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.

Looking for more Elf on the Shelf ideas, check out this list of 50 Elf on the Shelf Games, Decorations, Accessories & More.

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.

Get the most of your Elf on the Shelf with the kits below. We just bought the Letters to Santa kit this year, and can’t wait for Kringle to bring it to our kids to use this week. And the DVD is a MUST watch for all new Elf on the Shelf owners – an annual tradition in our house.

Elf on the Shelf - Elves At Play Paper CraftsElf on the Shelf – Elves At Play Paper CraftsScout Elf Express Delivers: Letters To SantaScout Elf Express Delivers: Letters To SantaElf on the Shelf Scout Elves At Play KitElf on the Shelf Scout Elves At Play KitAn Elf's Story DVDAn Elf’s Story DVD

For even more ideas, scroll through the comments below.

What is your Elf on the Shelf named?

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  1. I was so tempted to get one this year, but we didn’t =( Next year for sure!

  2. These are good names! We went completely nontraditional and named our elf “Jack Andrew Smitty” I really have no idea how the kids came up with that. lol

  3. We do not have one yet, but I would love one for next year when my little guy will appreciate it more!

  4. Love Elf on the Shelf! I’m fond of Kringle myself!!!

  5. We named ours Noel.

  6. We named ours Snowflake. She’s a girl, we bought the little white skirt for her to wear. πŸ™‚

  7. We named ours peppermint πŸ™‚

  8. we just got our elf on the shelf!!! thanks for some ideas… still contemplating tho.

  9. I need to get me an elf on the shelf.

  10. I asked for it as a Christmas gift….even though all my kids are grown, the grandkids will enjoy it!

  11. I named my elf Noel πŸ˜€ this morning we found him hanging out in a stocking in a diving position.

  12. I am picking up my Elf today.:)

  13. My Mom has one at her house and his name is Louie. My 3 year old nephew named him. You never know where Louie will be sitting and watching. Too cute!!!

  14. Cyndi Lacefield says:

    So cute! When I was doing gift wrapping for a program I volunteer with at Barnes and Noble yesterday,this totally adorable little girl came to get her friend’s elf wrapped. She chatted merrily and told me ALL about her Elf while I wrapped it, and I was just tickled pink! That little girl was the BEST PR they could have ever had. When my wrapping shift was over, I went straight for them! I took it to my grandchildren today. Now that I have seen the skirt, I may have to hurry and get one, as the oldest is a girl! next year,when she is 3 1/2 she will know the story better and their Elf will be there on time : D

  15. My grandparents had one of these years ago. When I saw this in the store it brought back so many memories. I bought one and will start the tradition even tho my children are grown.

  16. ME TOO!

  17. Sorry I am getting mine tommrow

  18. but they are as cute as the devil

  19. I just learned about this, and remember those little elves from when I was a kid. If we get one, and I think we will for next year, I think we’ll name him Clarence, after Jimmy Stewart’s guardian angel from “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

  20. Serenity says:

    We got one a couple years ago. We named him Buddy!

  21. love it

  22. We just received ours in the mail a few days ago… after long consideration and plenty of silly names from the kids we all agreed on Winston McElfie!

  23. Thanks for all the great ideas! I bought one last year on an after Christmas sale. I just opened it and my husband and I were trying to figure out what in the world to name it – as soon as we read out “Clark” (Griswold), we knew that was perfect, since Christmas Vacation is our traditional holiday movie! Thank you!

  24. Haley's Mom says:

    We have decided on Holly Jingle Snowflake. Seems fitting! Merry Christmas all!!

  25. We named ours Clyde Hermey!

  26. We have an Ellie & Elvis McElf πŸ™‚ An elf for each kid, that way I can pick it up for them when they each have their own kids πŸ™‚

  27. We’re just starting this year and have decided on Elfis (Elvis) for ours πŸ™‚

  28. Sandra Benge says:

    The web site at is not working.. any suggestions?

  29. jinglebella is a good elf on the shelf name

  30. good idea

  31. We have 2, Jingels and Baljeet (Baljeet looks Indian)

  32. Ours is named Candy Cane!

  33. I got an elf for my 3 kids and they named it chippy so i was just like ok

  34. I am 11 and me and my sister each have our own elf. We got them in 2009. My elf’s name is Joy. I think some other good names are Deccy (as in December), Marco and Tina.
    Thanks for reading!!! πŸ™‚

  35. I named my elf happy

  36. I just received my girl elf & skirt in mail for my 18 month old daughter and she calls her coco , haha

  37. my elf on the shelfs name is tinsel cute

  38. Kimmy's Mom says:

    We purchased our girl elf Saturday at Books A Million and we got her skirt for $2 (running an after Thanksgiving special). We are trying to convince our daughter to name her Sparkle” She is liking “Snowflake” though…still deciding lol. Can’t wait to start our Elf on the Shelf tradition December 1st!

