50 Winter Baby Names

Learn the meaning and origins of popular winter baby names

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If you've got a baby set to be born in the winter months, giving them a winter-themed name is a lovely idea. In fact, with how popular some of these winter baby names are, it's safe to say plenty of parents have been inspired by the chilly months. Nicholas, for example, may remind you of jolly St. Nicholas, but it was also one of the most popular baby names for little boys born in the 1990s. Every year of the decade, it was in the top 15 names for babies in the United States.

You don't have to have a winter baby to give them a winter name, though. If you are a fan of winter for any reason, a winter name could be a cute idea for your new baby. Get inspired by the coldest months of the year with one of these winter baby names.

Popular Winter Baby Names

Angel

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Messenger of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Angelo, Angela, Angeline, Angelina
  • Peak Popularity: The name Angel has grown in popularity over the past few decades, peaking in the early 2000s before slowly sliding back down. It still ranks in the top 100 baby names in the U.S.

Angelique

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Of the angels
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Angelica
  • Peak Popularity: Angelique has remained steady in popularity for decades, seeing its peak in the 1970s.

Aspen

  • Origin: North American English
  • Meaning: Quaking tree
  • Peak Popularity: Aspen started gaining popularity in the 1990s, quickly rising up the charts. It's currently at its peak and continuing to gain popularity.

Aurora

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Dawn
  • Famous Namesakes: Disney Princess Aurora from "Sleeping Beauty"
  • Peak Popularity: Aurora was popular in the 1940s before sliding into obscurity. It started gaining popularity again in the 1990s and has been in the top 100 names in the U.S. since 2015.

Blanca

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: White
  • Peak Popularity: Blanca peaked in popularity in the 1970s but has since become less common.

Blaze

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Flame
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Blaise, Blaize, Blayze, Blaize
  • Peak Popularity: Blaze has held steady throughout the 2000s in its popularity, seeing its top rank in 2015.

Carol

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Free person or song
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carole, Caroline, Carolina
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Carol Burnett, musician Carole King
  • Peak Popularity: Carol was at its peak in popularity in the 1940s and has since seen a decline in ranking.

Charity

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Giving, kindness
  • Famous Namesakes: Charity Burbage from "Harry Potter"
  • Peak Popularity: Charity peaked in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s.

Christian

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cristian, Kristian, Kristian
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Christian Bale, fashion designer Christian Dior, footwear designer Christian Louboutin, actress Christian Serratos
  • Peak Popularity: Christian was at its peak in 2006, but it has been in the top 100 baby names for boys in the U.S. since 1986.

Crystal

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Earth mineral or brilliant glass
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chrystal, Krystal, Krystle, Cristal
  • Famous Namesakes: WNBA player Crystal Kelly
  • Peak Popularity: Crystal was very popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, hitting its peak in 1982 when it was the ninth-ranked name for baby girls born in the U.S.

Eve

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: To breathe or to live
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Yves, Eva
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Eve, actress Eve Arden, actress Eva Mendes
  • Peak Popularity: Eve has gained popularity in the 2010s, hitting its peak in 2017.

Dakota

  • Origin: Native American—Sioux
  • Meaning: The allies
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dakotah
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Dakota Fanning, actress Dakota Johnson
  • Peak Popularity: Dakota hit its peak in 2006 and has remained a mid-popular name throughout the 2000s.

Denver

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the passage of the Danes
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer John Denver
  • Peak Popularity: Denver was at its peak in the 1940s before declining. It has seen a rise in popularity, though, since 2001.

Dolly

  • Origin: English and Scottish
  • Meaning: True testimony
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dollie
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Dolly Parton
  • Peak Popularity: Dolly peaked in the 1940s and has steadily declined ever since.

Douglas

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Black stream
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Doug
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Douglas Booth, cartoon character Doug Funnie
  • Peak Popularity: Douglas was at its peak popularity in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and has steadily decreased in popularity since then.

Dulce

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Sweet
  • Peak Popularity: Dulce peaked in popularity in the early 2000s.

Emmanuel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Emmanuelle, Emanuel
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Emmanuel Lewis, actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, boxer Emmanuel Pacquiao
  • Peak Popularity: Emmanuel hit its peak in the early 2000s and remains in the top 200 names for babies born in the U.S.

Fawn

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Offspring
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Faun
  • Peak Popularity: Fawn's peak popularity was in the late 1970s.

Felicity

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Good Fortune, Luck
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Felicite, Felicitie, Fliss, Fizz
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Felicity Huffman, actress Felicity Jones, American Girl Felicity Merriman
  • Peak Popularity: Felicity hit a peak in popularity in the late 2010s and has remained at the same ranking since then.

Forrest

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Of the woods
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Forest
  • Famous Namesakes: Movie character Forrest Gump, actor Forest Whitaker
  • Peak Popularity: Forrest was popular in the 1940s and 1950s but hit its peak in the early 1990s.

Gabriel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Man of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gabrielle, Gabriela, Gabe, Gabby
  • Famous Namesakes: Comedian Gabriel Iglesias
  • Peak Popularity: Gabriel has grown in popularity over the past several decades, seeing its peak in 2010. It has remained in the top 50 names in the U.S. since 2000.

Gloria

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Glory to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Glory
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Gloria Estefan, women's rights activist Gloria Allred, writer Gloria Steinem
  • Peak Popularity: Gloria's peak popularity was in the 1940s and 1950s.

Heaven

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Place of eternal happiness, Sky
  • Peak Popularity: Heaven saw its peak popularity in the early 2000s.

