Winter is a beautiful time. Snuggle-worthy weather and of course, the holidays. You spend your time skiing, sipping hot chocolate and curling on the couch with a book. Besides all these lovely things, winter is also the best season for your baby naming inspiration. The chilly weather and beautiful white landslide can inspire even the most insipid people. So, here is our list of some winter baby names inspired by mythology, literature, and of course, the weather.
Baby Names Meaning Snow For Girls:
Alaska, traditionally used for baby girls, brings to mind the beautiful, snow mountains and plains of the state Alaska. It’s a Native American name and means ‘great land.’ Initially, it may sound a bit weird to call your daughter Alaska, but your child will eventually grow into it. And it means ‘great land,’ which effectively captures the beauty of the snow-laden north.
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If you want a direction as a name for your child, North will make a perfect name. The name got attention when Kim Kardashian used it for her daughter. But. it never really gained popularity even after being so much talked about. And, it’s up to you whether you want to use it for your baby boy or girl.
Noelle is the feminine form of Noel and means ‘Christmas.’ It would make a charming name for your daughter. And it’s enjoying its highest popularity even in the United States. It’s the 251st most popular baby name right now.
Christmas sounds prettier and more contemporary than the traditional Noelle or Natalie. And it isn’t even much used, so you’ll have a unique name for your daughter. Or you can go with Christine, which is strongly associated with Christmas. It would make a great name for mid-December born baby.
If snowflakes are what giving you and your newborn company, Crystal will make a perfect name. It reminds us of the beautiful icicles that decorate our homes every year. You can even opt for its spelling variant, Krystal, which means ‘sparkling’. It was at its peak in 1998, when it held the 53rd spot.
January would make a gorgeous name for your little girl. You can take reference of January Jones of “Mad Men” here. January is named after Janus, the god of transitions and beginning. And it’s one of the coldest months of the year. Technically, this name would be suitable for any baby as all the newborns are a new beginning.
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Eira is a lovely name that would suit any girl. It is inspired by the Norse Goddess Eir and means ‘snow’ in Welsh. It’s familiar in Sweden and Norway, where it’s ranked 166 and 104 respectively. Its variations- Eirwen means ‘white as snow’ and Eirlys means ‘snowdrop’.
Neve is an excellent way to link your little one to the winter season. It’s an anglicized spelling of Niamh and means ‘snow’. You will recognize this name if you are a fan of Conan O’ Brien. This name also made it to the top 200-baby name list in Wales, England, and Scotland in 2014.
Demetria is the name of the Greek goddess who is responsible for winter. You can shorten this lovely name to Demi for the nickname. Both Demi Lovato and Demi Moore would attest to that. In fact, Demi was the most popular name in Louisiana in the year 2014, when it ranked 88.
The blanket of white snow outside your house may prompt you to name your daughter Bianca, which means ‘white’. This name originated in Italy and entered the mainstream through one of Shakespeare’s works. Bianca Jagger, the wife of Mick Jagger further popularized this name. It currently holds the 360th position among popular names in the United States.
Elsa is one of the most attention-grabbing, winter inspired name. It came to the forefront from Disney’s popular movie “Frozen”. But, what most of you don’t know that it is the short form of Elizabeth and originates from the Hebrew language. The name means ‘God is satisfaction’ and is currently moving up the charts.
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Nothing screams winters and holidays more than Holly. The bright berries of the holly trees ripen during the winter season, giving a splash of color to a somewhat dismal season. We think Holly would make a perfect wintry name for your December baby.
Ivy is a fun way to give a nod to your favorite season. It’s an English baby name and means ‘faithfulness’. It also a winter vine that looks bright and beautiful in the dead of winter. The moniker continues to trend up and has become a highly popular choice in Scotland, Wales, England, and New Zealand.
If you find Ice too over the top and too straightforward for a baby name, you can use Iclyn. This name makes us recall the snowflakes and icicles of the winter. And it has a great meaning too. Iclyn means ‘idealist or compassionate’.
Meaning ‘snow,’ Lumi would be a perfect name for your winter daughter. Lumi is quite familiar in its native land and is in the top 40 baby name list. Lumikki is another variation of Lumi.
The moniker Natalie was traditionally given to girls born on the Christmas day. So if your due date is on or near 25th December, keep the tradition going by naming her Natalie.
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Surprised? Don’t be! Snow is now an official baby girl name. Fresh, pure and straightforward, this evocative name would aptly suit a child born in the coldest time of the year. It is also reminiscent of the endearing Snow White, the Disney princess. It current ranks 387, but it will probably move higher.
Pronounced as ‘nee-eh-behs’, Nieves is a Spanish name that originated in honor of the Virgin Maria, Our Lady of the Snows. The name refers to the miracle that Mother Mary performed when the snow did not melt in the August heat in Rome.
