Was the original name of Santa's reindeer Donner or Donder?
The reindeer's name was originally given as "Dunder," which corresponded to Blitzen's original name, "Blixem." "Dunder" and "Blixem" mean "Thunder" and "Lightning."
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Is the seventh of santas reindeer donner or donder?
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What reindeer of Santas reindeer names is after a Germen God of Thunder?
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What do the names of Santas reindeers Donner and Blitzen mean?
Two of the reindeer names, Donner/Donder and Blitzen, are often the source of confusion, misspelling, and misinformation. The short facts are these: Donner/Donder and Blitzen were named ''Dunder'' and ''Blixem'' (the Dutch words for ''thunder'' and ''lightning'') in the original printing of "A Visit From St. Nicholas." In reprints of the poem, the names became ''Donder'' and ''Blixen,'' then ''Donder'' and ''Blitzen'' (the latter being German for ''lightning''). By the time Johnny Marks wrote "Rudolph," it was ''Donner'' and ''Blitzen'' (possibly because ''Donder'' was musically awkward). See Snopes.com for a thorough discussion.
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What are the names of santas reindear?
There are eight reindeer. If you count Rudolph, then there are nine. The eight reindeer are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (which means thunder and lightning in German). Note: some say Donder instead of Donner. Two of Santa's reindeer were originally named "Dunder" and "Blixem," not "Donner' and 'Blitzen."
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Who was santas original raindeer?
While some northern European traditions associated St. Nicolas with a sleigh and reindeer for transportation, the idea of Santa and his eight original reindeer appear to have come primarily from Clement Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas." Written in 1823, it gives the names of Santa's team as Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen. "Donder" would later become "Donner." Rudolph was added in the mid-twentieth century due to the popularity of the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."