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Baby Names That Mean Winter, Ice, and Snow

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Do you want a baby name that reflects the cold, snow-white splendor of winter?

Are you are looking for a wintry name to celebrate your December or January baby? Or maybe you want a name to celebrate the snowstorm in which your child arrived.

Whatever the reason, we have a list of 100 baby names that mean winter, ice, snow, white, or have wintry connections.


50 Boys Names That Mean Winter, Ice, and Snow

These are our favorite wintry boys’ names.

1. Agdluak

Agdluak is a Greenlandic name that means hole in the ice for fishing.

While this may be a little too exotic for those without Greenlandic heritage, Agdluak could be an excellent middle name for your child if you are passionate about ice fishing.

2. Alban

Alban is a Germanic name that means white.

This name evolved from the Latin word albus, which means white, and is the same root for other words such as albino.

3. Albus

Albus is an Ancient Roman name meaning bright or white.

Harry Potter fans will already be more than familiar with this name. Albus Dumbledore is Headmaster of Hogwarts and Harry’s mentor.

4. Alpin

Alpin is a Scottish name that means white.

Alpin is an Anglicized version of the Gaelic name Ailpein, which was used by the Picts. The Picts were an Iron age, Celtic people who lived in what is now north and eastern Scotland.

5. Andri

Andri is an Old Norse name that means snowshoe.

Andri is also a Swiss form of Henry, which means home ruler, an Albanian version of Andrew, which means manly, and an Icelandic shortening of Andríður, which means rival.

6. Aquilo

Aquilo was an Ancient Roman name and means north.

Aquilo was the Roman god of the north wind. He was said to blow winter across the Earth with his cold breath.

7. Ayaz

Ayaz is a Turkish name that means frost, or dry, cold air.

Since 2009, Ayaz has seen a sudden, huge swell of popularity in Turkey, going from nowhere on the charts to a peak of number 7 in 2015. However, it is still rarely used outside of families with Turkish heritage.

8. Bai

Bai is a name from China and has multiple meanings.

The exact meaning of Bai depends on the characters used for its written form. In this case, 白 means pure, white. Meanings for other characters include 百, which means one hundred, many, and 柏, which means cypress tree, cedar.

9. Barys

Barys is a Belarusan version of Boris.

Barys is more commonly used for Barys Nur-Sultan, a professional ice hockey team in Kazakhstan and a founding member of the Kontinental Hockey League.

10. Béla

Béla is a Hungarian name that means white.

Pronounced BEH-law, this was the name of four kings of Hungary. The general consensus is that it is from the Slavic word belu, which means white. But it could come from the Hungarian bél, which means bowel or guts.

11. Blanchard

Blanchard is an Ancient Germanic name meaning white or hardy.

The only time Blanchard has made the top 1,000 boys’ names chart in the U.S. was in 1883 when five baby boys were given the name. That made it the 892nd most popular choice of that year.

12. Boreas

Boreas is a Greek name that means north wind.

Boreas was the Greek god of the cold north wind and winter. It was believed that each year he blew winter to the world. Usually depicted as having shaggy hair and a beard, he was said to have a violent temper.

13. Boris

Boris is a Russian name meaning short, wolf, or snow leopard.

Somewhat surprisingly, Boris became so popular in the U.S. during the 1960s that it reached the top 1000 boys’ names chart.

14. Boro

Boro is a Serbian and Croatian form of Boris.

Boro makes for a cute one-syllable snow name for boys. It can also be an excellent choice if you want to give the nod to some family Croatian or Serbian heritage.

15. Caecius

Caecius is Latin for blinder.

Also spelled Kaikais, Caecius was a lesser Greek god who is depicted on The Tower Of Winds monument in Athens, where he is seen holding a shield of hailstones.

16. Canelo

An Archaic Spanish name, Canelo means winter’s bark and cinnamon.

In some Spanish-speaking countries, Canelo is a common nickname for people with red hair, making this a wonderful winter name for your redheaded child.

17. Columban

Columban is an Irish name that means white dove.

Irish baby names that mean white or have white in their meaning can often be identified because they contain the element BAN. Bán is Irish for white.

18. Conven

Conven is a Breton name meaning white warrior.

Saint Conven is not officially recognized by the Roman Catholic church. However, the Breton people, native to the Brittany region of France, invoke him to cure headaches and sick pigs.

19. Delwyn

Delwyn is a Welsh name that means pretty and white.

People unfamiliar with the Welsh language may mistakenly believe Delwyn to be a girl’s name, especially given the meaning. However, in Welsh, names ending with “wyn” are masculine, and those that end in “yth” are feminine.

