Due this Christmas? These are the UK’s most popular Christmassy baby names

Last updated: December 6th, 2023 Published on: November 1, 2022

Are you due an extra special Christmas present in December this year and looking to mark the birth of your bundle of joy with a Christmassy name? Well, we have done some analysis of the ONS’s recently released baby name data to reveal the most popular baby names that scream festive spirit.

Top 15 Christmas Inspired Names For Girls

Topping the list is the name Ivy with 2245 babies being given the name in 2021, ranking 5th out of all girl names in the UK, up from 6th in 2020. Although Ivy isn’t just a Christmas plant it’s featured in the Christmas Carol “The Holly and the Ivy” by Andrew Peterson giving it a real Christmasmy feel.

In second place, and quite a way behind number one, is Bella with 730 baby girls being given this name in 2021, ranking 72nd overall, down from 63rd in 2020. The name is traditionally the short form of Isabella, which is the Italian form of Isabel. Also from the Italian word for bella, meaning “beautiful”. Bella (and Belle which is number eight in the list) inspire the image of Christmas bells.

In third place is the Christmas carol’s other subject matter and the “crown” Holly, 568 baby girls were given this name in 2021, ranking 95th out of all girl names in the UK, down from its 2020 position of 81st. Holly has been a key christmas addition for centuries, in fact prior to Victorian times the term ‘Christmas tree’ actually referred to holly. Holly is also one of the birth flowers of December, making it a fitting name for a December baby.

The Top 15 Christmassy Girls names in 2021, ranked

Rank Name Count What makes it Christmassy
1 Ivy 2,245 One of the two plants mentioned in the Christmas carol, the Holly and the Ivy.
2 Bella 730 Bella is a nod to Christmas bells.
3 Holly 568 Holly was the original Christmas tree before the pine was introduced. It is also dubbed ‘The Crown’ in the Christmas carol, the Holly and the Ivy.
4 Anna 545 The name of one of the main characters in the winter Disney hit, Frozen and Frozen II.
5 Gabriella 354 The feminine form of the name Gabriel, the name of the angel sent to tell Mary she was pregnant with the son of Christ.
6 Eve 281 Such as Christmas eve, it also has a wintery feel due to evenings being longer throughout winter.
7 Mary 148 The name of the mother of Christ.
8 Belle 147 Another nod to Christmas bells.
9 Gloria 70 From “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”) which a Christian hymn often sung at Christmas.
10 Elsa 69 The name of one of the main characters in the winter Disney hit, Frozen and Frozen II.
11 Angelina 44 A diminutive of the name Angela, meaning ‘Messenger of God’.
12 Noelle 37 Feminine form of  Noel or Noël meaning “of or born on Christmas.”
13 Star 23 The wise men followed the North Star to reach the birthplace of Jesus.
14 Jovie 20 The name of Buddy’s love interest in the 2003 film Elf, played by Zooey Dechannel. This name has increased in popularity by 122% compared to 2020.
15 Snow 11 Without snow there would be no White Christmas, this unique name is perfect for someone that wants something a little different for their winter baby.


Top Christmas Inspired Names For Boys

First on the list for boys in Jack with 2,847 baby boys being called Jack in 2021, it was also the 13th most popular boys name in the UK in 2021, down from 10th in 2020. Although the name doesn’t appear particularly Christmassy, it is the name of key Christmas characters such as Jack Frost and Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas). Jack means God is gracious.

In second place a key figure in the nativity, Joseph with 1,307 baby boys carrying the name in 2021. Joseph was of course Mary’s (the mother of Jesus) husband.

In third another nativity staple, Gabriel, 749 little ‘angel’ boys were given the name last year. Gabriel is the name of the angel sent to tell Mary that she was pregnant with the son of God.

16 Christmassy Boys names in 2021, ranked

Rank Name Count What makes it Christmassy
1 Jack 2,847 Jack Skellington and Jack Frost share the name.
2 Joseph 1,307 The husband of the virgin Mary, mother of Christ
3 Gabriel 749 The name of the angel sent to tell Mary she is pregnant with Christ.
4 Luke 496 The Gospel of Luke contains the birth of Christ and therefore Christmas.
5 Nicholas 321 As a tribute to St Nicholas (Santa Claus).
6 Kevin 285 Lead character in the popular Christmas movie Home Alone.
7 Frank 285 Frank is a tribute to Frankincense, one of the gifts given by the Wise Men.
8 Christian 190 Christian as Christmas is a Christian holiday.
9 Emmanuel 125 Emmanuel is one of the names of Jesus Christ in the Bible.
10 Timothy 113 The Character Tiny Tim plays a key part of Scrooge’s redemption in A Christmas Carol.
11 Buddy 107 The name of the protagonist in the 2003 Christmas film Elf.
12 Noel 75 Noel or Noël is derived from the Old French word, “nael,” meaning “of or born on Christmas.”
13 Clark 45 From the National Lampoon’s Christmas protagonist Clark Griswold.
14 Olaf 27 The name of the snowman sidekick in the wintery Disney hit, Frozen and Frozen II. Olaf even got his own Christmas Disney short in 2017.
15 Clement 17 Author of 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (commonly called The Night Before Christmas), Clement Clarke.
16 Ebenezer 14 First name of the Christmas grump turned hero Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol.


Non-binary Christmassy names

According to Google Trends searches for ”unique gender neutral names” have increased by 200% over the past 12 months. Luckily there are some wonderful Christmassy unisex names to choose from.

The first is Marley, a combined total of 577 babies (male and female) were given this name in 2021. The name is Christmassy thanks to the character in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The second is Robin, sometimes spelt Robyn, this name was given to 572 babies in 2021 and is befitting of a winter baby due to the bird’s appearance being prevalent in the colder months.

In third is the name Faith with 290 babies given this name in 2021. As much of Christmas is centred around the birth of Jesus, Faith is relevant to the religious aspects of the holiday.

6 Christmassy unisex names in 2021, ranked

Rank Name Count What makes it Christmassy
1 Marley 577 Surname of Scrooge’s old business partner Robert Marley who forwarns of the spirits visiting in A Christrmas Carol.
2 Robin 572 Robins, the birds, are often seen in the winter months and because of this have become associated with Christmas.
3 Faith 290 Christmas is a religious holiday and therefore faith is very relevant.
4 Winter 189 An obvious link but Christmas takes place in Winter.
5 Joy 85 Epitomises everything that Christmas is about, Joy.
6 Heaven 22 Linked to angels and God which both hold relevance during the Christmas season.


Facts about December Babies

  • The two rarest days to give birth are on December 24th and 25th.
  • Researchers found that babies born in December tend to have fewer tantrums throughout their childhoods and later lives than babies born during any other time of the year.
  • December babies’ horoscope sign is Sagittarius or Capricorn.
  • Holly and Narcissus are the December birth flowers.
  • According to a study published in the Journal of Ageing Research, having a birthday in December means you’re more likely to live beyond 100-years-old.

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