Christmas Baby Names

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Christmas Babies

If you are expecting a baby at Christmas, you get the best Christmas gift ever! Plus, you've got the perfect excuse to put your feet up over the festive season; no running around stuffing turkeys and washing up for you (OK, maybe you will have a few things to do!). It's also the perfect chance to give your baby a special name to reflect his or her special birthday.

Stuck for a ideas? Here are some great suggestions for Christmas baby names - some of them are traditional, some of them a little more unusual.


Names Inspired by the Christmas Story

The Christmas story provides a number of names for boys and girls. You might have to be a little creative, but there are a number of alternatives.

Christmas Story Names for Girls

Mary/Maria - the mother of Jesus, but the name also means "star of the sea".

Gabriella - feminine form of Gabriel

Christiana - feminine form of Christian

Gloria - praise to God

Emmanuelle - feminine form of Emanuel

Angela/Angeline/Angelina

Natalie/Natalia/Natasha - means "birth" - "Natal(e)" also means Christmas in several languages

Eve - for the night before Christmas

Lucia/Lucy - "light"

Star/Starr

Estella/Stella - from the Latin, means "star"

Seren - Welsh name meaning "star"

Christmas Story Names for Boys

Jesus - obvious perhaps, but enduringly popular in many countries.

Emmanuel - Hebrew meaning "God is with us"

Angel

Malachi - "messenger"

Theodore - means "gift from God"

Joseph

Gabriel - the archangel who announced Christ's birth

Caspar/Kaspar - one of the Three Wise Men

Christian

Christopher

Lucian - "light"

Sterling - means "little star" in Old English

Sterne - German/Middle English meaning "star"



Choose a Festive Name

There are plenty of names inspired by the holiday season for boys and girls. Just don't overdo it; Rudolph is fine, but your baby won't appreciate being called Prancer!

Festive Christmas Names for Girls

Holly/Hollie - popular Christmas plant, together with Ivy.

Ivy - see above

Noelle - feminine form of Noel.

Joy - the season's emotion

Lowenna - Cornish for "joyful"

Carol - not just for singing!

Berry - a pretty idea if you aren't keen on Holly

Felicity/Felicia - "lucky"

Clementine - for the popular Christmas fruit


Festive Christmas Names for Boys

Noel - means Christmas in French

Nicholas - the saint associated with Christmas, who became Santa Claus

Celyn - Welsh for "holly"

Hollis - Old Engish for "holly tree"

Klaus - associated with Santa Claus

Yul - very close to "Yule"

Rudolph - everyone's favourite reindeer!

Felix - "lucky"

Ebenezer - Mr Scrooge, redeemed by the spirit of Christmas in A Christmas Carol





Baby Names for the Christmas Season

For most of us, Christmas means crisp snow, because we are all dreaming of a white Christmas. Your new baby's name could reflect the cold, snowy weather we all dream about. Here are a few seasonal Christmas baby names.

Seasonal Names for Christmas Baby Girls

Eirwen - of Welsh origin meaning "snow"

Eira - as above

Eirlys - Welsh for "snowflake" or "snowdrop"

Blanche - "white" in French

Bianca - "white" in Spanish

Seasonal Names for Christmas Baby Boys

Robin - for the popular winter bird

Alban/Albie - "white"

Nevada - the US state, the meaning of which is "snow-capped" in Spanish

Tannon - a modern invention, meaning "Fir tree" - as in the Carol O Tannenbaum.




Annie Lennox, A Christmas Baby

Annie Lennox, a 1954 Christmas baby
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Famous Christmas Babies

Jesus Christ shares his birthday with a number of celebrities. If your baby arrives on Christmas Day, here are some Christmas babies who became famous.

  • Sir Isaac Newton - English scientist born on 25 December, 1642.
  • Humphrey Bogart - American actor, born 25 December, 1899.
  • Helena Rubenstein - Polish-American cosmetic company founder, born Christmas Day 1870.
  • Annie Lennox - Scottish singer arrived on Christmas Day 1954.
  • Conrad Hilton - American hotelier, checked in on Christmas Day 1887.
  • Princess Alexandra - the Queen's cousin was a royal Christmas baby in 1936
  • Noel Redding - one of the members of The Jimi Hendrix Experience born 1945
  • Dido - the singer was born at Christmas in 1971
  • Shane MacGowan - the singer with The Pogues, was born on 25 December 1957. Fitting then that perhaps he is best known for his Christmas duet with Kirsty MacColl Fairytale of New York.

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

I was born on Christmas eve - my parents were going to call me Eve, or if I was born on Christmas day, Christine. They ended up calling me Emma - nothing to do with Christmas!


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Emma - and a lovely name it is too! Judging from the very long list of famous people born on Christmas Day, most parents don't go for a Christmas name. My daughter was born at the beginning of December - if she had been a Christmas baby I might have been tempted by Eirlys - it's very pretty.

