12 baby names inspired by the holidays

November 27, 2015 by

12 baby names inspired by the holidays

Searching for the perfect baby name? Let the magic and wonder of the holidays inspire you. We’ve collected 12 options – six names for each gender – that promise to invoke the happiness of the holidays each time you call out to your little one.


Clement: Name your little boy after Clement Moore, the author of Twas the Night Before Christmas, and you may not only have a Christmas-lover in your home – but a budding writer as well.

George: The lead character in the Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey embodies the generosity, love, and family spirit of this special time of year.

Nicholas: The modern Santa Claus is said to draw his origins from St. Nicholas, a generous, gift-giving bishop hailing from the fourth century.

Kristopher: Call your son Kristopher (nickname: Kris) after the season’s jolliest fellow, Kris Kringle, also known as Santa Claus.

Noel: The English translation of this French name is “yuletide” or “the Christmas season.” It is the masculine version of Noelle.

Emmanuel: For those wishing to capture the religious spirit of the season, the name Emmanuel translates to “God with us” and truly evokes the meaning of Christmas.


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Holly: A Christmas botanical used in decorations and commemorated in holiday songs (see: The Holly and the Ivy), Holly is a favorite among parents due during December.

Noelle: A French name which translates to “the Christmas season.”

Joy: Joy may be the perfect pick for your daughter if you’re looking to capture the true essence of the holidays without being too obvious about it.

Angelica: A Latin name meaning “angel” or “like an angel,” this sweet name calls to mind the peaceful and hopeful nature of the season.

Mary: For those who are after a name with religious roots, looking to the Biblical Christmas story yields the classic and beautiful Mary.

Hope: Like Joy, Hope is another moniker that subtly captures the spirit of the holidays.

Read more: Baby names inspired by springtime

Now it’s your turn: Are you adding any of these holiday-inspired names to your list? Share with us which ones you’ve loved in the comments below! 

Emme Lukasik is a long-time journalist and new mom. She lives in Los Angeles with a patient husband, wild child of a daughter, and a rambunctious collie named Isla.

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