Blanche is an old-timey name that is used more often because it sounds adorable. Blanche happens to be the French word for ‘white’ and goes very well with the snowy, wintery season.
This Welsh name definitely makes us think of Christmas. Some of you may find the meaning a little less jolly (Guardian of the Sea), but who would even ask the meaning of Merry? And the best part is that it can be used for either gender.
Belonging to the Swedish saint of Christmas, Lucia would make a fitting name for baby girls due in December.
Meaning ‘bright and white’, the Latin name Alba brings to mind the image of fresh white snow on a winter day.
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In the famous Christmas song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, the singer receives two doves on the second day of Christmas. So Paloma, meaning ‘dove,’ would make an ideal name for your daughter.
The name Ember conjures up images of a toasty and warm fire on a cold winter night. No wonder it’s loved so much by parents.
This Welsh name, meaning ‘white footprint,’ references to the walk we take during the winters in the snow. This moniker comes from Welsh mythology goddess who made flowers spring up with every step she took. This name was at its peak in 1917.
Here’s another winter-inspired baby name gaining popularity, not just in the United States, but on the global front. The origin and meaning of this name are not very clear, but it’s most probably inspired by the juniper tree. Some believe that it’s a spinoff of the Welsh name Guinevere.
Gwendolyn is a lovely baby name originating in the Welsh language. This name secured the 420th rank for baby girls in the year 2014. Meaning ‘fair and blessed’, Gwendolyn was the most popular name in Alaska in the year 2014. You can shorten it to Gwen if you want something snappy.
Frostine is a French name, meaning ‘snow’. It’s fanciful, though slightly over the top. This name is best-known in the United States as the name of the Candyland queen. We believe that Frostine would make a lovely pick for any little girl.
This birthstone of the month of January, Garnet is full of warmth for winter babies. This name was used hundreds of years ago. But it is currently experiencing a revival, along with its sisters Pearl and Ruby.
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The Spanish name Nieva, meaning ‘snowing’ has a clean and pure aura and is evocatively exotic. This name saw a steep rise in 2013, so we are keeping an eye on it.
As strong as Oak, the name is one the rise for both the genders. While Oakley is a gender-neutral name, Annie Oakley has made this name girl-appropriate. This moniker made to the top 1000 for the first time in the year 2013 and then rose another 150 spots in the year 2014.
Winter Baby Names For Boys:
Aspen is a unisex name inspired by the graceful tree with heart-shaped leaves that shiver and quiver in the breeze. The name is also associated with the trendy ski resort in Colorado. So if you enjoy winter sports, it would make a great pick for your son.
Douglas is one of the most familiar Christmas or winter tree. The name is attached to the Scottish clan renowned for their courage and strength.
If you want something unusual for your son, we suggest you go with Quilo, a Roman mythology name referring to the North Wind.
Wondering what’s Jack doing on this list? It’s here because of Jack Frost, the personification of ice, sleet, snow, ice and freezing snow. The name originated in the Medieval times as a derivative of John. The meaning of this solid name is ‘God is gracious’.
This Greek name, meaning ‘people’s victory’ has been a favorite for several centuries. It’s associated with Santa Claus, whose real name is St. Nicholas. We’re pretty sure that Santa wouldn’t mind sharing his name with your son. You know how big hearted he is, right? For the nickname, you can stick the good old Nick.
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Rudolf would make a stylish name for your son. It may belong to the most famous and most favorite reindeer of Santa Claus, but his name means ‘wolf’. We think Rudy for the nickname would be incredibly adorable.
Whittaker is a classic name, meaning ‘from the white field’. It sounds cool, brisk and fresh, isn’t it? Whittaker is used commonly as a surname, but its real charm lies when used as a first name. In 2014, Whittaker was used for 13 babies in the United States.
Robin, the name of the winter bird, is also a classic baby boy name. The meaning of this German name is ‘bright and shining’, just like the little bird featured on the Christmas cards. Robin was the 143rd most popular baby boy name in 1956, but fell as the years went by. If you wish, you can spell Robin as Robyn.
Winter is not just a season name now. It has been adopted as a full-fledged moniker for both boys and girls. And when you can have Spring, Summer, and Autumn, then why not winter? It also conjures up images of cold, snow-laden trees and landscapes. You can also keep Wynter to make it look a bit different. Keep Winnie as the nickname for Winter. It means ‘gentle friend or holy peacemaking’.
Bodhi Day, which is a Buddhist holiday in December, can also be the inspiration behind your son’s baby name. This moniker means ‘awakening’ or ‘enlightenment’. Celebrities like Teresa Palmer and Megan Fox, both have named their sons Bodhi, and both were coincidentally born in winter.
