Christmas is a relatively rare surname, which is sometimes said to have been a byname given to a person born at Christmas. However, others dispute this interpretation. [1] The byname was spelled "Cristemass" in 1185 and 1191, and "Cristesmesse" in 1308.[2] The name is principally found in Essex and Sussex counties in England.

Notable persons with the surname Christmas

Fictional characters with the name Christmas

  • Joe Christmas, a character in William Faulkner's novel Light in August
  • Lloyd Christmas, played by Jim Carrey in the movie Dumb and Dumber


  1. "DNA search for 'father' Christmas". BBC News. 2005-11-23. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  2. Reaney, P. H., & R. M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (London: Routledge, 1991; Oxford University Press, 1995), s.n. Christmas.
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