Wonderful Winter Names For Girls

Hello everyone! Technically, the first day of winter is December 21st but the weather has sure felt wintery here in central Texas these past few days, so I thought I'd post a list of wonderful winter names for boys and girls. If you're wondering, the last day of winter is March 19th of next year so these names would make great choices for babies born during that time frame, or any time frame if you're not a stickler for technicalities.

I will do a separate article for Christmas names since there are plenty of them to make a second article. Although, it is difficult to separate out all the holiday themed names because winter is so tied to the holidays. I'm also not including month names because I'm working on another article with that theme.

Winter Names for Girls 

Meaning: winter
Origin: English
Ranked #673 in 2013
Ranked #556 in 2014

Winter is the most obvious winter name and it is gaining rapid popularity. Winter is the third most popular season name. Autumn is the most popular, followed by Summer. Spring is not ranked. Alternate spelling Wynter is also in the top 1000 at #949 in 2013 and #882. Winnie or Win would make cute nicknames for Winter.

Meaning: "to sparkle", plant name
Origin: Greek 
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

If you are looking for an uncommon winter name, you might try this gorgeous flower name. I included Amaryllis on this list because amaryllises are often given as gifts during the holidays. Also, with the meaning "to sparkle", you could think of the sparkling snow. There could be several nicknames for Amaryllis, such as Ami, Mary, Mari, Rilla, Lissa, or Lissy.

Meaning: beauty
Origin: French
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

I included Belle because of the bells often heard during the holidays and the beauty of the season. Belle is such a beautiful name and it's not even ranked on the top 1000! It might make an appearence on the 2015 top 1000 but surely it will be on the 2016 list! It is getting close.Belle is lovely on its own but there are plenty of similar, longer names that are very popular right now. Bella on it's own also means beautiful but Isabel, Isabelle, and Isabella are all forms of Elizabeth and mean something different.

Meaning: plant name
Origin: English
Ranked #152 in 2013
Ranked #146 in 2014

Ivy has been gaining mega-popularity lately, propelled by several celebrity babies. Ivy is on this list because it's a common green plant used to decorate in the winter. There's a common English Christmas carol called "The Holly and the Ivy". Ivy is short, sweet and strong, making it a great choice for a modern baby girl.

Meaning: tree name
Origin: English
Ranked #648 in 2013
Ranked #490

Juniper is a beautiful evergreen tree, mentioned in my article about tree names. Juniper is a very fun, hip name that's gaining popularity. June or Junie would make cute nicknames.

Meaning: snow
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 and 2014

Here's another more obvious winter word name. Snow is pretty, adorable, uncommon first name choice for a little girl. A fan of unusual word names might be brave enough to use this in the first name spot but I imagine more people would use snow in the middle.

Meaning: snow
Origin: Welsh
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

If you're looking for an uncommon winter name that's not an English word name, try this Welsh word name for snow. Eira, pronounced I-rah or Ay-rah, is a gorgeous name, almost unheard of in the United States but still completely usable.

Meaning: snow
Origin: Spanish
Rank: n/a

Neva is not the Spanish word for snow (that's nieve) but it's based on it. Neva has a very pretty sound and would make a lovely winter name for a little girl.

Meaning: storm
Origin: English
Rank: n/a

Winter is known for being a stormy season, making Storm or Stormy fitting winter names. Storm is ultra cool but you might be taking a chance of your little girl having a stormy personality.

Meaning: white footprint
Origin: Welsh
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

Olwen is an enchating name with a beautiful meaning, conjuring up pictures of footprints in the snow.If you're looking for an uncommon name (at least here in the US), Olwen might be for you. Olwyn looks very feminine to our American eyes but Olwen is the feminine spelling in Wales. Ollie or Wen/Wennie would be cute nicknames.

Meaning: plant name
Origin: English
Ranked #449 in 2013
Ranked #449 in 2014

Holly, also mentioned in my tree name article, is still ranked surprising high despite its slightly dated feel. Holly is often used in winter decorating and the name Holly definitely gives a person images of December.

Meaning: gem name
Origin: English from Greek
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2013 or 2014

Amethyst, the birthstone of the winter month February, would be a lovely name for a little girl born during that month. Amie or maybe even Misty might make good nicknames for Amethyst. If you want to read more about the gem, check out this article about gem names.

Meaning: robin, "bright fame"
Origin: English
Rank: n/a

Robins are such beautiful little birds that are often associated with Christmas. While Robin is a unisex name, it was most popular for girls in the 50's and 60's and has been outside of the top 1000 since 2004. With such a popular and pretty bird as a namesake, I'm sure Robin will make a comeback for girls sometime but right now it feels fresher on a baby boy.

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

Although doves can come many colors, doves are usually pictured white like snow, making Dove feel very wintery.  Also, doves are often pictured on Christmas cards and are regarded as a symbol of peace. Dove is one of a few newer sounding bird names but it has actually been used as a name for long time. It hasn't been popular in at least a century so it's due for a comeback!  I'd love to meet a baby girl named Dove! Maybe the Disney Channel star Dove Olivia Cameron will have some influence (though its not her original name). 

So, there you have it: twelve wonderful winter names for girls! Check back soon for some wonderful winter names for boys as well as a couple articles about Christmas names. I hope you have a marvelous winter season and a very merry Christmas! God Bless!
Which of these names are your favorites? Are there any I should add? Let me know!

Don't miss Winter Names for Boys!

*This article was originally published in December of 2014 and updated in December of 2015.

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  1. I had to check out your post because I'm expecting, even though my baby isn't due until the spring. I like Eira. Sounds pretty.

    1. Thanks for coming to check it out! Congratulations on your little one!

  2. How funny. I'm due January and have Juniper picked out for a girl name and never even thought of it being a "winter" name. Good to know it will be fitting.


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