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Festive baby names inspired by the Christmas season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Find our list of unique Christmas baby names inspired by the festive season to help you find the perfect choice for your new gift.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Dec 12, 2022

mother holds up baby in front of Christmas tree

Christmas is special, but Christmas with the expected arrival of your bundle of joy is spectacular. From Santa Claus, jingle bells, sparkling lights, surprise gifts, to delicious food – it’s certainly the most magical time of the year. So if you’re having a holiday baby, why not pick a name that captures the spirit of the season?

The holiday season can provide lots of inspiration for baby names. From subtle options inspired by hymns, carols, and your favourite Christmas TV shows and movies, to names that scream Yuletide seasons… There are some great Christmas themed names for boys and girls out there, and we’ve trawled the internet looking for the best ones to show you!

What is a December birth name?

If you’re expecting a baby around December, you’re probably mainly focused on the whole Christmas baby name thing - but you don’t have to be bound by that. 

You could go for an instant year-round hit and choose a really popular name, like Noah or Olivia, the most popular names for boys and girls in the UK respectively according to the ONS data. 

Maybe you actually fancy a unique Christmas baby name. To really get into the spirit, what about Holly, Ivy? You can see where we’re going with this… For boys, perhaps David or even Rudolph?

To help you choose a name for your Christmas baby, here’s a list of the top festive baby names of all time for your Christmas present aka new baby…

Christmas names for baby girls

  1. Abigail - how about this Biblical name for your daughter? In the Old Testament, Abigail was the name of King David’s third wife and it means ‘my father is joyful’.
  2. Avery - This is a beautiful Christms name for girls that means ‘Christmas elves’, and signifies wisdom and diligence. 
  3. Angelina - This subtle variation of the names angel and Angela sounds festive without sounding over the top. It means ‘angel’.
  4. Anya - In the movie Santa Claus, Anya was Mrs. Claus’s first name. It’s an exotic Russian variation of Anna and means ‘grace’.
  5. Audrey - Any fan of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation will know that this is the name of the youngest Griswold daughter, and it means “noble”.
  6. Belle - In Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol, the first holiday program for television, Belle was the name of the long lost love of Scrooge’s. Belle means “beautiful” in French.
  7. Berry - Why not name your baby girl after the fruit found abundantly during Christmas?
  8. Beth - as in Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born, would be a lovely festive name. It’s diminutive of Elizabeth and means ‘pledged to God’.
  9. Cady - derives from the French word ‘cadeaux‘, which means ‘present’.
  10. Carol - throughout the holiday season, Christmas carols can be heard in the streets, churches, and at parties.
  11. Christina - From the word Christian, Christina was at the summit of popularity in the 1980s. It means “follower of Christ”.
  12. Cindy - Cindy Lu is the character from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  13. Clara - This vintage name means “bright” and is the name of the little girl in The Nutcracker.
  14. Clarice - Clarice is the name of the female reindeer who likes Rudolf just the way he is, even with the red nose. It means “bright” or “clear”.
  15. Clementine - The origin of this name does not lie in Christmas. Of French descent, it means ‘merciful’ - not a bad value to espouse during the festive season. But it’s during Christmas time these yummy oranges are abundant. 
  16. Eira -  is the feminine form of Aneirin, meaning ‘very snowy’… Not that we see much of it in the UK!
  17. Eve - this traditional Hebrew, Christmas inspired baby girl name has everything you want – simplicity, strength, biblical roots, and loads of power. Eve means “enlivening’”
