There is a certain kind of magical energy in the air. Whether or not someone's a fan of the holiday season, there truly is something so pretty and inspirational about the first flakes of snow, the lights, and for the most part people attempting to be kinder to one another.
We tend to focus on family first, togetherness, and the important things that make the holiday season so memorable. December babies are born into a time of year when autumn becomes winter, and are often thrust into a number of highly social situations, sometimes when they are just weeks, or days old.
These children often share their special day with other celebrations, with some December babes loving it, while others begrudge the thought of having yet another multi-purpose New Year’s/birthday party.
Some fully embrace the festive nature of having a December birthday, using advent calendars and other sweets to count down to yet another special day they get to observe around twinkle lights, fragrant trees, and hot cups of cocoa.
In Astrology babies born in December are guided by the planet Jupiter, and the sign of Sagittarius. They are said to be truth seekers, natural teachers, and philosophers. The birthstone for those born in this month is Turquoise, or alternatively Lapis Lazuli.
For anyone who’s expecting a baby this time of year, or is particularly fond of everything sparkled, merry, and bright, this list is a great inspiration for baby names. While many tend to favor December inspired names as middle names, these also make wonderful and often original first names. Here are 25 baby names inspired by December.
For those who are hometown (or home State) proud. Alaska can be the perfect name for a little baby born in December. Alaska is in the North Pole which is said to be the home of Santa Claus himself!
Alaska is most commonly used as the name for a baby girl, and although unique it currently ranks among the top 1000 names in America.
Nicknames for this sweet stately name include: Lask, Ally, Al, Lassie and Lacky.
Alaska is the main character in the book Looking for Alaska by John Green.
The name Alaska was introduced to refer to the peninsula during the Russian colonial period. Alaska means the mainland or the great land. The name comes from the Aleut aleyska which literally means the object toward which the action of the sea is directed. Alaska is the 49th state of the United States of America.
Is your little baby a star, or a flower? She can be both with this precious little name. A flower that looks like a brighter, bolder daisy, adorning a bright yellow center and violet petals, this beauty is found in Eurasia. This name can be used for babies of both genders.
Aster is the Greek word meaning star.
In numerology the name Star is a four, so baby will be compassionate, sensitive, and an idealist. The name Aster is a nine in numerology, so you can expect the following traits: sincerity, practicality, and discipline.
The Northern Star is the term often used for the star Polaris. The Star of Bethlehem is also sometimes called The Christmas Star, which according to the Bible revealed the birth of Jesus, and led the Biblical Maji to Bethlehem.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman.
Will a baby have a generous loving spirit? With a name like this, how could they miss! This name representing good intentions and kindness is a start in the right direction for a giving-minded child.
The word charity is derived both from Late Latin caritas meaning "generous love", and from Latin carus "dear, beloved". At one time Caritas was a given Roman Christian name. The English name Charity was first used by the Puritans.
The three virtue names (Faith, Hope and Charity) have been traditionally given to triplet girls, and the names Faith and Hope are traditionally given to twin girls.
“You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.” Bill Gates.
December is known for long dark nights, and specifically the longest night of the year in terms of winter solstice, so parents with December born babies may want to name their baby after this dark name. This short and dark name is said to host both richness and depth.
Coal is what naughty little boys and girls are threatened with receiving in their stockings instead of gifts. Old King Cole was a real king. The name Cole is most popular in Scotland, and has been steadily rising in the popularity charts since the mid-1990’s. In 2015, the name Cole ranked 115 in terms of popularity.
Cole is a surname that is English in origin, and was much less frequently used as a given name. It is of Middle English origin, and its meaning is "swarthy, coal-black, and charcoal".
“Old King Cole was a merry old soul, and a merry old soul was he; He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl, and he called for his fiddlers three.” Old nursery rhyme.
There’s a certain freshness, and a smell to the weather outside just before it snows outside. This type of energy in the air was captured through the sweet baby name Crispin. Some believe this is the perfect name for a baby born on a cold and crisp December day.
St. Crispin was the patron saint of shoemakers, and he died in the third century. The name Crispin is referred to by Shakespeare in Henry V. Henry V fought a grand battle on St. Crispin’s Day.
When taken from the Latin origin, crispus, the name means one with curled or curly hair.
Actor Crispin Glover was named after the speech in the Shakespearean play. In the Harry Potter series, Crispin Cronk is a wizard who was known for keeping a number of sphinxes in his backyard.
