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A List of Santa's Reindeer Names and Their Personalities

Updated on April 29, 2017
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Cynthia is a writer, artist, and teacher. She loves studying language, arts and culture and sharing that knowledge.

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!

Dasher's the fastest of them all!
Dasher's the fastest of them all!

Dasher: The Speed Demon

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.

Are You Like Dasher?

  • loves to be social
  • good at sports; prefers track and field
  • doesn't mind the cold
  • aware of fashion
  • loves to party
  • happy
  • has a big heart

See Those Ol' Reindeer Singing Personalities Shine!


Dance with a reindeer?

Dancer loves all kinds of dancing, from salsa to ballroom!
Dancer loves all kinds of dancing, from salsa to ballroom!

Dancer: The Salsa Phenomenon

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.

Are You Like Dancer?

  • has good hand-eye-foot coordination
  • great at dance moves
  • loves wearing colorful clothes
  • popular among the elves
  • loves eating popcorn
  • loves a celebration
  • loves to go to the movies with friends


Prance around and primp!

Prancer's appearance is very important to him.
Prancer's appearance is very important to him.

Prancer: The Fairest of Them All

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.

Are You Like Prancer?

  • always is sure to look great
  • loves his accessories
  • great at baking (especially mint-flavored cookies)
  • absolutely loyal
  • has high energy
  • totally thinks out loud
  • enthusiastic
  • favorite song: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town


Magic at work!

Vixen lives for magic tricks, loves being a comedian, and thrives on being entertaining.
Vixen lives for magic tricks, loves being a comedian, and thrives on being entertaining.

Vixen: The Most Enchanting Reindeer

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, loves Vixen’s tricks because they really come in handy on Christmas Eve. That bag of toys is quite large, and that chimney is quite small . . .

Are You Like Vixen?

  • very smart
  • loves to be the center of attention
  • cool, calm, and collected
  • everyone likes to confide in him
  • gifted at magic tricks
  • loves to help others, especially Santa
  • often runs late


What's that darting across the sky?

Comet is a great role model: calm, kind, collected, and affectionate.
Comet is a great role model: calm, kind, collected, and affectionate.

Comet: An All-Around Wonderful Reindeer

Comet is out of this world—as his name implies. He’s quite handsome and is always smiling. 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 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.

Are You Like Comet?

  • loves to make people laugh
  • incredibly smart
  • laid back
  • likes flexibility
  • once he makes up his mind to do something, he'll get it done
  • always willing to lend a helping hand
  • loves honesty and playing fair


Love . . .

Cupid enjoys making sure that everyone feels heard and loved!
Cupid enjoys making sure that everyone feels heard and loved!

Cupid: Loves Sharing 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.

Are You Like Cupid?

  • favorite colors are red and green
  • loves jazzy Christmas music
  • really good at finding mistletoe
  • really good with bows and arrows
  • cannot stand it when a friend is sad and will do anything to help
  • loves helping Santa eat his cookies and milk
  • has a sweet tooth, but also likes a good, crunchy carrot


A thunderous presence

Donner's sure to be the next singing sensation!
Donner's sure to be the next singing sensation!

Donner: Always a Party

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 duets.

Are You Like Donner?

  • loves to take charge
  • loves to sing and loves jazz music
  • very creative
  • very close to a couple of reindeer friends, like Blitzen
  • loves a good debate
  • hums Christmas songs a lot, even while flying
  • prefers dark chocolate



Blitzen has a truly electrifying presence.
Blitzen has a truly electrifying presence.

Blitzen: Fast as Lightening

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 into 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.

Are You Like Blitzen?

  • gets everything done extremely fast
  • he's zippy everywhere he goes
  • has a tenor voice that complements Donner's baritone
  • when not working, he loves a good Christmas movie
  • always on time
  • almost always finishes projects
  • loves spontaneity


With that nose so bright . . .

Rudolph sure has an advantage during hide-and-seek.
Rudolph sure has an advantage during hide-and-seek.

Rudolph: Santa's Guiding Light

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.

Are You Like Rudolph?

  • humble
  • a little shy
  • is a leader when he needs to be
  • loves reindeer games
  • very playful around friends he knows well
  • loves helping others
  • loves seeing new places
  • steady worker, helping the elves to get all their Christmas tasks done


She's sweet!

That's Olive, the other reindeer.
That's Olive, the other reindeer.

Olive: Not Just Another Reindeer

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.

Are You Like Olive?

  • insightful and intelligent
  • only a little shy, but very outgoing once she gets to know you
  • also loves reindeer games
  • really good at making good friends
  • great sense of humor
  • prefers to work behind the scenes
  • always has a lot of projects going on
  • lives in a gingerbread house

Which reindeer personality are you?

