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. we named our elfs Holly and Jimmy we love them

  2. jinxisourelf says:

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

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

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. I named my elf Ben he is funny.

  10. Ours are named Frolic & Sprite.
    A boy and a girl 🙂

  11. 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.:):):):):):):):):)

  12. We named hours Marion because it is a Christmas name 😇

  13. 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!

  14. just got an elf on the shelf

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