Holly and the Ivy” talks about holly representing Jesus and Ivy representing the Virgin Mary.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Vine
  • Pronunciation: IE-vee
  • Variations: Ivey, Ivye
  • Namesakes: Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, South Africa’s Minister of Communications from 1999 until 2009. Ivy Compton-Burnett, an English novelist and winner of the 1955 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Mother and Son.
  • Popularity: Ivy is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the Philippines, and ranked 50th for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Informal, Pretty

Jack

Jack is best known as a nickname for John. It becomes a creative way to show love for Christmas because of Jack Frost. In Norse mythology, he’s called Jokul Frosti, meaning “icicle frost,” and is a symbol of winter.

  • Origin: English, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: JHAHK
  • Variations: Jacke, Jak
  • Namesakes: Jean-Louis de Kérouac (known as Jack Kerouac), an American novelist of the Beat Generation. Jack Nicholson, an American actor known for the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
  • Popularity: Jack ranked 778th worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., ranking 11th for boys in 2021.
Traditional, Informal

Jesus

Jesus comes from the Hebrew Yeshua, meaning “to deliver.” It represents Jesus Christ, God’s Son, and is the ultimate spiritual celebration of Christmas. It’s illegal in the U.S. to name your baby Jesus Christ, but Jesus as a first name is perfectly fine.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The Lord is salvation
  • Pronunciation: JEE-Zahs
  • Variations: Jesues
  • Namesakes: Jesús González, a Spanish footballer for Coria. Jesús Malverde, a Mexican folklore hero, called the “angel of the poor.”
  • Popularity: Jesus ranked 106th worldwide and is primarily used in Mexico, ranking 6th in 2014.
Ancient, Strong

Jólin

Jólin is a derivative of Joly and began as the English and French Joelin. It means “Yahweh is gracious” when taken from Johanna and “pretty” when based on Jolene.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: JHOW-Lihn
  • Variations: Jolyn
  • Namesakes: Jolin Chien, a Taiwanese singer and member of the boy band 4ever. Jolin Tsai, a Taiwanese singer, called the “Queen of C-Pop.”
  • Popularity: Jólin is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Unique, Feminine

Joseph

Joseph derives from the Hebrew name Yosef, meaning “God will give.” It’s a biblical example of Christmas boy names, referring to the Virgin Mary’s husband, Joseph.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: To increase
  • Pronunciation: JHOW-Sahf
  • Variations: Josephe, Joesph
  • Namesakes: Joseph Lieberman, the U.S. nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election. Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt, an American actor, appearing in the film Snowden (2016).
  • Popularity: Joseph ranked 29th worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 61st in 2022.
Ancient, Popular

Joy

Joy originated with the Latin “guadia,” which morphed into the French Joie. It was a popular late 19th-century name like Merry, Bliss, and Glory, all elements of the holidays.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Happiness
  • Pronunciation: JHOY
  • Variations: Joie, Joye
  • Namesakes: Josephine “Joy” Behar, an American comedian and co-host of the talk show The View. Joy Ogwu, the first woman to be a Permanent Representative of the UN in Nigeria.
  • Popularity: Joy ranked 512th worldwide and is mainly used in Nigeria, ranked 497th for girls in the U.S. in 2022.
Cute, Popular
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Juniper

Juniper also means “evergreen” when derived from the Latin “juniperus.” Evergreen shrubs covered in juniper berries are potent symbols of the winter season and whimsical Christmas baby names.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Young
  • Pronunciation: JHUW-nay-Per
  • Variations: Junipyre
  • Namesakes: Juniper Shuey, an American visual artist with work published in the art book Fashion is Art. Juniper Sage (pen name of Margaret Wise Brown), an American children’s book author of Goodnight, Moon.
  • Popularity: Juniper is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 138th for girls in 2021.
Cute, Unusual

Kaliady

Kaliady is the Belarusian word for “Christmas” and is based on the Latin calendar. Koliada is the Slavic name for the period between Christmas and the Epiphany in early January.

  • Origin: Belarusian
  • Meaning: Christmas
  • Pronunciation: Kah-lee-AH-Dey
Unusual, Rare

Kane

There’s more to this alternate spelling for the biblical evil brother Cain. It’s also an Anglo version of the Gaelic Ó’Catháin, meaning “descendant of Cathán.” Kane is a cool yet mildly silly spelling of the delicious candy canes of Christmas.