  18. Faith - meaning ‘trust’ or ‘belief’, Faith is a lovely choice as a holiday-inspired name.
  19. Ginger - because gingerbread is a staple food item during Christmas. The name Ginger means “pure”.
  20. Gloria - Taken from the word “glory”, Gloria features in several Christmas hymns and carols.
  21. Holly - this English name refers to the plant with red berries that is often found in Christmas decorations throughout the holidays.
  22. Hope - the word name Hope denotes the expectations of believers in the eternal life and resurrection.
  23. Ivy - is also an ever-green plant that’s common during Christmas.
  24. Jemima - this unique name means “dove”, and in the Bible, Jemima was the name of Job’s eldest daughter.
  25. Josephine - the name Josephine is a girl’s name of French origin meaning ‘Jehovah increases’.
  26. Jovie - a modern Christmas name for girls, Jovie is taken from the holiday movie Elf in which Buddy falls in love with a girl named Jovie.
  27. Joy - a girl named Joy is sure to bring happiness to everyone around her. This Christmas baby girl name is in steady use, especially in the middle.
  28. Lucy - This Latin name, meaning ‘light or shiny’ conjures images of twinkling lights we see in and around our houses.
  29. Marley - is the name of the ghost in Disney’s Mickey’s Christmas Carol and means ‘pleasant wood’.
  30. Mary - How can we not mention the mother who gave birth to the child whom Christmas celebrates?
  31. Merry - This cheerful name is often chosen as an alternative to Mary, and works well as a middle name.
  32. Natalia - This French name means ‘born at Christmas’, it doesn’t get much more apt than this.
  33. Natalie - Natalie means ‘birthday of the Lord’ and is a favourite for baby girls born during or on Christmas.
  34. Natasha - This Russian version of Natalie means ‘born on Christmas’.
  35. Noelle - This chic Christmas name is French, and it literally means ‘Christmas’ so it’s a perfect festive baby name for girls born over the holidays.
  36. Nor - Capture the essence of this bright and cheery season with the name Nora, which means ‘light’.
  37. Olive - Inspired by the movie Olive, the Other Reindeer. A great option for parents who don’t wish to choose an overtly feminine name.
  38. Paloma - meaning ‘dove’ and featured in the song 12 Days of Christmas.
  39. Snow - a little unconventional but snow is literally white, and who doesn’t love a snow-globe at Christmas time!
  40. Star - stars are a Christmas symbol, so why not name your daughter after this celestial object? Cute pictures to be taken 
  41. Stella - mark your daughter’s arrival by naming her Stella, which means ‘star’. It will refer to the star of Bethlehem mentioned in Christmas tales.
  42. Tiffany - Tiffany derived from the medieval English name Theophania and means ‘appearing from God’ in Greek.
  43. Virginia - Paying homage to the Virgin Mary, the name Virginia means “chaste”.
  44. Winter - Just like other noun or word names, Winter is also on the rise. Harlow Winter Kate, the American actress put this seasonal name on the map. A spelling variation of this name is Wynter.
  45. Zuzu - Zuzu is the name of Jimmy Stewart’s adorable daughter in It’s a Wonderful Life. A name with loads of pizzazz, Zuzu means “lily”.
  46. Clio - of Greek origin. Clio was the Mythological Muse of historic poetry and means ‘to celebrate’, and who doesn’t love a Christmas celebration? 
  47. Jolee - of French origin, meaning ‘cheerful. Santa is the jolliest of them all, which is why this unique festive name is perfect for Christmas babies. 
  48. Pandora - of Hebrew origin, meaning ‘gift’. Say what you want about the festival of materialism, we all love receiving gifts at Christmas time, and what better gift than a new baby with a beautiful festive name?
  49. Tinsel - of French origin, meaning ‘sparkly’, from the word ‘estincele’, which means sparkly. Tinsel is sparkly and special, as we hope your new baby will be!
  50. Lucia - of Latin origin, meaning ‘light’. It’s not directly festive, but it does make you think of Christmas lights!

