Is this too Christmassy?

(52 Posts)
Neverdonethisbefore Sat 07-Sep-13 13:06:57

I'm due on Boxing Day and am mulling over some ideas of names but was wondering if Ivy Noelle is just too Christmassy and twee? I also like Iris Noelle which is less festive I suppose.


LilRedWG Sat 07-Sep-13 13:08:16

I have a Christmas name / birthday and it sucks. Please do not do this to your child.

VodkaRevelation Sat 07-Sep-13 13:09:02

It's lovely. I'd go with a Christmassy name if I gave birth at Christmas. And it won't be Christmas most of he year round so most people won't make a connection most of the time!

NoComet Sat 07-Sep-13 13:09:55

Not both, Ivy or Noelle.

MadameJosephine Sat 07-Sep-13 13:31:40

I agree with starballbunny, one or the other, both is a bit OTT. Iris Noelle is lovely

zipzap Sat 07-Sep-13 13:34:44

I know people with a Christmas eve and boxing day birthdays - Called Stella and Carol respectively. Both are quite christmassy without being too ott and I think they both quite like them.

HenriettaPye Sat 07-Sep-13 13:40:50

I wouldn't think Stella is a Christmas name? Or am I being thick?

Vatta Sat 07-Sep-13 13:51:10

Stella means star I think, as in the star the wise men saw?

Christmas birthdays are tough enough without adding to it with an ott Christmassy name IMO.

Betty3boys Sat 07-Sep-13 13:59:29

I like the idea of using one festive name. I have a friend born on Christmas eve with the middle name simply 'Eve'. Our third son was actually born at home during heavy snow on 1st December and we gave him the middle name Winter which I love as it is also an old family surname we've brought back down the line! We did joke to the registrar that we wanted his middle name to be snowball but she wasn't amused. It is a magical time of year and I think a subtle reference is nice smile

Betty3boys Sat 07-Sep-13 14:00:55

Ooh and i believe Estelle means star too!

Iris is nice with the middle name or ivy and a non wintery name but both together is v twee and a bit crap if she decides to convert to eg Hinduism etc...

MortifiedAdams Sat 07-Sep-13 14:25:41

Bit much together.

What about Iris Holly?

Or Robyn

Neverdonethisbefore Sat 07-Sep-13 16:41:18

Hmmm, thanks everyone, I thought as much. It will have to be Xmas/winter name only I think.

MavisDee Sat 07-Sep-13 16:42:40

Iris Noelle is lovely

TallulahBetty Sat 07-Sep-13 18:16:41

Well i like it smile very Christmassy but I like Christmas, so..

Writerwannabe83 Sat 07-Sep-13 19:15:56

My mum was born on Halloween - I wonder what options were on my grandparents list.... Pumpkin? Broomstick? Cauldron? The possibilities are endless hmm

But seriously - why do people feel the need to name 'Christmas Babies' it is so cliche! I secretly roll my eyes when I meet people, whose birthdays are around Christmas and their name is Holly or Santa smile

TallulahBetty Sat 07-Sep-13 19:25:08

Because it's their baby and they want to? I wonder why people choose all sorts of names but it's their taste so why not smile

Capitola Sat 07-Sep-13 19:30:34

The two are too, too much.

josiejay Sat 07-Sep-13 19:37:11

On the star theme - Seren or Astrid maybe?

BTW if I ever had a Christmas girl I would call her Holly Robyn - a bit OTT but I don't care.

Twiddlebum Sun 08-Sep-13 06:53:38

I thought you meant Stella was Christmassy because people drink at Christmas!!! Lol

buttercrumble Sun 08-Sep-13 07:08:12

Iris is nice but i wouldn't use both together. I you fancy the Christmassy theme how about Santa for a girl smile

nooka Sun 08-Sep-13 07:19:34

Th question isn't really what the parents like, but what the child might like. It's their name for life, and a totally twee Christmas name is well, totally twee. Middle name territory for the obvious (Noelle) or something more subtle for a first name could work, but even then I'd think twice about it.

zipzap Sun 08-Sep-13 22:59:30

Betty's just reminded me - I know a little girl who's called Winter, which I think is a lovely name (and I guess works for girls or boys - I think of it as a girl's name as that's how I know it being used, but I can also see that it would work as a boy's name too).

zgaze Sun 08-Sep-13 23:08:22

My Christmas baby has the middle name Juniper smile I thought that was nice for the season but not too overly twee

Agree with the above, one or the other is cute but both is a bit much. Both names are lovely though, as is Iris smile

OutragedFromLeeds Sun 08-Sep-13 23:47:07

It's really, really cheesy imo. I hate birth-date themed names though, just awful. Pick a name that you like all year round, give her the same name as you would have done in February or July. What if she comes early? Guy Fawkes? Novemberella?

NoComet Mon 09-Sep-13 01:22:14

Esther also means star and would take most people a while to spot.

telsa Mon 09-Sep-13 12:25:50

Ivy Noelle is lovely and designed to be christmassy. It has an echo of Ivor Novello!

