Wonderful Winter Names For Boys

Hello everyone! The weather here in central Texas has gone from chilly to warm but we've still got a few days before it's technically winter. I've already written about Wonderful Winter Names For Girls so now it's time to talk about winter names for boys.


Winter Names For Boys:

Meaning: "God is gracious"
Origin: Diminutive of John, Hebrew
Ranked #40 in 2013
Ranked #41 in 2014

Jack is popular nickname that's now very popular in its own right. When thinking about winter names for boys, you might not think Jack right away. I included Jack because of its association to Jack Frost. It's a way to use a popular, easy to understand name and still give a subtle nod to the winter season.

Meaning: north
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

North makes since for winter in my mind, even though the direction north exists all year round. The northern regions are normally pretty cold and the North Pole is often talked about in winter. There is a prominent celebrity baby named North and she is a girl, but North sounds more like a boys name to me.

Meaning: white field
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

Whittaker is an interesting surname that I think could easily be used as a first name. It's meaning "white field" brings to mind images of a snow covered field. The only draw back to Whittaker is the lack of nickname options.

Meaning: black water
Origin: Scottish
Ranked #542 in 2013
Ranked #598 in 2014

Douglas and its nickname Doug definitely feel dated but surprisingly, it is still fairly well used. Why is it on this list? Well, that's because of the douglas fir trees used in winter as Christmas trees.

Meaning: based on the German word "tanne", meaning fir tree
Origin: German
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

Here's a name with a super trendy sound that's not likely to rise in the ranks any time soon. Tannen is a very cool nod to the winter season because of the traditional German carol "O Tannenbaum", which is translated as our English song "O Christmas Tree". Originally it wasn't directed at a Christmas tree, though. It was directed towards any evergreen tree.

Meaning: a strong wind
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

Gale, Gayle, and Gail have all traditionally been female names, short forms of Abigail. However the very popular Hunger Games series includes a principle character named Gale who was a guy so I think we may be seeing a shift for this name. If thought of as a nature word name, it makes a cool and edgy boys name. It's included on this list because winter tends to be a pretty stormy, windy season.

Meaning: grey
Origin: English
Ranked #979 in 2013
Ranked #911 in 2014

Grey is one of the few color names that's used for boys and it is super cool! The spelling of the color grey in English is towards the bottom of the top 1000 list but the spelling Gray (surprisingly) is not found on the list at all. Longer versions Grayson and Greyson are at numbers 97 and 200, respectively. I chose to put Grey on this list because of the grey skies often seen in the winter months.

Meaning: Blue
Origin: English
 Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

Blue is not a common name among average people but celebrities tend to have an affinity for it on both boys and girls. Personally, if I'd consider it for a name at all, I'd consider Blue a boys name. I chose it for this list because it's an icy color often associated with winter.

Meaning: hunter
Origin: English
Ranked #36 in 2013
Ranked #40 2014

Hunter is super cute occupational name that is very popular right now and has been for awhile. I chose it for this list for two reasons. One is because the color hunter green is often associated with Christmas and evergreen trees. The second is that many hunting seasons take place in the fall or winter.

Meaning: blaze
Origin: English
Ranked #714 in 2013
Ranked #775 in 2014

It's hard to get cooler (or hotter) than Blaze! If spelled Blaise (#912), it's of French origin and it means "stammerer" but spelled Blaze, it's an English word name. I chose it for this list because of the blazing fires some use to heat their homes in the winter.

I'll admit that this was a difficult list to make. I hope you enjoyed it, though and maybe got some ideas for any upcoming winter babies! Keep warm (or if you're in central Texas like me, stay cool!) and have a Merry Christmas!

Which winter boys names were your favorite? Are there any more you would add to the list? Let me know in comments!

Editor's note: This article was originally written in 2014 and updated in 2015.

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  1. I love the name Gale and Jack. I only had one boy though and my husband really wanted a Caleb. So I named my third child, a girl, Gale!

  2. I like Gale, too. It's one of my favorites on this list! Caleb is one of my very favorite names! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love Whittaker, Tannen, and surprisingly Douglas. Nice list and love the blog so much. I check it almost everyday.


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