  • Origin: Welsh, Hawaiian
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Pronunciation: KEYN
  • Variations: Kaene, Kayne
  • Namesakes: Kane Hodder, an American actor best known as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th horror films. Kane Churko, a Canadian record producer who worked with Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Popularity: Kane is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., ranking 319th for boys in 2018.
Strong, Cool

Linus

In Greek mythology, Linus is the son of Apollo and a musician. Linus Van Pelt is best recognized as a mild-mannered character from A Charlie Brown Christmas who holds a security blanket.

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Greek
  • Meaning: Flax-colored
  • Pronunciation: LAEY-Nuhs
  • Variations: Linas
  • Namesakes: Linus Fernström, a Swedish ice hockey player for Brynäs IF. Linus Bylund, a Swedish politician, elected to the Riksdag in 2014.
  • Popularity: Linus is rare worldwide, primarily used in Nigeria, and ranked 193rd in Sweden in 2014.
Masculine, Unique

Lucia

Lucia is the feminine form of the Roman Lucius. Saint Lucia has a feast day on December 13th, when people enjoy the idea of “light” around the winter solstice.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Light
  • Pronunciation: Luw-SIY-ah
  • Variations: Lusia
  • Namesakes: Lucia Joyce, an Irish dancer and the daughter of writer James Joyce. Lucia Rijker, a Dutch boxer referred to as “The Most Dangerous Woman in the World.”
  • Popularity: Lucia ranked 248th worldwide and is mostly used in Italy, where it ranked 25th in 2014.
Feminine, Ancient

Malachi

Malachi began as the Hebrew Malach-Jah, meaning “messenger of Jehovah.” He was one of the Hebrew prophets in the Old Testament. The story of Christmas is told in the biblical Book of Malachi, where it all began.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My angel
  • Pronunciation: MAEL-ah-Kaey
  • Variations: Malachie, Malachy
  • Namesakes: Malachi Curran, a Northern Irish politician and winner of the Harriman Democracy Prize in 1998. Malachi Jones, a Bermudian cricketer who competed at the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
  • Popularity: Malachi is rare worldwide, mainly used in Nigeria, and ranked 167th for boys in the U.S. in 2021.
Ancient, Strong

Marley

Marley also means “marshy meadow.” It’s based on the Old English “mearth,” meaning “marten,” and “leah,” meaning “wood clearing.” In Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Jacob Marley is the deceased business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Pleasant wood
  • Pronunciation: MAAR-Liy
  • Variations: Marleah, Marly
  • Namesakes: Marley Aké, a French footballer for Juventus. Marley Zarcone, a Canadian comic book artist for DC Comics.
  • Popularity: Marley is rare worldwide, primarily used in Brazil, and ranked 215th for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Unique, Formal

Mary

Mary originated with the Hebrew root “M-R-Y-M,” which became Miryam. It’s been number one 34 times in the U.S. since 1922 and is the loftiest of Christmas baby names.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Mother of Jesus
  • Pronunciation: MAER-iy
  • Variations: Mairie
  • Namesakes: Mary Wollstonecraft, a British writer and mother to Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Mary Baker Eddy, an American religious leader who founded The Church of Christian Science.
  • Popularity: Mary ranked 21st worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., running 203rd for girls in 2022.
Traditional, Popular

Melchior

Melchior is based on the Hebrew “melkior,” meaning “my king is light.” Melchior appears in the Christian Bible as one of the Three Wise Men bringing gifts to Jesus.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Polish
  • Meaning: City of the king
  • Pronunciation: MEHL-kiy-Aor
  • Variations: Melchor
  • Namesakes: Melchior Weiher, the Polish Deputy Treasurer of Royal Prussia from 1616 to 1624. Melchior Wathelet, the Belgian Secretary of State of Environment from 2010 to 2014.
  • Popularity: Melchior is rare worldwide and mainly used in Papua New Guinea, where it ranked 725th in 2014.
Ancient, Unusual

Merry

Merry can be a variation on Mercy and is similar to virtue names like Felicity. It also means “lighthearted” and is a short form of the Welsh name Meredith. The Christmas carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is an inspiration for this pretty name.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Joyful
  • Pronunciation: MEHR-iy
  • Variations: Mery
  • Namesakes: Merry Anders (born Mary Anderson), an American actress appearing in the first English-language live-action Beauty and the Beast. Merry Lepper, an American runner and winner of the World Masters Marathon in 1969.
  • Popularity: Merry is rare worldwide and primarily used in South Sudan, ranking 102nd in 2014.
Pretty, Uncommon
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Michael