Christmas names for baby boys

  1. Abner - This Biblical name means ‘father of light’, and was very popular in the 1880s.
  2. Alfredo - This name references the elves that work hard to make Christmas presents for little ones. It’s the Spanish version of Alfred and means ‘elf counsellor’.
  3. Arthur - Arthur was Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus’ son in the movie Arthur Christmas and means ‘noble’ or ‘courageous’.
  4. Bailey - of English origin, meaning ‘berry clearing’, ‘city fortification’. Is it Christmas if you haven’t had Baileys?
  5. Balthazar - Balthazar, also spelled as Balthasar, is the name of one of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to baby Jesus. Balthazar means ‘Baal protects the king’.
  6. Caleb - the religious ties of Caleb make it an appealing Holiday name. Caleb means ‘devotion to God’.
  7. Bob - of British origin, meaning ‘bright’, ‘fame’. Bob Cratchit works for Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol - a wonderful redemptive festive story.
  8. Celyn - of French origin, from the Welsh word for holly. Holly and Christmas time go hand in hand.
  9. Charlie - an ideal name for fans of the classic Christmas movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  10. Christian - No other name can proclaim your faith more than this moniker. Christian means “follower of Christ”.
  11. Christophe - St. Christopher, the patron saint of travellers is believed to have carried baby Jesus across the river. It means ‘bearer of Christ’.
  12. Clark - the name of the head of the dysfunctional Griswold family in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
  13. Clarence - of Latin origin, meaning ‘bright’. Clarence is also the name of the guardian Angel of George in the Christmas movie, It's a Wonderful Life. 
  14. Claus -  Both Claus, and its spelling variant Klaus, would make a cool name for your son. It began as a nickname for the name Nicholas, which we believe, explains the name Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas). This name means ‘people’s victory’.
  15. Clement - This name will honour Clement Moore, the writer of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, which gave us the names for each of the eight reindeer. 
  16. Clove - A unisex Christmas name, and a very festive spice, this name means ‘nail’.
  17. Dasher - of Scottish and German origin and of course the name of one of the reindeer, meaning ‘purse marker’.
  18. David - Cecil Frances Alexander’s poem inspires the classic carol, Once in Royal David’s City. What a gorgeous festive name for your son!
  19. Drummer - after the popular Christmas song ‘little Drummer boy’.
  20. Ebenezer - most recognisable as the name of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer can be shortened to Eben and means ‘stone of help’.
  21. Elden - Elden is another name meaning “from the elves valley”. And it’s one of the least familiar names too!
  22. Emmanuel - Emmanuel, the biblical name given to Messiah, is a worthy contender for a Christmas baby name. It means ‘God is with us’.
  23. Forest - Inspired by the traditional English carol Down in Yon Forest, the name Forest means ‘woodman’ or ‘wood’.
  24. Frank - Frank as in Frankincense, one of the gifts Balthazar gave to Mary when Jesus was born. This warm, friendly name means ‘free man’ or ‘French man’.
  25. Frederick - Frederick, or Fred Claus, is the older brother of Santa Claus. His name means ‘ruler.’
  26. Gabriel - anyone familiar with the nativity story will know that Gabriel is the archangel who informs Mary that she was going to give birth to the son of God. Gabriel means ‘God is my strength’.
  27. Jack - This baby name is inspired by Mr. Jack Frost, of course. This durable and cheery form of John means ‘God is gracious’.
  28. Jasper - Jasper is the modern English form of the name used by one of the three wise men and is perfect for parents seeking a baby boy name with biblical roots. The name itself is Persian in origin, and means ‘treasurer’.
  29. Joseph - In the Bible, Joseph is the carpenter whom God chose to father Jesus. This Hebrew baby name is famous in all English speaking countries, and it means ‘increase’ or ‘addition’.
  30. Luke - In the Old Testament, the Gospel of Luke gives the longest account of the nativity story. It narrates the incident when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, and the name means ‘light giving’.
  31. Malachi - This name refers to the angels in the nativity scene, and means ‘messenger’.
  32. Melchior - Melchior was one of the three wise men who visited baby Jesus, and it means ‘city of the king’.
  33. Nicholas - Ah, inspired by old Saint Nicholas himself – Santa Claus! St. Nicholas is the patron saint of children, and the name means ‘people’s victory’.
  34. Pax - This festive baby name means ‘peaceful’, and perfectly describes this time of year.
  35. Rudolph - Why not name your child after Santa’s most famous reindeer? The name itself means ‘fame’ or ‘wolf’, and as a nickname you could shorten it to Rudy.
  36. Snowden - is an English name, and it means ‘from the snowy hill’.
  37. Tannen - derived from the German word for ‘pine’, Tannen is the shortened version of Tannenbaum. The name features in the carol, ‘O Tannenbaum’, but to make it more modern you can shorten it to Tannen, or Tannon. The name itself means ‘fir tree’.
  38. Theodore - a suitable name for a Christmas baby, Theodore – or Theo, for short – means ‘gift of God’ and is of Greek origin.
  39. Timothy - a classic Christmas name, immortalised in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The name Timothy means ‘honouring God’.
  40. Waite - this middle English name comes from the practice of calling carolers Waits as the tradition began with a group of watchmen singing tunes. Waite means ‘guard’.
  41. Wenceslas - If a traditional name interests you, Wenceslas could be a good choice for you. It is the name of the good king who attended the feast of Stephen, and it means ‘greater glory’.
  42. Yule - The origin of the name Yule stems back to Old English, and it means ‘winter solstice’.
  43. Isaac - of Hebrew origin, derived from the name ‘Yitzchaq’, which comes from the Hebrew word ‘tzachaq’, meaning ‘laughter’ – and what is Christmas if not an occasion to be merry! 
  44. Jacob - of Hebrew origin and A popular biblical boy’s name, meaning ‘supplanter’. Bit of a ghostly one, recalling Jacob Marley from the Christmas Carol. But who wouldn’t want a festive name with links to the great Charles Dickens?
  45. Jesus - of Hebrew origin. Perhaps the most famous of all Christmas names, that of Christ himself, meaning ‘to rescue’. 
  46. Lumi - another unisex festive baby name - A lovely name, meaning ‘light-bringer’, ‘snow’. 
  47. Ner - of Hebrew origin, meaning ‘candle’ or ‘light’. In the Middle Ages candles were used to represent the Star of Bethlehem. An unusual festive name, but we’re sure it will lighten up your Christmas!
  48. Noel - The ultimate festive baby name, literally meaning ‘Christmas’. It comes from the French word Noël.
  49. Nico - an Italian variant of Nicholas, recalling Saint Nick himself! 
  50. Steven - of English origin, meaning ‘crown’. This one recalls the iconic carol, ‘Good King Wenceslas!’.
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