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Beautiful baby names from your favorite Christmas carols

From Suzy Snowflake to Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Christmas carols are a surprising source of baby name inspiration for your little holiday angel. Looking for a sweet name for a December baby or like to celebrate all year round?

Here are some fun picks for baby boys and baby girls:

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Boy Names

“You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen…” While you might not want to name your son after a reindeer (unless it’s Rudolph, of course), you might find a suitable moniker among these beloved Christmas songs:

  • Claus — You better watch out: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town!”
  • Christian — John Byrom wrote “Christians Awake” in 1746.
  • David — Cecil Frances Alexander wrote the poem that inspired the carol “Once in Royal David’s City.”
  • Emmanuel — The season of Advent is marked by the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”
  • Forrest — “Down in Yon Forest” is a traditional English carol.
  • Nicholas — Please, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” lean your ear this way…
  • Tannen — “Oh Christmas Tree” is the English version of the German “O Tannenbaum.”
  • Wenceslas — “Good King Wenceslas” went out on the Feast of Stephen.

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Girl names

‘Tis the season to be merry… or Mary! You can find so many wonderful baby names for girls in these well-known Christmas Carols:

  • Angel — The shepherds in the field told of “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
  • Belle — “Silver Bells” describes the sights and sounds of Christmas in the city.
  • Gloria— The angels proclaimed to the shepherds, “Gloria, in excelsis Deo!”
  • Holly and Ivy — Traditional red and green Christmas colors are found from the two hearty plants featured in the traditional carol “The Holly and the Ivy.” (Ivey and Ivo are masculine alternatives.)
  • Jeanette and Isabella —”Bring a torch, Jeanette Isabella” is a French carol from the 16th Century.
  • Joy — One of the most beloved Christmas songs is “Joy to the World.”
  • Noelle — The angels calmed the shepherds in “The First Noel.”
  • Suzy — “Here Comes Suzy Snowflake,” look at her tumbling down! Bringing joy to every girl and boy, Suzy’s back in town.

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