Michael also means “there is none as famous and powerful as God.” Michael has taken the top spot in U.S. boy’s names 44 times in the last century. The archangel Michael is the strongest of the angels, just in time for the holidays.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who is like God
  • Pronunciation: MAEY-Kahl
  • Variations: Michel
  • Namesakes: Michael Moore, an American documentary filmmaker known for the Bowling for Columbine (2002). Michael Stipe, an American musician and member of the band R.E.M.
  • Popularity: Michael ranked 18th worldwide and is mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 12th for boys in 2020.
Traditional, Popular

Nadal

Nadal comes from the Latin “natalis,” meaning “birthday.” It’s traditionally a name given to a baby born on Christmas Day. You can wish him “Bon Nadal,” which means “Merry Christmas” in Catalan.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Christmas
  • Pronunciation: Nah-DAAL
  • Variations: Natal
  • Popularity: Nadal is very rare worldwide and mainly used in Israel, ranking 920th in 2014.
Unique, Rare

Natalia

Natalia derives from the Latin “natalis,” meaning “birthday.” The Latin “Natale Domini” means “Christmas Day.” The alternate version of Natasha is a favorite choice in Russia.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Christmas Day
  • Pronunciation: Naa-TAAL-yaa
  • Variations: Natalya
  • Namesakes: Natalia Bessmertnova, a Soviet ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet. Natalia Gherman, the Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova from 2013 to 2016.
  • Popularity: Natalia ranked 359th worldwide, is primarily used in Ukraine and ranked 79th for girls in 2022.
Feminine, Traditional

Natasha

Natasha is the Russian and Slavic diminutive variation of Natalia. It also means “birthday of the Lord.” Natasha is based on the Latin “dies natalis” and is the most literal of Christmas baby names.

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Born on Christmas Day
  • Pronunciation: Nah-TAE-shah
  • Variations: Natasja
  • Namesakes: Nataša Ninković, a Serbian actress appearing in The Trap. Natasha Richardson, an English actress and daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave.
  • Popularity: Natasha is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., ranking 1,155th for girls in 2022.
Traditional, Feminine

Neva

Neva comes from the Latin “nivis,” meaning “snow.” Nevada means “snow-covered” in Spanish, but you may like to be in your snowy hometown this Christmas.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: White snow
  • Pronunciation: NEY-Vaa
  • Variations: Nevah
  • Namesakes: Neva Langley, an American beauty pageant model and Miss America 1953. Neva Pilgrim, an American opera singer, and soloist with the New York Philharmonic.
  • Popularity: Neva is rare worldwide, mainly used in the U.S., and ranked 512th in Slovenia in 2014.
Unique, Pretty

Nicholas

Nicholas is composed of the Greek “nikē,” meaning “victory,” and “laos,” meaning “people.” St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, was once called Sinter Klaas, a Dutch nickname for Saint Nicholas. He was born in Turkey but manages to see the world for one night.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Victory of the people
  • Pronunciation: NIHK-ah-Lahs
  • Variations: Nicholaus
  • Namesakes: Saint Nicholas of Myra, a Greek-Turkish Christian bishop who inspired the figure known as Santa Claus. Nicholas Frost, a British actor known for Shaun of the Dead (2004).
  • Popularity: Nicholas ranked 882nd worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., ranking 130th for boys in 2022.
Strong, Popular

Noel

Noel is based on the Old French “nouel,” from the Latin “natalis.” Natalis Dies refers to Christ’s birthday, so take advantage of the traditions in this and other Christmas boy names.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Christmas Day
  • Pronunciation: Now-EHL
  • Variations: Noell, Noelle
  • Namesakes: Noel Fielding, an English comedian best known for the TV series The Mighty Boosh. Noel Whelan, an English footballer for Leeds United.
  • Popularity: Noel ranked 980th worldwide, is mostly used in the Philippines, and ranked 483rd for boys in the U.S. in 2022.
Traditional, Popular

Nollaig

Nollaig derives from the Old Irish “notlaic”‎ and Latin “nātālīcia‎,” meaning “a birthday party.” It celebrates the world’s big Christmas birthday and appears as the Welsh Nadolig and French Noël.

