Adorable Christmas Baby Names and Their Meanings

As many new mums and dads prepare to welcome their own bundles of Christmas joy, we round up some of the most adorable Christmas baby names and their meanings.

For many this Christmas will not be a silent night, with some new mums and dads even spending Christmas in the delivery room. Over the years we’ve seen a number of festive and Christmas-inspired baby names grow in popularity.

In previous years, Noah and Ava (derived from Eve) topped the list of names for babies due in the festive season, with Ethan, Isaac and Caleb proving popular for boys last year. Evie, Grace and Mia, names hailing from the Bible and Christian faith were popular amongst the girls.

If you’ve got a little one due this December, or just happen to be big fans of a festive moniker, we’ve got a hefty list of adorable, unusual and fabulously festive Christmas baby names.

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Christmas Baby Names for Girls

Angel

Meaning: Angel or angelic, derived from Greek angelos, meaning ‘Messenger of God’.

Angelica

Meaning: A longer version of angel, also meaning angel or angelic and ‘Messenger of God’

Angelina:

Meaning: A diminutive of the name Angela, meaning ‘Messenger of God’

Ava

Meaning: Ava is a variation of the name Eve, meaning ‘life’ or ‘living one’. It can also be derived form the Latin avis meaning ‘bird’

Bailey

Meaning: Bailey is a unisex baby name and actually means courtyard within castle walls; steward or public official. However, this could be a nice little homage to everyone’s favourite Christmas tipple, Bailey’s.

Belle

Meaning: Belle is the French word for Beautiful. As an homage to the festive period, this name could be a super sweet take on the bells ringing out for Christmas.

Bethlehem

Meaning: One of the more unique and unusual baby names, Bethlehem is a town in Jerusalem and the biblical birthplace of Jesus.

Bianca

Meaning: Bianca is the feminine noun for the colour white in Italian. This name would be perfect for a little girl born on a snowy winter’s day.

Candy

Meaning: Although most synonymous with an americanism for sweets, Candy is a Latin name derived from the adjective candida meaning white. It’s said to mean dazzling, bright, glowing white.

Carol/Caroline

Meaning: Carol or Caroline is the feminine version of Charles, meaning strong. It makes a lovely festive name as Carol singers are a Christmas tradition.

Celeste

Meaning: heavenly or celestial.

Clementine

Meaning: A name deriving from the Latin ‘clemens’ meaning mild or merciful. A clementine is a small orange fruit, usually best from November to January and synonymous with Christmas.

Donna

Meaning: Donna is the Italian for ‘woman’. Originally, the name’s meaning is closer to ‘lady of the home’ and was a title of respect in Italy (similar to Don for a man). It’s also the name of one of Father Christmas’s reindeer.

Esther

Meaning: The Hebrew for ‘star’.

Eva/Eve

Meaning: Eve is the English given name derived from the Latin name Eva, these both originate from Chavah – a Hebrew name meaning ‘to live’ or to ‘give life’. Traditionally, Eve means ‘living.

Evangeline

Meaning: In Greek baby names Evangeline means ‘bringer of good news’.

Faith

Meaning: Harking back to the Christmas’s Christian roots, Faith, which became a popular name in 17th century among Puritans, means unquestioning belief and trust in God.

Gabrielle

Meaning: Another unisex name (commonly Gabriel for boys), Gabrielle means ‘woman of God’. Gabriel is the name of the angel who tells Mary she will give birth to the Son of God in the Nativity story.

Gloria

Meaning: Another Latin baby name, Gloria means ‘glory, or ‘glorious’ which also depicts beatuy. It’s a popular name for Christmas babies owing to its Biblical ties.

Holly

Meaning: Holly actually has several meanings. It’s said to derive from the Old English ‘holegn’ meaning ‘to prick’ and is the name given to the spiky plant traditionally used as a Christmas Decoration.

Ivy

Meaning: Ivy is another evergreen plan most famously associated with Christmas. Ivy is also said to represent fidelity. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Holly and Ivy – these monikers would be fitting for twin girls born at Christmas.

Josephine

Meaning: The feminine version of Joseph – who we all know was a big player in the Nativity story.

