These are the most popular names for babies born in December

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Photo credit: Elena Vagengeim
Photo credit: Elena Vagengeim

Let's be honest, December is all about one thing: Christmas! But for the thousands of people each year who are expecting December babies, it's also about impending parenthood (and dressing your newborn up as an elf/Santa/snowman and making it pose underneath the tree, right?).

Cute outfits aside, if you're due to have a baby in the month of December and you're still stuck on what baby name to choose for your festive newborn, you might be panicking that you're running out of time.

There are a few ways to approach the major task of picking a baby name, and one of which is to source inspiration from the boy's names and girl's names that have proven most popular for babies born in the month of December in recent years.

Every year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) collates data about all the names given to babies born in England and Wales, so we've handily listed the top names for baby boys and baby girls born in December 2020 for you, so you can have a browse and see if anything takes your fancy.

If going with the masses is less appealing for you, you might prefer to theme your baby's name based on its birth month. With December evoking all things Christmassy, warm and wintry, we suggest some December-inspired baby names down at the bottom. Bear with us, there are a lot. Happy baby name contemplating!

Top December baby names for boys:

  1. Noah

  2. Oliver

  3. Arthur

  4. Muhammad

  5. George

  6. Harry

  7. Archie

  8. Jack

  9. Oscar

  10. Charlie

Top December baby names for girls:

  1. Olivia

  2. Amelia

  3. Isla

  4. Ava

  5. Lily

  6. Florence

  7. Evie

  8. Ivy

  9. Sophia

  10. Mia

Photo credit: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc - Getty Images
Photo credit: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc - Getty Images

December and Christmas-themed baby names:

  • Holly (needs no explanation)

  • Ivy (same)

  • Robin/Robyn (after the wintry red-breasted bird)

  • Mary (on the religious theme)

  • Joseph (also on the religious theme)

  • Caspar (the name of one of the Three Kings in the Nativity)

  • Gabriel (another Nativity theme)

  • Gabriella (a female version)

  • Winter (needs no explanation)

  • Clementine (after the favoured winter fruit)

  • Noel/Noelle (meaning 'Christmas')

  • Star (another Nativity reference)

  • Angel/Angelina (same)

  • Clara (from the festive ballet, The Nutcracker)

  • Iris (a winter flower)

  • Elsa (because... Frozen?)

  • Neve (meaning 'snow')

  • Rudolph (after the red-nosed reindeer)

  • Nicholas (after good old Saint Nick)

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