Thanks for commenting, much appreciated.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

That is a pretty name! My son was born at the beginning of December, but I didn't consider a Christmas Name. He was due at the end of November but was late, and I had already picked his name ;)


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK Author

In fact, my daughter was due in November, but I really think that she would have happily stayed in until Christmas - she wasn't keen to make an appearance!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

What about Martin aka mhatter? :)) (12/25)


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Martin - well, that's not one I thought of - shall I add you to the celebrity Christmas babies section?

Thanks for commenting, always great to hear from you.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

love the name Celyn :)


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Unknown spy - I'm pretty much in love with Welsh and Cornish names generally (plus a few Irish ones). Celyn is great, although I've never met anyone with that name.

Thanks for commenting, I appreciate it.


ElleBee 4 years ago

Interesting names. I almost missed the girls names entirely over in the side bar. The girls names I think of for Christmas would be Noel or Natalie as you mentioned - or Joy/Joyce (as in we have Joy that the Saviour is come). You could also name a girl Bethlehem and call her Beth, but I personally think that ones going a bit too far. Voted up/interesting.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi ElleBee - I didn't even think about Beth(lehem), but as you say, it would perhaps be a step too far!

Thanks for your comments, always appreciated!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I was due near Christmas and have a Christmas name, even though I was born in December! Natasha means 'Christmas child,' and my parents weren't willing to give up their carefully picked baby name.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Natasha - I can totally understand your parents not wanting to give up the name they chose - you can get attached to them during a pregnancy! It's a beautiful name, whatever your birthday.

Thanks for your comments, great to hear from you.


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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales

Aw.. I didn't get a Christmas name, and neither did my sister who was born on the same day, 11 years later. 28th Dec, which must count as at least a bit Christmassy.

My daughter has a slightly Christmas name, I suppose - Tegan - toy in Welsh. I believe it has Cornish connections too. My favourite one from your list is 'Seren', I used it as a name for one of my characters in a never-to-be-finished novel :)


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi theraggededge - I'm terrible for wanting things to be themed, so if my daughter had been born nearer Christmas, she would have definitely got a Christmas name. Tegan does have Cornish connections and it is quite popular down here - sometimes you hear it with a short "e", sometimes a long "e". I've only met a couple of Serens though.

Thanks for your comments, lovely to hear from you.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

My son was born at the beginning of Dec. I never gave much thought to giving him a Christmas name. But I was sure he was going to be a girl. I do the name Hollis and Christiana from your suggestions.


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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi Susan - my daughter has an early December birthday too (although it was meant to be a late November one!) and she doesn't have a "Christmas" name either. Might have considered one if she was born a little bit nearer though. Christiana is a lovely name, that would have been on my short list.

Thanks very much for commenting, much appreciated.


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA

I really like the name Seren! I'll keep that in mind if I am blessed w/ a daughter in the future.

Great hub! :) Happy Holidays!


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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi Veronica - I know a Seren and she is a little sweetheart - glad you liked the hub. Many thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful names and my favorite is Klaus. Thanks for writing and share with us. ~prasetio


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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi prasetio - Klaus is a good name, a pity I've never met anyone of that name.

Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.


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innerspin 3 years ago from uk

My friend was born on Christmas day - Carol. I like that you mentioned Eirlys ( snowdrop) in your comments, mum's name was Eira, ( snow) which you don't often hear. Interesting suggestions.


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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi innerspin - the lady who lived next door to us when I was a child was called Carol because she was born at Christmas. She had a twin sister, who I know had a similar Christmas-y name, which I can't remember and which has been bugging me since I wrote this! Eira is beautiful - I shall have to add it :)

Thanks very much for your comments, much appreciated.


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Beltane73 3 years ago from South Jersey

Yay for the Holly! (hee!) I was born in July, though - my folks just like the name.


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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Beltane73 (or is that Holly!) - it is a great name for any time of the year. Thanks for taking the time to comment, it's appreciated.


Erin 3 years ago

I was due January 1st, but was born 5 days before Christmas and I didn't get a Christmas name. My name does mean Peaceful, so I guess it could be considered a Christmas themed name. Christmas time is considered a peaceful time of year. Anyway, I love my name and I wouldn't change it! :)


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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

Hi Erin - I didn't know that Erin meant "peaceful", but I did know that I like it! One of my friends has called her youngest daughter Erin - I wouldn't describe her as a peaceful child, but she is utterly charming :) Thanks so much for commenting!


noelle gallinagh 3 years ago

i was born on december 5 th my name noelle, i like my name and i still was a christmas baby as i am the christmas month and i am only 3 weeks before christmas


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Judi Bee 3 years ago from UK Author

I think your name is lovely Noelle :-)

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