100 Christmas baby names and their meanings

Expecting a baby boy or girl this Christmas? You've got to check out these unusual festive names

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by Kayleigh Dray |

It's December which means it's almost CHRISTMAS.

As Andy Williams sung it's the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you're due to welcome a beautiful baby boy or girl into the world.

'Tis the season to be jolly and all that.

It's well known that picking a moniker for your child is one of the hardest decisions ever because they've got the name for life.

It may be stressful but fear not, we've got your back. If your baby is due during this festive period why not celebrate by paying tribute to this time of the year with one of these gorgeously unusual Christmas baby names?

Whether you’re having a son or a daughter, we’re confident that we have just the moniker for you. Check them out below...

50 CHRISTMAS BABY GIRL NAMES - AND THEIR MEANINGS

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50 CHRISTMAS BABY GIRL NAMES - AND THEIR MEANINGS

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1. AngelicaMeaning: "angel or angelic"2. AngelMeaning: "angel or angelic"3. AstraMeaning: "star"4. BelleMeaning: "beautiful"5. BiancaMeaning: "white"

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6. CandyMeaning: "dazzling white"7. CarolMeaning: "free man"8. ChristabelMeaning: "fair Christian"9. ClaraMeaning: "bright, clear"10. EveMeaning: "lively and entertaining"

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11. GabrielleMeaning: "hero of god"12. Gwendolen / GwenMeaning: "white, fair, blessed"13. HoshiMeaning: "star"14. IvyMeaning: "faithfulness"15. JuniperMeaning: "of the winter tree"

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16. LuciaMeaning: "bright light"17. MaryMeaning: "wished for child"18. MerryMeaning: "guardian of the sea"19. NatashaMeaning: "born at Christmas"20. NeveMeaning: "snow"

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21. NoelleMeaning: "the Christmas festival"22. RobinMeaning: "famed, bright, and shining"23. SerenMeaning: "shooting star"24. VirginiaMeaning: "maid, virgin"25. WinterMeaning: "of the season"

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26. AlaskaThe name Alaska, traditionally used for girls, conjures up images of beautiful snowy plains and mountains27. AspenThis unisex name comes from a graceful poplar tree, with heart-shaped leaves that quiver in the breeze. It's also the name of a VERY trendy ski resort, meaning that your little one will be in good company28. AsterThe unisex name Aster means "star" - which brings to mind that famous Star of Bethlehem29. BodhiMeaning 'enlightenment' or 'awakening', the name Bodhi comes from the Buddhist holiday in December30. CypressThe moniker Cypress comes from the long-living tree that often grows up north

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31. AmandaFrom the 2006 movie The Holiday, Amanda is the glam LA film producer who moves to a quaint English village for the festive season32. IrisFrom the same film, Iris is Amanda's hapless English counterpart who moves into her swish LA pad33. NancyNancy is everyone's favourite character from Love, Actually, who's ex-boyfriend inexplicably told her she had "legs like big tree trunks"34. CindyThe Grinch Who Stole Christmas's Cindy-Lou was the brave little Who who saved Christmas from the Grinch35. JulietThe name of Kiera Knightley's character in her breakout role in Love Actually

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36. AureliaAlso from Love Actually, Aurelia was the beautiful Portuguese housekeeper who enamoured Colin Firth's character Jamie37. JovieBuddy's love interest in Elf, plus Jovie has the added festive connection of sounding like 'jovial' or 'jolly'38. SusanAn oldie but a goodie, we challenge anyone not to feel the festive magic of Miracle on 34th Street - with little Susan Walker at the centre of the action39. Bailey Not only the family at the centre of the classic Christmas film, a Wonderful Life - but also the name of our favourite Christmas tipple40. HermioneOk, we admit it's not TECHNICALLY a Christmas film but there's no denying the festive magic of the HP films

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41. EiraEira is the Welsh name for "snow" and is pronounced AY-ra42. EirwenThis unique Welsh name means "white as snow" and is pronounced AY-ren43. GarnetThe birthstone of January, Garnet is full of warmth and possibility for winter baby boys AND girls44. HollyThis pretty girl's name is obviously taken from the wintry red berries of the same name45. IclynIclyn makes us think of icicles and snowflakes - but it also has a great meaning: "compassionate, idealistic"