This is a fantastic name for little boys or girls with cute nicknames including: Cris, Kip, or Pip.
This uncommon name can be used for little girls and boys. The name is perfect for a babe born on a cold December night. December is the twelfth and last month of the year in both Julian and Gregorian calendars. Let this little spark of a name light a family’s way through the winter solstice and the days with the fewest hours of daylight.
This is quite an unusual name with only three babies per million given this name in the year 2016.
December is derived from the Latin word Decem, which means ten, because at one time it was the tenth month of the year. December is also known for being the last month of autumn and the first of winter.
The Decemberists are an American Indie Rock band from Portland, Oregon.
“December's wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer's memory.” John Geddes.
Demi Moore’s celebrity alone saw this name rise in popularity from obscurity into a top thousand name in the 1990’s. This unusual name is sure to be a unique pick, particularly for those residing in North America.
While the literal meaning of Demi is half, it also is a shortened version of the Greek Goddess who is responsible for harvest, fertility and the earth. Although she is described as being associated with harvest, she is also connected with the life cycle of death, which many of us see in nature when trees have shed their leaves, lying barren until spring.
The name Demi is growing in popularity in Europe, most notably in The Netherlands where it borders on becoming a top 100 baby name.
“When snow falls, nature listens.” Antoinette van Kleeff.
Other notable people who share the name include Demi Lovato and author Demi Hunt.
There’s something light and fluffy about this name, that floats off of the tongue. This pretty and unusual name for a little girl, is essentially the Welsh version of the name “Snow White”.
This Welsh little girl’s name means white as the snow, which is also associated with purity. Some parents worry that this name may not be easy to pronounce, particularly in North America where people are not as familiar with Welsh names.
People with the name are said to be lively, headstrong, independent, and the type of person who seeks the spotlight. Those with the name are also thought to be an activist at heart with a profound understanding of the value of friendship.
“The First snow is like the first love. Do you remember your first snow?” Lara Biyuts.
17 Emmanuel/ Emmanuelle
This is a fantastic name for a spiritual family looking to pass these teachings on to the next generation. This name is fantastic in the way that it has several wonderful nickname options for baby boys and girls to suit their personalities as they grow up.
The Hebrew name means God is with us and is representative of faith. In the Old Testament of the Bible it was the foretold name of the Messiah. The name Emmanuel is particularly popular in Spain (often as Manuel) and ranked 150 in terms of popularity in 2015.
Nicknames for Emmanuel include: Manny, Manuel
Emmanuelle is the French and female version of Emmanuel.
Star of the television series Shameless Emmy Rossum’s full name is Emmanuelle.
Nicknames for Emmanuelle include: Em, Emma, Emmy, and Ella.
There are so many long winter evenings people want to savor during December, why not select a baby name that is good for little girl’s (and more rarely little boy’s) to mark those long silent winter nights. Eve is often used to indicate the anticipatory night before a great celebration.
Eve is a Hebrew name meaning living and enlivening. According to the creation myth Eve was the first woman, and is known as the wife of Adam. Although Eve is not a Saint, the name day for those named Adam and Eve is celebrated on December 24th each year.
The Soul Urge number for the name Eve is 1, and people who have this name are said to be natural leaders with a great sense of personal independence.
In 2015, this name for little girls ranked 476 in popularity.
Notable people who share the name include: Eve Plumb, Playwright Eve Ensler, and rapper Eve.
Gabriel is both a given name and a surname that is derived from the Hebrew meaning God is my strength. It gained popularity thanks to the association with the Biblical archangel Gabriel. He appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament where he announces the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary.
It is also believed that he might be the archangel who announces the return of Christ with a trumpet. In Islam, he was known as the angel who dictated the Qur’an to Muhammad. This popular name ranked 22 for little boys in 2016, whereas the name Gabrielle ranked 205.
The nickname for Gabriel is Gabe, and women name Gabrielle can go by Gabs, Abby, Gabby, Brie, Belle, Bella, Elle, Ella, and Gia.
Gabrielle was the real name of famous French fashion designer and icon Coco Chanel.
Notable People who share the name include: Comedian Gabriel Iglesias and Pop singer Gabrielle Bobb.
A charming name for a baby girl born amongst the first of the fallen snow. The name means "white ring", and comes from a combination of the Welsh gwen, which means "white, fair, blessed" and dolen which means "ring". Gwendolen was a mythical queen of the Britons who defeated her own husband in battle.
