How To Name Your Elf On The Shelf ~ 50 Ideas

When you first welcome your Elf on the Shelf into your home, your family will be tasked with naming your Elf. While you can name your Elf anything your family likes, since this is an annual holiday tradition you are starting you probably want to come up with a name that you will all be happy with year after year. (That means leaving the naming completely up to your toddler might not be the best course of action.) To get those creative juices flowing, and give you some ideas you can suggest for your toddler to choose from, here are 50 Christmas-inspired Elf on the Shelf name ideas.

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50 Elf on the Shelf Names Christmas Ideas

  1. Kringle (this is our Elf’s name)
  2. Tinsel
  3. Ralphie (A Christmas Story)
  4. Kris
  5. Elf on the ShelfWayne (Prep and Landing)
  6. Snow
  7. Merry
  8. Figgy (as in pudding)
  9. Flake
  10. Elfie
  11. Ginger (as in Gingerbread man)
  12. Dash (as in Dasher)
  13. Jingle
  14. Pep (as in peppermint)
  15. Virginia (Miracle on 34th Street)
  16. Bell
  17. Hermey (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
  18. Clarice (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
  19. Twinkle
  20. Tiny (as in Tiny Tim)
  21. Noel
  22. Max (the Grinch‘s dog)
  23. Sugarplum
  24. Nuts (as in nutcracker)
  25. Holly
  26. Buddy (Elf)
  27. Frost
  28. Griswold (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)
  29. Clark (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation)
  30. Elfkins
  31. Mistletoe
  32. Frank (as in frankincense)
  33. Ice
  34. Candy (as in cane)
  35. Carol (as in caroling)
  36. Angel
  37. Eggnog
  38. Blitz (as in Blitzen)
  39. Topper (as in tree topper)
  40. Garland
  41. Bling
  42. Snowball
  43. Clara (from the Nutcracker)
  44. Rudy (as in Rudolf)
  45. Star
  46. Nick (as in St Nick)
  47. Claus (as in the big guy)
  48. Plum (as in pudding)
  49. Jolly
  50. Bob (as in Cratchit – Christmas Carol)

Once you settle on the all-important name for your Elf. Be sure to check out my post about throwing a welcome breakfast for your family’s new friend. And check back soon for more Elf on the Shelf ideas.

For even more ideas, scroll through the comments below.

What is your Elf on the Shelf named?

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  1. Karen Ferguson says:

    We have a boy and a girl, Oscar and Bella. this is our first year with Elf on the Shelf. , so much fun. I have 5 kids, 5 grand kids and 2 great grand kids and 1 more due in about 7 weeks. this is going a fun Christmas.

  2. My wife and I wanted started our son out with his elf before he could really talk well. So in honor of my grandfather ( Cedric) who passed away just before our son Blake was born and my wife’s grandfather James ,who left us shortly after Blake’s birth. CJ was born and the sprit of these wonderful loving fathers is forever with us in more ways than just our hearts.

  3. we love this name.

  4. Haha ours is #10, Elfie! Thanks for the list!

  5. Cute stuff. We love our Elf on the Shelf. This year I gave them as “family gifts” to our married children and grandchildren but also kept one here for fun too. One set of grandkids came up with first and last names which I thought was very creative. She was named Lilly Candy. Following their lead our elf was named Stephen Silverbells. You may want to try adding a last name for added fun.

  6. We named our elf after Ollie in “March of the wooden soldiers”

  7. This is the first year I’m doing it and I’m doing it in my classroom, but I think I’ll name him “Ovaltine”, as in the chocolate milk.

  8. It is amazing

  9. JINX
    I came across this name at knew it was perfect! :)
    My lo dosent talk yet but hopefully he thinks its as good of a name I do!

  10. Our elf is named Buddy. :)

  11. Why don’t you add Fred as a name.

  12. This is so amazing we are thinking of naming him Buddy, Nike, or Champ!

  13. I named mine kris as in kris kringle

  14. Our Elf’s name is Lenox. We’ve loved him for years! The kids are a little older now but always want Lenox back and enjoy his mischievous ways throughout the holiday season.

  15. My kids came up with a name I would have never thought of, Elfis

  16. we named our elfs Holly and Jimmy we love them

  17. jinxisourelf says:

    i love my elf to death. he is so cute. so does the family. he fits right in

  18. We call our elf Floyd… Fun, quirky name which isn’t a “Christmas-y” name. A silly name just because!

  19. We named our elf Holly. We knew it was perfect. She makes the holidays so much fun.

  20. We have a boy and girl and they are named Cottonheaded & Ninnymuggins! If you’re a fan of Elf you’ll get it:)


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