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50 baby names inspired by Christmas and winter

By Patricia Murphy

T’is the season to be jolly, particularly if you have a new bundle of joy on the way. Christmas time offers an abundance of opportunity and inspiration for new parents when it comes to bestowing a name on their little one, with many modern twists and traditionalist monikers to turn to.

While naming your newborn Balthasar, Melchior or Gaspar after one of the Wise Men night be a biblical stretch too far for the typical new parent, there are plenty of other seasonal names that might be fitting for a Christmas baby.

Irish Baby Names

Fia

The Irish word for deer

Nollaig

Irish word for Christmas

Réaltin

From the Irish word réalta meaning star

Máire

Irish form of Mary

Irish word for king

Biblical/Religious

Gabriel, Gabriella

The angel Gabriel was the messenger who delivered important messages on God’s behalf

Joseph, Josephine

St Joseph, the husband of Mary - the mother of Jesus

Mary, Maria

Virgin Mary

Nicolas, Nicola

St. Nicolas’ feast day is celebrated on December 6

Stephen, Stephanie

St. Stephen’s feast day is celebrated on December 26

Christian

“Follower of Christ”

Christopher, Christine

Derived from Ancient Greek words meaning “the anointed one”

Gloria

‘In excelsis Deo!’

Emmanuel

Old Testament name for the Messiah

Winter-inspired names

Holly

Classic plant used for ornament at Christmas time

Robin

Red-breasted robins are often associated with Christmas

North

The North Pole and also the name of Kim Kardashian’s eldest child

Douglas

The Douglas fir is the most popular Christmas tree sold around the world

Spirited-Christmas names

Aaron

The Little Drummer Boy

Seren

Welsh name meaning star

Eve

Adam and Eve were the first humans

Noel, Noelle

A Christmas carol

Joy

Delight or great happiness taken from French work ‘joie’

Carol

One of the most important Christmas traditions

Rudolph

‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, you’ll go down in history’

Clara

The main character in the Nutcracker ballet

Weather-inspired names

Jack

Jack Frost is the personification of harsh winter conditions

Neve

Latin for Snow

Lumi

Finnish for Snow

Aster

Derived from Ancient Greek, meaning star

Aubin

Old Latin for white

Gwenyth

Stems from the Welsh word for white

Christmas-inspired names that didn't make the cut

Bethlehem

(Beth for Short)

Bing

Mr Crobsy

Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspar

AKA The Three Wise Men

Sneachta

Irish word for snow doesn’t have much of a ring to it

Claus

It’s fine for Santa, certainly

Virginia

A much too literal ode to the Virgin Mary

Frank

(incense) - A gift brought by one of the wise men

Ebenezer

One of Dickens' least likable characters

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen

Destined to laugh and call others names

Ice

Brrrrr!

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