Santa Claus’ Reindeer Names: Who is Donder?

Posted by Santa Claus on November 5th, 2008

I love reading the messages you leave on my blog.  I read every single one!  A few people wanted to know the names.  Did you know I have a named Donder?

I hear a lot of people asking, “What are Santa’s reindeer names?”.  Well, the reindeer names in order are Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen.  And Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen!  And of course Rudolph leads my sleigh.  But I said I had a reindeer named Donder.  Well, can I tell you a secret?  Surprise!  Donder and Donner are the same reindeer!

There is a poem by Clement Clarke Moore.  It is almost 200 years old.  Do you know it?  Here is a little bit that has a list of the reindeer names:

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, DONDER and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

The name of the poem was “A Visit From Saint Nicholas”.  But now the poem goes by the name “The Night Before Christmas”.  (…when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!  Do you remember it now? :))

Well, a little after that poem changed its name, Donder decided to change his name!  He changed his name to Donner.  He said it was because of some personal growth he had been going through.  Ho! Ho! Ho!  Of course, some elves think he just liked it better.  Donner is easier to say after all!

Then, a little while ago, he was thinking about changing his name again.  He was thinking of changing his name to “The Reindeer Formerly Known as Donner”.  (I wonder where he got that idea from?).  He is a silly reindeer.  But that is one of the reasons why we love him so much!

Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus

P.S.  Do your friends or family call you by any other names?  (Scroll down to leave your message for Santa or to see what others have written!)


118 Responses to “Santa Claus’ Reindeer Names: Who is Donder?”

  1. Jess

    you’re site ROCKS!!!!!!


  3. kalisa

    doona is a beautiful reindeer that is also a girl.did you know doona is one of my favourite reindeers.

  4. Ellie

    At home I get called “El”,”Echo” and “Foghorn”(Foghorn is because of my voice)

  5. Naomi

    I really like your site. It is very interesting.I am nine now, and i was expecting this site to be so babyish, but it is not!A lot of had work hhas been put into this site.

  6. brian


  7. Brookiey

    oh really? that is really cool! lol sooooo…hi! im 13 btw and i dont think this site is babyish at all! and i wouldnt care if it was! ***naomi***

  8. constables

    we love voting on who will guide your sleigh. Thank you for the fun site.

  9. Braxton Hughes

    My family also calls me “B” for short. Sometimes my Mama calls me Bumble Bee. Sometimes my Daddy calls me Stud Horse.

  10. Zachary Hughes

    My family also calls me Zack! My Mama calls me Zack Attack sometimes. I act just like my Daddy!

  11. Lauren Burke Hughes

    Sometimes Mama calls me Sweetie. Sometimes Daddy calls me Burke. Sometimes my Mama and Daddy call me motormouth because I like to talk alot because it makes my mouth feel good.

  12. lochlan

    i love all of your raindeer including the ones i don’t know can you send me some pictures of the raindeer (and can you put their names on them and send them to [email address deleted by Santa — it is not safe to put your email address where strangers can see it!]


  14. steph

    my mother always calls me after my sister

  15. Joshua Paul Santos

    I Love Your Blog Santa !!! It Rocks !!!

  16. Aimee

    I tend to be called Aim.

  17. marissa

    doner is a randier he is veary cut and looks cudley

    im marissa my dad wants to walk today

  18. Tran Hoang

    I love santa claus rein deer !!! I think one of his rein deer name is comet because in some of the games and movie about christmas there are a rein deer called comet.Now I think lots of rein deer change name because the name are too umfamiliar for the people in the future.
    Merry christmas

  19. Emily

    all of my family call me lunny loo. Because my last name is lunn.

  20. Katherine

    Donder I think does not suit Donner. He should change his name to Deday!

  21. Ciara

    How many reindeer are at the north pole

  22. Gabriela

    I do know that Miley Cyrus changed her name. At first her name was Hope, then she changed it to Miley.

  23. Ellie

    yes they call me ellz belz,ell,elmo,muceles meggillacaty and elly belly!!!!but i like it!!!!!!!!! bye………Ellie xxoo

  24. Shannon

    My dad (AKA Goofball!) calls me Shannon bannon wich is VERY embarrising the reason he does it! SANTA RULES!!! ho ho ho!

  25. marnie

    a elf or a radeer or maybe a magic thing

  26. caoibhne

    i love your website it ROCK`SI NEARLY GO ON IT EVERYNIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. kelly

    My parents call be kelly belly.

  28. jessica

    my dad calls me flefly

  29. courtney

    how come donners name was donder and then he changed it to donner i even have trouble saying donder i alwys end up saying doder and also can you please say hi to mrs. clause the elves and all the reindeers for me and when you stop by at my house can you please give me mrs. clause’s recipe to her choc chip cookies


  30. megan

    megna because when i was a little girl i thought my name was megna so know my nana calls me megna all they change is n and the a so it is megna not megan.

  31. Becca

    in the begining of Rouldof the red nose raindeer why do they leave out olive?

