83 names of the best elf on the shelf to give your new best friend a real identity


If you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming holidays, you’re probably already in the middle of your Christmas activity list. Trimming the Christmas tree with DIY ornaments? Check. Decorating the house with garlands galore? Check. Whip up some delicious Christmas desserts while you’re at it? Check!

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

Luckily, our extensive list of elves on the shelf for boys and girls is here to give you some Christmas inspiration. Grab a notebook, write 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 that you want to buy multiple elves! (Don’t forget to stock up on some matching elves on the shelf).

Famous Elf on the Shelf Names

Inspired by elves or elf references from TV shows and popular Christmas movies, as well as a long list of pop culture icons, you’ll love our famous name ideas. Who doesn’t want to remember their favorite movies every time the elf is around?

  • Thranduil (from The Hobbit)
  • Arwen (from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Elrond (fromThe Lord of the Rings)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Christmas inspired elf on the shelf name

Your elf is here to put you and your children in the spirit of the vacation. So why not incorporate that same spirit into his name? With these festive nicknames, you’ll be even more inspired to celebrate the season!


  • 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 elves on the shelf names

But do you remember the most famous reindeer of all? Of course you do! Name your elf “Rudolph” or any of the other reindeer names, and we guarantee your kids will get a kick out of it.

  • Prancer
  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner

Food inspired elves on the shelf

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

  • Peppermint (“Minty”)
  • Cocoa
  • Cider
  • Casserole (“Cassie”)
  • Graham Cracker (“Graham”)
  • Gingerbread
  • Fudge
  • Cookie
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Sugar
  • Biscuit
  • Fruitcake
  • Eggnog
  • Sweet Potato
  • Pudding
  • Candy
  • Brandy
  • Pheasant
  • Chestnut
  • Candy Cane