Ahh, December. It鈥檚 the home stretch of the year, and for some of us, it鈥檚 also the home stretch of our third trimester. For babies born in the twelfth month, there鈥檚 no shortage of unique聽names to commemorate their arrival. Since you鈥檙e doubly busy with the holiday season and impending labor and delivery (no big deal), we鈥檝e saved you a bit of聽research and pulled together some of the best and brightest (not to mention merriest) creative names for the best holiday gift anyone could ever receive.

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1. December:聽Obviously December is a perfect name for someone born in the twelfth聽month of the year. The word itself evokes visions of twinkling lights and time spent with loved ones. Who wouldn鈥檛 want that associated with their name?

2. Hiver: Pronounced 鈥渆e-vayher鈥 with a quick, airy sweep through that second syllable, the word is French for 鈥渨inter.鈥 Extra mega bonus points if you happen to give birth with the soothing sounds of Bon Iver (鈥済ood winter鈥) playing in the background.

3. Jiilaal: The Somali word for 鈥渨inter鈥 is also really beautiful, particularly if the little one has Somalian roots or there鈥檚 a sentimental attachment of some sort for their parents.

4. Lumi: This name may make you think of light, as in 鈥渋lluminate鈥 or the French word lumiere, but it actually means 鈥渟now鈥 in both Estonian and Finnish. It also sounds a bit like 鈥渓uminaria,鈥 and who doesn鈥檛 love those around the holidays?

5. Cher: Here鈥檚 another word meaning 鈥渟now,鈥 but this time in Macedonian. It鈥檚 perfect聽for two style goddesses of the modern age 鈥 everyone鈥檚 favorite Clueless heroine in the 鈥90s, and Cher herself before that 鈥 and it might be perfect for your little bundle of beauty too.

6. Nieve: This word means 鈥渟now鈥 as well, except in Spanish. Pronounced correctly, it鈥檚 鈥渘ee-ev-ay,鈥 but it could also be pronounced 鈥渘ev,鈥 like Neve Campbell. It doesn鈥檛 matter either way, though: It鈥檚 gorgeous any way you say it.

7. Joy: There鈥檚 no greater joy than being with the ones we love and celebrating with good food, great music and a cupful of something warm and delicious. If your child鈥檚 arrival is slated for December, though, that just might trump all those other wonderful things, so why not commemorate it in her name?


8. Holly:聽A perfectly sweet name that鈥檚 synonymous with holiday imagery, it still works all year 鈥檙ound.聽The iconic Audrey Hepburn character, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany鈥檚,聽isn鈥檛 a shabby point of inspiration either.

9. Robin: Although these aviary beauties聽tend to fly south for the winter, they still manage to pop up in a lot of holiday iconography, perhaps because of their red feathers. Regardless, who wouldn鈥檛 want to be named after a songbird?

10. North: Sure, Kim and Kanye already took it there, but you have to admit it鈥檚 a sweet name for any gender and perfect for this time of year.

11. Nicholas: If you鈥檙e a kid at heart who will always love good ol鈥 St. Nick, maybe consider tipping your hat to Santa Claus and passing that childlike sense of wonder on to your own little bundle of joy.

12. Aster: Meaning 鈥渟tar,鈥 this Greek name is dreamy, simple and ideal for a baby born on a starry night. It鈥檚 also the name of a pretty purple flower, of course, so that鈥檚 two gorgeous natural motifs聽attached to one sweet name. Imagine the nursery decor possibilities!

13. Bianca: A popular Italian baby name that doubles as the word for 鈥渨hite,鈥 it conjures up images of pure winter snow. It鈥檚 also got kind of a rock star edge to it, so if you鈥檝e got a tiny聽bohemian on your hands, this name might be just the thing to call her.

14. Jack: With a nod to Jack Frost, this classic name could be used in its traditional form as a nickname for John, or it can act as the birth name altogether. Either way, prepare to turn your dorky parental humor knob all the way up and yell, 鈥淗it the road, Jack!鈥 every time you bid him farewell.

15. Eirwen:Lord of the Rings聽fans will recognize this as an alternate spelling of 鈥淎rwen,鈥 the character played by Liv Tyler in the LOTR films. It means 鈥渨hite as snow,鈥 which couldn鈥檛 be better suited for a December baby whose parents are fans of individuality.

What鈥檚 your favorite December baby name? Share in the comments below!

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