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 girls that have special meanings. These names can refer to everything from snowflakes themselves to concepts like merriment. 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 girls. 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 Alba 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 girls that aren’t the least bit chilly but are exceptionally cool.
You’ll find the name Eira in both Welsh and Norse traditions. In Welsh, the name relates to “snow.” In Old Norse, Eir is the name of a goddess of mercy. The name is very popular in Sweden and Norway. We don’t hear it often in the United States, but you could change that.
Christmas Carols are beloved songs that help us spread good cheer. It’s been a popular name for Christmas-time baby girls for some time even though its roots don’t actually relate. Carol is a form of Charles which means “free man.” Tell her it means “song.”
No state is considered more wintry than our huge one to the north, Alaska. This beautiful name was coined by indigenous peoples. It means “great land.” Alaska is full of glaciers, snowy tundra, and all manner of winter sport. It’s a great option.
Paloma is a name that’s having a moment in the US and it’s currently a top 1000 name. It has Spanish origins and means “a dove.” Doves are associated with peace, purity, and friendship which makes them a favorite inclusion in all manner of Christmas card, stamp, and decorations.
Neve is a name that comes from the Irish Niamh. This gorgeous name means “snow.” New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern chose the name Neve for her daughter, born while she was in office. We have Neve Campbell to thank for bringing this name to American’s attention.
In Spain, Alba is a top ten name for girls. This beautiful moniker has roots in Latin and means “white.” White snow-covered fields, mountains, and cityscapes are a hallmark of the season and we felt it was appropriate for this list.
A welcome alternative to Amber, Ember is the French form of the name and it’s currently on the upward climb in the US as a top 200 name. To us, the name conjures images of warm, glowing embers of a fire.
Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January. The gem name comes from French and means “pomegranate.” Like her sisters Ruby and Pearl, Garnet once saw great favor. Garnet hasn’t enjoyed the same resurgence but we hope that changes because it’s a rock solid name.
Ivy is derived from the name of the ivy plant, which got its name from the Old English word ifig. The ivy plant is beloved because it stays green throughout the winter months. The plant and the name are associated with “faithfulness.” The name has catapulted back into the mainstream thanks to Blue Ivy Carter.
We couldn’t bring you Ivy without some Holly. Holly is the flower for the month of December and the shrub contains deep green leaves with bright red flowers. For a December baby, you could find no better name.
Noelle is the feminine form of the French name, Noel and means “Christmas.” It would make a charming name for your yuletide daughter. It’s enjoying its highest popularity in the United States today.
Demetria is the name of the Greek goddess who is responsible for bringing winter. You can shorten this lovely name to Demi for the nickname as both Demi Moore and Demi Lovato have done. This handsome name means “earth mother.”
A somewhat exotic pick, Lumi is a Finnish name that means “snow.” Lumi may be a rare girls’ name in the USA and England, but it comes in the top 50 in Finland. Lumi sounds perfectly cute yet modern and fashionable.
Merry works because it sounds the same as Mary. Merry has been a favorite choice for Christmas babies for decades. This English name means “lighthearted and happy.” A little girl named Merry is sure to spread good cheer.
The moniker Natalie was traditionally given to girls born on the Christmas day. So if your due date is on or near 25th December, keep the tradition going by naming her Natalie. Natalie has French origins and appropriately means “birthday of the Lord.”
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 as well). Nevada means “covered in snow.”
While we’re on the topic of unisex names, let’s discuss another great option, Aspen. Aspen is the name of a trendy resort ski town in Colorado. It gets its name from the Aspen tree. A plant with heart-shaped leaves that bloom in the winter.
If Neve is too bland for you, jazz it up with the Spanish name Nieva. A name bestowed in honor of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Nieves, referring to a miracle she performed with unmelted snow in the August heat of Rome. Nieva thus means “snow.”
Belonging to the Swedish saint of Christmas, Lucia would make a fitting name for baby girls due in December. Lucia comes from the Latin lux which means “light.” This name has been popular since the Middle Ages and is currently in the top 200 in the US.
Elsa is the German diminutive form of Elizabeth which means “pledged to God.” If you’re wondering if we chose this name solely because of the Disney animated film, Frozen, you’d be correct. Elsa is more popular in the US today than it has been since the 1890s. We love the vintage feel to this charming name for girls.
Mad Men actor January Jones has helped parents see this name as a possibility. There was a brief surge in popularity for this month-name in the seventies that quickly fizzled out. Let’s bring this retro name back to life, parents!
Epiphany is based on an ancient Greek word for a feeling or realization that comes upon you suddenly. It often relates to the divine, as in the realization that Christ is the son of God. The Feast of the Epiphany, which commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus, takes place on January 6 which makes the name perfect for a January baby.
Olwen is a Welsh favorite, the name of a legendary princess in what is believed to have been the earliest Arthurian romance, and in fact one of the first recorded examples of Welsh prose. Olwen means “white footprint.”
A little more contemporary feeling than Noelle, Christmas is a perfectly acceptable name for your little girl born at Christmas time. If this name seems too on the nose, consider Christina or Christie.
Why beat around the bush? Winter has now overtaken other seasonal names for girls like Autumn or Summer. Winter now ranks as the 332 most popular name for girls. With a touch of mystery this name seems so fresh, but it’s not new as a baby name. Winter first broke into the top 1000 in the seventies in the US. It was first used as a given name as far back as the seventh century. If it speaks to you, go for it!
There you go! 25 winter-inspired names for baby girls that bring so much warmth and cheer to the coldest time of year. We hope you feel inspired by these names and will consider one of them 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. Eira
- 2 24. Carol
- 3 23. Alaska
- 4 22. Paloma
- 5 21. Neve
- 6 20. Alba
- 7 19. Ember
- 8 18. Garnet
- 9 17. Ivy
- 10 16. Holly
- 11 15. Noelle
- 12 14. Demetria
- 13 13. Lumi
- 14 12. Merry
- 15 11. Natalie
- 16 10. Nevada
- 17 9. Aspen
- 18 8. Nieva
- 19 7. Lucia
- 20 6. Elsa
- 21 5. January
- 22 4. Epiphany
- 23 3. Olwen
- 24 2. Christmas
- 25 1. Winter
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