20. Edur

Edur is a Basque name meaning snow.

Pronounced eh-DOOR, this name is virtually unheard of across most of the world. It could be a good name that means snow for a family with Basque heritage.

21. Fannar

Fannar is an Icelandic name that means snowdrift.

Pronounced fur-NAH, this is not a common nor an uncommon name in Iceland — it’s known but not overly popular. It could be a fabulous winter baby name for a family with Icelandic heritage.

22. Findlay

Findlay is a Scottish name meaning white warrior.

The original Gaelic form of this name is Fionnlagh, which is also a fabulous choice. However, many people go for Findlay because it is easier to spell and in less need of pronunciation explanation.

23. Fingal

Fingal is a Scottish name meaning white stranger.

On the island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, there is a sea cave called Fingal’s cave. Famous for its unusual acoustics, it was named after the hero of the James Macpherson poem, Fingal.

24. Fionn

Fionn is a name from Irish mythology and means white.

The actor Fionn Whitehead, who starred in the movie, Dunkirk, and the Netflix Black Mirror interactive movie Bandersnatch, was named after the mythical Irish figure Fionn mac Cumhaill.

25. Flurry

Flurry is an Irish name, meaning king of princes.

While the meaning of this name is not wintry, we like the idea of using an established moniker with a link to snowy weather, in this case, flurries of snow.

26. Frediano

Frediano is an Italian name that means cold.

This rare Italian name comes from the Latin word, frigidus. This is the same Latin root for the English words refrigerate, meaning to make cold, and frigid, meaning intensely cold.

27. Gwenneg

Gwenneg is a Breton name that means white.

Gwenneg is the name of a crowdfunding company in Breton. Since 2015, they have raised and distributed over one million euros to projects and companies in the region.

28. Hemant

Hemant is an Indian name and means winter.

This name comes from the Sanskrit हेमन्त, or hemanta, which means winter. It is used most often by Hindi speakers and those from Bangladesh and the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.

29. Himesh

Himesh is an Indian name meaning Lord of Winter.

Himesh is made up of two words in Sanskrit. First, there’s हिम, or himá, which means cold, snow, or winter, and second, there’s ईश, or īśá, which means lord, master, or ruler.

30. Isa

Isa is a Frisian name that means ice.

Friesian names are from Frisia, a coastal region on the west coast of Europe, bordering the North Sea. It covers what is now the northern regions of the Netherlands and northwestern Germany.

31. Isbert

Isbert is a Germanic name that means ice.

Isbert began as a forename and eventually became used as a surname. The recent trend of using surnames as forenames has seen it make the transition back to a first name.

32. Isbrand

Isbrand is an Ancient German name that means ice sword.

Isbrand van Diemerbroeck was a Dutch anatomist. In 1672, he published Anatome corporis humani, which was the last known new book about the human anatomy to include information about the soul.

33. Izotz

Izotz is a Basque name that means ice.

Pronounced ee-SOTS, this could be a suitable winter name for a family with roots in the Basque region of Spain and France.

34. Jack

Jack is an English name and an evolution of John, meaning God is gracious.

Jack Frost is a personification of winter from western Europe. He was said to be responsible for leaving the fern-like frost patterns on windows.

35. Jökull

Jökull is an Icelandic name that means glacier ice.

In 2016, the last year for which we could find data, 25 newborns were given the name Jökull, making it the seventh most popular name for boys that year.

36. Lasta

Lasta is a Quechua name that means snow.

Lasta Beograd is the name of a major bus service provider in Serbia. In Serbian, Lasta means swallow and refers to the bird, which also serves as the company’s logo.

37. Morozoko

Morozoko is a Russian name and means Father Frost.

The Russian fairy tale of Father Frost is about a kind, unselfish, generous girl who is tormented by her step-mother, turned out into the harsh weather, and saved from certain death by Morozoko.

38. Nevada

Nevada is a Modern American name and means snow-capped.

Nevada means snow-capped in Spanish, and non-Nevadians usually pronounce it as nah-VA-dah. However, locals pronounce their state name nah-VAH-dah.

39. Nicolas

Nicolas is an English name that means victory of the people.

The figure of Santa Claus evolved from the real-life Saint Nicolas of Myra. A fourth-century Christian bishop, he gave gifts to those in need but did so anonymously, under the cover of darkness.

40. Pyry

Pyry is a name from Finland and means snowstorm or blizzard.

Pronounced PUY-ruy or PIE-rye, this short and sweet winter boys’ name might be a cute choice for a little one born in the midst of a snowstorm.

