Monday, December 21, 2015

Names for Snow Babies

Hello, readers!

Today I'll be looking at names related to these cold months, since today is the first day of winter!

Seasonal names Summer and Autumn have been popular since the 1970's, and even Spring jumped into the mix for awhile. Why not Winter? It offers the cute nickname Winnie, and fits in with the two-syllable ends-in-R names, like Harper or Parker. It's unisex, with 553 girls and 35 boys named Winter last year. It also works great as a middle name!

Short, sweet, and to the point - Snow is a fantastic nature/word name. While there are quite a few celebrity namesakes with Snow as a last name, using it as a first or middle is a pretty, unique choice. It can also be a subtle honorific to recent popular Disney princesses Anna and Elsa, from Frozen, or the original Disney princess, Snow White

This name was brought back into contemporary culture through Mad Men actress January Jones, but I first heard January as a name in Shirley Temple's Captain January. I think it's a definite unisex possibility - girls have already used April and May, and it's not too far off from the boys' Jeremy or Janson. The name comes from Janus, the Roman god of gateways and beginnings - not a bad namesake. 

I discovered this name through its meaning, "winter stream", and immediately fell in love. It is Hebrew in origin and was mentioned in the Bible in Elijah's story - not a bad sibset combo at that! The name sounds like Charity or Cherish, and just has a sweet, feminine quality to it. The unusual -th ending ties it to popular Elizabeth or less-used Meredith

Its Latin origins mean "snow", but if used as the Anglicized Irish variation, it means "bright". Either way, this short, strong name is absolutely elegant. Pronounced "nehv", it's close to the more masculine Levi or Evan, but has a personality all its own. Other variations include Neva, Nevara, or Nevada, all with similar meanings. 

Distantly related to the Latin word for "cold", this is a cool name that sounds almost modern, like a mix of classic Frederick and trendy Italian names. It allows for the cute nickname Fredi, but fits in nicely with Leonardo or Giovanni. Frediano is also the name of a seventh-century saint. 

What winter names do you think should have made the list? Tell me in the comments!

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