Santa Claus is extremely popular all over the globe.
Did you know that the Santa Claus that most of us are familiar with comes from the Dutch legend, Sinterklass? The concept originated from St. Nicholas, a saint known for giving gifts to the poor.
And that is from where the story of Santa Claus or St. Nicholas started. For most people, this larger-than-life character is associated with wonderful childhood memories. The jolly, white-haired man has been bringing joy to children for many years. In the United States, he is called Santa Claus in most regions. But, in other countries, he is known by different names. In this article, we have prepared a list of names for Santa Claus around the world. If you like this list, you can check out other articles from Kidadl like all of Santa's reindeer names or Christmas dog names.
Names For Santa Claus From Around The World
Santa Claus is popular all over the world. He also has different names in different regions. Check out this list of other names for Santa Claus from around the world:
1. Aba Chaghaloo, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Afghanistan.
2. Baba Noel, the bearer of gifts in Iraq.
3. Babadimiri, Santa Claus’s equivalent in Albania.
4. Christkind, the Austrian name for Santa Claus who delivers gifts to good children. St. Nikolaus, on the other hand, delivers gifts on St. Nicholas Day, 6th November.
5. Daidína Nollag, the name of Santa Claus in Ireland. He gives presents to kids on Christmas Eve.
6. Deda Mraz, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Serbia. His name literally translates to “the chilling grandpa” or “old man winter”.
7. Deda Mraza, the name under which Santa Claus is popular in Bosnia.
8. Dedo Mraz, a legendary figure in Macedonia similar to Saint Nicholas. He has roots in the Slavic paganism mythology.
9. Dedt Moroz, one of the many different names for Santa Claus in Russia.
10. Dun Che Lao Ren, the name under which Santa Claus appears in China. Other equivalent names for Father Christmas are Nice Old Father, Christmas Old Man, or Lan Khoong-Khoong.
11. Dyado Koleda, the Bulgarian name for Santa Claus that lacks Christian connotations and was popular during the Communist rule.
12. El Niñito Dios, the name under which Santa Claus is known in Mexico.
13. Father Christmas, the Jamaican Santa Claus. He is also known as Kris Kringle.
14. Gaghant Baba, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Armenia.
15. Hoteiosho, a Buddhist monk who is equivalent to Santa Claus in Japan.
16. Jólasveinar, the Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas equivalent in Iceland who arrives on the December 12th morning and places gifts in the shoe placed on the virtual windowsill.
17. Joulupukki, also known as the "Yule goat", is the Santa Claus name used in Finland. it was associated with a spirit who went to each house and asked if there were any good children before handing out gifts.
18. Julenisse, one of the Santa Claus names that appear in the Scandinavian folklore. He is a short and plump creature with a long white beard and a red hat.
19. Jultomten, also known as Tomte, is a part of the Swedish folklore. These are dwarf-like creatures who delivered presents to children.
20. Kaledu Senelia, the Santa Claus’s equivalent from Lithuania who walks around the yards on Christmas and wishes everyone a good harvest.
21. Kanakaloka, the Hawaiian Santa Claus. He wears flowery Hawaiian clothes, instead of the corporate red and white suit.
22. Kris Kringle, the name for Santa Claus in Europe's German-speaking parts. Kris Kringle is the US synonym for "Christkind".
23. La Befana, a good witch who flies on a broomstick and is a part of the Italian folklore. On the Eve of the Epiphany, 5th January, she delivers coal to naughty children and gifts to good children.
24. Los Reyes Magos, the name for Santa Claus in Spain who delivers the presents on El Dia De Reyes.
25. Mikulás, the St. Nicholas or Father Christmas equivalent in Hungary. Children leave a boot on their windowsill and hope that Mikulás will bring them gifts.
26. Miss Cracium, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Romania.
27. Noel Baba, the bearer of gifts in Turkey for the New Year. He leaves the gifts under the pine tree for New Year’s eve.
28. Papa Noël, the name under which Santa Claus is known in Egypt.
29. Papai Noel, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Brazil. Children put their shoes outside and hope that they are filled with presents on the Christmas morning.
30. Père Noël, Santa Claus' equivalent in France who gives presents to well-behaved children.
31. San Niklaw, the name of the gift-bearer in Malta. His feast is celebrated on June’s last Sunday instead of the Christmas.
32. Sinterklaas, originating from the Dutch settlers in New York, the name was the result of the intermingling of two cultures.
33. Swiety Mikolaj, Santa Claus equivalent in Poland who visits people’s homes dressed in his bishop’s robes.
34. Vader Kersfees, the gift-bearer in South Africa.
35. Viejo Pascuero, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Chile.
36. Weihnachtsmann, the name of Santa Claus in Germany who gives presents to children. Other names, depending on the region, are Klaus, Niglo, or Nickel.
Names Related To Santa
Over the centuries, the story of Santa Claus has found several other related characters. Here are a few examples:
37. Amu Nowruz, also known as Baba Nowruz, is a fictional figure popular in Iranian folklore. Some historians symbolize him as the father of Rostam and the hero of Shahnameh, Zal.
38. Badalisc, also called Badalisk, is a mythical creature who lives in the southern central Alps in Val Camonica Italy. He is represented with a big head, goatskin, glowing eyes, and two small horns.
39. Belsnickel, the punisher of naughty children and a gift-giver in Germany.
40. Christmas Elf, a diminutive elf who lives at the North Pole with Santa Claus and works as his helper. He often makes toys for children and takes care of the reindeer.
41. Ded Moroz, also known as Father Frost, is quite similar to Santa Claus.
42. Jack Frost, a personification of ice, snow, winter, sleet, freezing cold, and frost. He is known to be responsible for the frosty weather.
43. Krampus, a horned figure who punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season. He is a part of the German-speaking Alpine folklore.
44. Mikulás, a figure popular in Romania, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic for bringing treats before Christmas.
45. Moș Gerilă, a character made popular from the Romanian communist propaganda.
46. Mrs. Claus, wife of Santa Claus. Her first name is Anya. She wasn’t in the original legend story but has become an important part of the Christmas culture.
47. Old Man Winter, a figure derived from Old World pagan and Greek mythology. He is the personification of winter.
48. Olentzero, a Basque character derived from Roman traditions.
49. Pancho Claus, also known as the ‘Tex-Mex’ version of Santa Claus. He is the Mexican equivalent of Santa Claus who was created during the 1970s Hispanic civil rights movement.
50. Queen Mab, a mischievous and benevolent figure.
51. Saint Nicholas of Myra, also known as the Nicholas of Bari, is an early Christian bishop from Mura during the Roman empire. Saint Nicholas had a habit of giving gifts in secret.
52. Saint Basil, a figure who brings gifts to children during Christmas in Greek orthodox tradition.
53. The Three Kings, the biblical three wise men who bring gifts for children on 6th January in Spain tradition.
54. Tomte, a Scandinavian mythical character from Nordic folklore who is not associated with the Christmas season and the winter solstice.
55. Tooth Fairy, a fantasy figure who replaces a child’s lost tooth with money.
56. Yule Lads, a group of figures in Icelandic folklore who leave gifts or rotting potatoes on Christmas Eve.
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