A List of Santa's Reindeer Names and Their Personalities

Santa and his Reindeer.  Olive, the other reindeer, is laughing and trying to call their names.
Santa and his Reindeer. Olive, the other reindeer, is laughing and trying to call their names. | Source

There are Santa’s reindeer and then there are Santa’s reindeer. What are they like? Are they mischievous? Are they funny?

Clement C. Moore used secretive means to reveal the names of eight reindeer in his poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

But once the world found out, people began to make songs about them and Santa started using their names every time he took off in the sled. But, what do people really know about the reindeer?

They have funny names and there is a lot of talk about the eight famous reindeer (there’s even a ninth and a tenth —the other reindeer!) during the holiday season. But, during their time off, what do they do?

Read on about the famous Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and . . . . Olive!

Quick Look at All the Reindeer

Personality trait
He loves to go fast!
Completely extroverted
All kinds of dance
A bit vain, though affectionate
Slightly tricky
Handsome and easy-going
Good with kids
Bringing people together
Fast as a bolt!
Can electrify others
A little down on himself
Nose glows
Admits when she's wrong
Good at hide-and-go-seek


He's fast!

Who hasn't heard of Dasher?

He’s one of the fastest reindeer in Santa’s herd. He’s always ready to dash out the door. For that reason, he excels at track and field during the off-season.

So, after his yearly tenure at the North Pole, he might find himself at a high school track and field meet, trying to run the 800-yard dash. You can bet he’s usually the first to finish.

“Dasher” originally came from a German name, Dascher, meaning purse-maker. Whoa! He can sew! One has to wonder if he is the Father of the Modern Hand Bag.

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Dance with a Reindeer?

Dancer is a reindeer with a unique personality. He’s completely extroverted. When he’s not helping Santa, he’s having dance parties.

His favorite genre is Latin music due to the strong rhythm. He would be happy to dance with Enrique Iglesias.

Since dancing is his passion, he knows the tango, salsa, meringue, and even has ventured into contra- and square-dancing. Do-si-do-ing can be a little difficult, but he likes it.

Plus, you’ll never find him without a bell around his neck as he never hesitates to indulge in pomp and circumstance.


Prance around and primp!

Prancer loves the other reindeer and would do anything for them.

But, he also loves to carry a mirror to regard himself on the sleigh every now and then. He has to look his best all the time because he never knows quite who he’s going to meet.

Mrs. Clause made him a special reindeer-harness that is red and green with extra attachments for his mirror, comb and brush.

He often is found in the elves’ factory prancing around gracefully with all the other reindeer, elves and helpers cheering him on.


Magic at work!

Vixen is the comedic reindeer known for lots of magic tricks. The other reindeer often get slightly annoyed with his ability to make things disappear and reappear.

He’s great at tricking the other reindeer out of their candy canes. He also has a weakness for yummy Santa-shaped chocolates.

Santa, however, happily tolerates Vixen’s tricks because they really come in handy on Christmas Eve. That bag of toys is only so big . . .


What's that darting across the sky?

Comet is out of this world – as his name implies. He’s quite handsome and always has a smile. He’s easy-going and loves to play ball with all the young fawns.

All the children of the world seem to look up to him. Santa, of course, loves this about Comet.

In the days before Christmas, Santa will head out with Comet to check his list and see how the children all around the world are doing. When they see Comet, they flock to pet him because he’s quite adorable and so laid-back.

He just loves the attention the children shower upon him. Plus, he inspires little children to be on their best behavior.


Love . . . .

Cupid is an affectionate reindeer. She has Christmas reins decorated with red and green little heart-shaped bells. Her motto is “Spread the Love”.

She often carries mistletoes and mysteriously places them all around peoples’ entryways at Christmastime. That way, people don’t forget to hug and kiss during the season.

She’s always singing, too. The other reindeer roll their eyes when she begins singing “Joy to the World” for the thousandth time.

She also makes appearances on Valentine’s day, showering people with red hearts.


A thunderous presence

Donner’s name comes from “thunder” in German. This is for good reason. He’s always noticed when entering a room because he’s got a deep booming baritone voice.

He loves to sing those low notes. His joyous renditions of “Santa Baby” makes all the reindeerettes swoon.“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and “Here Comes Santa Claus” always receive high marks and rowdy applause from his fellow reindeer.

He loves hanging out with Blitzen, too. Together, they can really belt out some dynamic duos.



Blitzen’s name comes from the German word for “lightning”. He’s fast, playful, and like a bolt when it comes to helping Santa deliver his Christmas goodies.

When Santa yells “faster!", Blitzen has the ability to infuse an electric charge to the other reindeer to make them zap through the sky, fast as lightning. He’s also best reindeer-buds with Donner and they often hum duets to themselves while flying high in the skies.


With that nose so bright . . .

Rudolph is Santa’s famous ninth reindeer. He joined the herd a few years after the original eight. At first, he was terribly self-conscious.

