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.

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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! 

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