Christmas Elf Names to Get the Magic Started
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!
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?
I really love this website ALOT!!!
We just got our Elf and named him Louie Gumball!
Glad your elf has arrived – love his name.
My elf name is Silver Bells. She is a girl. She is pretty cute too!
I need a boy elf name, please please help
what about colin
hhhhiiiiiiiiiiiii mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy name is boo chocolate
We had two elves when the girls were younger. They were called Snowflake and Mistletoe.
we had 11 elfs and they was girls and i need some names can you help me
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
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!
Hello Sarah, I like your idea very much! Enjoy your penguin 🙂
i’ve never had one before
Please help me name my elf for my 5 kids
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 🙂
I need a way to turn the name ‘Peter’ into a somewhat festive name .
I have adopted a distant cousin of Pepper Minstix– named Candy Kane.
im about to have 3 kids can you help be find a name for my elf
You can get inspiration reading our article (you could even pinch someone else’s idea if you like the name – we won’t tell!)
is elf real
Of course elves are real Ashley! How could I reply to you if I wasn’t?
I love santa and his elves
you should try the name cane it work well for me
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 hardy.com THANKS
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
I have a ELF and i dont have a
NAME! Can you help?
I love my ELF
I just got a new elf and orbis a girl can u help me?
Can u help me with a girl name for a elf ?
What about Pixie Twinkle Toes?
what about sownmen
I thought of names like mistletoe or ginger or snowflake or sugarplum what one should I pick.
Try to use your imagination or just pick a seasonal name that you like!
Why not pick one our randomly? Write them all on small pieces of paper, fold and pick one out!
I like snowflake or you could leave out a card and ask her name
Snowflake is a lovely name, I do agree!
Prancer is good Comet or ME SANTA
I need a elv name for my two children, please help
All my elves for this year have been allocated to families – you might find some elsewhere though! You can enter your email address here http://www.bigfatballoons.co.uk/product_updates.php to be notified when next year’s elves are available. Good Luck!
I did the crawling but I can’t find a boy elf name now can u help:-)
Maybe your elf already has a name? Why not ask him or her what they’re called?
We got a girl elf and named her Ella Noelle 🙂
Hello Sophia, Ella Noelle is a great name. I hope she is a good elf for you!
I might name mine Elfa smowflake
my elf is named Trinket Evergreen 🙂 what do you think??
do you think its a good boys name?
Sounds very good. Perfect boy’s name!
is Glitter a good name for a girl elf
Glitter is a very pretty name. I think it is just perfect for a girl elf!
Please say hi to Eddie for me. He is my elf
I’m going to have 2 ELF’s so what should I feed them?its hard to figure out what they like yo eat.
We all have different tastes, but elves tend to have a sweet tooth!
My elfs name is elfie
I love my elf! We named her Holly JingleBells!
I’ve had my elf for two years her name is Jingle and I’ve always wondered if Jingle is a girl or boy I think she’s a she because it looks like she has earrings but I’m not sure. Please answer me right away and I’ll always believe Merry Christmas!!!!
Jingle can be either a boy’s name or a girl’s name. In the case of your elf I think you are right. It must be a girls elf!
We have a elf my friend gave it to me and i named him joey i made a house for him and today we came back from the beach and he was waiting for us to get back he was looking out the window it was the 2nd year he came and my friend said if u leave out water and crackers he will leave candy out for you is that true and can u touch an elf for 15 second p.s tell joey to not come out of the room he is in if u know joey
joeys real name is joey claus
We just got an elf on the shelf and I couldn’t think of any name except bob so this web site really helped we chose Kringle
Thanks Abby – glad you found our site helpful!
I need a really manly name for my elf because my son dose not like any of the other names if you could please give me a few name that would be great thanks.
MY ELF DID NOT MOVE LAST NIGHT SHOULD I BE WORRIED !!!!!!
AND MY FRIEND SAID YOU CAN TOUCH A ELF FOR 15 SECONDS IS THAT TRUE
AND SHE SAID IF U LEAVE OUT CRACKERS AND WATER OUT THAT NIGHT HE WILL GIVE U CANDY
P.S. GREAT NAMES FOR ELVES BECAUSE OF YOUR WEB SITE I MADE A LAST NAME FOR HIM
PLEASE ANSWER QUESTIONS SOON 🙂
I am sure your elf will be on the move again soon!
Hi elfin nice to meet you i have a elf called twinkle toes my elf name is twinkle toes mcvitie
I MEAN JOEY JINGLE 🙂
Our elf arrived today for my two year old, Hershey Cuddlebugs is his name. Surely hope this wonderful place of elf excitement is still here when my son Jathen can browse and read all your wonderful stories, ideas and enthusiasm.
Great Elf name – have fun with your little boy!