“Snow isn't just pretty. It also cleanses our world and our senses, not just of the soot and grime of a Fife mining town but also of a kind of weary familiarity, a taken-for-granted quality to which our eyes are all too susceptible.” John Burnside
Nicknames for Gwendolen include: Gwen, Gwenni, Gwennie, Gwyn, and Wendy.
Notable People who share versions of the name include: Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani.
This light and bright name is perfect for a December born baby girl. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas while you welcome a sweet little girl into your brood. This name is taken directly from the Holly tree, an evergreen with bright green glossy and pointed leaves, as well as clusters of vibrant red berries.
In addition to the tree inspiration, Holly is also an old English/Irish last name derived from hol leah which means the clearing by the hollow.
“Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?” Emily Bronte.
In the UK this name is currently very popular, just outside the top 30 most popular names. The name Holly was most popular in 1983, and ranks 490 in terms of usage in the United States in 2016.
Notable people who share the name include: Holly Hunter and Holly Montag.
How better to rejoice about the arrival of a new baby than to name her after the happiness she has provided. This French baby name literally means rejoicing. This short and spunky name is just three letters long.
This name often is associated with a previous generation of other word names including: Merry, Bliss, and Glory. Joy is most often used as a middle name, and reached its current peak in popularity in 1974. Today its popularity is on the rise, and it ranked 436 in terms of popularity in 2015.
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi
Notable people who share the name include: TV talk host Joy Behar, actor Joy Tanner, and folk singer Joy Williams. Inventor Joy Mangano had her life celebrated on film and was portrayed in the biopic starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joy.
Those with a Finnish or Estonian background may want to name their baby Lumi which means snow. The word Lumi is also the Albanian word for river. This is another great name that means snow, but doesn’t scream it from the mountain tops. Lumi sounds a lot like luminous and may be associated with other names that mean light, which is another pleasant meaning for a baby name.
Although Lumi is a girl’s name in another language, it is extremely easy to pronounce and spell in English, which many parents will see as a bonus. The name is extremely rare, never making it into the top 1000 names, only given to a handful of girls each year.
“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.” Roger Ebert.
The Lumineers are a popular rock band from the United States.
This name, spelled either way is a wonderful reminder of a December babe’s arrival. Mary is the English form of the name Maria, which originates from the Hebrew name Miryam. Suggested meanings for the name Mary include rebelliousness, bitter, wished-for-child, or beloved lady (when referring to the Virgin Mary).
Some believe the name has Egyptian origins and is based on the word mry which means love.
Merry means lighthearted and happy, the perfect name for a joyful little girl. The name Merry ranks 8,292 in popularity for 2016. The more traditional Mary used to be the most common given baby name from 1800 through 1961 (except for six years when it stood behind the name Linda and was number 2). Mary ranked 168 in popularity in 2016.
Notable people who share the name include: Mary J. Blige, Mary Lou Retton, and novelist Mary Shelley.
Neve is another one syllable sweet little girl’s name that is Latin for snow. This is a fantastic selection for anyone who loves snow, but isn’t fond of it as a bold name choice. This name is the Anglicized version of the name Niamh which is Gaelic for bright. Neve is also the Italian and Portuguese word for snow.
Although most people pronounce the name Nev, the true correct pronunciation of this short and simple name is Neeve.
“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up another quite different, and if this is not an enchantment, where is it to be found?” J.B. Priestley.
Notable people who share the name include actor Neve Campbell. Conan O’Brien named his daughter Nev. In terms of popularity Neve ranked 2807 in 2016.
One of the best things about this name is its subtlety, December themed, but without the brightly colored lights flashing. Naming a child after good Old Saint Nick could be a fun way to celebrate his December birthday.
St. Nicholas was a wealthy man born in the third century. Nicholas’s parents left him a great deal of money when they died and he chose to follow the teachings of Jesus selling what he owned and giving the money to the poor. St. Nicholas is known for his good deeds and the way he protected those in need. The name Nicholas is a fantastic fit for a kind hearted and generous little boy!
The name Nicholas is Greek in origin and means victory of the people.
Nicknames for Nicholas include: Nick, Nic, Nicky, Nik, and Collin.
Notable people who share the name include: Nicholas Hoult, Nicholas Sparks, Nicholas Brendon, and Nicholas Cage.
For a baby who arrived under the Christmas tree the same night that Santa came, Noel/Noelle could be the perfect fit, as it means children born during the Christmas season. This name is a great fit for a baby girl or boy. Perhaps “the First Noel” would be a great fit for the eldest child within a family.
