Where did they come from and what are their names?
Written 7th July 2022 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter
We first learn of the names of Santa’s reindeer in 1822 from the poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas,” written by Clement Clarke Moore.
Their names are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. For nearly 100 years people believed that Santa only had 8 reindeer. That is until 1939 when Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was discovered.
Rudolph joined Santa’s reindeer in 1939 when he was written about in a book by Robert L May. Bringing Santa’s total number of reindeer to 9.
Santa’s reindeer are likely to be female due to their antlers. Males lose their antlers in the winter, where as females keep their antlers throughout the winter.
The plural of Reindeer is Reindeer. A lot of people mistakenly add an S to make it Reindeers.