鈥楾is the season for sweaters, gifts (take a peek at our ample聽gift guides聽for good ideas), and sweet treats, like this聽holiday rainbow cookie cake, and for some who are expecting, it鈥檚 also the time to decide on a unique baby name. Whether you鈥檙e preparing for a holiday birth or聽just adding to your baby name wish list, you鈥檙e going to love how merry and bright these names will make you feel.聽While these monikers聽all have a seasonal spirit,聽they鈥檙e still聽perfectly suited for a brand new bundle of joy born any day of the year.

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1. Holly: From Holly Hobby to Holly Golightly, this name conjures up images of sweet, whimsical, headstrong women steeped in classic American pop culture history. It鈥檚 also, of course, a flowering plant with a very pretty berry associated with the holiday season.

2. Noel or Noelle: French for 鈥淐hristmas,鈥 Noel is a beautiful word associated with the peace and joy of the holiday. And depending on how it鈥檚 pronounced, it鈥檚 commonly known as both a boy and girl鈥檚 name.

3. Joy: It doesn鈥檛 get much simpler than this when it comes to naming a baby after the very emotion it鈥檚 bringing into the world. Bonus points for brevity!

4. Carol: Naming your kid after a joyous piece of music? Sweet indeed. Oh, just think of all the puns you can make with those birth announcements (鈥淗ere we come a-Carol-ing鈥︹)

5. Leila, Laila or Layla: Hebrew for the word 鈥渘ight,鈥 this lovely trio of names聽bring to mind both a classic rock anthem and the calmness of each evening聽of Hanukkah. Versatile, no?

6. December: As all-encompassing as a holiday name can get, this quirky name stands out in a crowd with its distinctive sound and a hint of twinkle in there too.

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7. January:聽Sure, we鈥檝e all heard of January Jones, but聽the name is lovely because it鈥檚 the first month of the year and a promise of new beginnings.

8.聽Natalia: Meaning 鈥淐hristmas Day鈥 in Latin, this word conjures up festive images from around the world 鈥 namely Italy, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Greek, Russia, Ukraine and Poland:聽all places where it still means exactly the same thing.

9.聽Cinnamon: It鈥檚 the signature聽spice of the holiday season, and even the word itself sounds cozy and wonderful. (Granted, we鈥檙e a little biased since one of our very own Brit + Co contributors has the very same name!)

10.聽Joseph:聽Whether he grows up to be Joe, Joey or just J, any little one born with this name is going to have lots of ways to abbreviate it.

11. Angel: Pure and sweet, this name couldn鈥檛 be more perfect to bestow on a newborn. After all, that鈥檚 exactly what each one is鈥 before diaper duty kicks in, anyway.

12. Mary: For new parents who are holiday traditionalists, it doesn鈥檛 get any more Christmas-inspired than Mary herself.

13. Merry: For parents who are聽less traditional but every bit as in love with the holidays, this is a very cool alternative. Plus, it just brings to mind a very happy, jolly time of year.

14. Gabriel or聽Gabrielle: All聽babies are angelic, so what鈥檚 better than the聽Hebrew name of one very important celestial messenger in a seriously聽famous story?

15. Bell: Particularly perfect聽for new parents in search of聽a name with a certain ring to it (pun intended), this name has聽subtle holiday ties, but is聽also generally pretty any time of year. Also, it鈥檚 a departure from the more conventional spelling of 鈥淏elle,鈥 which means beautiful in French.

16.聽Rosemary: Who doesn鈥檛 love the chic beauty of a tiny rosemary bush doubling as a holiday tree? This fragrant herb is found throughout all sorts of natural holiday decor, and it鈥檚 an old-school name with lots of vintage charm.

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17. Eve: Classic and beautiful, this name carries both the verve of a 1950s screen goddess and the natural wonder of a sunset. It鈥檚 also an amazing name for someone born on December 24 or 31. Just saying.

18. Shamash: A Hebrew word meaning 鈥渁ttendant,鈥 this word describes聽the highest candle in a menorah, used to light the other candles. The beautifully symbolic name聽is聽a touching tribute to a family鈥檚 spiritual聽heritage.

19. Claus: Greek for 鈥減eople鈥檚 victory,鈥 this name can be pronounced more like 鈥淜lauss鈥 than 鈥淐lause,鈥 giving a subtle nod to the jolly man with the sleigh while maintaining some shred of schoolyard dignity.

20. Rudolph: Sure, it鈥檚 a little on the nose (see what we did there?) but hey, it worked just fine for Valentino and Giuliani, both of whom grew up to be leaders in their fields鈥 just like a certain red-nosed reindeer we鈥檝e all heard stories about.

What鈥檚 your favorite holiday-inspired name?聽Tweet us @britandco!