The name was most popular in the mid-1990’s, likely thanks to the British invasion 2.0 and everyone’s love of the rock band Oasis. The name experienced another dramatic increase in 2015 and 2016, and ranked 434 in terms of popularity this year.
Notable people who share the name include: singers Noel Gallagher and Noelle Scaggs.
For those who aren’t completely sold on the name Noel, perhaps consider an anagram of the name like Elon or Leon as they contain the same letters as Noel.
While many people know about this name because of the infamous celebrity couple that everyone loves to hate, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, we can’t hold it against their cute little daughter, North West. Directional names like West, Weston, and Easton are starting to gain popularity, so why should North be any different?
One of four cardinal directions on a compass, the name north also matches the changing seasons. This name can be used for both baby girls and boys. We like it best for those who want to pay tribute toward their snowy roots in snowbound areas like Winnipeg or Minnesota.
The word north is related to the Old High German word nord which means “down” or “under”. The direction north is associated with colder climates, and most of the land masses at high altitudes (such as mountains) are located within the Northern Hemisphere.
“Aurora had but newly chased the night, and purpled o'er the sky with blushing light.” John Dryden about the Northern Lights.
This ancient Welsh name is sure to be a hit amongst those who like the name Bronwyn, but want something a little more unusual. Olwen is the name of a legendary princess from an Arthurian era romance. She was the daughter of a giant and her magical powers left white clovers that looked like footprints wherever she walked.
The name simply means white footprint. This is the perfect girl name for the enchanting wee one who’s bound to leave little white footprints every winter for years and years to come. This is quite a rare name ranking 14,933 in popularity among little girl names for 2015.
“Thank goodness for the first snow. It was a reminder – no matter how old you became and how much you’d seen – things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.” Candace Bushnell.
How unusual is any name that begins with the letter Q? This name is from Roman mythology and means north wind and is perfect for a cool breeze of a child, usually for a little boy.
The north wind blows from the north to the south and signals both cold weather and seasonal change within the Northern Hemisphere, while in Australia (the Southern Hemisphere) the north wind is hot and can often lead to bushfires.
In other mythologies there are different named gods of the north wind and cold air (although we still like Quilo the best). In Greek mythology Boreas was the god of the north who brought cold winter air. Within Inuit mythology the north wind is represented by Negagfok, a spirit who likes brisk and stormy weather.
This name is extremely rare as both a first and surname.
This light and fluffy, pure and simple word also makes a fantastic name for a baby boy or girl, although the name is 12 times more likely to be used for a baby girl than it is for a baby boy. The usage of the name is most common as a middle name. We expect a surge in popularity in the name thanks to everyone’s favorite member of the Night’s Watch, dreamy Game of Thrones hero, Jon Snow.
Snowflakes, like children, come in a variety of shapes and sizes with each one having its own different characteristics. Beyond earth, Venus can experience a variation of snow as we know it, only there the snow also is composed of metallic compounds.
“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.
So many beautiful images of the early days of winter involve nature and a fresh fallen bed of snow. This is why Whitaker, a name that means white field, is an awesome and unusual pick for a winter born baby boy.
As a last name this name comes from a family who lived in a settlement near Kent, England and means white field/ wheat field.
The unusual name Whitaker ranked 1672 in terms of popularity for the year 2016.
In the winter time we goWalking in the fields of snow;
Where there is no grass at all;Where the top of every wall,
Every fence, and every tree,Is as white as white can be.
Pointing out the way we came,-Every one of them the same-
All across the fields there be,Prints in silver filigree;
And our mothers always know,By the footprints in the snow,
Where it is the children go.
Notable people named Whitaker include actor Forest Whitaker.
This is the perfect name for a delicate little winter born bird. Wrens are small birds, known for their loud and complex songs. Wren is a cool, short, creative, and modern name for a little girl.
Wren is derived from the Old English word Wrenna. The name Wren was ranked 577 in popularity in 2016. Some may prefer to try this name with a different spelling such as Renna.
“I honor the wisdom of life. I learn from life in all its forms. The tree teaches me. The sparrow and the wren sing my song. I am open to the lessons Life brings me from the earth. I learn from the wind, from the sun, from the small flowers, and from the stars."
"I walk without arrogance. I learn from all I encounter. I open my mind and heart to the guidance and love that come to me from the natural world.” Julia Cameron.