December baby names are a trip down memory lane. They take you strolling arm in arm around villages blanketed in bright white snow, hot chocolate around the fire, or maybe adventuring around more tropical haunts to avoid the harsh temperatures. No matter where you call home for the winter, December is a time known for holidays and good cheer. But with a December baby girl, boy, or gender-neutral name, you and baby can carry that festivity with you all year round.
What makes a December baby name?
A December baby name highlights the winter treats of the Northern Hemisphere. They take in everything from the astrological signs and their attributes, the holiday spirit, and any other adjectives associated with this lovely, chilly month. If baby is bound to be a Sagittarius or a Capricorn, then consider names meaning adventurous, creative, optimistic, and determined. Or, if the astrological charts aren’t calling to you, consider names tied to comfort, warmth, and vibrance that the month also offers.
What holidays are in December?
Possibly the most widespread and publicized holiday of all, Christmas takes place in December. In 2019—despite the population not being 93% Christian—93% of Americans celebrated Christmas. However, plenty of people celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa each December too. Hanukka is an eight-day Jewish celebration where the menorah is lit every night, and each day commemorates different traditions. Kwanzaa is the celebration of the African-American culture based on the festival traditions taken from West and Southeast Africa.
How did the month of December get its name?
The month names that are so commonplace nowadays have become so because people have uttered them since the time of Julius Caesar! In 45 BCE, the infamous Caesar introduced the calendar idea, which Pope Gregory XIII’s Gregorian Calendar then altered to allow for certain holidays and anniversaries. However, each month had a different term back then, and December is no different. Coming from the Latin word decem, meaning “ten,” December was originally the tenth month of the Roman calendar. When it was initially created, it was the year's final month and marked the coming of winter.