Santa Names Around the World

  • Albania: Babadimri
  • Argentina: Papa Noel
  • Armenia: Gaghant Baba
  • Australia: Santa Claus
  • Bahamas: Santa Claus
  • Belgium: Pere Noel
  • Bermuda: Santa Claus
  • Brazil: Papai Noel
  • Bulgaria: Dyado Koleda
  • Chile: Viejo Pascuero
  • China: Dun Che Lao Ren
  • Denmark: Julemanden
  • Egypt: Papa Noel
  • England: Father Christmas
  • France: Pere Noel
  • Finland: Joulupukki
  • Germany: Weihnachtsmann
  • Greece: Agios Vassilios
  • Hawaii: Kanokaloka
  • Holland: De Kerstmann
  • Hungary: Mikulas
  • India: Santa Claus, Baba
  • Iran: Baba Noel
  • Iraq: Vader kerfees
  • Ireland: Santa, Santee or Daidi Na Nollaig
  • Italy: Babbo Natale
  • Jamaica: Santa Claus
  • Japan: Hoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)
  • Kenya: Father Christmas/Santa Claus
  • Lithuania: Kaledo Senelis
  • Morocco: Black Peter
  • Netherlands: Kerstman
  • New Zealand: Santa Claus
  • Norway: Julenissens (Christmas Gnome)
  • Peru: Papa Noel
  • Poland: Swiety Mikolaj
  • Portugal: Pai Natal
  • Romania: Mos Craciun
  • Russia: Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost)
  • Scandinavia: Julenisse
  • Serbia: Deda Mroz
  • South Africa: Vader Kersfees
  • Spain: Papa Noel/El Nino Jesus
  • Sweden: Jultomten (Christmans Brownie)
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Santa Claus
  • Turkey: Noel Baba
  • United Kingdom: Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle

The name, the face and the legends are slightly different, but Santa is universally the symbol of goodness.