Holly

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Evergreen shrub or tree
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Hollie, Holli, Holley
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Holly Hunter, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" character Holly Golightly
  • Peak Popularity: Holly was most popular in the 1970s and 1980s, seeing its peak in 1983.

Hope

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Desire of fulfillment
  • Famous Namesakes: Soccer player Hope Solo
  • Peak Popularity: Hope's peak popularity was in the 1990s, with its top-ranking year being 1999.

Hunter

  • Origin: North American English
  • Meaning: One who hunts
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Hunter Hayes, actor Hunter Parrish, model Hunter McGrady
  • Peak Popularity: Hunter has been in the top 100 names for babies born in the U.S. since 1993. It hit its peak in 2000.

Ivory

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: White as elephant tusks
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ivorie
  • Peak Popularity: Ivory has slowly risen in popularity, hitting its peak in 2019.

Ivy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Climbing vine plant
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ivey
  • Peak Popularity: Ivy's peak popularity was in 2020 after cracking the top 100 names in the U.S. in 2018 for the first time.

Jack

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jackson, Jackie, Jacqueline, Jaclyn
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Jack Nicholson, novelist Jack Kerouac, "Pirates of the Caribbean" character Jack Sparrow
  • Peak Popularity: Jack has been in the top 100 names in popularity since 1996, and it hit its peak in 2019.

Jesus

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Savior
  • Peak Popularity: Jesus has consistently been in the top 300 names for kids in the U.S. but it hit its peak in 2002.

Jewel

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Gemstone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jewell
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Jewel
  • Peak Popularity: Jewel was most popular in the 1940s and has seen a downward decline since then.

Joseph

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will increase
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Joe, Joey, Jo, Yosef, Yusef, Josephine, Josephina, Josie
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, singer Joe Jonas, actor Joe Pesci, baseball player Joe DiMaggio
  • Peak Popularity: Joseph has been one of the most popular baby names for decades. It has remained in the top 30 since at least 1940 and hit its peak in 1999 at No. 8.

Joy

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Happiness
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Joi
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Joy Bryant
  • Peak Popularity: Joy was popular in the 1970s, hitting its peak popularity in 1974.

Juniper

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Juniper berry
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: June
  • Peak Popularity: Juniper has exploded in popularity since 2011 when it debuted in the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. It hit its peak in 2020.

Marley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the boundary field
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marlie, Marli
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Bob Marley
  • Peak Popularity: Marley hit its peak in 2008 and has steadily remained popular ever since.

Mary

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Of the sea, bitter, beloved
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Merry, Mari, Marry, Meri, Mery, Marian, Marianne
  • Famous Namesakes: Actress Mary Tyler Moore
  • Peak Popularity: Mary was the most popular name for baby girls in the U.S. for a number of years in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

Melody

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Song tune
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Melodie, Mel
  • Peak Popularity: Melody has risen in popularity since 2011, hitting its peak in 2020.

Miracle

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Object of wonder
  • Peak Popularity: Miracle has slowly gained popularity since the 1990s. It hit its peak in 2019.

Misty

  • Origin: North American English
  • Meaning: Covered with mist or dew
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Misti, Missy
  • Famous Namesakes: Ballerina Misty Copeland, beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor
  • Peak Popularity: Misty found most of its popularity in the 1970s, with its most popular year being 1977.

Noel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Born on Christmas day
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Noelle, Noella
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Noel Fielding, singer Noel Gallagher
  • Peak Popularity: Noel was a popular name for boys in the early 1940s. It comes and goes from the popularity charts over the years.

Nicholas

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Victory of the people
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nick, Nicky, Nicki, Nikolas, Nicolas
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Nicolas Cage, author Nicholas Sparks
  • Peak Popularity: Nicholas was most popular in the 1990s, where it was in the top 15 names for baby boys every year.

Robin

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Nickname for Robert, Fame
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Robyn, Robinne
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Robin Hood, journalist Robin Roberts, actor Robin Williams
  • Peak Popularity: Robin was a very popular name in the 1950s.

Rocky

  • Origin: North American English
  • Meaning: Rocky
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rocki
  • Famous Namesakes: Fictional character Rocky Balboa
  • Peak Popularity: Rocky was a popular name in both the 1950s and the 1980s.

Sky

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Atmosphere seen from Earth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Skye, Skylar, Skyla
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Sky Ferreira
  • Peak Popularity: Sky has seen some popularity in the 2000s with its biggest year in 2014.

Stella

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Star
  • Famous Namesakes: Fashion designer Stella McCartney
  • Peak Popularity: Stella cracked the top 100 baby names in 2010 and has remained there ever since.

Teddy

  • Origin: North American English
  • Meaning: Divine gift
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ted, Theodore, Theo
  • Famous Namesakes: Former president Teddy Roosevelt
  • Peak Popularity: Teddy was a popular name in the 1940s.

Valentina

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Strength, health
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Val
  • Peak Popularity: Valentina has been in the top 100 baby names since 2017.

Violet

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Purple flower
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Violette, Violetta
  • Famous Namesakes: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" character Violet Beauregarde
  • Peak Popularity: Violet entered the top 100 baby names in 2012 and has remained there ever since.

Winter

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: The wet season
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Wynter
  • Peak Popularity: Winter has slowly been gaining popularity, seeing its peak in 2020.

Wren

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Small bird
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ren
  • Peak Popularity: Wren has been gaining steam since 2013, finding its peak in 2020.
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