A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!
December 1st – Bette Midler
Bette Midler – Singer, born in the United States on December 1, 1945.
Bette is a spunky diminutive of the name Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”. Bette has a bit of a fun, hipster, vintage vibe.
December 2nd – Lucy Liu
Lucy Alexis Liu – Actor, born in the United States on December 2, 1968.
Lucy is an English name, meaning “light”. Currently #66 for girls in the U.S., I definitely think this sweet, timeless name will continue to rise in popularity.
December 3rd – Ozzy Osbourne
John Michael Osbourne – Musician, born in England on December 3, 1948.
Ozzy is usually a nickname for names such as Osmund, or in this case, Osbourne. Ozzy’s stage name is much less common than his given name, John. John is Hebrew meaning, “God is gracious”. At #27 in the U.S., John is the epitome of a classic name.
December 4th – Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon Bridges – Actor, born in the United States on December 4, 1949.
I’m jealous of Jeff Bridges’ surname. Seriously, how cool is Bridges? Jeffrey means “pledge of peace”.
December 5th – Walt Disney
Walter Elias Disney – Co-Founder of the Walt Disney Company, born in the United States on December 5, 1901.
I adore the name Elias, but I think Walter has an old-fashioned charm as well. Walter is a German name meaning, “army ruler”.
December 6th – Alberto Contador
Alberto Contador Velasco – Cyclist, born in Spain on December 6, 1982.
I always wish I had a beautiful Spanish accent when I see name name like Alberto. Alberto is a form of the name Albert, meaning “bright and noble”.
December 7th – Emily Browning
Emily Jane Browning – Actress/Singer, born in Australia on December 7, 1988.
Emily has been in the top 10 in the U.S. since 2001. I definitely see the appeal of this timeless classic. Emily is a form of the name Emil, meaning “rival”.
December 8th – Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary Stuart – Royalty, born in Scotland on December 8, 1542.
Mary is the first name that comes to my mind when I think of a classic girls name. A Hebrew name, meaning “bitter”, many great names are derived from this timeless beauty.
December 9th – Judi Dench
Dame Judith Olivia Dench – Actor, born in England on December 9, 1934.
I think Judi/Judy is precious, I’d love to see this name used more! Judith is a Hebrew name, meaning “woman of Judea”. Barely in the top 1,000, Judith is currently #996 in the U.S.
December 10th – Kenneth Branagh
Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh – Actor/Director, born in Ireland on December 10, 1960.
Kenneth is an anglicized Gaelic name, meaning “handsome”. A handsome choice for a man of any age. Kenneth is #187 in the U.S.
December 11th – Max Born
Max Born – Scientist, born in Germany on December 11, 1882.
Max is a great little name that fittingly means “greatest”. A diminutive of names like Maximilian and Maxwell, Max holds its own as a given name at spot #111.
December 12th – Mayim Bialik
Mayim Hoya Bialik – Actor, born in the United States on December 12, 1975.
Mayim is such a cool name and great alternative to the more popular Maya. A Hebrew name meaning, “water”, I’d love to see this name used more.
December 13th – Taylor Swift
Taylor Alison Swift – Singer, born in the United States on December 13, 1989.
A unisex name, Taylor took off in popularity for girls in the 1990’s. Taylor is an English occupational name for a “tailor”.
December 14th – Patty Duke
Ann Marie Duke – Actor, born in the United States on December 14, 1946.
Ann, like John and Mary, falls into the category of a classic name. English, meaning “grace”, Ann is seen more frequently now as a middle name.
December 15th – Stuart Townsend
Stuart Peter Townsend – Actor, born in Ireland on December 15, 1972.
Stuart is an old occupational name and surname, meaning “steward” or “guard”. Stuart hasn’t been in the U.S. top 1,000 since 2003.
December 16th – Theo James
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis – Actor, born in England on December 16, 1984.
What a name! Theodore is a Greek name, meaning “gift of God”. Theodore is currently # 170 in the U.S. while Theo on its own is #666.
December 17th – Manny Pacquiao
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao – Boxer, born in the Philippines on December 17, 1978.
Emmanuel is a great name for a baby born around Christmas. A Hebrew name meaning “God is with us”, Emmanuel is used in many Christmas songs.
December 18th – Betty Grable
Elizabeth Ruth Grable – Actor, born in the United States on December 18, 1916.
Another classic to add to the list. Elizabeth is a Hebrew name meaning, “pledged to God”. Currently #10 in popularity, Elizabeth has never been lower than #26 since names have been recorded in the U.S.
December 19th – Tyson Beckford
Tyson Beckford – Model, born in the United States on December 19, 1970.
Tyson is an English name with the cool meaning, “firebrand”. Currently #269 in popularity, Tyson could work as an alternative to Tyler.
December 20th – Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill Feldstein – Actor, born in the United States on December 20, 1983.
I love the meaning of Jonah, which is “dove”. A Hebrew name that might remind you of the story of the whale, Jonah is currently #135 in the U.S.
December 21st – Jane Fonda
Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda – Actor/Activist, born in the United States on December 21, 1937.
Jane was named for the third wife of Henry VIII. I’ve always liked this name and disliked the “plain Jane” association. Jane is an English name meaning, “God’s gracious gift”.
December 22nd – Vanessa Paradis
Vanessa Chantal Paradis – Singer/Actor, born in France on December 22, 1972.
Vanessa is a literary name invented by Jonathan Swift. I love that Vanessa is also a species of butterfly.
December 23rd – Trisha Goddard
Patricia Goddard – TV host, born in England on December 23, 1957.
Patricia is a Latin name meaning “noble or patrician”. There are many nicknames for Patricia, Trisha being one of them.
December 24th – Stephanie Meyer
Stephanie Morgan Meyer – Writer, born in the United States on December 24, 1973.
Stephanie was a popular name in the 1980’s. A Greek name meaning, “crown”, Stephanie is still fairly popular at #195.
December 25th – Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey DeForest Bogart – Actor, born in the United States, on December 25, 1899.
A Christmas baby! Bogart is high on my list of future dog names. Humphrey is a German name meaning, “peaceful warrior”.
December 26th – Jared Leto
Jared Leto – Actor/Musician, born in the United States, on December 26, 1971.
Jared Leto will forever be Jordan Catalano to me. Jared is a Hebrew name that was most popular in the 1980’s, meaning “he descends”.
December 27th – Salman Khan
Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan – Actor, born in India, on December 27, 1965.
Salman is an Arabic name, meaning “to be safe”. Rare in the U.S., Salman has never been in the top 1,000.
December 28th – Seth Meyers
Seth Adam Meyers – Comedian, born in the United States, on December 28, 1973.
Seth is a one syllable Hebrew name, meaning “placed or appointed”. The name of many other funny men as well, such as Seth MacFarlane and Seth Rogen.
December 29th – Jude Law
David Jude Heyworth Law – Actor, born in England on December 29, 1972.
Hey, Jude, I love the name Jude! But let’s look at the name David. David is a Hebrew name, meaning “beloved” that has never been lower than #32 in the U.S. Quite a timeless name.
December 30th – Ellie Goulding
Elena Jane Goulding – Singer, born in England on December 30, 1986.
Elena is a Spanish form of the name Helen, meaning “bright and shining one”. Elena has been been used in lots of TV shows and movies the past five years.
December 31st – Gabby Douglas
Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas – Olympic Gymnast, born in the United States on December 31, 1995.
Gabrielle shares her name with the famous designer Coco Chanel. A French name, Gabrielle means “God is my strength”.
Happy Birthday December babies!