Most popular Christmas-themed baby names – and Joseph isn’t top choice for boys

Would you pick a Christmas-themed baby name? (Image: Getty Images)

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Trying to decide on a baby name is one of the most challenging decisions a parent will need to make – it is forever after all.

If your due date falls in December, you might be leaning towards a festive-themed name for your little one.

Luckily, Online marketplace OnBuy.com has compiled a list of the most popular Christmassy baby names of 2020 to make the task a little easier for you.

The site searched through thousands of baby names to reveal the top 10 given to boys and girls.

Results found that the most festive name for a little girl is Mary, and David is the leading choice for boys.

Keep reading to find out which other names came out on top.

Mary and David are the most popular names
(Image: Getty Images)

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What are the top 10 Christmas-themed names for girls?

  • Mary
  • Gloria
  • Karen
  • Angel
  • Carol
  • Christina
  • Virginia
  • Rachel
  • Joy
  • Natalia
  • Gloria comes in second place with approximately 3,345,404 babies having this name, making it the 126th most common name worldwide.

    This name is taken from the word glory, which features in many Christmas carols.

    In third place is Karen, which holds the meaning 'pure'.

    This name has been given to approximately 3,049,118 baby girls and is the 151st most popular name worldwide.

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    What are the top 10 Christmas-themed names for boys?

  • David
  • Michael
  • Joseph
  • Emmanuel
  • Jesus
  • Gabriel
  • Christian
  • Frank
  • Christopher
  • Felix
  • The most festive baby boy's name is David which means 'beloved'.

    David is the 14th most common male moniker worldwide, with approximately 13,431,089 babies holding this name.

    Michael comes in second place with approximately 11,482,415 baby boys having this name, making it the 19th most common name in the world.

    This name derives from the Hebrew name Micha meaning 'who is like God'.

    In third place is Joseph, which also derives from Hebrew for 'increase or addition' and is the name of Jesus' father.

    This name has been given to approximately 8,631,678 baby boys and is the 31 st most common name worldwide.

    OnBuy found that almost 8 in 10 (78 per cent) would consider giving their child a festive name, with only 22 per cent wanting something non-seasonal.

    Of those wanting a festive name, a whopping 94 per cent believe that giving their child a name with festive connotations would make people around them more cheerful.

    However, of the 22 per cent who dislike seasonal names, 34 per cent think they're 'tacky', 21 per cent think they're 'too mainstream’, and 11 per cent think they're 'cringey'.

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