Friday, December 12th, 2014
Some baby names seem simply well suited to the holiday season—but which of those is the most popular? According to some WhitePages.com data, Carol reigns supreme. There are more than one million Carols in the U.S., thanks in no small part to its reign in the top 10 names in the 1930s and 1940s. Alas, it hasn’t made such a big impact in the current generation, as it fell out of the top 1000 back in 2006. Interestingly, this used to be a boys’ name, and you may find it on the male side of your family tree a few generations back.
But what other monikers are in the top 10 most popular Christmas-themed baby names? Virginia (as in that famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” letter) has nearly 600,000 people with the name, followed by Holly, which has nearly 300,000 people bearing the name. (It’s also one of the ones in the top 10 that’s still relatively popular for girls.) The first purely boys’ name came in the 4th spot: Jesus (usually pronounced hay-SOOS) has been hovering in and out of the top 100 since the 1970s.
Here’s the full list, if you’re intrigued to see your other holiday-themed options!
1. Carol – 1,148,024
2. Virginia – 577,805
3. Holly – 298,910
4. Jesus – 284,001
5. Joy – 214,192
6. Noel – 71,816
7. Rudolph – 47,598
8. Merry – 14,226
9. Bell – 5,047
10. Claus – 1,614
One last fun fact: There is only one Kris Kringle in the U.S.—and he doesn’t live at the North Pole. (Perhaps Santa finally sprung for a summer house?)
Tell us: Did you keep the season in mind when you picked your child’s name? And would you give your winter baby a name like Snow or January?
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Monday, December 24th, 2012
What cool-name-of-the-week name really suits Christmas week? I couldn’t think of anything better than Noel. Noel is the French word for “Christmas,” and it’s a name that works equally well for boys and girls. (For boys, it’s usually pronounced more like “knoll,” while girls often get the more feminine Noelle and the pronunciation know-well.)
The traditional spelling, Noel, is more popular for boys—currently in the top 500 names for boys in the U.S., it hasn’t fallen out of the top 1000 names in well over a century. (Whether that’s due to the popularity of playwright Noel Coward, the current love for British band Oasis and its off-and-on frontman, Noel Gallagher, or just Christmas-loving baby namers is up for debate.) For girls, though, “Noel” fell out of favor in 1998, when it last charted in the top 1000. But the more feminine Noelle is still popular, charting in the top 400 names in the U.S.
Personally, I love Noel the most for boys. I’d skip the seasonally appropriate middle names (no Nicholas, Rudolph or Angel), and pair it with a longer middle name: Alexander, Gregory or Jackson. For girls, Eve or Joy give you that Christmas vibe if you want to stay in the theme, or I like middle names that have an “L” in them: Elizabeth, Eleanor or Clementine would be my picks.
Do you think Noel’s a name that works only for a baby born around Christmas, or is it a year-round pick? Would you pick it for your baby?
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