Winter baby names! December 23 2014
Winter - too obvious? Nonetheless, a truly distinctive baby name which is beginning to pick up in popularity.
Holly/Ivy - bit of a cliché, but we couldn't resist these festive-themed classics
Indra – a Sanskrit name meaning 'drops of rain', something you'll be very familiar with if you're giving birth in a British winter.
Audra – Lithuanian for storm, this name has a gorgeous ring to it that echoes increasingly popular names like Aurora and Audrey.
Natalie – the name Natalie comes from the Latin phrase 'natale domini', which means Christmas Day. Bet you didn't know that!
Violet – the perfect name for a February baby, as the delicate purple perennials are the official birth flower for babies born that month.
Eirwen – a Welsh name which means 'white as snow', making it a delightfully evocative choice for a winter baby.
Mary - a Christmas-themed baby name that pays tribute to one of the central figures of the Nativity.
Santa – Spanish for 'saint' or 'holy'. Just make sure you pronounce it with the Spanish accent to avoid confusion with the big man in red.
Nevada – another Spanish one, Nevada means snow-capped - what could be more deliciously wintery?
Edur – a name of Basque origin, Edur means snow. Great if you're dreaming of a white Christmas!
Noël - groan! Sorry, we had to throw this in there.
Nicholas - patron saint of children and the original 'Father Christmas', Nicholas lets you tip your hat to the festive season without overdoing it.
Lanyon – a nod to Cornish heritage, this chilly name comes from the Cornish words for 'cold lake'.
Korah – comes from a Hebrew word meaning ice or frost, an all-too-common sight at this time of year.
Joseph - a counterpart to Mary above, Joseph is a name with a special relevance to Christmas and the Nativity, but also has the advantage of not standing out too much.
Casper - not only a friendly ghost, Casper (or Gaspar) was one of the three kings said to have visited the baby Jesus in the manger.
Gabriel - as you'll doubtless recall, Gabriel was the angel who announced the birth of Jesus. It's also an increasingly popular boys' name (79th most popular in 2013).
Rudolph - Central European names are becoming more and more popular (Louis, Max, Leo,...), so why not join in with the festive-tinged Rudy or Rudolph?