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© 2011 Cynthia Sageleaf


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      Layla Verneuil 2 hours ago

      Love sewing and riding horses

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      Bobby 2 days ago

      I love this thing

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      Maren 2 days ago

      My favorite reindeer was always Prancer!!!

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      Jalaya 3 days ago

      I like there names.

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      Anthony 5 days ago

      Thank you for the article my sister really wanted to know

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      Holiday 11 days ago

      I loved this article. I love Christmas and the traditions and this made me love it even more

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      Kendall 2 weeks ago

      olive isnt real

    • profile image 5 weeks ago

      The olive carton is so nice!!

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      Sarah 8 weeks ago

      Sarah 'love small reindeers so pretty

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      DLayne 4 months ago

      I enjoyed reading your reindeer article. My match was with Rudolph, red nose and all when the weather gets to be freezing and I am outdoors.

      Not right now, though, for it is July. The time is 5:13 am, and I couldn't sleep. I tried one more time to connect to Google Adsense, and by golly, I succeeded this time.

      Have a good day always,

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      Hello 5 months ago

      Olive isn't real

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      Natosha Lambert 10 months ago

      I absolutely love your hub my children and I read it it tickled me to Oblivion! kiss that Olive for us and tell her have an awesome day!

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      allie 10 months ago

      is olive your new reindeer

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      catalina 11 months ago

      i did not know that olive was a new raindeer and santa has 10raindeer

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      D-Man The Captain 11 months ago

      Wait.. Isn't Olive a Dog and not a real Raindeer?

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      olive???? 11 months ago

      The song says "All of the other reindeer...." Not "Olive, the reindeer.

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      Olive 11 months ago

      I never knew that there was a 10 reindeer. That s pretty clever of you to put a tenth reindeer. Is she in a movie ,a book, anything?

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      Thea Deer 11 months ago

      Really enjoyed reading this to my granddaughter ,we both loved all the information .

      Have a Wonderful Xmas

      from the Deer Family here in Australia !

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      Sparkle The Reindeer (Not in santa's herd) 11 months ago

      I'm glad to find some personalities for my homework today! At school we need to search about the reindeer personalities and I searched and searched and found this website! It's great! And also fun as well! I'll share this with my classmates!

      Thanks For Making This Reindeer Personalities Wesite!!!!!!! :)

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      Marysol 11 months ago

      That is so cool i did not know that there wear 10 reindeers.

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      Kashlee2007 11 months ago

      Loved it

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      Elsie Kat 11 months ago

      Wow thx Donner is so much like me!!! It just Donned on me!!! *lol*

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      Avery 11 months ago

      thanks for the articl i needed it for a game im playing :)

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      Mia 11 months ago

      I like all of them!

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      anonymous 11 months ago

      This hub is amazing!

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      Hi my name is Keely 11 months ago

      hi I'm Keely and I picked Rudolph because he is what I'm like

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      Lilly 11 months ago

      Totally love it thank you so much I never knew about Olive

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      Annie3525 11 months ago

      This website is great

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      mark 12 months ago

      There is no Olive... It's All Of the other Reindeer.

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      Olive the dog/reindeer 12 months ago

      Sorry if this seems like I'm trying to insult your website (I'm not), but in the movie, Olive is a dog (specifically, a Jack Russell Terrier)

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      Zane Rockwell Willis 12 months ago

      I voted for Rudolph because I really like Rudolph and I think blitzen is a little crazy because nothing can go faster than light.

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      Kate 12 months ago

      i think that all of santas raindeer are awesome but i do have to say that rudolph is the best i mean he has a movie for so ya know thats my opinion.

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      Arrianna 12 months ago

      I am Olive and Cupid but mostly Rudolph

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      Ljm 12 months ago

      According to an original Clement Moore manuscript at the New York Historical Society Library, the #7 reindeer is named "Donder" - not "Donner"

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      Tanya Daniel 12 months ago

      is olive new

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 14 months ago from Western NC

      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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      Shauna L Bowling 14 months 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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      Wonderful hub ...very informative :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 23 months ago from Western NC

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

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      Les Covington 23 months ago

      This was A+

      I will never hear White Christmas the same.

      Thanks God Bless you.

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      cools 23 months ago

      Love it

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 23 months ago from Western NC

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

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      Kristen Howe 23 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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      peachy 23 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 2 years ago from Western NC

      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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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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

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      Patricia Scott 2 years 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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      Cynthia Sageleaf 2 years ago from Western NC

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

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      AJ 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

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

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

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

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      lolas 4 years ago

      theres another couple of raindeers

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      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.

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      Mary Craig 4 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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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

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

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      Carolee Samuda 5 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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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

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

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

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

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

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

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

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

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC're too cute, mldjgulley. I hope your kiddos enjoyed reading about reindeer personalities. :D

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

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

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

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

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Oh what fun!!!!! thanks.

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