  39. We named ours “Tootsie”

  40. This is awesome! Our elf comes for the first time on saturday so this is totally helpful!

  41. Each of my kids has his/her own. We use the annalee dolls bc we started this about six years ago before elf on the shelf really took off. My sons is named ‘Beaker’ and my older daughter’s is ‘Jolly,’ but I’m still wracking my brain for a name for my 4-month old girl’s elf. I have this thing where, just like in real life, I need the names to sound good together! Struggling…maybe Jingle?

  42. Pepper!

  43. This was so helpful! We decided on Clark! Now that I know about the skirt we may be getting a second one for my baby girl.

  44. Our two oldest boys had a knock down drag out fight about our elf’s name….one of them wanted popcorn and the other wanted eggnog…I said ” if you can’t agree then you have to find a new one that you both like….we’re not picking one that one of you is unhappy with” so they fought for a bit until I said ” what about Popnog? ” they thought it was hilarious and they both okayed it on the spot!

  45. I just got my little one (girl) yesterday and I”m having a difficult time coming up with a cute name.

  46. I really want one!

  47. Christie Armstrong says:

    I bought one for my new grandson who is 7 months old. Even though I know it will be a few years before he can appreciate it, I wanted him to have one for his first Christmas. The elf is yet to be named.

  48. Quincy Barnesky says:

    We just got a girl and the kids named her Candy Cane!

  49. My daughter (5) named hers (a girl) Pixie Tinsel, I thought it was cute and very fitting!!

  50. Biddle.

  51. We named ours “Snitch”. We thought that was silly since his job is to go report to Santa on a daily basis! πŸ™‚

  52. Our elfs name is Walter… I’m not sure where that came from. My friends elf is named Pedro! lol!

  53. We named ours elf Peppermint and my best friends elf is named Sherman! She has a brother that gets in trouble a lot and all it takes is for her to say “SHERMAN!” and he will straighten right up and he will say “Please don’t tell Santa, Sherman, PLEASE” and I thought that was so cute!!

  54. I love elf on the shelf thay are awesome

  55. Nemo because you have to go find him πŸ™‚

  56. Elfred instead of Alfred.

  57. Chip! Like chocolate chip cookies that Santa eats!!!! πŸ˜‰

  58. terry smith says:

    i started the Elf with my granddaughter and she loves it.

  59. terry smith says:

    I started the Elf on the Shelf with My granddaughter and she loves it. I am so glad to be able to share this with Her.

  60. Dot and Dash are working miracles with everything from potty training to put toys back at the store! Now only wish there were all year long lol

  61. I know Elf on the Shelf freaks out a lot of people, but I’ve been enjoying seeing my friends’ creative pictures on facebook this year. What a fun tradition for families and kids!

  62. my grandson named his elf Raider.

  63. hey

  64. Thanks for help in finding a name for him, I chose jingles

  65. i named my elf on the shelf winter and she was so funny because she made a snow angel out of sugar with her friends sparkles and sparkles but the most fumiest thing was she was dating a elf named hotdog and there was this elf named Annie so hotdog started cheating on winter with Annie i was so mad at hotdog a and Annie so there was allot of things going on buy

  66. My elf on the shelf his name is candy cane his middle name is fleak bell whit

  67. You should check out The Pajama Elves by Hayden Edwards. It is the story of elves at the North Pole who sew magical pajamas that help children sleep on Christmas Eve, so Santa can visit unnoticed. Another fun Christmas tradition for families!

  68. My elf’s name is Coco. I’m wearing her this December on my Santa hat during my very first hot Chocolate Run!

  69. lol you guys I love all these names, I just got my very own plush toy elf on the
    Shelf. My mom surprised me when I got Bach home from
    School I was so excited!He is so cute! I live being able to touch him. I think I am going to name him…snowball

  70. Our Elf on the Shelf is Faith!

  71. I let my daughter name ours and she named him when he first visited our house she was two. His name is “number two”

  72. Our elf is named Kyle! My son middle name after a little boy who passed away and the day he got his elf would have been Kyles birthday! I didn’t tell him he has to name him that he choose to name him that! and he is only 3!

  73. My daughter named her elf snowflake. I love when our elf comes out it is soooo much fun.

  74. Our elf is named Fragile (as in Fra-gee-lay from Christmas Story), but we just pronounce it like it is supposed to be prounounced!