41. Rin

Rin is a Japanese name meaning severe or cold.

Hiryu Rin is a character in the popular anime series, My Hero Academia. His “Quirk,” similar to a superpower, is that he is able to sprout scales, using them as either armor or as defensive projectiles.

42. Stribog

Stribog is a Slavic name that is thought to mean flowing god.

In Slavic mythology, Stribog is the god of wind, air, and storms. The winds were Stribog’s grandchildren, but he retained control of them, being especially partial to bringing frost to the world on a cold winter wind.

43. Tushar

Tushar is an Indian name that means snow, frost or cold in Sanskrit.

Tushar Kalia is a choreographer and dancer from India. He established his career choreographing Bollywood movies and has since participated in a number of reality TV dance shows.

44. Urmas

Urmas is an Estonian name, and it means frost or catkin.

In some European countries, people celebrate name days. Similar to a birthday, it is an occasion where everyone with that moniker celebrates. In Estonia, the name day for Urmas is October 30th, while in Finland, it is October 29th.

45. Vetle

Vetle is a Norwegian name meaning winter traveler.

Since 1992, Vetle has been steadily climbing the popularity charts for boys’ names in Norway. In 2019, it was rated as the 55th most used name for newborn boys.

46. Warrin

Warrin is a name of the indigenous people of Australia. It means winter.

There are numerous languages spoken by the different indigenous people of Australia. Warrin comes from a group local to what is now called Sydney.

47. Winoc

Winoc is a French name and means white.

Saint Winoc is the patron saint of millers, and Roman Catholics believe him to be the heavenly advocate of those with fever and whooping cough.

48. Wyn

Wyn is a Welsh name that means white.

American poet Wyn Cooper wrote the 1987 poem, Fun, which was adapted by Sheryl Crow for her song, All I Wanna Do.

49. Yule

Yule is an English name of uncertain meaning.

Yule was the name given to the traditional winter festival of the indigenous Germanic people. Originally the subject of pagan observance, it underwent Christian reformulation and became the Christian Christmastide.

50. Zhaleh

Zhaleh is a Persian name that means hoarfrost.

Hoarfrost is formed when moist air, which is slightly above freezing, meets something that is below freezing. The moisture freezes, forming ice crystals that can grow into long, needle-like ice structures.

50 Girl Names That Mean Winter, Ice, And Snow

You don’t have to be Snow White to enjoy a wintry girls’ name.

1. Aeronwen

Aeronwen is a Welsh girls’ name and means snow-white berry.

The common snowberry bears a small white berry that is edible but could become toxic in large quantities. It grows in shady, moist conditions and can often be found on riverbanks as well as in forested areas and floodplains.

2. Alcyone

Alcyone is a Latinized Greek name meaning kingfisher.

In Greek mythology, the goddess Alcyone was turned into a kingfisher. Her father, Aeolus, prevented storms for seven days on either side of the winter solstice so that she could lay her eggs. This story is the origin of the phrase halcyon days.

3. Amihan

Amihan is a name from the Philippines and means winter storm.

Rather than referring to winter storms in general, in the Philippines, Amihan is the time of year where the cool northeast winds dominate the weather. The period runs from November or December to May or June.

4. Aneira

Aneira is a Welsh name meaning much snow or very snowy.

Aneira only arrived on the naming scene in the early 20th century. It was created by pairing eira, which means snow, with an, which is an intensifying prefix, which acts much like adding very to another word.

5. Báine

Báine is an Irish name that means whiteness.

Although it is a gender-neutral name, Báine is most often associated with a princess in Irish mythology. The traditional Irish song Bruach na Carraige Báine features a white-haired girl.

6. Beira

Beira is Portuguese for border.

In Gaelic mythology, Cailleach Bheur was the personification of winter, but in modern Scotland, she is referred to as Beira, Queen of Winter.

Similar to Gaea, she was a creation goddess and mother of all other gods who followed.

7. Berfin

Berfin is a Kurdish name meaning snow.

Berfin is also the Kurdish name for the flower Galanthus, more commonly known in English-speaking countries as the snowdrop.

8. Beyle

Beyle is a Yiddish name that means white.

This name evolved from the Slavic word belu, which means white. A rare archaic name, Beyle, can also be written as Baila.

9. Beyza

Beyza is a Turkish name meaning very white.

Beyza is a reasonably popular girls’ name in Turkey but relatively unknown outside of the country. We think this makes it a great winter girls’ name for those who want something unusual but still want an actual, recognizable name.

