Santa’s Name Around the World

Santa's name around the world!

In the US we affectionately know him as Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, or even Kris Kringle. What does everyone else call him around the world? While you may have trouble pronouncing it, you will get the idea. I was surprised to see that the image of our beloved bearer of gifts is mostly consistent all over the globe. I personally think that Finland’s is the most fun to say!

 

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Belgium- Pere Noel

 

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Brazil- Papai Noel

 

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Chile- Viejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”)

 

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China- Dun Che Lao Ren (“Christmas Old Man”)

 

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Denmark- Julemanden

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Finland- Joulupukki

 

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France- Pere Noel

 

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Germany- Weihnachtsmann (“Christmas Man”)

 

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Hawaii- Kanakaloka

 

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Hungary- Mikulas (St. Nicholas)

 

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Italy- Babbo Natale (Babbo means father)

 

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Japan- Hoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)

 

nlNetherlands- Sinterklaas

 

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Norway- Julenissen (“Christmas gnome”)

 

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Poland- Swiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas)

 

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Russia- Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”)

 

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Sweden- Tomte (a gnome) and his brownie helper, Jultomten

 

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United Kingdom- Father Christmas

 

Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten! Joyeux Noël! Buon Natale! メリークリスマス!

С Рождеством! Vrolijk kerstfeest! God jul! Mutlu Noeller!

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Santa’s Name Around the World

  1. wanderingeducators December 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM #

    What fun! And cool names!

  2. Allison December 5, 2013 at 4:16 AM #

    I enjoyed the translations. All the different descriptions provide deeper insight into the man we know as Santa Claus.

  3. Colleen Lanin December 9, 2013 at 5:28 AM #

    Love this post on the names for Santa! Tweeted & pinned!

  4. Katie December 17, 2013 at 7:43 PM #

    Oh, love this!!!!

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