140+ Christmas Elf on the Shelf Names to Inspire Holiday Fun 

When your Elf on the Shelf arrives, it's time to come up with a fun name for them that will add to the magic of Christmas for years to come.

Published December 9, 2022
Child wearing Christmas elf novelty slippers with bells

Your Elf on the Shelf is here and ready to help keep an eye on your kids during the Christmas season - but wait, what is its name? Give your elf the right name to make the holiday experience even more fun for your children (and you) with these festive ideas.

Capture the Magic With the Perfect Christmas Elf Name

What's in a Christmas elf's name? A whole lot of magic. You get to decide exactly what to call your Elf on the Shelf, depending on what will bring your kids the most joy. Perhaps something silly and cute, or something Christmas-inspired. One thing's for sure: the name you pick for your elf will help you start a fun holiday tradition that will last for years.

Fun and Silly Elf Names to Make You Chuckle

The mere concept of an Elf on the Shelf is silly, so it fits to give them a silly name, too. These names make us giggle just from the sound of them! If you, your kids, or your class might get a kick out of a funny-sounding name, try one of these unique Elf on the Shelf name ideas for size.

  • Busy-Bee
  • Dabble
  • Dandy
  • Doo-Dad
  • Doozy
  • Figgy
  • Fuzz
  • Hoodwink
  • Nutty
  • Peek-a-Boo
  • Shnazzy
  • Small Fry
  • Sneaky
  • Snookums
  • Snuggles
  • Swirlytwerve
  • Tinker
  • Trax
  • Whirligig

Cute Christmas and Winter Elf Names

A Christmas-inspired name for your elf might feel a little on-the-nose, but wouldn't Santa name his elves after things he really loves? Try one of these adorable names for the cutest little elf on your shelf.

  • Boots
  • Bow
  • Bright
  • Chillie
  • Eggnog
  • Evergreen
  • Flurry
  • Frostbite
  • Glisten
  • Glitter
  • Hoho
  • Icicle
  • Jingle
  • Mistletoe
  • Mittens
  • Shimmer
  • Shivers
  • Silver Bell
  • Slippers
  • Slushie
  • Snowball
  • Snowcap
  • Snowdrop
  • Snowshoe
  • Star
  • Tinsel
  • Twinkle
  • Winterberry
  • Wish

Sugary-Sweet Elf Names Inspired by Holiday Treats

Fact: Elves love sweets, and they are super sweet themselves. It only makes sense to name them after something sugary and delicious.

  • Butterscotch
  • Candy
  • Caramel
  • Cocoa
  • Cookie
  • Crumbles
  • Cupcake
  • Fruitcake
  • Gumdrop
  • Gingerbread
  • Maple
  • Marshmallow
  • Shortbread
  • Snickers
  • Spice
  • Sprinkles

Adorable Girl Elf Names

Your girl elf deserves a name as cute as she is! These names are bound to suit her perfectly.

  • Bell
  • Blizzy
  • Carol
  • Chrissy
  • Edie
  • Elfeba
  • Ella
  • Ellie
  • Froo-froo
  • Holly
  • Jolie
  • Joy
  • Merry
  • Miss Chief
  • Poppy
  • Rosie

Cool Boy Elf Names

If Santa sends you a boy elf, choose a name that captures his quirky elven personality.

Elf on shelf
  • Alf
  • Bob Sled
  • Buzz
  • Chip
  • Christopher
  • Coal
  • Eddie
  • Eli
  • Elfred
  • Elfron
  • Fella
  • Harold
  • Lil' Guy
  • Pip
  • Ralph
  • Woody

Famous Elf Names

A classic name from pop culture will feel fun and familiar to your kids, especially if they have favorite movie, book or game that features elves. Here are some of the most well-known elves you might have heard of:

  • Arwen (from The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Bernard (from the movie The Santa Clause)
  • Buddy (from the movie Elf)
  • Dobby (from the Harry Potter series)
  • Elfo (from the movie Disenchanted)
  • Galadrial (from The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Hermey (from the movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
  • Ian & Barley (from the movie Onward)
  • Judy (from the movie The Santa Clause)
  • Legolas (from The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Link (from the Zelda video games - though whether he is a "true" elf is debatable)
  • Papa Elf (from the movie Elf)
  • Snap, Crackle & Pop (of Rice Crispies Cereal)

Fun Names for Elf Pairs

In special cases, Santa may send two elves to watch over your kids. These name pairs go together like peanut butter & jelly or mac & cheese. Hey, those could work for elf names, too!

Two young boys opening Christmas presents and getting Christmas elves
  • Bam & Boozle
  • Candy & Cane
  • Dilly & Dally
  • Elton & John
  • Fiddle & Stix
  • Mike & Ike
  • Pepper & Mint
  • Polka & Dot
  • Reese's & Pieces
  • Silver & Gold
  • Sugar & Plum
  • Sugar & Spice
  • Sweetie & Pie
  • Tootsie & Popa
  • Whipper & Snapper
  • Whoozit & Whatzit

Choosing Your Christmas Elf's Name

Once you pick your elf's name, it will become a regular part of every Christmas and hold special memories. If none of these elf names feel quite right, we hope they'll at least inspire you to come up with something great of your own. Think of words that remind you of Christmas or make you giggle, and see if you can transform them into an elf name. It's easy to include your children in naming the elf as part of the initiation process. To avoid disagreement about the elf's name and to keep it fair, try adding multiple names (that everyone likes) to a stocking and draw a random name to be your official choice.

A Magical Elf Name for a Fun Family Tradition

An Elf on the Shelf by any name will be a fun tradition every year for your children. They will love the daily visits from their little buddy from the North Pole - and especially how real it makes the magic of Christmas feel. So choose whatever name feels right and introduce your elf to the family to let the fun begin!

140+ Christmas Elf on the Shelf Names to Inspire Holiday Fun