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Born on Christmas Day
  • Pronunciation: NAAL-Eyihg
  • Namesakes: Nollaig Casey, an Irish fiddle player with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Nollaig Ó Muraíle, an Irish scholar who published Leabhar na Genealach in 2004.
  • Popularity: Nollaig is very rare worldwide and mainly used in Ireland, where it ranked 960th in 2014.
Unusual, Rare

Nora

Nora is considered an Irish short form of the French Honora, meaning “honor.” When based on the Greek Eleanora, it means “light,” a potent symbol for the Christmas season.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Honor
  • Pronunciation: NOWR-ah
  • Variations: Norah
  • Namesakes: Nora Dunn, an American cast member on the Saturday Night Live TV series from 1985 to 1990. Nora Mebarek, a French Member of the European Parliament since 2020.
  • Popularity: Nora ranked 828th worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., ranking 27th for girls in 2021.
Feminine, Popular

Paloma

Paloma is based on the Latin “palumbus,” meaning “dove.” The dove is not only seen as a symbol of peace but a representation of the Holy Spirit every Christmas.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Dove
  • Pronunciation: Pae-LOW-maa
  • Variations: Palomah
  • Namesakes: Paloma Faith, an English singer whose album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? went double platinum in the UK in 2009.
  • Popularity: Paloma is rare worldwide, mostly used in Brazil, and ranked 885th for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Pretty, Unique
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Pax

In Roman mythology, Pax is the goddess of peace. It became famous with Angelina Jolie’s son Pax and is an ancient symbol of peace for Christmas babies.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Peace
  • Pronunciation: PAHKS
  • Popularity: Pax is very rare worldwide and mainly used in DR Congo.
Unusual, Rare

Rachel

In the Bible, Rachel is the name of Jacob’s first wife. It’s made up of the Hebrew “rāchēl,” meaning “ewe.” The lamb representing the baby Jesus is considered the cutest part of any Christmas nativity scene.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Ewe
  • Pronunciation: REY-Chahl
  • Variations: Rachael
  • Namesakes: Rachel Maddow, an American news program host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Rachel Homan, a Canadian curler and the 2017 world champion.
  • Popularity: Rachel ranked 481st worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., ranking 390th for girls in 2022.
Traditional, Cute

Ralphie

Ralphie is a modern nickname for Ralph. It’s composed of the Norse “rad,” meaning “counsel,” and “wulf,” meaning “wolf.” Raphie is best known as the awkward main character of the favorite holiday film, A Christmas Story.

  • Origin: Norse
  • Meaning: Wolf counsel
  • Pronunciation: RAELF-iy
  • Variations: Ralphey, Ralphy
  • Namesakes: Ralphie May, an American comedian known for the 2005 comedy album Just Correct. Ralph “Little Ralphie” Scopo, a New York mobster with the Colombo crime family.
  • Popularity: Ralphie is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Cute, Informal

Robin

The red color of the Robin represents the blood of Jesus. In Victorian times, postmen were called “robins” due to the red on their uniforms. Right through today, red robins have become a holiday symbol on Christmas cards.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Red robin (bird)
  • Pronunciation: RAA-Bihn
  • Variations: Robyn
  • Namesakes: Robin Miller, an American TV host of Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller. Robin Smith, a British artist who worked on Judge Dredd.
  • Popularity: Roin ranked 771st worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 915th for girls and 894th for boys in 2021.
Traditional, Popular

Rudolph

Rudolph is made of the German “hruod,” meaning “glory,” and “olf,” meaning “wolf.” When it comes to loved Christmas names, you can’t beat Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Famous wolf
  • Pronunciation: RUW-Duhlf
  • Variations: Rudolphe
  • Namesakes: Rudolph Valentino, an Italian-American silent film actor known as “The Latin Lover.” Rudolph Isley, an American singer-songwriter and member of The Isley Brothers.
  • Popularity: Rudolph is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Unique, Formal

Scarlett

Scarlett began as a surname for someone selling scarlett wool cloth. The scarlet hue symbolizes courage, love, and joy, making it the official color of Christmas.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Deep red
  • Pronunciation: SKAAR-Leht
  • Variations: Scarlet
  • Namesakes: Scarlett Johansson, an American actress and the world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019. Elizabeth Chihaia (ring name Scarlett Bordeaux), an American wrestler with WWE.
  • Popularity: Scarlett is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Feminine, Strong

