Christmas Baby Names
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
Natalie/Natalia/Natasha - means "birth" - "Natal(e)" also means Christmas in several languages
Eve - for the night before Christmas
Lucia/Lucy - "light"
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"
Malachi - "messenger"
Theodore - means "gift from God"
Gabriel - the archangel who announced Christ's birth
Caspar/Kaspar - one of the Three Wise Men
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
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.