  32. Becca

    can you ask MRS. claus all the elves and all the reindeers [including the ones in training] to sign a sheet for me or if a reindeer make a paw print can you also sign it PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Becca

    why dont you ever talk about olive

  34. Derek

    Derek is a name.

  35. ronan

    who is doner???

  36. Chloe

    The other names my mummy and daddy call me are ‘sweetheart’, ‘little princess’ or Chlo! I love all of the reindeer names but love Rudolph the best.

  37. Riley

    Hi Santa Claus, i really love the site!! its so cool. thanks for all the gifts!! i hope i get some this christmas to!!!

  38. Mason

    Your site is cool.You should create another one called”email the reindeer.

  39. Brenna

    My nick names are funny I have a lot

  40. michayla

    it is ok to for dog and a cat

  41. terrri

    donder is the 7 reindeer

  42. Jake


    Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen and Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen… but do you recall… the most famous reindeer of all?

    Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer…

  43. alyssa

    hey santa i think doner is a great name and that is what really counts rite?

  44. alyssa

    do you like the name doner any way doner is a riendeer every one know that!!!!!1

  45. alyssa

    i want rudolph to glide your sleig

  46. tammy

    hi im going to give you a mince pie and milk also 4 carrots for the riendeers and also my little sister madison will be exsited to hear about you when shes older because she is only 1 and a half years old

  47. danielle

    HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. kyle

    is donder your newest reindeer

  49. Christie

    Donder is a reindeer and she is cute

  50. aliza

    Santa in my stoking could you put these things. webkinz picture of rudulph . fluffy socks with penguins . could you add a hannah montana lunch box to my list.

    Reply from the Elves:

    The best way to make sure your wishes get into Santa’s book is to email Santa. They go straight in that way! If you put them on this blog then someone might forget to add them :(

    Merry Christmas!

    The Elves

  51. lydia tierney

    love your new site

  52. alex

    who is your favorite

  53. alyssa m clair

    Elvis Presley

  54. lily

    i get called popsy and lilygirl!!

  55. danielle

    heyy santa!!!!
    i love you!!!
    why is donner the same as donder?

  56. Eliza

    all of my friends and family call me wizey

  57. megan

    every 1 calls me meg and dodles and puden and pet

  58. skyler

    my dad calls me marie,my cousin calls me micky because my last name and my grandma calls me sweetie marie i like marie the best

  59. Christina

    None of my friends call me names, but my calls me a lot of names, Caboose ,( because i’m the last one born) Sweetie, Silly Goose, Angel, Sweet Heart, Starlet,(because, my aunt owns a dance studio and a group there is called starlet and I LOVE 2 DANCE!) Lady Bug, and of corse CHRISTINA! p.s. she also calls me Xtina.

  60. Vienna

    How many Reindeer guide the sleigh? How many reindeers have you got all together? I’d like to know.

  61. sam

    santa my parents calls all sorts of different names

  62. sierra

    Dear Santa i need some vice 2 pepel on bus are mean to mean and i don’t know what to do p.s i don’t know the name of your other raindear p.p.s if you want to talk again just email at {email address deleted by Santa! Read Santa’s Internet Safety Tip below!}

    Reply From Santa:

    Sierra, I am so glad you told me some people are being mean to you. You do not deserve to be bullied.

    I want you to tell an adult about this right away, just like you told me!

    Find an adult you trust, like a teacher or a Mom or Dad. Tell them what is happening to you. You can even show them what you wrote here if it is easier.

    Sometimes bullies stop as soon as a teacher finds out. They are afraid they will get in trouble.

    You can also call some people who can help you.

    Did you read about “hapy” here? She was being bullied just like you. She called some people who can help you. She got the bully trouble to stop. I know you can make the bullying stop too.


  63. kaila

    My family calls me Dirly Your site is awesome lol

  64. Jessica

    Hi santa you are awesome!

  65. Anne

    hey santa I really want to know your age and Mrs Claus to!Is it over 100 years old Wall I dont know so tell me!!!

  66. Brooke

    i’m called “G” “gracie” “Nikkie” “sugar Baby” “baby” “Princess” “pumpkin” and my favorite “elf” because since my family is really tall and i’m tall but i’m the sortest tall person in my family (on my dad’s side not my moms)

  67. daniel

    your site is the best

  68. Brian

    I like being called by my real name.

  69. lauren

    all your reindeer is cool,cute,speaical,nice,pretty and hansom.

  70. Ashlee

    I sometimes get calles A*MAG because of my middle name. Its supposed to sound like megan but its spelt magan.

  71. angus

    i get called angi by my friends

  72. chloe dunstan

    she is most pritteyest reindeer

  73. Mira

    alot of people call me mimi

  74. alexandra

    my family calls me alex or al for short!!!!!!!!!

  75. Muireann

    I call my sister Babs even though her name is Neasa!

  76. Makenna

    At home I get called Kenna(by my 3 year old sister)and by my friends I get called Kenny.