LeoandBoosmum Mon 09-Sep-13 15:42:10

Ivy is not a pretty first name imo. I do, however, adore Noelle. Why not swap the names around or find another 'Christmas' flower or plant to go with Noelle (with Noelle as the first name?).
eg Noelle Laurel (mabe too many L sounds there though)
Noelle Dahlia
Noelle Dymphna (means Little Fawn)
Noelle Cerys (means gift in Welsh)
Noelle Robin (after the Robin Redbreast)
Noelle Ingrid (believe it means beauty)
Noelle Natala (means born at Christmas)
Noelle Faith has a ring to it...
Noelle Rose
Noelle Winter is pretty but could sound odd in June grin
Noelle Neva (means snow)
Noelle Eve
Noelle Hedera (Ivy in Latin)
Noelle Eira (Snow in Welsh)
Noelle Emilia (character in Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale)
Noelle Eponine (just me anyway smile)
Noelle Seraphina (means highest order of angels)
Noelle Evangeline (means bearer of good news)
There are my suggestions smile

LeoandBoosmum Mon 09-Sep-13 15:42:54

Ps Noelle is beautiful all year round... smile

LeoandBoosmum Mon 09-Sep-13 15:49:59

BTW, I don't think Wintry Christmas-y names are twee at the end, a beautiful name is a beautiful name and, for example, most people would not know Cerys means gift or Eira means snow! I'd just go for it. If I could be called anything I would probably choose Noelle Vivienne (I was a Winter baby) , and definitely think you should use is just so pretty. smile

WoundUpWanda Mon 09-Sep-13 15:56:17

Noelle looks ridiculous. Noël is a better spelling.

DS3 was born on Bonfire night. I was soooo tempted to ditch the name we'd chosen and call him Guy instead, I figured being named after a criminal that got the death penalty wasn't great though.

I like your names btw. smile

Weegiemum Mon 09-Sep-13 16:04:45

Natalie is a lovely Christmas name.

I'm assuming you've ruled out Holly?

Waiting For Noel is a fabulous book about the year approaching the birth of a Christmas baby. We read it right through advent every year.

LeoandBoosmum Mon 09-Sep-13 16:05:31

Woundup, Noel is the masculine form, Noelle is the feminine form. I don't think Noelle looks ridiculous at all... OP could have the first e as you suggested (ë) but it's not necessary.

sleepingbeautiful Tue 10-Sep-13 04:11:11

Agree with the majority - a Christmassy/Wintery nane is nice, but not both names unless v subtle.

I had a school friend with a Christmas birthday, and her name was Natalie. Not an automatic link because lots of girls called that who aren't born at Christmas.

Also could use Joy.

sleepingbeautiful Tue 10-Sep-13 04:12:28

Oh Xpost Weeglemum smile

fiishfingers Tue 10-Sep-13 10:14:03

My daughter was born on Boxing Day .She is 14 and very glad she does not have any Christmas names.Congratulations,a Christmas baby is nice.

MrsDibble Tue 10-Sep-13 17:50:48

Natalie/Nathalie is nice and is technically a Christmas name (Natale is Italian for Christmas). Also I think Natascha means born at Christmas.

A bit more subtle for everyday life?

Or even Nichola after St Nicholas??

MrsDibble Tue 10-Sep-13 17:52:29

PS I think both Ivy and Iris are pretty names in their own right.

Not actually keen on Noelle, but think that's because of Noel Edmunds...

Bazoo23 Tue 10-Sep-13 20:39:31

my daughters a december baby and her middle name is Holly.
Some of the names on MN are ridiculous so to judge Xmas names is silly.

HeyJudith Tue 10-Sep-13 20:45:51

Caroline (Carol) smile

Agree that Ivy Noelle is too much. Iris Noelle very pretty. I would rather be called Iris than Ivy... I think Iris is cool but also romantic and softer. Ivy looks and feels harder than Iris. (JMO) smile

fuzzpig Tue 10-Sep-13 20:52:10

Iris Neve? (related to snow but apparently means brightness, that's only based on a cursory google though)

I think noelle is a tad too obvious but that's JMO

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 10-Sep-13 21:16:33

Twee and cheesy, don't do it.

Dislike Iris and Ivy, but then I'm not a fan of granny chic.

MrsDibble Wed 11-Sep-13 14:32:00

Iris is beautiful flower though. And a lovely perfume (Infusion d'Iris)!

telsa Wed 11-Sep-13 21:49:28

Don't you think Iris Neve sounds like Eye, Wrist, Kneers...kind of?

telsa Wed 11-Sep-13 21:50:29

Iris Noelle...Eye Wrist No El <bow)

ViviDeBeauvoir Wed 11-Sep-13 21:51:15

I love noelle but not sure if it's a bit much.
What about Joelle?

MadBusLady Thu 12-Sep-13 08:35:39

I think lots of these names are lovely and not specific to Christmas, with the exception of Noelle and Santa which IMO is pushing it. I wouldn't hear Stella or Ivy or Evangeline and think "Oh a Christmas name, how twee."

There was a similar thread a while back and the OP ended up with Christabel Joy, which is lovely if you like Victorian type names - it's Christmassy in context but not in your face.

MadBusLady Thu 12-Sep-13 08:37:41

Oh and there's also Gloria.

MummyBeerest Fri 13-Sep-13 14:18:51

I think Iris Noelle sounds gorgeous.

Also, there are some beautiful Christmas names!

Sadie204 Fri 13-Sep-13 19:21:21

DD2 was a christmas eve baby and we decided against 'themed' names although had plenty of the Holly, Eve etc suggestions from family/friends! FWIW though I love Noelle, think it's very pretty but maybe a bit too much paired with another festive name. I would use one so DD has a choice when she's older

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