Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Names For Boys

Hello everyone! Christmas is fast approching! I thought I'd share with you some name ideas for little boys born around Christmastime. If you're looking for a Christmasy girls name I've written an aricle about that. Also if you're looking for a name for a baby born at another time during winter (late December to mid March), check out Wonderful Winter Names For Girls and Wonderful Winter Names For Boys. I hope you find something you like!



Christmas Names For Boys



Luke, #34
  • Meaning: light
  • Origin: Greek
Luke is one of the books of the Bible where the story of the birth of Jesus is told, making it an appropriate but subtle choice for a boy born around Christmas. The meaning light can also refer to light of the star that guided the wise men and Jesus coming as the light of all mankind (John 1:9).




Matthew, #15
  • Meaning: gift of God
  • Origin: Hebrew
Matthew is the other book of the Bible where the story of the birth of Christ is told. It also has the great Christmasy meaning "gift of God". Matthew was ultra popular in the 80s and 90s and it's still well used now. If you're looking for a solid, standby name, Matthew is a very meaningful selection.

Joshua, #21
  • Meaning: The Lord saves.
  • Origin: Hebrew
In Spanish-speaking cultures, Jesus is used as a first name but genreally in English speaking cultures, it's not. However, a way to honor Jesus, whose birth is reflected on during the Christmas season, is Joshua. Jesus is a Greek variation of the Hebrew name Joshua, meaning "the Lord saves". In Matthew 1:21, an angel announces what Jesus's name would be and he is named for the meaning.






Immanuel, #993

  • Meaning: God with us
  • Origin: Hebrew
While Jesus is not often used as a name but Immanuel, Jesus's other name is (Matthew 1:23). What a wonderful truth, "God with us"! The alterate spelling Emmanuel is much more popular at number 171. Manny is a cute nickname.





Joseph, #20
  • Meaning: May the Lord increase
  • Origin: Hebrew
As people reflect on the birth of Christ, thoughts will turn as well to Joseph who was Jesus's stepfather. What an amazing responsibility to be the earthly father of God in the flesh! Joseph is another classic name that's been well-used for centuries. If Joe and Joey aren't your style, Joss is a more modern sounding nickname.



Nathan, #31
  • Meaning: gift
  • Origin: Hebrew
Children are always a gift so Nathan makes a great name all the time. Gifts are traditionally at Christmastime making Nathan a great Christmas name. Nathan could also be a way to honor the gift God gave in sending Jesus to earth and to the cross. There are also longer forms like Nathanael and Jonathan.



Gabriel, #24

  • Meaning: "God is my strength"
  • Origin: Hebrew
Gabriel is a very popular name that's been steadily in the 20s range for a decade and never out of the top 1000. Gabriel is a Christmasy name in my opinion because he's the angel that told Mary she would bear the son of God. The soft sound of Gabriel backed up by the strength of an angel make it very appealing.








Angelo

  • Meaning: angel
  • Origin: Italian from Greek
Angelo is an old Italian name that got a boost in popularity a few years ago but ultimately is on its way down. I think Angelo has an ultra-cool Italian flair. It makes a great Christmas name because of the angels that announced and sang at Jesus's birth.



Pax

  • Meaning: peace
  • Origin: Latin
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." is what the angels announced to the shepherds on the night of Christ's birth. Pax is the Latin word for peace, as in peace on earth. I think Pax is a sweet, strong, and very meaningful name. We need peace on earth, which only comes from Christ, not only at Christmas but every day of our lives.




There you have it! A list of Christmas names for boys! My favorites from this list are Gabriel, Joseph, and Pax. I hope you saw something you liked and I truly hope that you have a very merry Christmas full of the peace of Christ!

                                   

Which names are your favorite? Are there any you would add? Let me know in comments!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Names for Girls

The holiday season is in full swing! I hope it's been a cheerful one for you so far and I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas! It would be such a special thing to have a baby at this special time of year and there are plenty of special names to reflect that. Today I want to talk about all the gorgeous girls names that have Christmasy meanings and associations. Some might surprise you! If you're looking for a winter name but not necessarily a Christmas name (January, February and part of March are winter, too, you know), then check out Wonderful Winter Names For Girlsand Wonderful Winter Names For Boys. If you're looking for names like Ivy, Belle, and Holly, that's where you'll find them.




Christmas Names for Girls


Christmas
  • Meaning: Mass of Christ
  • Origin: English
Do people actually name their babies Christmas? Yes. Yes, they do but not very many of them. Christmas is not ranked in the top 1000. I know a total of one person named Christmas but I'm surprised I know any all. Chris, Christy, Chrissy, and Missy are all possible nicknames for Christmas. If you're having a Christmas baby and want to go for the super obvious name, Christmas might be the name for you but if you'd prefer a more a more subtle choice, there are plenty of other options.