  77. Bryce

    donder is a great name!love it

  78. Carrie

    I unfortunately get called Boo Boo. there’s a story behind it… : ( i get called carriebear at school

  79. Julianne

    cool! well then then if it’s Donner (or Donder) and it id hid baby reindeer name him Donder. I bet when they changed the poem name he got so confused saying “what should my name be” They are all such cute reindeer. And last year on Christmas eve i woke up in the middle of the night and I heard reindeer! I WAS going to get out of bed but I didn’t want to scare you and leave so i didn’t.

  80. taylor baxter

    donor to annd rudolph and blitzen comet cuped dashon prancor and cuped and vixen we must for get rudolph to

  81. Millie

    Mummy and daddy call me moopet sometimes. Mostly It’s moop though. Rebecca and Socratees have nicknames too ( note: they are cats). Sockratees has Chocolate Button, and Rebecca has Bexy or Bex.


    i love rodolf but some other reandeers are mean to rodolf but i still like them


    i think that bliten will guid

  84. katie

    they call me sweetcheerio p.s i live in florida not england.

  85. Brooke

    Doner is the head reindeer sssooo he is incearg with the other reindeer and he can help santa out around the north pole and be incrarg with the elves and reindeer too.

    LOVE BROOKE:):):):):):):):

  86. Frankie

    well we call my cousin eiley tray

  87. Frankie

    they call me ki-ki sometimes but at school they call me fran

  88. Kathryn

    My family mostly calls me Baby K. My brother K.C. came up with that when I was born. Now I’m 12 and they still call me that! Lol but they will probably call me Baby K. for the rest of my life! I don’t have a problem with that either! Well I hope to hear from you soon!!

  89. Ashley

    Did he change his name because he thought that name sounded od???

    I Like the name.

  90. Ashley

    I am not saying it sounds weird.It is his choice!!!

  91. tyrus

    tyro tyrone tybrat tyboo teeny tiny tyrus tyrus the virus tyrus cyrus tyco

    your friend,
    tyrus northcraft

  92. Ashlee


  93. Chelsea

    Hi i have cheer tonight with my older sister her name is Ashlee but im on 2A and shes on 3A SHE IS REALLY GOOD AND I AM TO I WAS ON 1A but i moved up cuz i was good and i love u santa i really no u r true

  94. Morgan

    I am called lots things at home. My mom usualy calls me Leasel after my middle name, and My grandpa calls me Elisabeth.That is a couple of my nicknames.

  95. faith

    at home i get by a weird name. they call me sissy.

  96. sarah

    my friends call me amazon and tree because im so tall for my age they also call me chatter because im always talkinf

  97. Becky


  98. Tiara

    Hi my faily call me weird cool name like t of tara p.p.s love the sitw

  99. amber

    ber or bur or berdog or burdog and at school tc which means twilight chick or tg which is what i perfor whick is twilight girl

  100. Amelia

    My sister calls me Katie lad

    My uncle calls me meals

    My dad calls me lamb

    My mummy calls me my real name Amelia or chicken.

    I am alright with my dad and my sister and mummys nickname for me but not my uncles nickname for me!

    But i do not mind Santa giving me a nicname

    Love you lots !
    Amelia Kate Douggie
    Age 9

  101. Macy

    i het called the mace because i act crazy

  102. ellen

    i have been good all week

  103. pjnnn

    Cool! I never new Donner’s real name is Donder that is the coolest like in the whole world but I still think you should’ve kept his name to Donder it is still a really cool name you now Santa Clause!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  104. destiny

    i get called dest

  105. benjamin

    hay santa i’am benjamin in [deleted by the elves — never put your street address, phone number or email address on the Internet — its not safe!] and i like when you give us presents and like four wheelers and bikes and aouther stuff.

  106. maxine

    coooooool theeee bestttttt

  107. george

    youre web site is so cool i will spread the word im telling people to come on the website

  108. malachi

    yes i have a nick name it is bubby tode

    ps you are the best

  109. olivia

    Santa i can scare people by saying mistle toe…

  110. olivia

    Santa who is Oliver hes never a raindeer on the movie

  111. holly anne zednik

    dasher prancer coment vixen qupid dancer doner blixen rudogh

  112. kylee

    hii santa i hope i get a phone for christmas but i was a littel naghuti

  113. courtney

    i loove the raindeers all of them and i belivie in santa. I HAVE BEEN A GOOD GIRL TELL SANTA CLAUS I NO HE IS WATCH ALL THE GOOD GIRLS AND BOYS.


  114. courtney


  115. patrick

    hi! santa i love you, i wish to a iphone on this christmas,, i love all of your reindeer,

  116. mary

    i like some chocolates,baby needs for my brother,special gifts for my family,and lastly my gift of course hope you do not mind.

    thank you,

  117. della

    I want a baby girl nice and cute….

  118. elora

    hi santa i have been a good girl i wish i have a sweat shirt and a phone for chrismas

  119. elora

    ireally want a phone please get me one for christmas

  120. aimee

    we belive


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