10 Popular Holiday Baby Names and Their Meaning

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially if there is a little bun in the oven that will make his or her debut during the holidays. There are several great names you can choose from to commemorate the holiday season and your joyus event.

Holiday Baby Names for Girls

Angelica

This name is derived from the Latin word Angelicus, which means “angelic.” It is also related to the Greek word Angelos, which means “messenger.” This name is perfect for those little angels born during the Christmas holidays. It has been used as a female given name in Italy and England since the 18th century. It was recorded in early poetry (1495 and 1532) in the Orlando Poems by Boiardo and Ariosto, where the name was given to Orlando’s love interest.

Belle

The name means “beautiful” in French. It is also a reminder of the calming sounds of church bells on Christmas Eve. Bells are a reminder of a new beginning and the bringing of good news.  

Carol

Is an English name that is a pleasant reminder of the beautiful Carols sung at Christmas time. It means “song” or “hymn” in English. The name hit its peak in popularity during the 1930s and 40s, but is making a comeback in recent years.  

Holly

The iconic holiday name represents the holly leaves and berries used in festive Christmas decorations. This name is derived from the English word for Holly tree, which came from the Old English word holen. For decades, it has been a favorite name given to girls born around Christmas.  

Joy

This sweet name embodies the holiday spirit we feel this time of year. It is an Middle English and Old French name that is derived from the word Joie.

Holiday Baby Names For Boys

Balthazar

Is a Judeo-Christian name that was traditionally assigned to one of the Three Wise Men or Magi that came to visit the Christ child in the biblical nativity story.  

Gabriel

This name’s holiday tradition stems from the biblical story about the angel Gabriel who appeared to Mary and announced that she would be the mother of Jesus. For some, this story marks the beginning of the nativity story and the miracle of Christ’s birth. The name stems from the Hebrew name Gavri’el, which means “God is my strong man.”  

Nicholas

Nicholas is the English rendition of the Latin name Nicolaus. It was derived from the post-classical Greek name Nikolaos meaning “victory of the people.” The name is originally attributed to Nike the Greek goddess of victory. The name was regarded by many in high esteem due to the 4th century bishop of Anatolia, St. Nicolas, who became the patron saint of Russia, Greece, and of sailors, children, and wolves. It became popularized as a Christian name in the 12th century. Since then, there have been two Czars of Russia and five popes who were named after the good St. Nicolas. As the patron saint of children, St. Nicolas became the basis upon which the Dutch fictional character Sinterklaas was created in the late 19th century. Sinterklass is the predecessor to Santa Claus, the jolly old man who brings good children presents every year at Christmas.  

Noel

Is probably the most Christmasy name you can get. It is the English form of the French name Noël, which means “Christmas season.This name originated from the Latin word natalis, which means “birth.” It has been used as a given name for boys since the Middle Ages. The female version is Noelle.  

Tannen

Derived from the German word Tanne, which means “fir tree.” A unique and refreshing holiday name that reminds us of the famous Christmas tree carol “O Tannenbaum.”