Nativity-Inspired Baby Names
If you have a Christmas baby on the way, then why not consider one of these baby names inspired by the holiest of nights?
The Annunciation and Visitation
The Virgin Mary was betrothed to Joseph when she learned that she was carrying the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit.
The Angel Gabriel told Mary that she would bear a son.
When Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, Elizabeth's son John the Baptist stirs in her womb.
Joseph was reassured in a dream by an angel who said, "You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."
Jesus was born in a manger in the town of Bethlehem.
Shorten Bethlehem to consider Beth for a baby girl.
The angels brought "good news of great joy," to the shepherds, proclaiming, "To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord."
The Magi (or Three Kings or Three Wisemen) followed a star to find the one born "King of the Jews." They presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Pay tribute to the Magi with an exotic baby name. Try Baltasar, Caspar (or Gaspar) and Melchior for a boy or Star for a girl. Or take inspiration from the gifts with names like Goldie, Frank and Myrna.
The story of the Nativity of Jesus has given rise to well-known canticles such as the Benedictus (Song of Zechariah) and the Gloria in Excelsis.
King Herod was threatened by the reported birth of the King of the Jews.
To escape Herod's brutality, Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled to Egypt before settling in Nazareth.
Egypt has become an increasingly popular baby name for a baby girl.
Read the gospels of Luke and Matthew for more nativity-inspired baby name ideas.
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