55+ Elf on the Shelf Name Ideas

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Looking for names for an elf on the shelf? Don’t miss these clever elf on the shelf name ideas, perfect for your new Christmas elf.

Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition where an elf watches kids during Christmas season and each night goes to report back to Santa. Each morning, kids have to find the elf in its new hiding place

Elf on the Shelf has become so ubiquitous that it’s hard to believe that they only debuted in 2005 (source).

Part of the Elf on the Shelf experience is that each family names their elf when they “adopt” him. This list is here to help you find lots of name ideas for your new Elf on the Shelf.

Below you’ll find elf-themed names, like elves in pop culture and names with elf meanings. Plus, there are some funny elf names in there too.

Let’s find your elf’s new name!

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Boy Elf on the Shelf Names

First up, let’s check out some boy name ideas for an elf on the shelf.

Boy names that mean elf

To kick off the list, here are names with elf-themed meanings. Of the names below, I really like Oli and Alfredo, which would make a funny and also apropos name for an elf.

Alfie (meaning: counsel, elf; origin: English)

Alfred (meaning: wise counsel, elvin; origin: English)

Alfredo (meaning: wise counsel, elvin; origin: Spanish; Italian; Portuguese)

Alvin (meaning: elf friend; origin: English)

Aubrey (meaning: elf ruler; origin: German)

Avery (meaning: ruler of elves; origin: English)

Elby (meaning:battle elf; origin: English)

Oli (meaning: elf warrior, olive tree; origin: German; Latin)

Olvin (meaning:elf warrior; origin: German)

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Funny boy elf names

Next, check out these funny and punny names for an elf.

Elf-is Presley

Melfunction: a play on the word malfunction

Elfabet: a play on alphabet

Elful: a play on ‘awful’ since an Elf on the Shelf is a troublemaker.

Elfant: a play on elephant

Famous elves

The next section highlights famous elves in pop culture that you can steal for your elf. The Santa Claus movie really nailed it because Bernard is a great elf name.

Buddy: is there a more perfect elf than Will Ferrell’s Buddy?

Bernard: the lead elf in the Santa Claus movie

Legolas: elf in Lord of the Rings

Dobby: the house elf in Harry Potter

Hermey: elf in the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer show

Girl Elf on the Shelf Names

Now let’s turn to girl elves. Here are some cute and clever names for a girl elf on the shelf.

Girl names that mean elf

Here are girl names with elf meanings. My favorite in this section is Aubrey (which actually can be a gender neutral name and I love it for both genders).

Aubrey (meaning: elf ruler; origin: German)

Aubriella (meaning: feminine elf ruler; origin: Constructed Name)

Aubrielle (meaning: feminine elf ruler; origin: Constructed Name)

Avery (meaning: ruler of elves; origin: English)

Luella (meaning: famous elf; origin: English)

Luelle (meaning: beautiful elf; origin: English)

Oli (meaning: elf warrior, olive tree; origin: German; Latin)

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Funny girl elf names

Next, here here are funny girl elf on the shelf names.

Elf-aba: a play off the main character in Wicked

Elfa Fitzgerald: a play on Ella Fitzgerald

Elfabet: a play on alphabet

Elfant: a play on elephant

V-elf-et: a pun on velvet

Famous elves

To wrap up the girl names, here are famous girl elves in pop culture. Did you know that the baby at the end of the movie Elf is named Susie? You can spot it on her elf hat.

Jovie: the female lead in the movie Elf

Susie: the baby of Buddy and Jovie at the end of Elf

Quenya: an elf language in Lord of the Rings

Azshara: queen elf in World of Warcraft

Winky: the house elf at Hogwarts in Harry Potter

Christmas-themed names

If you want to stick with a Christmas-theme for your elf, here are some names that have Christmas meanings or are associated with Christmas time.

Clara: for the Nutcracker (meaning: bright; origin: Latin)

Eve: for Christmas Eve (meaning:life; origin: Latin; Hebrew)

Holly: for Christmas holly (meaning: red berry plant; origin: English)

Ivy (meaning: evergreen vine; origin: English; Latin)

Joy (meaning: happy; origin: Latin; French; English)

Mary (meaning: bitter; beloved; origin: Aramaic; Greek; Latin; Hebrew)

Natalia (meaning: Christmas Day; origin: Latin)

Natalie (meaning: Christmas Day; origin: French)

Natasha (meaning: born on Christmas; origin: Russian)

Neve (meaning: snow; origin: Latin; Irish)

Noel (meaning: Christmas; origin: French)

Noelle (meaning: Christmas; origin: Latin)

Ollis (meaning: holly tree; origin: English)

Elf sounding names

Finally, let’s close the list with some names that just sound like “elf.” These are pretty on the nose and include some cute ideas like Elfinette.

Elfa

Elvira

Delfina

Elva

Elfinette

Elfred

Elvin

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Elizabeth Jon is a Ph.D. researcher whose work focuses on pregnancy and education. At Shoestring Baby, she uses her skills to research baby name trends, in-depth baby gear reviews & money savings ideas for parents.

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