10. Blanche

Blanche is an English and French name that means white.

Blanche was so popular in the U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was occasionally used as a boys’ name. In 1891, Blanche was given to 917 girls and seven boys.

11. Boann

Boann is an Irish name that translates as white cow.

In Irish mythology, Boann was made pregnant by Dagda, the good god. Dagda stops time so Boann can bear his child without her husband finding out, and the birth of their son is celebrated on the winter solstice.

12. Bora

Bora is an Albanian name meaning snow.

Bora is also a boys’ name in Turkey, where it comes from the name of the god Boreas, and a girls’ name in Korea, where it means purple.

13. Borime

An Albanian name, Borime means powdery snow.

Borime is a more elaborate version of Bora. It would make a great winter girls’ name for fans of skiing.

14. Chione

Chione comes from the Greek χιών and means snow.

According to Greek mythology, Chione was the daughter of Boreas, the god of the cold north wind and bringer of winter.

15. Crystal

Crystal is an English name meaning ice.

Although crystal can refer to a type of glass or something with a particular kind of geometrically shaped solid, the word’s root is kreus, which means to begin to freeze, form a crust.

16. Demeter

Demeter is a name from Greek mythology and means earth mother.

According to myth, when mourning for her daughter Persephone, Demeter sat in a temple, and consequently, a terrible winter fell upon the earth, causing mass famine. As a result, she was also sometimes called the Dark Mother of Winter.

17. Drifa

An Icelandic name, Drifa means snowdrift.

In the video game Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls, Drifa can be found living in Riften. In partnership with her husband, the character owns The Pawned Pawn.

18. Edurne

Edurne is a Basque name meaning snow.

Edurne is pronounced in multiple ways, depending on the language being spoken. The most common pronunciation is eh-DHOOR-neh, but eh-DUR-neh and ed-UR-na are also acceptable. Some Basque dialects do not emphasize syllables, making it eh-dur-neh or ed-ur-na.

19. Eira

Eira is Welsh for snow.

While in Wale this name means snow, in Sweden and Norway, it is the modern form of an ancient Norse name, Eir, which means mercy.

20. Eirwen

A Welsh name, Eirwen means snow white.

If the fairy tale Snow White is particularly close to your heart or meaningful for you, then Eirwen is a wonderful girls’ name.

21. Elva

Elva is an Irish name meaning white.

Elva is considered the anglicized spelling of the more traditional Irish name Ailbhe, which is considered a gender-neutral name.

22. Fanney

Fanney is an Icelandic name that means island snowdrift.

A relatively modern Icelandic name, this may not be the best choice in the U.S. or the U.K. In the U.S., fanny means butt, while in the U.K., it is a slang term for female genitals.

23. Fiona

Fiona is a Scottish name meaning white.

Fiona the Hippopotamus was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in January 2017. Premature and “only” 29 pounds at birth — the average is 55 to 110 pounds — she wasn’t expected to survive. The world watched live, via Facebook, as she grew.

24. Fjolla

Fjolla is of Albanian origin and means snowflake.

Found mostly in Kosovo, Fjolla is also used in the country metaphorically to denote something that is done quickly, perfectly, or flawlessly.

25. Fuyuko

Fuyuko is a Japanese name meaning winter child.

Fuyuko Matsui is a Japanese painter who creates using traditional techniques and materials. Her paintings are predominantly monochromatic, and she chooses subjects as a result of her psychoanalysis sessions.

26. Gwendolen

Gwendolen is a Welsh name that means white loop or white bow.

According to legend, Gwendolen was Queen to King Locrinus. He married her, took her lands as his own, and left her for another. Gwendolen raised an army, fought Locrinus, beat him, and became the Ancient Britons’ first queen.

27. Haukea

Haukea is a Hawaiian name meaning white snow.

Many people jump to the conclusion that Haukea cannot be a traditional Hawaiian name as Hawaii doesn’t have snow, but they are wrong. Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, both on the big island, experience snow at upper elevations.

28. Havaska

A Hungarian name, Havaska means snowy.

Havaska is a modern Hungarian name thought to have evolved from Havadi, which has a similar sound but means moon.

29. Hima

Hima is an Indian name meaning frost, snow, winter.

Also spelled Heema, this Sanskrit name is used most frequently in the southern and eastern regions of India and Nepal.

30. Holly

Holly is an English name from the name of the tree.

People began to use Holly as a name in English-speaking Christian countries because of its association with Christmas, making it a popular name for girls born during this time of the year.

31. Hulda

Hulda is a Germanic name that means gracious or friendly.

