83 Elf on the Shelf Names to Give Your New Best Friend a Real Identity

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Photo credit: Facebook / Elf on the Shelf
Photo credit: Facebook / Elf on the Shelf

If you're as excited as we are about the upcoming holiday, odds are you're already halfway through your Christmas activity list. Trim the Christmas tree with DIY ornaments? Check. Decorate the house with garlands galore? Check! Whip up a few delicious Christmas desserts while you're at it? Check!

But even the most ambitious among you might have forgotten one important detail—your Elf, of course! Here, we've rounded up the absolute best Elf on the Shelf names so that you can give your Elf a name that's as mischievous, adorable, and fun as he or she is. After all, elves, like humans, are picky when it comes to their own names, and they're not willing to settle for just anything. You've got to get really creative (as creative as you are with your other Elf on the Shelf ideas!), think outside the box, and select a name that fits the personality of your family's particular Elf.

Luckily, our extensive list of Elf on the Shelf names for boys and girls is here to give you a bit of Christmas inspiration. Grab a notebook, start jotting down your favorites, and get ready to choose the best Elf name for your little troublemaker. You may love some of these names so much, you'll want to buy multiple Elves! (Don't forget to stock up on a few Elf on the Shelf clothes to match.)

Famous Elf on the Shelf Names

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

Inspired by elves or elf references from TV shows and beloved Christmas movies, as well as a long list of pop culture icons, we think you'll love our famous name ideas. Who wouldn't want to reminisce on his or her favorite movies each time the Elf's around?

  • Buddy (from Elf)

  • Dobby (from Harry Potter)

  • Winky (from Harry Potter)

  • Kreacher (from Harry Potter)

  • Bernard (from Santa Clause)

  • Hermey (from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)

  • Gimbel (the store name in Elf)

  • Bing (from The Great Santa Claus Switch)

  • Hoppity (from The Great Santa Claus Switch)

  • Zippity (from The Great Santa Claus Switch)

  • Bing (fromThe Great Santa Claus Switch)

  • Thranduil (from The Hobbit)

  • Arwen (from The Lord of the Rings)

  • Elrond (fromThe Lord of the Rings)

  • Legolas (from The Lord of the Rings)

  • Celeborn (from The Lord of the Rings)

  • Thranduil (fromThe Lord of the Rings)

  • Aegnor (from The History of Middle-Earth)

Christmas-Inspired Elf on the Shelf Names

Photo credit: HOWIE GUJA
Photo credit: HOWIE GUJA

Your Elf is here to get you and your kids in the spirit of the holiday, so why not incorporate that same spirit into his or her name? You'll be even more inspired to celebrate the season with these festive nicknames!

  • Snowflake

  • Noel

  • Hope

  • Clara

  • Bell

  • Ivy

  • Wonder

  • Claus

  • Snowy

  • Poinsettia

  • Balsam

  • Grace

  • Frosty

  • Hope

  • Eve

  • Jolly

  • Carol

  • Joy

  • Mary

  • Star

  • Faith

  • Joseph

  • Snowball

  • Fa-la-la

  • Rockefeller

  • Holly

  • River

  • Balthazar

  • Sleigh

  • Casper

  • Tinsel

  • Melchior

  • Sugarplum

  • Stuffer

  • Mistletoe

  • Merry

Reindeer-Inspired Elf on the Shelf Names

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Photo credit: Getty Images

But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Of course you do! Name your Elf "Rudolph," or any of the other reindeer's names, and we guarantee your kids will get a kick out of it.

  • Dasher

  • Dancer

  • Prancer

  • Vixen

  • Comet

  • Cupid

  • Donner

  • Blitzen

  • Rudolph

Food-Inspired Elf on the Shelf Names

Photo credit: Brian Woodcock
Photo credit: Brian Woodcock

It's not the holidays without a spread of Christmas food and Christmas desserts, like a Christmas cake (or two), and all the Christmas candy under the sun. We can't think of a more relevant motif from which to draw inspiration!

  • Gingerbread

  • Fudge

  • Cookie

  • Snickerdoodle

  • Sugar

  • Biscuit

  • Pudding

  • Candy

  • Brandy

  • Pheasant

  • Fruitcake

  • Eggnog

  • Sweet Potato

  • Chestnut

  • Candy Cane

  • Peppermint ("Minty")

  • Cocoa

  • Cider

  • Casserole ("Cassie")

  • Graham Cracker ("Graham")

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