Who is Donder? Santa Claus’ Reindeer Names

Who is Donder?
I think this reindeer is asking “Who is Donder?”

Here is a story about Donder

I love reading the messages you leave on my blog.  I read every single one!  A few people wanted to know the reindeer names.  Did you know I have a reindeer named Donder?

Sometimes, I hear people asking, “What are Santa’s reindeer names?”.  Well, the reindeer names in order are Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen.  And Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen!  And of course Rudolph leads my sleigh.  But I said I had a reindeer named Donder.  Well, can I tell you a secret?  Surprise!  Donder and Donner are the same reindeer!

But Who Is Donder And Where Did He Come From?

There is a poem by Clement Clarke Moore.  It is almost 200 years old.  Do you know it?  Here is a little bit that has a list of the reindeer names:

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, DONDER and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

The name of the poem was “A Visit From Saint Nicholas”.  But now the poem goes by the name “The Night Before Christmas”.  (…when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!  Do you remember it now? :))

Well, a little after that poem changed its name, Donder decided to change his name!  He changed his name to Donner.  He said it was because of some personal growth he had been going through.  Ho, Ho, Ho!  Of course, some elves think he just liked it better.  Donner is easier to say after all!

Then, a little while ago, he was thinking about changing his name again.  He was thinking of changing his name to “The Reindeer Formerly Known as Donner”.  (I wonder where he got that idea from?).  He is a silly reindeer.  But that is one of the reasons why we love him so much!

Merry Christmas!

Santa Claus

P.S.  Do your friends or family call you by any other names?  (Scroll down to leave your message for Santa or to see what others have written!)

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126 special messages to Santa about “Who is Donder? Santa Claus’ Reindeer Names”

  1. I wish for a iPhone and iPad please for Christmas please bring it to my auntie house that’s were I’m staying tonight please

  2. i like some chocolates,baby needs for my brother,special gifts for my family,and lastly my gift of course hope you do not mind.

    thank you,

  3. i loove the raindeers all of them and i belivie in santa. I HAVE BEEN A GOOD GIRL TELL SANTA CLAUS I NO HE IS WATCH ALL THE GOOD GIRLS AND BOYS.


  4. hay santa i’am benjamin in [deleted by the elves — never put your street address, phone number or email address on the Internet — its not safe!] and i like when you give us presents and like four wheelers and bikes and aouther stuff.

  5. Cool! I never new Donner’s real name is Donder that is the coolest like in the whole world but I still think you should’ve kept his name to Donder it is still a really cool name you now Santa Clause!

  6. My sister calls me Katie lad

    My uncle calls me meals

    My dad calls me lamb

    My mummy calls me my real name Amelia or chicken.

    I am alright with my dad and my sister and mummys nickname for me but not my uncles nickname for me!

    But i do not mind Santa giving me a nicname

    Love you lots !
    Amelia Kate Douggie
    Age 9

  7. ber or bur or berdog or burdog and at school tc which means twilight chick or tg which is what i perfor whick is twilight girl

  8. I am called lots things at home. My mom usualy calls me Leasel after my middle name, and My grandpa calls me Elisabeth.That is a couple of my nicknames.

  9. Hi i have cheer tonight with my older sister her name is Ashlee but im on 2A and shes on 3A SHE IS REALLY GOOD AND I AM TO I WAS ON 1A but i moved up cuz i was good and i love u santa i really no u r true

  10. tyro tyrone tybrat tyboo teeny tiny tyrus tyrus the virus tyrus cyrus tyco

    your friend,
    tyrus northcraft

  11. My family mostly calls me Baby K. My brother K.C. came up with that when I was born. Now I’m 12 and they still call me that! Lol but they will probably call me Baby K. for the rest of my life! I don’t have a problem with that either! Well I hope to hear from you soon!!

  12. Doner is the head reindeer sssooo he is incearg with the other reindeer and he can help santa out around the north pole and be incrarg with the elves and reindeer too.

    LOVE BROOKE:):):):):):):):

  13. Mummy and daddy call me moopet sometimes. Mostly It’s moop though. Rebecca and Socratees have nicknames too ( note: they are cats). Sockratees has Chocolate Button, and Rebecca has Bexy or Bex.