Seraphina

Seraphina comes from the Hebrew “seraph,” meaning “burning one.” It refers to the seraphim angels who’ll fly in to make every Christmas a spiritual one.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Pronunciation: Sey-rah-FIY-Naa
  • Variations: Serafina
  • Namesakes: Seraphina Sforza (born Sveva da Montefeltro), an Italian noblewoman beatified by Pope Benedict XIV in 1754.
  • Popularity: Seraphina is very rare worldwide, mainly used in Tanzania, and ranked 843rd for girls in the U.S. in 2022.
Feminine, Strong

Snowden

Snowden was a surname given to those who lived in hilly snowy places. It also means “dweller on the snowy hill” for a unique wintry choice for boys.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Snowy peak
  • Pronunciation: SNOW-Dn
  • Variations: Snowdon
  • Popularity: Snowden is very rare worldwide and primarily used in Malawi, ranking 1,417th in 2014.
Unusual, Masculine

Starr

Starr derives from the English “starre” or “sterre,” both meaning “star.” It’s a modern spelling representing the special object at the top of every Christmas tree.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Star
  • Pronunciation: STAAR
  • Variations: Starre, Star
  • Namesakes: Starr Andrews, an American figure skater and the 2022 Skate Canada International silver medalist. Starr Long, the American executive producer at The Walt Disney Company from 2008 to 2013.
  • Popularity: Starr is rare worldwide, mostly used in Iraq, and ranked 1,886th for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Modern, Unique

Stella

Stella originally meant “celestial star.” It was used for a person who lived in a place with a “star” in the name. We all know the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men who followed a star to visit the baby Jesus.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Star
  • Pronunciation: STEHL-ah
  • Variations: Stela, Stellah
  • Namesakes: Stella Pevsner, an American children’s book writer and winner of the 1980 Carl Sandburg Award. Stella Dupont, a French politician in the National Assembly since 2017.
  • Popularity: Stella ranked 711th worldwide, is mainly used in Nigeria, and ranked 41st for girls in 2021.
Pretty, Popular
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Stephen

Stephen originated with the Greek Stephanos, meaning “garland.” Saint Stephen was a Christian martyr, which is why we celebrate St. Stephen’s Day on December 26th.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Crown
  • Pronunciation: STIYV-ahn
  • Variations: Stephan
  • Namesakes: Stephen King, an American author called the “King of Horror.” Stephen Rea, an Irish actor, known for the film The Crying Game (1992).
  • Popularity: Stephen ranked 142nd worldwide and is primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 590th for boys in 2022.
Traditional, Masculine

Tannen

Tannen comes from the German “tanna” meaning “tree.” Tannen also means “leather maker” in English because it’s a substance in trees used for making leather. The classic German Christmas song “O Tannenbaum” is a holiday favorite.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Tree
  • Pronunciation: TAEN-Ahn
  • Popularity: Tannen is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Cool, Rare

Taraji

Taraji is a Swahili girl’s name meaning “hope.” It can also mean “be confident” and “faith” for an exotic look at Christmas girl names.

  • Origin: Swahili
  • Meaning: Hope
  • Pronunciation: Tah-RAAJH-ee
  • Namesakes: Taraji Henson, an American actress appearing in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
  • Popularity: Taraji is very rare worldwide and mainly used in India.
Pretty, Unique

Theodore

Theodore is based on the Greek Theodoros. It was a very popular name for saints, which gives it a special sheen among Christmas boy names.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: God’s gift
  • Pronunciation: THEE-ow-Daoer
  • Variations: Theodor
  • Namesakes: Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the U.S. from 1901 to 1909. Theodore Sturgeon, an American science fiction writer for Star Trek.
  • Popularity: Theodore is uncommon worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 47th for boys in 2022.
Masculine, Formal

Tiffany

Tiffany is the English version of the Greek Theophania. It’s composed of “theos,” meaning “God,” and “phanes,” meaning “manifestation.” Tiffany is usually given to girls born on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Revelation of God
  • Pronunciation: TIYF-aa-Niy
  • Variations: Tiffani
  • Namesakes: Tiffany Haddish, an American stand-up comedian appearing on the TV series The Carmichael Show (2015 to 2017). Tiffany Chin, an American figure skater, and the 1985 U.S. national champion.
  • Popularity: Tiffany is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., ranking 965th for girls in 2022.
Pretty, Traditional