In the traditional Germanic fairy tale Mother Hulda, shaking the bedspread of the title character caused it to snow. In the German region of Hesse, “Hulda is making her bed” is a common euphemism for snowing.

32. Ísey

Ísey is an Icelandic name that means ice island.

Icelandic actress Ísey Heiðarsóttir is in a movie called Echo, which is a series of 56 vignettes of life in Iceland around Christmas time.

33. Isolde

Of uncertain meaning, Isolde is a Germanic name that could mean ice battle.

In the legends of King Arthur, the princess Isolde is betrothed to King Mark. However, she accidentally drinks a love potion, falls for a knight, Tristan, and their romance leads to their tragic death.

34. Kalda

Kalda is an Ancient Norse name meaning cold or chill.

Kalda is a premium designer brand from Iceland which creates footwear and handbags using sustainable and ethical practices and materials.

35. Kirsi

Kirsi means frost in Finnish.

As a word Kirsi means frost, but as a name, it is a shortened version of the Finnish name Kirsikka, which means cherry.

36. Lumi

A Finnish name, Lumi means snow.

Often seen in the top 50 girls’ names charts for Finland, Lumi would make a fabulous girl snow name for a family with Finnish heritage.

37. Marzanna

Marzanna is a Slavic name of uncertain meaning.

In Slavic mythology, Marzanna was a pagan goddess associated with winter. In some Slavic nations, the end of winter is still marked by burning or drowning an effigy of Marzanna, effectively killing winter so spring can arrive.

38. Morana

Morana is a Croatian and Serbian name that means death or plague.

Morana is the name used in Croatia for the goddess of winter, who is known as Marzanna in surrounding countries. It is also a feminine form of the Hebrew boys’ name Moran, which means viburnum shrub.

39. Neu

Neu is a Catalan name meaning snow.

Pronounced NOO, to rhyme with moo, Neu is the modern Catalan version of the more traditional girls’ name Neus, which is pronounced NEWS.

40. Neva

Neva is a Nordic name that means swamp.

While this is not the most appealing name meaning, according to the Finnish translation, in Spain, Niva is a nickname that comes from the word nevar, which means to snow.

41. Nieves

Nieves is a Spanish name meaning snow.

The name Nieves comes from the title given by some Roman Catholics in the region to the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, which means Our Lady of the Snows.

42. Nilak

Nilak is a Greenlandic name that means a piece of freshwater ice.

In the video game Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Nilak is a character found at the Six Bears camp. She is the song keeper of the Six Bears tribe.

43. Nívea

Nívea is a Portuguese Brazilian name that means snow-white.

Nivea B. Hamilton is the full name of the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter better known by the mononym Nivea. She is also known for her on-again, off-again relationship with Lil Wayne, with whom she has a son.

44. Piren

Piren is a Mapuche name meaning to snow or to hail.

With a population of approximately one million, the Mapuche are the largest ethnic group in Chile. However, only around 200,000 fluent Mapudungun speakers exist, with most people speaking Chilean Spanish. Piren is a traditional Mapuche name.

45. Poliʻahu

Poliʻahu is a Hawaiian name meaning cloaked blossom.

In Hawaiian mythology, Poliʻahu was one of the four goddesses of snow. She was said to live on Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii.

46. Sarmīte

Sarmīte is a Latvian name that means frost.

Sarmīte is a diminutive form of Sarma. It is formed in much the same way as the English name Deborah becomes Deb, which then becomes Debbie. So Sarma becomes Sarm, which becomes Sarmīte.

47. Skadi

Skadi is an Old Norse name meaning damage or harm.

Skadi is the Germanic form of Skaði, and in Norse mythology, this was the name of a giantess associated with winter, the mountains, and skiing.

48. Sufferine

Sufferine is an Albanian name that means strong, cold wind.

Suferinë is the Albanian word for a particular kind of harsh, cold wind that often comes with snow. The colloquial phrase vershëllen suferina translates as Sufferine whistles, which means “It was snowing and the wind was strong and cold.”

49. Syvne

Syvne is a Nenets name that means winter woman.

The Nenets are an indigenous people who live along the coastline of the Arctic Ocean in what is now northern Russia. There are fewer than 40,000 native speakers left, leading UNESCO to designate Nenets as an endangered language.

50. Talvi

A Finnish and Estonian name, Talvi means winter.

In Finland, Talvi is the same as the word winter. However, in Estonia, the word for winter is talv. Consequently, the Estonians use both Talvi and Talve as a name, with both meaning winter.


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