  14. cool! well then then if it’s Donner (or Donder) and it id hid baby reindeer name him Donder. I bet when they changed the poem name he got so confused saying “what should my name be” They are all such cute reindeer. And last year on Christmas eve i woke up in the middle of the night and I heard reindeer! I WAS going to get out of bed but I didn’t want to scare you and leave so i didn’t.

  15. i’m called “G” “gracie” “Nikkie” “sugar Baby” “baby” “Princess” “pumpkin” and my favorite “elf” because since my family is really tall and i’m tall but i’m the sortest tall person in my family (on my dad’s side not my moms)

  16. Dear Santa i need some vice 2 pepel on bus are mean to mean and i don’t know what to do p.s i don’t know the name of your other raindear p.p.s if you want to talk again just email at {email address deleted by Santa! Read Santa’s Internet Safety Tip below!}

    Reply From Santa:

    Sierra, I am so glad you told me some people are being mean to you. You do not deserve to be bullied.

    I want you to tell an adult about this right away, just like you told me!

    Find an adult you trust, like a teacher or a Mom or Dad. Tell them what is happening to you. You can even show them what you wrote here if it is easier.

    Sometimes bullies stop as soon as a teacher finds out. They are afraid they will get in trouble.

    You can also call some people who can help you.

    Did you read about “hapy” here? She was being bullied just like you. She called some people who can help you. She got the bully trouble to stop. I know you can make the bullying stop too.


  17. None of my friends call me names, but my calls me a lot of names, Caboose ,( because i’m the last one born) Sweetie, Silly Goose, Angel, Sweet Heart, Starlet,(because, my aunt owns a dance studio and a group there is called starlet and I LOVE 2 DANCE!) Lady Bug, and of corse CHRISTINA! p.s. she also calls me Xtina.

  18. my dad calls me marie,my cousin calls me micky because my last name and my grandma calls me sweetie marie i like marie the best

  19. Santa in my stoking could you put these things. webkinz picture of rudulph . fluffy socks with penguins . could you add a hannah montana lunch box to my list.

    Reply from the Elves:

    The best way to make sure your wishes get into Santa’s book is to email Santa. They go straight in that way! If you put them on this blog then someone might forget to add them 🙁

    Merry Christmas!

    The Elves

  20. hi im going to give you a mince pie and milk also 4 carrots for the riendeers and also my little sister madison will be exsited to hear about you when shes older because she is only 1 and a half years old

  21. Surely…

    Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen and Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen… but do you recall… the most famous reindeer of all?

    Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer…

  22. The other names my mummy and daddy call me are ‘sweetheart’, ‘little princess’ or Chlo! I love all of the reindeer names but love Rudolph the best.

  23. can you ask MRS. claus all the elves and all the reindeers [including the ones in training] to sign a sheet for me or if a reindeer make a paw print can you also sign it PLEASE!!!

  24. megna because when i was a little girl i thought my name was megna so know my nana calls me megna all they change is n and the a so it is megna not megan.

  25. how come donners name was donder and then he changed it to donner i even have trouble saying donder i alwys end up saying doder and also can you please say hi to mrs. clause the elves and all the reindeers for me and when you stop by at my house can you please give me mrs. clause’s recipe to her choc chip cookies


  26. My dad (AKA Goofball!) calls me Shannon bannon wich is VERY embarrising the reason he does it! SANTA RULES!!! ho ho ho!

  27. I love santa claus rein deer !!! I think one of his rein deer name is comet because in some of the games and movie about christmas there are a rein deer called comet.Now I think lots of rein deer change name because the name are too umfamiliar for the people in the future.
    Merry christmas

  28. i love all of your raindeer including the ones i don’t know can you send me some pictures of the raindeer (and can you put their names on them and send them to [email address deleted by Santa — it is not safe to put your email address where strangers can see it!]

  29. Sometimes Mama calls me Sweetie. Sometimes Daddy calls me Burke. Sometimes my Mama and Daddy call me motormouth because I like to talk alot because it makes my mouth feel good.

  30. My family also calls me “B” for short. Sometimes my Mama calls me Bumble Bee. Sometimes my Daddy calls me Stud Horse.

  31. oh really? that is really cool! lol sooooo…hi! im 13 btw and i dont think this site is babyish at all! and i wouldnt care if it was! ***naomi***

  32. I really like your site. It is very interesting.I am nine now, and i was expecting this site to be so babyish, but it is not!A lot of had work hhas been put into this site.

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