Christmas deadline? Here are 36 baby names inspired by the holiday season

(Photo: Crystal Bolin Photography via Getty Images)

(Photo: Crystal Bolin Photography via Getty Images)

So your due date is December? First of all, congratulations! You almost made it. Now on to the trickier stuff: how to call your imminent arrival…

With Christmas almost upon us, there are actually a lot of cute winter-inspired names for boys and girls based on festive movie characters, carols, and – of course – the nativity scene.

The Funky Pigeon card retailer team analyzed Newly released baby name data from the ONS to reveal the most popular baby names who shout the festive spirit. Here’s what they found.

Top Christmas inspired baby names for girls

Topping the list for girls is the name Ivy (think Christmas carol: “Holly and the Ivy”) with 2,245 babies given this name in 2021. It ranked fifth of all girl names in the UK.

Next on the list is Bella (think Christmas bells), with 730 baby girls given that name in 2021, ranking 72nd overall.

And in third place is – unsurprisingly – Holly (one of December’s birth flowers). According to the ONS, 568 baby girls were given this name in 2021, which ranks it 95th among all girl names in the UK.

Here is the complete list of names for girls:

1. Ivy – one of the two plants mentioned in the Christmas carol ‘the holly and the ivy’.

2. bella – a nod to Christmas bells

3. holly – again, carol. See also: adorn rooms with holly sprigs.

4. Anne – the name of one of the main characters from Disney’s winter hit, Frozen.

5. gabriel – the feminine form of Gabriel, the name of the angel sent to tell Mary that she was pregnant with Jesus

6. Standby – think: Christmas Eve.

seven. Married – the mother of Jesus.

8. Beautiful – a variation on Bella.

9. Gloria – of “Gloria in excelsis Deo”, a Christian hymn sung at Christmas.

ten. Elsa – also from Disney’s winter classic, Frozen.

11. Angelina – a diminutive of the first name Angela, meaning “Messenger of God”.

12. Noelle – feminine form of Noel or Noël meaning “of or born at Christmas”.

13. Star – the Magi followed the North Star to reach the birthplace of Jesus.

14. Jovie – the name of Buddy’s love interest in the 2003 film Elf, played by Zooey Dechannel.

15. Snow – This one really speaks for itself.

Top Christmas inspired baby names for boys

First on the boys list is Jack with 2,847 baby boys given this name in 2021, making it the 13th most popular boy name in the UK.

Although the name doesn’t sound particularly Christmas, it’s the name of key characters in the film such as Jack Frost and Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas).

In second place is Joseph (as in Mary’s husband at nativity) with 1,307 baby boys bearing the name in 2021.

And in third place is Gabriel, with 749 boys given this name last year. Gabriel is the name of the angel who was sent to tell Mary she was pregnant.

Here is the full list of names for boys:

1. Jack – Popular Christmas movie characters Jack Skellington and Jack Frost share the name.

2. joseph – husband of Mary, mother of Jesus

3. Gabrielle – the name of the angel sent to tell Mary that she is pregnant with Jesus.

4. Luke – the Gospel of Luke contains the birth of Christ and is therefore all about Christmas.

5. Nicholas – a tribute to Saint-Nicolas (Santa Claus).

6. Kevin – the main character of the popular Christmas movie Home Alone.

seven. Franc – a nod to incense, one of the gifts offered by the wise.

8. Christian – Christmas is a Christian holiday.

9. Immanuel – Emmanuel is one of the names of Jesus Christ in the Bible.

ten. Timothy – the character Tiny Tim plays a key role in Scrooge’s redemption in A Christmas Carol.

11. Buddy – the name of the protagonist played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 Christmas movie Elf.

12. Christmas – Noel or Noël is derived from the old French word, “nael”, which means “of or born at Christmas”.

13. clark – From the National Lampoon’s Christmas protagonist, Clark Griswold.

14. Olaf – the name of the snowman’s sidekick in Disney’s winter hit, Frozen.

15. Clement – named after the author of the 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (commonly known as The Night Before Christmas), Clement Clarke.

Names regardless of gender

Data from Google Trends suggests that searches for gender-neutral names are on the rise. Some festive-inspired unisex names include marley (last name of Scrooge’s former business partner, Robert Marley), robin (as in the magnificent red-breasted bird seen all over Christmas cards), Faith, Winter, Joy and heaven.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost United Kingdom and has been updated.


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