Joy

Meaning: Joy is a virtue name, meaning delight or great happiness. As Christmas is the time of year to spread joy and good will, this is very fitting, festive baby name.

Mary

Meaning: In Hebrew, Mary means ‘wished-for child’, it can also hail from the Latin Maria, meaning ‘sea of bitterness’ or “sea of sorrow.” However, some sources claim definitions of ‘rebellion’. To give it a Christmas spin, Mary is the mother of Jesus.

Merry

Meaning: Merry is an English name meaning ‘lighthearted’ and ‘happy’. This would make a very festive moniker, as we all wish each other a Merry Christmas.

Natalie

Meaning: English and French origin and derived form the Latin phrase ‘natale domini’ which meaning ‘birthday of the Lord’ and a reference to Christmas Day.

Natasha

Meaning: Although it may not seem like it, Natasha may actually be the truest Christmas baby name as it literally means ‘born on Christmas Day’.

Noelle

Meaning: A French name, Noelle simply means ‘Christmas’.

North

Meaning: Traditionally, North is an English surname of nobility, however it’s been made popular as a girl’s name thanks to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who chose the name for their first daughter North Kardashian West. It’s a great Christmas-inspired baby name as the North pole is said to be home to Father Christmas.

Ruby

Meaning: Although Ruby can be a unisex baby name, it’s predominantly a feminine name deriving from the precious ruby gemstone. Ruby is actually the birth stone for July, however its a colour commonly associated with Christmas decorations. Plus a Ruby – in both senses of the word – would be a pretty fabulous Christmas gift.

Stella

Meaning: Stella is a name of Latin and Italian origin and it means ‘star’.

Wish

Meaning: Growing in popularity, Wish is a new and unique baby name for both girls and boys.

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Christmas Baby Names for Boys 

Angel

Meaning: Angel originates from the Greek Angelos ‘Messenger of God’

Aster

Meaning: Also of Greek origin, Aster stems from the Greek ancient greek ‘aster’ – now ‘asteri’ – meaning ‘star’.

Balthazar

Meaning “Bel protects the King”, it is a biblical name commonly attributed to one of the Three Wise Men.

Buddy

Meaning: A more modern English and English-American name, meaning ‘friend’ – Buddy was made even more popular thank’s Buddy the Elf, the lead character in Christmas film Elf.

Caleb

Meaning: Caleb is a Hebrew name which stems from the work ‘kelev’ meaning ‘dog’, but it has been given alternative meanings such as ‘faithful, devotion, whole hearted, bold and brave’.

Caspar/Casper

Meaning: ‘keeper of treasure’

Christian

Meaning: A traditional name meaning ‘follower of Christ’

Claus

Meaning: Claus is the German and Scandinavian version of Nicholas. As Father Christmas is also known as Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus, this makes a sweet name for a Christmas baby.

Cole

Meaning: ‘coal black’. It’s an old tale that coal is given to naughty children at Christmas.

Comet

Meaning: A modern take on a Christmas baby name, Comet is another one of Santa’s reindeers. Comet also stems from the Greek ‘kometes’ which means ‘long-haired star’.

Emmanuel

Meaning: The literal meaning of Hebrew name Emmanuel is ‘God is with us’.

Jasper

Meaning: Jasper means ‘bringer of treasure’. Jasper or Casper is said to one of the names of the Three Kings who came bearing gifts to visit baby Jesus.

Joseph

Meaning: An Old Testament, Hebrew name meaning ‘he will add’. Joseph was Mary’s husband and Jesus’ step-father.

Nicholas

Meaning: Deriving for the Greek Nikolaos, the name means ‘victory of the people’.

Noel/Noël

Meaning: Noel or Noël literally means ‘Christmas’ in French. It doesn’t get much more festive than that.

Robin

Meaning: Another unisex name, Robin is a Germanic name meaning ‘fame, bright’. A robin is also a bird associated with Christmas time.

Rudolph

Meaning: Rudolph has French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish origins. It’s said to mean ‘fame’ and ‘glory’. Rudolph is also the name of Father Christmas’ favourite reindeer.

Theodore

Meaning: From the Greek name Theódoros, meaning ‘God-given’ and ‘God’s gift’.

Winter

Meaning: A unisex name, fitting for a little bundle of joy born over the winter festive season.

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