Posted: Dec 04, 2013 10:00 AM
The Christmas season is such a joyful time, especially when you have a baby on the way! Take inspiration from the beautiful sights and sounds of the beloved holiday to find the perfect baby name for your Christmas present-to-be.

The Nativity: Jesus is the reason for the season

Who better for your child to share a birthday with than Baby Jesus? The Christmas story offers baby names that are both biblical and exotic:

  • Angel: The angels brought tidings of great Joy and proclaimed, "For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
  • Beth: Jesus was born in a manger in the city of Bethlehem.
  • Caspar: Caspar (aka Gaspar) journeyed with Balthazar and Melchior to pay homage to the newborn king. They are also referred to as the Three Wiseman or Three Kings and are known as the Magi, a clever twist on traditional names such as Maggie and Madge.
  • Emmanuel: The name enables you to pay tribute to the Baby Jesus without using His Most Holy Name.
  • Frank: Frankincense was one of the precious gifts presented by the Magi. The kings also brought gold and myrrh, which inspire names such as Goldie, Murray and Myrna.
  • Gabriel:  The Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to a son and call him Jesus. Consider Gabriella for a girl.
  • Joseph: The Virgin Mary's betrothed, Joseph was assured in his dreams that he should take the mother-to-be as his wife. Josephina is a lovely feminine variant.
  • Luke: The story of Christmas is told in the gospels of Luke and Matthew.
  • Mary: Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus, is a long-standing traditional name of Hebrew origin. Make it more secular by changing the spelling to Merry.
  • Peace: Christmas is a season of peace, which makes a lovely name for a baby girl. Consider Pearce for a boy.
  • Star: This brilliant light guided the shepherds and the kings to Jesus.

The North Pole: Santa Claus is coming to town

The man in the big red suit brings a smile to every child's face and inspires fun names like these:

  • Belle: Bells of silver and gold are classic Christmas decorations.
  • Candy: The stockings on the mantel will be bulging with sweet treats!
  • Claus: The German spelling of this name is Klaus.
  • Ginger: Will you create a traditional gingerbread house this Christmas?
  • Jack: Consider Jack or Jackie in honor of Mr. Frost!
  • Kris: Mr. Kringle's first name can be used for boys and girls and spelled in a variety of different ways, including Kriss, Cris and Chris.
  • Nicholas: Nichole is the female variant of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.
  • Santa: What a great nickname for Santino (boy) or Santana (girl).
  • Yule: Typically spelled Yul when used as a name, yule means "Born at Christmas."

Carols: A season of song

The Carol is a timeless, traditional Christmas song that evokes lovely memories of Christmases past.

  • Christian: "Good Christian Men Rejoice!"
  • Gloria: "Gloria, in excelsis Deo!"
  • Holly: "The Holly and the Ivy"
  • Jeanette: "Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella"
  • Joe: "I'm Hardrock, I'm Coco, He's Joe."
  • Midnight: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
  • Noelle: "The First Noel"
  • Suzy: "Here Comes Suzy Snowflake"
  • Tannen: "Oh, Tannenbaum"
  • Stephen: "Good King Wenceslas" went out, on the feast of Stephen.

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