Winter is one of the most magical times of the year. It’s filled with beloved holidays, twinkling lights, warm beverages, and, of course, snow. If you’re expecting a winter baby or simply want to celebrate your favorite season, consider these winter-inspired names for boys that have special meanings. These names can refer to everything from snowflakes themselves to white-covered fields. Trust us, there’s no shortage of inspiration for parents looking for wintertime names.
We decided to take a look at some of the most beloved names for babies who are born in the cold months to get a better understanding of what wintery names are available to boys. As we researched, we were shocked to find so many names actually have meanings attributed to this special time of year. There are names you wouldn’t think of like Whittaker which you probably wouldn’t associate with winter, but it’s absolutely a name that fits the bill. Let’s take a look at 25 winter-inspired baby names for boys that aren’t the least bit chilly but are exceptionally cool.
Douglas is a storied Scottish clan name that means “black water.” We didn’t choose it for its meaning, however, we associate Douglas with the Douglas fir a type of pine tree that many use as a Christmas tree.
Crispin is a Latin name that means “curly haired.” However, we find it attractive and appropriate for this list because it contains the word crisp. Many would describe a beautiful winter morning with the word. While this name has been around since Antiquity it has never taken off in the US. Let’s change that this winter!
Frost is an English surname meaning “born in a cold spell.” Frost belonged to a beloved poet you probably have heard of named Robert Frost. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” was published in the 1920s and it’s one of his most cherished and popular poems. As far as winter names go, you couldn’t do better.
Whittaker is a unique name for a boy that has English origins and means “from the white covered field.” As far as imagery goes, this name conjures romantic images of snow-covered fields blanketed in an icy sheet. We love this name and the nickname Whitt.
Aspen is a marvelous gender-neutral name that most people will associate with the ski resort town Aspen, Colorado. However, the town takes its name from the aspen tree. It’s a magnificent tree with heartshaped leaves that blooms in the winter.
While Blaze might make you think initially of a warm hearth, the name has another meaning that’s associated with Blizzards. It shares the same root and also means “snowstorm.” If you’d like a subtle nod to the season and a name with plenty of attitude, you’ve found it in Blaze.
This traditional French name is traditionally given as a middle name for boys born on or around Christmas. Noel means “Christmas” and has found a home here in the United States as it’s now a top 500 name.
Quilo isn’t a name you hear often these days, but we think it still has plenty of charms. This name has roots in Roman mythology and is associated with the cold, north wind. Think of this name as a cross between Shiloh and Quinten. It totally works!
Jasper has a fabulous meaning, “bringer of treasure.” This handsome 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 crusty name in England for long. We also love the nickname Jazz for this.
Bodhi Day, which is a Buddhist holiday in Winter typically in December but sometimes in January. Let the holiday be ab inspiration behind your son’s baby name. The name means “awakening” which is rather appropriate wouldn’t you say?
Cypress isn’t just the name of an evergreen tree that thrives in the winter across North America. It can also work as a fabulous name for your little boy. If you’re after an econame or moniker inspired by nature, this would be an excellent pick.
Boris is practically unheard as a name for babies in the US. This name with its Slavic origins is one of the most popular in Eastern Europe. The name means “wolf” or “snow leopard.” The name is currently having a moment in The Netherlands where it’s a top 100 name.
Take a moment a consider the exotic Finnish name Pyry. In Finnish, the name is pronounced Pue-Rue which may or may not be to your liking. We expect that most Americans will try and pronounce it Pie-Ree. This wonderfully weird name means “blizzard.”
In the Christian tradition, Gabriel was an angel who delivered the news of Jesus’s birth. This handsome Hebrew name means “God is my strength.”
Cole is a popular English name that means “coal black.” It makes us think of what Santa Claus brings naughty boys and girls, but also what fuels a winter’s fire. Cole is now a top 200 name for boys in the US and i’s ease and cool nature are what really make it a hit.
Robins are such attractive birds that survive the winter by foraging for berries found on various shrubs. These birds are a treat to see in the snow and are often considered a good omen and a sign of Spring’s return. You’ll find these birds on many a Christmas card and stamp. Robin has long been a popular unisex name and continues to charm today.
Yukio is a wonderfully playful Japanese baby name that can have a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used to build the name. One popular one is “snow.”
Nevada is a Spanish name that can be used for both boys and girls. Given the “a” ending, it’s been trending towards girls but we love this one for a boy. Nevada means “covered in snow.”
Nicholas is a Greek name that means “wolf.” Wolves are majestic creatures that can be found hunting in the snow across North America. However, we had Saint Nicholas in mind when we chose this name.
Tempest will probably be too moody for most parents, but we love it nonetheless. Tempest is an English word name that means “storm.” It conjured images of snowy blizzards waited out by the fire.
Christian is a traditional Greek name, meaning “follower of Christ.” Both Christmas and Christian share the same root in Christ and for a boy born on or around this holiday, it would be a most appropriate choice.
Jack Frost is a personification of frost, ice, snow, sleet, winter, and freezing cold. He is a variant of Old Man Winter who is held responsible for frosty weather. Jack is an English variation of the name John which means “God is gracious.”
Everyone’s Christmas favorite, Kris Kringle is simply another name for Santa Claus and was used in the classic movie, A Miracle on 34th Street. Kris is a diminutive form of Christopher and Christian and means “carrier of Christ.”
Jonas is a Greek name with roots in Jonah. The name means “dove.” We often associate white doves with winter, purity, and peace. We look for all of those qualities every winter season.
Ogden is a classic English name that means “from the oak valley.” Oaks are associated with the month of January and in Finland, January is considered the Month of the Oak. Ogden is a beautiful name that has fallen out of fashion but we would love to see make a comeback.
There you go! 25 wintery baby names for boys that celebrate the best parts of the coldest months of the year. From holidays to natural beauty, these names would be a perfect fit for your winter baby.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Douglas
- 2 24. Crispin
- 3 23. Frost
- 4 22. Whittaker
- 5 21. Aspen
- 6 20. Blaze
- 7 19. Noel
- 8 18. Quilo
- 9 17. Jasper
- 10 16. Bodhi
- 11 15. Cypress
- 12 14. Boris
- 13 13. Pyry
- 14 12. Gabriel
- 15 11. Cole
- 16 10. Robin
- 17 9. Yukio
- 18 8. Nevada
- 19 7. Nicholas
- 20 6. Tempest
- 21 5. Christain
- 22 4. Jack
- 23 3. Kris
- 24 2. Jonas
- 25 1. Ogden
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