Noelle, #296
  • Meaning: Christmas
  • Origin: French
Noel is the French word for Christmas (think: The First Noel and joyeux noel). The more feminine spelling Noelle is surprisingly popular and I imagine that people use it at other times of the year too. Noelle is super cute and sweet. It does have a Christmasy feel to it but I think its still fitting in July as well as December. Ellie makes for an adorable modern nickname!





Natalie, #21
  • Meaning: birth (as in the birth of Jesus)
  • Origin: French
Natalie has traditionally been used as a Christmas name but it's become very popular at other times of the year as well. If you're looking for a fitting Christmas name that most people won't necessarily associate with Christmas right off the bat, Natalie would make a great choice! Nat and Tally are some cute nickname options!


Noelia
  • Meaning: Christmas
  • Origin: Spanish
Noelia is not the Spanish word for Christmas (that's Navidad) but rather a Spanish variation of the French Noel. I'd never heard of Noelia before doing research for this article but I think it's gorgeous! It's also outside of the top 1000 so if you're looking for something less common, you might consider Noelia! Ellie and Lia would make great nicknames!



Christiana
  • Meaning: Christian, follower of Christ
  • Origin: Greek
Christiana is one of my favorite names year round! It's beautiful, feminine and not in the top 1000. If you're looking for a name that sounds like Christmas but isn't Christmas, Christiana would be an amazing choice! Christine, Christina, and many other more common variants would work as well. Nicknames for Christiana include Chris, Chrissy, Christy, Tia, Ana, and Tiana.


Mary, #121
  • Meaning: bitter
  • Origin: Hebrew
As so many reflect on the birth of Christ this season, it makes sense that thoughts would turn to Mary, the woman who found favor with God and was blessed to be the mother of God in the flesh. Mary has been so very well-used for centuries that it feels pretty dated. It's still very well used but it's one of those names that hardly anyone actually goes by. I think it would be kind of cute to hear a little girl go by Mary or even its French form Marie, whichi is often used as a middle name. There's also a host of longer forms of Mary such as Mariella, Mariana, Mary-Anne, Marybeth, Annemarie that you could use as well. 



Joy, #475
  • Meaning: Joy
  • Origin: English
Joy is a English virtue name that's been well used for quite some time and still is. I think Joy perfectly captures the Christmas season! It's included in many Christmas songs (like Joy to the World) and decorations. You can't find a much happier name than Joy!



Hope, #233
  • Meaning: Hope
  • Origin: English
We often think of joy at Christmastime but another very fitting virtue name would be Hope. The long-awaited coming of Christ brought hope to mankind and it's a hope we depend on even today. While the Christmas season is a season of joy, it's often a time when people need some hope to face the new year so I think Hope would make a delightful Christmas name!


Promise
  • Meaning: Promise
  • Origin: English
Promise is a gorgeous spiritual word name that's not particularly well used (although I do know one) but it's super cute and meaningful. I think it makes a great Christmas name because Christmas is a time that many reflect on the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah. Promise would be a beautiful way to honor the fulfilled promise of his coming as well as the countless other precious promises the Lord has made to us!



Emmanuelle
  • Meaning: God with us
  • Origin: Hebrew
Emanuelle is a little-used femininization of Jesus's other name: Immanuel, meaning "God with us" (Matthew 1:23). The meaning really makes me like this name. I think the concept of "God with us", that God would leave heaven, take on flesh and live as one of us,  is so awe-inspiring and exhilirating! His life here on earth (obviously) started at his birth and that's what people remember at Christmas. Emma, Emme, Emmy, Elle, and Ellie all make sweet nicknames for Emmanuelle.


Stella, #70
  • Meaning: star
  • Origin: Latin
Stella is short, sweet, and oh so pretty! It has gained quite a bit of popularity in the last few years along with similar sounding Ella and Bella. It makes a great Christmas name because of the star that God put in the sky that guided the wise men to Jesus.





Eliora
  • Meaning: light of God
  • Origin: Hebrew
Eliora is an absolutely stunning name and one of my very favorites on this list. It's not well used but its spelling and pronunciation are pretty straightforward. It makes a lovely Christmas name for two reasons. The first is the light from the special star God put int he sky that guided the wise men to Jesus and the second is that Jesus is the light of God that came into the world (John 1:9). Ellie and Lia make cute nicknames!





Angelina, #147 
  • Meaning: angel
  • Origin: Latin
Angelina is a lovely, long and feminine name that's been increasing in popularity within recent decades, hanging on the coattails of Angela, which was a top ten name from 1965-1979. Angelina (or Angela and its other forms) make great Christmas names because of the host of angels that came to sing at the birth of Christ (Luke 2:8-15).


There are many, many more names that I could have included on this list. Therese are just a few suggestions to get you thinking about Christmas names for girls. I hope there was something you like and I hope you have a very merry Christmas full of joy, hope and all of God's precious promises!


Which names do you like? Any you would add? Let me know in comments!