I have 4 pocket elves(cee-cee, jack, peter, and Hazel), 1 elf (lizzie), 2 raindeer(buey and ralphy), and a husky (shaska) . Cee-cee and jack are twins, 6 Years old, and the siblings of lizzie. As for peter and Hazel, they are alzo twins, 6 Years old, but they have no guardiant, which is why there older brother is coming in 2 weeks. Please tell me what his ñame will be.(i dont chose) id u dont answer right away i will stop believing
What about Oscar Snowdrop for the new elf?
can you touch a elf for 15seconds
Most elf like a cuddle, a few don’t however, check the rules with our elf before touching him!
We have 2 Elfs (one for each child) but santa has written and said with the new addition to our family we will be receiving a new elf!! Our other elfs are Mr. Jangles, and Trixe. whats another good name that would fit?
How about Buddy? You could also get the kids choose the name for the new elf!
We just got an elf on the shelf! Santa Claus dropped it off at our house! WDK what to name him?
Thank you for this sweet website. I was trying to help out my daughter and granddaughter find a fourth name for a new elf that will arrive on Christmas, and your cute name list was perfect! You are a GOOD little elf, Elfin helping others, thank you and Merry Christmas! Oh, and good cheer to you too, lol!
Thanks, Glad you like the site. Elfin xx
IM SEWING MY OWN ELF ON THE SHELF, MY GRANDDAUGHTER CAME OVER THIS WEEK END AND WANTED TO KNOW IF I HAD ONE, I TOLD HER YES, BUT HE WAS HIDING FROM ME, SINCE I REALLY DIDNT HAVE ONE, SHE IS FOUR NOW AND IS REALLY INTO THE FANTASY OF THE HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR, I AM GOING TO NAME HIM JUMPING JACK JINGLES, HOW DOES THAT SOUND?
Good name and good work 🙂
We already have 3 elves and their names are Jolly, Cheerful and Nipper. We now have our 4th one on the way. What is some suggestions for a cool name to go with ours.
I have a real elf on the shelf I did not go on the website and buy one we have two of them last night when I put a blue ribbon on the floor this morning it was on my mirror and nobody touched it either I don’t no their names either what is a boy name elf that loves to play tricks on little kids
Very mysterious, I definitely think elf magic is involved!
Hi I’m writing a book about the life of an elf and I looked at your suggestions and I couldn’t find one that appealed to me 🙁 PLZ HELP
Take a bath, or a shower maybe a walk. Think about something else for a while and the solution will eventually come to you! Sometimes we try too hard!
I need a name elfin please help me I’m writing a book and I couldn’t find one I liked 🙁
Hi I’m really pumpted because I’m going to get a elf on the shelf and sence u said to draw a name so I’m going to draw a name thanxs:-) B-) 😛 😀 but I don’t have enough to draw a boy name can u help me. Respond as soon as possible.:-)
How about carol or Chris
Carol and Chris are lovely names!
Nina is the best lol
i love christmas within in two months i know that word stand for everlasting friend because i believe that the holidays is more than sad but happy and joy plus wonderful ask santa i know what i want for christmas this year that is star wars the force awakens lightsaber plus marvel /dc comic books and a wwe world heavyweight championship belt and power rangers dino charge dino charge morpher with dino chargers i live in benald street lancaster ca see ya in december love eric
Do you think Maelyn Kate is a good name?
elfis is a great name for your elf on the shelf if your a elvis fan.
I chose cinnamon twinkle❄
Lovely name 🙂
Is willie at the North Pole
My name is angel and this christmas I am dressing up as an elf to spread the Christmas cheer lol what last name do u think I should choose to use as my character and my t-shirt says head elf can u help me !!!! Plz
You must go with what sound right to you 🙂
Elfin do you think elfa heart is a good name
Our new elf is called Dec D. Halls
Hi Elfin. What do you think about the name Toasty Cuddlesworth. Will my boy elf like it?
It is a perfect name for an elf. I am sure he will love it 🙂
Are you allowed to touch an elf on the shelf on christmas eve my mum said you were but im just checking with you elfin cos my mums not an elf lol
All elves do have different rules – if your Mum says you can’t touch it, she must know best 🙂
My name is Kandy the Christmas Elf. DOn’t mess with me
i just got a new elf and she is pink and has a bell on top of her hat and her name is Noelle!!!!!!!
Buddy holly ❤
Elfin I wasn’t born wen my elf came my sis named it snowflake is it bAd!
We want punny elf names! Send. Help.
Elfin what is your favorite name for an elf im having a HARD time finding one
Well my favourite elf name is Elfin of course. Why not write a few names dow and just pull one at random?
Hi I got a girl elf Santa what is her real name
Hi Emily, It is up to you to Choose a name for her!
What would be a good name for a nurse elf ?
I got a boy elf and named him Evergreen Fog. We are going to have so much fun.
Woah! Great name, Evergreen Fog! I wonder if they’re any relation to my Great Uncle Cornelius Sandwich Fog