Names of Santa Claus – Did you know that who we call Santa Claus is different in other countries. They call him by a different name. Also, did you know in some countries he is skinny while other countries he is
70+ Names of Santa Claus Across the World
Some tid-bit info there. Here are what other countries call “Santa Claus“ Remember Christmas isn’t about Santa, or whatever name he goes by as listed below, but it is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus was born, died and raised from the dead so that we may live. Christmas is about the birth of our Savior. Remember our God never changes, as you can see Santa Claus does change based on where you live, like his appearance, but God who sent His Son for us never changes.
Santa Claus 🎅 has many names across the world. Here is a huge list of what people call him from around the world.
- Albania Babadimri
- Argentina Papa Noel
- Armenia Gaghant Baba
- Australia Santa Claus
- Austria ChristKind
- Bahamas Santa Claus
- Belgium Pére Noël / Pere Noel or Sankt Nicolaus
- Bermuda Santa Claus
- Brazil Papai Noel
- Bulgaria Dyado Koleda
- Canada (Pére Noël / Pere Noel, Father Christmas, Santa Claus)
- Chile Viejo Pascuero
- China Dun Che Lao Ren
- Czech Svaty Mikolas
- Denmark Julemanden
- Dutch Sinter Klaas
- Egypt Papa Noel
- England Father Christmas
- Ethiopia Yágena Abãt’ (Christmas Father)
- France Pére Noël / Pere Noel
- Finland Joulupukki (Christmas Goat)
- Germany Weihnachtsmann, St. Nikolaus or Kris Kringle (Christ Child)
- Georgia – Tovlis Papa [This is the country, not the state!]
- Greece Agios Vassilios
- Greenland Juulimaaq
- Haiti Tonton Nwèl
- Hawaii Kanokaloka
- Holland De Kerstmann or Sankt Nicolaus
- Hong Kong Santa Claus, Father Christmas or Sing Daan Lou Yan (Christmas Old Man)
- Hungary Mikulas
- Iceland Yule Lads. The Yule Lads, Yuletide-lads, or Yulemen (Icelandic: jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar)
- India Santa Claus, Baba
- Indonesia Sinterklass’
- Iran Baba Noel
- Iraq Vader kerfees
- Ireland Santa, Santee or Daidi Na Nollaig
- Italy Befana or Babbo Natale
- Jamaica Santa Claus
- Japan Santa Kurohsu, Odzi San or Hoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)
- Kenya Father Christmas/Santa Claus
- Latvi Ziemassvētku vecītis (Christmas Old Man)
- Lichtenstein ChristKind
- Lithuania Kaledo Senelis
- Madagascar Dadabe Noely
- Mexico Los duendes ayudan a Papá Noel (Elves Help Santa Claus)
- Morocco Black Peter
- Netherlands Kerstman or Sinterklaas
- New Zealand Santa Claus
- Norway Julenissens (Christmas Gnome)
- Pakistan Christmas Baba
- Peru Papa Noel
- Philippines Santa Klaus
- Poland Swiety Mikolaj
- Portugal Pai Natal
- Romania Mos Craciun
- Russia Baboushka Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost)
- Scandinavia Julenisse
- Serbia Serbia Grandfather Frost (Дедa Мрaз / Deda Mraz) or Christmas Brother (Божић Бата / Božić Bata)
- Singapore Sing Daan Lou Yan (Christmas Old Man)
- South Africa Vader Kersfees
- South Korea santa kullosu or Santa GrandFather
- Spain Papa Noel/El Nino Jesus
- Sri Lanka Naththal Seeya
- Sweden Jultomten (Christmans Brownie)
- Switzerland Samichlaus or St. Nicholas
- Taiwan Sing Daan Lou Yan (Christmas Old Man)
- Trinidad & Tobago Santa Claus
- Turkey Noel Baba
- United Kingdom Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringler, Kris Kringle
- United States Santa Claus
- Vietnam Ông già Noel (Christmas Old Man)
As I mention above, Santa’s appearance changes. In the United States he is a fat man in red. In another country, he is slender and in green. I am glad my God doesn’t change like this fictional character known as Santa Claus. I even read in some Asia countries, he wears blue.
Just a note, we also have heard Santa called Kris Kringle that’s German for Christ Child. Also Santa in Spain means Saint.
Plus St. Nick or St. Nicholas is a real Person and who we get Santa Claus from. He was a religious person, a bishop.
Both Canada and Finland say they are homes to Santa.Check out this list of over 70 names for Santa around the world. #SantaClaus Click To Tweet
Christ out of Christmas
Yes, today we seem to be taking Christ out of Christmas, with things like Santa Claus and such. We are losing the true meaning of what Christmas is all about … the birth of our Savior. He came born of a virgin, lived a sinless life. Jesus Christ obediently died on the cross to save us from our sins. He arose three days later and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf.
Some countries Santa comes December 24, Christmas Eve or early Christmas Morning on December 25. In other countries he comes on January 6, Day of Epiphany. I even read where in Serbia he comes on CHRISTmas Eve.
Name Not Mentioned?
See a name for Santa Claus not mentioned? Feel free to share it in the comments so I can add it to this growing list! Check back often, as I may add more!
These were posted in Patterson Post 02, our family Christmas Newsletter from 2002. First published December 16, 2014 on Courageous Christian Father. Last updated/republished on December 17, 2020.
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