He suffered from low self-esteem because he had an odd red nose. It wasn’t until Santa recognized his rosy bulb as a beacon of light that he was ushered into his role as leader of the herd.

Because his nose glowed, he was able to lead Santa safely around the world, on the snowiest of nights...and other reindeer agreed that Rudolph just had to stay with the herd.

Now, when Rudolph isn’t helping on the sleigh ride, he loves to play Hide and Seek with the other reindeer. He has the advantage, though. He can light up dark places effortlessly and find the other reindeer every time.


She's sweet!

Olive is the tenth reindeer to join Santa’s herd. She had a precarious start. You may recall the line from Rudolph’s song, “…all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names…”

Many people heard, “Olive, the other reindeer…” Well, it’s true. Olive is the other reindeer.

She did, in fact, laugh at Rudolph with his big red nose, but it was only because she thought Rudolph was an amazing asset to Santa’s team, and she really wanted to be a part of it.

So, she started out by mocking Rudolph but then later realized that wasn’t becoming for a reindeer. Besides, everyone knows that when you tease your friends, it's because you really like them.

She shyly apologized to Rudolph and they have been best friends ever since. She loves to play hide and seek, too, and is especially good at finding the Abominable Snowman.

Which reindeer personality are you?

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph
  • Olive
See results without voting

© 2011 Cynthia Calhoun

Comments 29 comments

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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Oh what fun!!!!! thanks.

How's Olive this morning?????? ha ha ha ho ho ho

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC Author

She's already off "prancing" and enjoying too much coffee. :D Thanks for stopping by, GoodLady.

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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Wow I am behind. This hub is really cute had to share with my kids.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC Author're too cute, mldjgulley. I hope your kiddos enjoyed reading about reindeer personalities. :D

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Loved this hub and all the information about each reindeer. Enjoyed reading. Voted up.

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC Author

Vellur - great to see you! I enjoyed making up personalities for these reindeer. :) Thanks for the votes.

kelleyward 3 years ago

Fun, fun, fun! Voted up and shared! Kelley

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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC Author

Hehe, thanks, Kelley. Have a great day! :)

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Cardisa 3 years ago from Jamaica

lol lol, what a fund read to make my day which was really dull. Thanks for the laughs. You really have a knack for making up stories....sorry..forget they were

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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC Author

Cardisa - lol, awww...nah, I just made this all up, but it's fun to just let loose sometimes. Hehehe. :)

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I can't believe I missed this ingenious hub! And to think we were leaving out the last two reindeer when it was right there in the song! A really fun hub well done.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and shared!

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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC Author

Tillsontitan - HAHA! I never knew, either until it all just "clicked" one day. Hehe. Thank you so much! I did have a lot of fun with this one.

lolas 3 years ago

theres another couple of raindeers

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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC Author

LIZZY - thank you. ;) Watch out for rogue reindeer, lol.

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ajwrites57 22 months ago from Pennsylvania

Ho, ho, ho cclitgirl! Love those reindeer! Great Hub! Merry Christmas!

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cclitgirl 22 months ago from Western NC Author

Ajwrites57 - haha, ho ho ho! Hehe. Thanks so much. I hope you have a great holiday season! Cheers!

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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

This is too cute!!! Got to share this before Christmas slips by but it would be fun to read any time of the year.

Angels are on the way to you.

Voted up up and away, shared pinned and g+

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rebeccamealey 22 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

How cute and creative. Make it into a kiddie book!

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cclitgirl 22 months ago from Western NC Author

Pstraubie48 - aww, your words are more special to me than you will ever know. :)

Rebecca - now that is a FUN idea!

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peachpurple 10 months ago from Home Sweet Home

I like bltzen, sounds unique, would you call your pet blitzen?

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Kristen Howe 10 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub, Cynthia. It was really interesting and humorous to learn about Olive and the other reindeer. Thanks for sharing.

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cclitgirl 10 months ago from Western NC Author

Kristen and peachpurple - thank you so much for stopping by! Sending hugs. :)

cools 10 months ago

Love it

Les Covington 10 months ago

This was A+

I will never hear White Christmas the same.

Thanks God Bless you.

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cclitgirl 10 months ago from Western NC Author

cools and Les - thank you for stopping by. Merry Christmas. :)

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Paramita Mallik 9 months ago from KOLKATA,WEST BENGAL

Wonderful hub ...very informative :)

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bravewarrior 5 weeks ago from Central Florida

Cyndi, this is so cute. "Olive the other reindeer". I didn't get it until I read it. What fun! This is a real gem.

Congratulations on the 2016 Hubbie Awards win. Well deserved!

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cclitgirl 5 weeks ago from Western NC Author

Sha - hey there! How are ya?

Hehe, thanks so much! I know, right? I wanna say Olive all the time, now, when I sing the song.

Thanks so much for coming by! ((HUGS))

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