Timothy

Timothy is the Anglo spelling of the original Greek Timόtheos, meaning “one who honors God.” Tiny Tim is the sweetest character from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Honor, respect
  • Pronunciation: TIHM-ah-Thiy
  • Variations: Timothey
  • Namesakes: Timothy Leary, an American psychologist who founded the Harvard Psilocybin Project. Timothy Bottoms, an American actor known for the film Johnny Got His Gun (1971).
  • Popularity: Timothy ranked 498th worldwide and is mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 228th for boys in 2022.
Formal, Popular

Wenceslas

Wenceslas is the Latin spelling of a title given to Czech rulers. Good King Wenceslas is a Christmas carol about a king who gives alms to the poor, a thoughtful Christmas story.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Greater glory
  • Pronunciation: WEHN-sahs-Laos
  • Variations: Wenceslaus
  • Popularity: Wenceslas is rare worldwide and primarily used in Madagascar.
Unusual, Rare

Winter

Winter originally meant “time of water” in German. It was a surname based on the Old English “wintra,” a nickname for “winter.” Winter has ranked in England and Wales’s top 500 girls’ names since 2017.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Winter (season)
  • Pronunciation: WIHNT-er
  • Variations: Wintar, Wintr
  • Namesakes: Winter Renouf, a British stamp specialist and the Vice-President of the Philatelic Society of India. Winter Zoli, an American actress known for the TV series Sons of Anarchy.
  • Popularity: Winter is rare worldwide, primarily used in Zambia, and ranked 281st for girls in the U.S. in 2022.
Cool, Unique

Yule

Yule is part of the word Yuletide, originally meaning “Christmas Day.” Yule celebrates the winter solstice or the longest night of the year. Nowadays, it’s another term for the joy of the Christmas season.

  • Origin: English, Norse
  • Meaning: Winter solstice
  • Pronunciation: YUWL
  • Variations: Yulle
  • Namesakes: Yule Kilcher (born Julius Kilcher), a Swiss-American member of the Alaska state senate from 1963 to 1966.
  • Popularity: Yule is very rare worldwide and mainly used in Brazil.
Unusual, Rare

Zuzu

Zuzu means “sweet” in Yiddish and “lily” in Czech. It’s a nickname for Zuzana, a Czech/Slovak form of Susana. Zuzu famously belonged to Jimmy Stewart’s daughter in the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

  • Origin: Czech
  • Meaning: Lily
  • Pronunciation: ZUW-Zuw
  • Variations: Zusa
  • Namesakes: Zuleika Jones (known as Zuzu Angel), a Brazilian-American fashion designer known for opposing the Brazilian military dictatorship. Zuzu Bollin, an American musician who recorded “Headlight Blues” (1951).
  • Popularity: Zuzu is rare worldwide and primarily used in Egypt, where it ranked 1,149th in 2014.
Pretty, Unusual
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Christmas Names FAQs

What Name Means Christmas Child?

Natalia or Nathalia are French female names that mean “born at Christmas.” Natasja or Natasha are also popular Russian and Slavic versions. Natalia ranked 359th worldwide, is mostly used in Ukraine, and is ranked 14th in Moldova. Natalia was traditionally given to a “Christmas child” born on or around Christmas Day.

What Is a Good Name for a December Girl?

Scarlett seems to be the most popular among Christmas girl names because it celebrates the deep red color of Santa Claus’s hat. Other popular December girl names include Natalie, meaning “born at Christmas,” and Christina, meaning “follower of Christ,” including Eve, Faith, and Mary. They all ranked in the top 500 girls’ names in the U.S.

Is Christmas a Girl’s Name?

Christmas is a unisex name that can be used for both boys and girls born at Christmas. It’s English in origin but can appear as the French Noel or Noelle for something less literal. Christmas is very rare worldwide and primarily used in Zimbabwe, where its usage is still uncommon.

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Maryana Vestic

Maryana Vestic is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and food photographer with a background in entertainment Business Affairs. She studied film at NYU, Irish Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, and horror films, as well as running a local baking business in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.
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