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46. JanuaryNamed after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, January is becoming a VERY popular girl's name. Think of Mad Men's January Jones if you don't believe us!47. KrystalThis name means 'Follower of Christ'. It also makes us think of snowflakes, and frosty mornings, and all things beautiful48. LumiThis cute Finnish name means 'snow' - perfect!49. Mariah The undisputed QUEEN of Christmas thanks her enduring number one hit, All I Want For Christmas (Is You)50. WinnieMeaning "holy peacemaking, gentle friend", this pretty name could be a sweet shortened version of 'Winter'

50 CHRISTMAS BABY BOY NAMES - AND THEIR MEANINGS

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1. AngelMeaning: "angel or angelic"2. AsterMeaning: "star"3. AubinMeaning: "white, blonde"4. BalthasarMeaning: "God protects the king"5. BerryMeaning: "of nature"

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6. ChristianMeaning: "follower of Christ"7. ColeMeaning: "coal black"8. DouglasMeaning: "strength, courage"9. JackMeaning: "God is gracious"10. JasperMeaning: "bringer of treasure"

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11. LumiMeaning: "snow"12. MelchiorMeaning: "city of the king"13. NicholasMeaning: "people's victory"14. NoëlMeaning: "Christmas"15. OlwenMeaning: "white footprint"

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16. PaxMeaning: "peaceful"17. PineMeaning: "of the tree"18. QuiloMeaning: "of the North Wind"19. RobinMeaning: "famed, shining"20. RoryMeaning: "red king"

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21. RudolphMeaning: "famous wolf"22. SnowMeaning: "of the snow"23. Theodore / TeddyMeaning: "gift of God"24. WhittakerMeaning: "white field"25. YukioMeaning: "snow"

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26. Bhodi Meaning 'enlightenment' or 'awakening', the name Bodhi comes from the Buddhist holiday in December27. Colden This 'cold' moniker comes from Old English and means "dark valley"28. Jenara Just like January, this name is dedicated to Roman god Janus29. Kenyon Meaning 'white-haired', this would be a good choice for a winter baby30. Oakley Conjuring up images of wintry oak trees, this is a strong name choice for a boy

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31. JosephJoseph was Jesus' earthly father32. Klaus/Claus A Germanic inspired name that calls to mind Father Christmas33. SaintLike Kim Kardashian's eldest son, this has unmistakable Christian roots34. Caleb Means 'devotion to God'35. Emmanuel The biblical name given to the Messiah, meaning 'God with us'. You'll recognise it from traditional Christmas carols, too

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36. Alonzo The name of two of the male leads in the 1944 Christmas movie Meet Me in St Louis37. Arthur From the much love kids Christmas film, Arthur Christmas38. Augustus One of the kindest hearted Who's in Whoville, Augustus means 'Noble'39. Ralphie Meaning Wolf-counsel, this name not only has a very cool meaning but is also the name of the lead characters in cult American Christmas movie A Christmas Story from 198340. Timothy Tiny Tim from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the many, many movie dramatizations of the famous Victorian novel

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41. Jefferson The charismatic male romantic lead in the 1945 Christmas film Christmas in Connecticut42. Kevin The frankly iconic lead from the Home Alone movies43. Billy From Love Actually, Billy Mack was the ageing Rockstar who beat Blue to the top of the Christmas charts and performed his hit Christmas is All Around Us on Christmas Eve, naked on live TV44. ClarenceClarence was the name of the guardian Angel of It's a Wonderful Life's protagonist, George – but also sounds traditional45. Buddy Buddy the Elf from Elf has been a firm favourite in living rooms the world over since the film's release in 2003

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46. Felix Felix means 'happy', which is what Christmas should be! Think the Spanish Feliz Navidad47. Frederick/FredDid you know St Nick has an older brother called Frederick? Well, now you do48. Gaspar/Caspar Meaning 'treasurer' and another name given to Wise Men and not just of the friendly ghost49. Jesus Not only the name of the Christian Lord and saviour, Jesus is a popular name in Catholic countries and is most often pronounced 'Hay-Zoos'50. Luke What we know of the nativity (the birth of Christ) in large part came from the The Gospel of Luke in the Old Testament. The name means 'light giving'

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