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A Comprehensive List Of Names For Santa Claus From Around The World

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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 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.

Names For Santa Claus From Around The World

Over the years, there have been several Santa Claus’ names.

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 equivalent of Santa Claus's name in Afghanistan.

2. Aghios Vassilis, the Bishop of Caesarea who was hot-blooded but kind and generous to the poor.

3. Aya Nicolo, a saint in Demre who used to help the poor in Demre by anonymously leaving money in their homes.

4. Baba Noel, the bearer of gifts in Iraq.

5. Babadimiri, Santa Claus’s equivalent in Albania.

6. Babbo Natale, the name literally means 'Father Christmas' is a Santa Claus’s equivalent in Italy.

7. Bellsnickle, is a Christmas gift bringer equivalent to Santa Claus in the folklore of Southwestern Germany.

8. Burklaas, the German name for Saint Nicholas.

9. Bullerklaas, the German name for Saint Nicholas.

10. Bozic Bata, is a Serbo Croatian equivalent to Santa Claus.

11. 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.

12. Christkindl, a traditional gift bringer in Austria, Switzerland, Czech republic, etc.

13. Christkindle, a German name for the traditional gift bringer in southern and western Germany.

14. Daidina Nollag, Santa Claus’s equivalent in Ireland.

15. Daidína Nollag, the name of Santa Claus in Ireland. He gives presents to kids on Christmas Eve.

16. Ded Moroz, the name which literally means 'grandfather frost' is a Russian equivalent to Santa Claus.

17. Deda Mraz, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Serbia. His name literally translates to “the chilling grandpa” or “old man winter”.

18. Deda Mraza, the name under which Santa Claus is popular in Bosnia.

19. Dedo Mraz, a legendary figure in Macedonia similar to Saint Nicholas. He has roots in the Slavic paganism mythology.

20. Dedt Moroz, one of the many different names for Santa Claus in Russia.

21. Diado Coleda, equivalent to Santa Claus in Bulgaria.

22. 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.

23. Dyado Koleda, the Bulgarian name for Santa Claus that lacks Christian connotations and was popular during the Communist rule.

24. Dyed Moroz, equivalent to Santa Claus in Russia.

25. El Niñito Dios, the name under which Santa Claus is known in Mexico. 

26. El Nino Jesus, a wooden statue of child Jesus that is of Christmas importance from Columbia.

27. Father Christmas, the Jamaican Santa Claus. He is also known as Kris Kringle.

28. Gaghant Baba, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Armenia.

29. Grandfather Frost, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Russia.

30. Gwiazdor, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Poland.

31. Hagios Nikolaos, the Bishop of Caesarea helped the poor women in need of dowry money.

32. Hoteiosho, a Buddhist monk who is equivalent to Santa Claus in Japan.

33. Jolasveinn, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Iceland.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. Julemanden, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Denmark which literally means' Yule-Man'.

37. 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.

38. Julgubben, Santa Claus’s equivalent in Finland.

39. Jultomten, also known as Tomte, is a part of Swedish folklore. These are dwarf-like creatures who delivered presents to children.

40. Kaledu Senis, Lithuanian Santa's equivalent.

41. Kaledu Senelia, Santa Claus’s equivalent from Lithuania walks around the yards on Christmas and wishes everyone a good harvest.

42. Kanakaloka, the Hawaiian Santa Claus. He wears flowery Hawaiian clothes, instead of the corporate red and white suit.

43. Karacsony Apo, the name is Santa Claus's equivalent from Hungary.

44. Kerstman, Santa Claus's equivalent in Belgium and Netherlands.

45. Klassbuur, a German name for Saint Nicholas.

46. Klees’chen, Nicholas's equivalent in Luxembourg.

47. Kris Kringle, the name for Santa Claus in Europe's German-speaking parts. Kris Kringle is the US synonym for "Christkind".

48. La Befana, a good witch who flies on a broomstick and is a part of Italian folklore. On the Eve of the Epiphany, 5th January, she delivers coal to naughty children and gifts to good children.

49. Los Reyes Magos, the name for Santa Claus in Spain delivers the presents on El Dia De Reyes.

50. Mar Nkoula, the Santa Claus's equivalent in Arabic.

51. Mikulás, St. Nicholas or Father Christmas equivalent in Hungary. Children leave a boot on their windowsill and hope that Mikulás will bring them gifts.

52. Miss Cracium, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Romania.

53. Nicolo, Saint Nicholas's equivalent from Austria.

54. 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.

55. Pai Natal, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Portugal.

56. Papa Noël, the name under which Santa Claus is known in Egypt.

57. 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.

58. Père Noël, Santa Claus' equivalent in France who gives presents to well-behaved children.

59. Rauklas, a German name for Saint Nicholas.

60. San Nicola, the italian name for Saint Nicholas.

61. San Niklaw, the name of the gift-bearer in Malta. His feast is celebrated on June’s last Sunday instead of the Christmas.

62. San Nikola, the Maltese name for Saint Nicholas.

63. San Nicolás, the Spanish name for Saint Nicholas.

64. Saint Nicholas, a Christian Bishop of Greek descent, later came to known as Santa Claus.

65. Saint Nick, a shortened word for Saint Nicholas used in Australia, Canada and America.

66. Saint Nikolaas, the equivalent for Saint Nicholas from Netherlands.

67. Samichlaus, the equivalent for Santa Claus from Netherlands. He doesn't fly with reindeers but walk across the land with a donkey in a tow.

