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Christmas Elf Names to Get the Magic Started

Christmas elf names

How to choose a name for your Christmas Elf

Some of my friends picked their children’s names quickly. Just as you choose a shiny red apple at the grocer’s without thinking much about it, they picked a name in a flash. No hesitation. No squabbling. No ridiculous suggestions from siblings.

Finding a name for our three children wasn’t quick or straight forward, so I was a little nervous about choosing a name for an elf. Santa probably sensed my nervousness and I was relieved to find our Christmas elf already had a name when he arrived.

Naming your elf can start the magic and make it come alive, so if your elf hasn’t arrived with its own name, you’ll want to choose one quickly. And you’ll want a good name too, Santa has trusted you with this important task and you don’t want to upset Santa do you?

Choosing a Christmas elf name is very much like choosing a human name for a new baby with one important difference: when you name your elf you can have as much fun as you’d like. Elves have no fear of ridicule and no notion of embarrassment –  in fact they will relish unusual names.

Tips to help you pick the perfect name

Elfin – our resident elf and Santa’s Chief Elf has the following tips to help you pick the right name for your elf:

  • You must find a name that totally rocks – cool, silly, old fashioned, fun, ridiculous, beautiful? You elf won’t mind as long as it rocks!
  • Elf will love to have two names Noel Jangle, Ginger Forest, Holly Diamond or any other combination you can think of. After all you have a first and last name, so why should your elf be left out?
  • Choose a name that’s easy to say, the kids need to be able to say it, so they can tell all their friends about it!
  • Choose a name that sounds fun – after all the Christmas Elf tradition is all about having fun

Christmas Elf names ideas

If your mind has gone blank, we have listed a few Christmas Elf name ideas to help you get the creative juices flowing.

Traditional Christmas Elf names

You could name your elf after the 6 original Nordic elves that helped Santa from the beginning:

  • Alabaster Snowball – Administrator of the Naughty and Nice list
  • Bushy Evergreen – Inventor of the Magic toy-making machine
  • Pepper Minstix – Chief of security and guardian of Father Christmas’s secret village
  • Shinny Upatree – Santa’s oldest friend and the co-founder of the secret village
  • Sugarplum Mary – Head of the sweet treats – assists Mrs. Claus and helps her in the kitchen.
  • Wunorse Openslae – Designer of Father Christmas’s magic sleigh and keeper of the reindeer

Find out more about the traditional names of the first Christmas Elves >

Other popular Christmas elves names:

Buddy – the name of the character of Will Ferrell in Elf.

Kringle – Another name for Secret Santa and one of the main characters in Miracle on 34th Street

December – The month of Christmas Magic! A perfect name for a little elf who brings Christmas cheer for all to hear!

Sweet names

Gingerbread, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Cookie, Candy

Festive, wintery or Christmas related names

Most elves names relate to Christmas, so maybe try and think of a name that ties into Christmas! Here are a few ideas:

Angel, Holly, Mistletoe, Noel, Twinkle, Jingle, Snowball, Snowflake, Frosty, Jangle, Tinsel, Shiny

Still unsure? Why not call him Santa’s Little Helper?

Hi, I'm Elfin - Santa's chief Elf. Santa's wants me to tell you all about my Elf friends and the Christmas Elf Tradition. If you have any questions, just ask! I would love to hear from you and find out what your elves have been up to - so please leave your comments. Happy Elfing :)


  1. Jenny says:

    I really love this website ALOT!!!

  2. Cher says:

    I need a boy elf name, please please help

  3. hattie says:

    hhhhiiiiiiiiiiiii mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy name is boo chocolate

  4. Chris says:

    We had two elves when the girls were younger. They were called Snowflake and Mistletoe.

  5. we had 11 elfs and they was girls and i need some names can you help me

    • Elfin says:

      11 Elves? That’s a lot to look after and plenty of mischief to put up with! You could try and have two names by mixing standard girl’s names with Christmassy names such as Twinkle Toes, Sugarplum, Jolly and so on – Good luck! xx

  6. Sarah says:

    I couldn’t find an elf for love nor money so we have a Penguin coming instead called Jingle, he is one of Mrs Christmas (we don’t do Santa, we do Father Christmas) best animal friends. She’s a cuddly penguin with a scarf and ear muffs. Can’t wait for this!

  7. Kim says:

    Please help me name my elf for my 5 kids

    • Elfin says:

      Maybe you could read our article with the kids, brainstorm a few names and have a vote for a favourite? We want to hear the results of course :)

  8. Snowlena says:

    I need a way to turn the name ‘Peter’ into a somewhat festive name .

  9. Susan says:

    I have adopted a distant cousin of Pepper Minstix– named Candy Kane.

  10. stacy says:

    im about to have 3 kids can you help be find a name for my elf

    • Elfin says:

      You can get inspiration reading our article (you could even pinch someone else’s idea if you like the name – we won’t tell!)

  11. Cammy says:

    I love santa and his elves

  12. yasmin says:

    you should try the name cane it work well for me

  13. kayla hardy says:

    I would like to choose a elf name but i cant find a name and i was wondering if you could help me find a elf name? and if you do find me a elf name respond me back at kayla THANKS

    • Elfin says:

      It is best that you pick you own name – read our post for inspiration if you need to. If you can’t make you mind up, why not let fate decide? You could pick a few names you like, write them on small pieces of paper, fold the papers and pick one randomly. Let me know how you get on! Elfin x

  14. Brook says:

    I have a ELF and i dont have a
    NAME! Can you help?

  15. Alexadra says:

    I love my ELF

  16. Isabelle says:

    I just got a new elf and orbis a girl can u help me?

  17. Isabelle says:

    Can u help me with a girl name for a elf ?

  18. Isabelle says:

    I thought of names like mistletoe or ginger or snowflake or sugarplum what one should I pick.

  19. Maz Bailey says:

    I need a elv name for my two children, please help

  20. Sophia says:

    We got a girl elf and named her Ella Noelle :)

  21. samantha nelson says:

    my elf is named Trinket Evergreen :) what do you think??

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