  75. We named our elf Toby, after Toby the elf from the Uncle Al Show in Cincinnati. Was my favorite TV show growing up as a little girl! πŸ™‚

  76. Ours is named Even since our oldest is into Math, our kids named him.

  77. Our girl elf is named Glitzy after the pig from Honey Boo Boo!

  78. Me.Jingles says:

    I am a preschool teacher and every year my preschool class gets to pick a name for our Elf. We have a semi small class party to welcome our Elf and I tell u our class Elf always comes up with the silliest ways to appear daily and my class loves it. I can guarantee that the month of Dec my class is the best pre-k class around. Lol

  79. We named our elf “Flitter”

  80. My nieces named her Jessikah Kylee

  81. We named our Elf “Tiki”. I don’t know where the name came from- we did let or toddler name him in 2009! We liked the name and she can’t wait for Tiki to arrive this year!

  82. We named our LuLu

  83. JACKSON…thwn ww found a tiny one in our decorations…so he hangs out qith him…named him Jack Jack

  84. Our daughter named ours, Gumdrop. I was surprised it wasn’t on the list. πŸ˜‰

  85. Our elf is named Wally. We are Boston Red Sox fans and he is named after the Green Monster.

  86. Ours is Cole because that’s what the kids are getting (coal) if they are bold!! πŸ˜‰

  87. Starlight is ours

  88. my girls names there elf Taylor because she’s a girl they love to wake up the next morning to see what she’s done threw t he night……….

  89. I have two kids so each got to pick a name when we got our elf last year…. My son, 7 at the time picked Jack (Jack Frost) and my daughter 4, chose potter, she is a Harry potter fan. So we ended up with jack potter elf. We will be adding a girl elf this christmas season.

  90. My daughter named her’s Holly Jolly. She wanted her to get married so we are introducing a boy this yr. She already named him Mr. Holly Jolly..

  91. Jolly and Merry-Sparkles are scheduled to visit our house this year!

  92. This is our first year with our two elfs. We have one of each and they are named Marshall and Molly!!!! Merry Christmas!!!⛄❄

  93. My kids named our Piper;)

  94. Sillyness!

  95. We just got our elf she has been named “Chi Chi”, currently she’s missing and probably causing mischief!

  96. We named our new addition Sparkle Wishes!

  97. My daughter named her Elf Snowflake this is our first year doing this tradition and she arrived this morning!

  98. We named ours Snowflake. I may be in the market for more then one elf though. I might have to invest in an army with my 3 children. Hahaha!

    And Christine that as very sweet of your son to name his elf after an Angel boy.

  99. Anonymous says:

    Eddie the elf

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. we love this name.

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

  104. 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.

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

  106. 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.

  107. It is amazing

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

  109. Our elf is named Buddy. πŸ™‚

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

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

  112. I named mine kris as in kris kringle

  113. 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.

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

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

  116. jinxisourelf says:

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

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

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

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

  120. Lady Olive says:

    When my family’s little boy went to Lapland, he met Santa’s four best helpers: Snowly Bowy, Tricky Dicky, Noisy Nod and Speedy Sam. I’m Speedy Sam!

  121. My son wants to know if we have to “register” our elf’s name…and if so, HOW??

    • Good question! No, there is no official registration, you just have to tell your Elf his/her name. Have fun with your Elf!

  122. Natasha Holbert says:

    There is a way to register your elf’s name. You have to go on… And register in there your elf’s name.. Then you can print out a “elf certificate” with your new elfs name on it. And you can print a letter from Santa… With your elf’s name in it. It’s pretty neat.

  123. I named my elf Ben he is funny.

  124. Ours are named Frolic & Sprite.
    A boy and a girl πŸ™‚

  125. Christy Coy says:

    My daughter Dakota/Coco had no clue you were suppose to do that cause that is what it said you had to do to name it. But now we now so thank you Jen.:):):):):):):):):)

  126. We named hours Marion because it is a Christmas name πŸ˜‡

  127. We took the elf out of the box and I immediately heard the name SVEN. I’ve since learned the elf is a she and not a he?! Hmmm. Me thinks this elf is a bit mischievous! Could her name really be SONYA? She has yet to reveal her name to us!

  128. just got an elf on the shelf

  129. I just looked at the names and chose Buddy (elf) I love his name so much me and my brother could not decide on the name on the list or the name that my brother chose so the name Buddy(elf) is his first name and his second name is Shmuel if enybody thinks it is a bit rude or,if it is a bad word to say just reply and then I’ll change it because my brother will not tell me what it means bye 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  130. :samta i would like a girl elf on the shelf

    love: tori wendt

  131. My daughter named hers Peppermint Trixy

  132. we named our elf on the shelf peter


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