Here’s another bird name used widely as a moniker for boys. It’s an ideal wintry name without being too obvious. The Irish people have dubbed this name as the ‘magician of bird’ and rightly so. It is also similar to Eirwen, a Welsh name that means ‘white as snow’.
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If you want your child’s name to reflect the wintry weather, name him Yukio. It’s a short and sweet Japanese name, meaning ‘snow’ and is heard commonly in anime shows. It would make a standout pick for a little boy who has an incredibly cute attitude.
The name Crispin is perfect for a boy born on a crisp winter day. It’s considered the wintry version of the famous Chris or Christopher. Its literal meaning ‘curly-haired’ is unexpected, though. In the year 2014, Crispin was amongst the top 2000 baby names for boys. And it is ranked higher in Wales and England.
Here’s the beautiful, snow-capped scenery inspired baby name for your child. Yas is a Native American name and means ‘snow’. It would nod to both your family’s history and the entry of your little man.
Nevada is a baby boy name of Spanish origin and means ‘snow clad’. We find this name perfect for a cute little boy who has big dreams and aspiration. It would sound great as a middle name. It’s also the name of a western US state.
For this name, we’ve taken a cue from Savannah Guthrie’s pick. The fun part is that Vail, its alternate spelling is the name of a popular winter skiing destination and conjures up wintry images. Despite being so popular, Vale is not very popular with the masses. How we wish it were.
This popular surname has started to join the ranks of trendy first names. And could there be any more suitable moniker for a child born in the icy cold morning? We think, no! This moniker has not seen a revival in the United States since the 80s. So why not give it a well-deserved comeback?
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Dong is a Chinese name, meaning ‘winter’. It’s elegant, chic and would make a great name for any baby, not just for those born in the winters. This name would appeal not just to people with Chinese heritage, but also with people with a flair of foreign names.
This name may sound like fire, but it also reminds us of a snowstorm. With a name like Blaze, your child is sure to stand out from the crowd. And it’s a great alternative to the common name Storm. Blaze is ranked 4896 in the United States, and is slowly, but steadily rising in the charts.
We’ve added Colden to the list because it has the word ‘cold’. But it is an Old English name, meaning ‘dark valley’. You can even try its alternate spelling, Coldin.
The weather channels started naming their winter storms Jonas in 2012, which is quite an odd choice. Jonas is the Greek variation of Jonah and means ‘dove’. So you can say this name is emblematic of the calmness and peace after the winter storm.
Lixue is a lovely Chinese name meaning ‘pretty snow’. Parents who crush on names that have ‘x’ in between would be slightly disappointed as Lixue is pronounced as ‘lee-shweh-ee”. So, there are chances that Lixue would not make it outside the Chinese culture.
Kari is a lovely Turkish name, meaning ‘covered with snow’. It’s wintry while not being too much out there. While we think that Kari is pretty on its own, some people might associate it with Carly.
If you enjoy stargazing during the winters, this name is for you. Aster, the unisex name, meaning ‘star’ brings to mind the infamous Star of Bethlehem. And it will stand out of the crowd from the other wintry names.
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Storm, meaning ‘tempest’ is a name that parents are beginning to consider for its simplicity. The name was at its all-time high in the year 1995, when it was the 835th most popular name in the United States. Storm is a popular name in the overseas as well. It held the 90th spot in Norway in 2014.
Here’s another lovely name for boys born around Christmas. Christian is a traditional Greek name, meaning ‘follower of Christ’. This name was once considered overtly pious but is now considered bold, perhaps after being influenced by celebs like Christian Bale. Did you know that Christian was a female name in the Middle Ages?
Noel is the male form of the name Noelle. This French for Christmas has been given to boys since the Middle Ages. This moniker is sophisticated and quintessentially British, just like its namesake Noel Coward. It stands the 13th spot in Finland, 60th spot in Sweden and the 356th spot in the United States.
Frost is an English surname meaning ‘born in a cold spell’. After being heard as the last name of the vulnerable poet Robert, the British actress Sadie and the talk show host David, this name is now resurfacing, as a first name along with other winter names likes Snow or Winter.
Yule would make a nice alternative if you find Noel or Christian too mundane. The meaning of Yule is ‘winter solstice’.
This winter-inspired name would make a great pick for boys born during Christmas. Gabriel is the name of the archangel who delivered the news of the birth of Jesus Christmas. He presided over the Paradise, serving as the angel of life, joy, mercy, and dream. The meaning of this Hebrew name is ‘God is my strength’.
Meaning ‘bringer of treasure’, this lovely Persian name is associated with the Three Wise Men. This name has been rocketing up the baby name charts in the United States after being considered a posh name in England for long. You can use Jaz for the nickname.
These winter inspired baby names will sound beautiful, no matter what time of the year your baby is born in. Which of these baby names would you select for your child? Tell us by commenting below!
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