68. Sinterklaas, originating from the Dutch settlers in New York, the name was the result of the intermingling of two cultures.

69. Sanctus Nicolaus, the Latin name for Saint Nicholas.

70. Sankt Nicolai, the German name for Saint Nicholas.

71. Sankt Nikolai, the Norwegian name for Saint Nicholas.

72. Sankt Nikolaus, the Swedish name for Saint Nicholas.

73. Sant Nicolau, the Catalan name for Saint Nicholas.

74. Santa Kurohsu, Santa Claus’s equivalent in Japan.

75. Santy, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Ireland.

76. São Nicolau, the Portuguese name for Saint Nicholas.

77. Sint Nikolaas, the Dutch name for Saint Nicholas.

78. Sinterklas, the Santa Claus’s equivalent in Indonesia.

79. Sinterklass, it is the colonial Dutch name for Saint Nicholas.

80. Sunnercla, the Germany name for Saint Nicholas.

81. Sfântul Nicolae, the Romanian name for Saint Nicholas.

82. Svätý Mikuláš, the Slovakian name for Saint Nicholas.

83. Svatý Mikkuláš, the Czech name for Saint Nicholas.

84. Svaty Miklas, the name for Saint Nicholas from Czechoslovakia.

85. Svetnik Miklavz, the Slovenian name for Saint Nicholas.

86. Sveti Mikalojus, the Lithuanian name for Saint Nicholas.

87. Sveti Nickola, the Serbo-Croatian name for Saint Nicholas.

88. Sveti Nikola, the Macedonian, Croatian and Bulgarian name for Saint Nicholas.

89. Sviatyij Mykolai, the Ukrainian name for Saint Nicholas.

90. Sweti Mikolaj, the name for Saint Nicholas from Poland.

91. Swiety Mikolaj, the name for Saint Nicholas from Poland.

92. Svyatoy Nikolay, the Russian name for Saint Nicholas.

93. Svyatoy Nikolskay, the Russian name for Saint Nicholas.

94. Svyatoy Nikolsky, the Russian name for Saint Nicholas.

95. Szent Miklós, the Hungarian name for Saint Nicholas.

96. Szent Mikulás, the Hungarian name for Saint Nicholas.

97. Tsminda Nikolozi, the Georgian name for Saint Nicholas.

98. Vader Kersfees, the name for Saint Nicholas from South Africa.

99. Viejo Pascuero, literally meaning 'Old Man Christmas' is a name for Santa Claus from Chile.

100. Weihnachtsmann, literally meaning 'Christmas Man' is a name for Santa Claus from Germany.

101. Swiety Mikolaj, Santa Claus equivalent in Poland who visits people’s homes dressed in his bishop’s robes.

102. Vader Kersfees, the gift-bearer in South Africa.

103. Viejo Pascuero, the Santa Claus’ equivalent in Chile.

104. 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

Different countries have different Santa Claus’ names.

Over the centuries, the story of Santa Claus has found several other related characters. Here are a few examples of other names for Santa Claus-type characters in different parts of the world:

105. 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.

106. Baboushka, the name which means 'grandmother' in Russian is also famous for a Christmas story of a grandmother who meets three wise men on the way to see Jesus.

107. 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.

108. Befana, the name of an old woman in the Italian folklore who used to deliver gifts to children in Italy.

109. Belsnickel, the punisher of naughty children and a gift-giver in Germany.

110. 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.

111. Ded Moroz, also known as Father Frost, is quite similar to Santa Claus.

112. Jack Frost, a personification of ice, snow, winter, sleet, freezing cold, and frost. He is known to be responsible for the frosty weather.

113. Korvatunturl, is a fell between the borders of Russia and Finland which is also known as the home of Santa Claus.

114. Krampus, a horned figure who punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season. He is a part of the German-speaking Alpine folklore. 

115. Menino Jesus, the name for baby Jesus in Portuguese which is of Christmas importance.

116. Mikulás, a figure popular in Romania, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic for bringing treats before Christmas.

117. Moș Gerilă, a character made popular from the Romanian communist propaganda.

118. 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.

119. Old Man Winter, a figure derived from Old World pagan and Greek mythology. He is the personification of winter. 

120. Olentzero, a Basque character derived from Roman traditions.

121. 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.

122. Queen Mab, a mischievous and benevolent figure.

123. 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.

124. Saint Basil, a figure who brings gifts to children during Christmas in Greek orthodox tradition

125. Shaggy goat, a one horned goat helper for Santa Claus.

126. The Three Kings, the biblical three wise men who bring gifts for children on 6th January in Spain tradition.

127. Tomte, a Scandinavian mythical character from Nordic folklore who is not associated with the Christmas season and the winter solstice. 

128. Tooth Fairy, a fantasy figure who replaces a child’s lost tooth with money.

129. Yule Lads, a group of figures in Icelandic folklore who leave gifts or rotting potatoes on Christmas Eve.

130. Yule Tide, a festival observed by German people that later became Christmastide


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