Good gnome names are essential if you acquire a gnome statue or figurine. So, we put our best into the task, and the results are listed below.
Although the existence of gnomes can be traced back to the Greeks and Romans, the birth of the garden gnome lies in Germany. The seven dwarves – also spelled dwarfs – in the Brothers Grimm story Snow White are considered gnomes.
The Brothers Grimm popularized gnomes. In the mid-1800s, garden gnomes began to be manufactured in Germany. Usually made of clay or carved wood, the gnomes drew their designs from book illustrations. Ah, but what to name these adorable creatures?
Oh, and did I mention that some gnomes may have more than a dozen names? You see, grandparents, aunts, and uncles might all call a gnome by a different name.
Here’s where we can help. Please read on.
Good Gnome Names
Several best gnomes names are all appropriate for your garden guardian. Here are some:
Funny Gnome Names
You can’t deny that gnomes are kind of funny looking. So, why not give them funny names? Their look and character will make us laugh. Here are some funny ones:
Gnomy McGnome Face
Shawn the Storyteller
Top Ten Classic Gnome Names
Gnomes have a specific look and style; because of this, names have become classics over the years. Here are the top ten:
Female Gnome Names
More Female Names and Nicknames
Male Gnome Names
More Male Names
Garden Gnome Names
Forest Gnome Names
Dungeons & Dragons Gnome Monikers
History of Garden Gnomes Video
In Germany, garden gnomes are called gartenzwerge or “garden dwarfs.” In 1847, Sir Charles Isham brought 21 garden gnomes from Germany to England. His daughters disliked the gnomes and removed 20 from their homestead. The one they missed was named “Lampy” It is 174 years old and insured for $2,000,000.
How Do They Make Garden Gnomes?
In the beginning, in Germany, mass-produced garden gnomes were made with clay. Hand sculpted and fired in a kiln. The gnomes were then painted. Some manufacturers would create plaster molds and pour the resin into the molds. The two-piece molds were separated, and a gnome emerged. The gnomes were then hand-painted.
Today, garden gnomes can be blow-molded or injection-molded out of plastic and painted on an assembly line. You can still purchase gnomes made of clay. These gnomes need protection from the cold because they can freeze and crack. Resin-molded garden gnomes are solid and durable. They are weather-proof and can be just as attractive as their clay cousins.
Gnome: True or False?
In the Second Century A.D., the Roman Emperor Hadrian hired real people as “ornamental hermits.” These hermits lived and hid in his garden. They were hired to protect the flowers and plants. True or False?
Answer: True – Although the practice did not last long, it led to statues replacing the hermits, and the rest is history.
Cool Gnome Names
You see pictures of gnomes wearing sunglasses. Especially the “Roaming Gnome,” spokesgnome for Travelocity. Even his tagline, “Wander Wisely,” is excellent. Why not pick a cool name for your garden gnome? Consider choosing a first name – a personal name – and last name, AKA clan name. Here are some cool ones:
The One and Only Gnome
Gnome Sweet Gnome
Barron Von Risky
Bad to the Bone
In Germany, the popularity of garden gnomes has increased over the years. Now, there are approximately 25 million garden gnomes in German yards. True or False?
Answer: True – German gnomes are often portrayed playing instruments like accordions, violins, and lutes. They are also noted for being tricksters with wisdom to pass on to others.
Accustom to life underground, many gnomes acquire darkvision in their adult life to deal with dim conditions. The natural world brings bright light, so gnomes are frequent hat wearers. They prefer dim light.
Gnome cunning is legendary. Gnomes are also known for their charisma.
The Secret Garden at the White House
While it doesn’t contain a garden gnome, the secret children’s garden at the White House is still pretty cool. It is the children’s South Lawn of the White House. President Lydon B. Johnson and first lady Lady Bird Johnson created it. Discreetly tucked behind a hedge, the garden is filled with beautiful flowers and plants.
The Johnsons started a beloved and ongoing tradition of having their grandchildren place their handprints in the garden. The presidents and first ladies that followed have asserted their grandchildren’s hand imprints.
The imprints are in slabs between flagstones on paths throughout the park. To date, 19 presidential grandchildren have their hand imprints in the garden. Also, there is plenty of room for future generations of grandchildren to leave their marks.
Evil Names for Gnomes
Some garden gnomes are depicted with an evil-looking intent on their face. Here are some evil names for those gnomes:
Do you know your gnomes?
When Archeologists were excavating at the site of the great pyramids in Egypt, they found a garden gnome. The gnome was in the burial chamber of King Akenhaten, near the largest pyramid. True or False?
Answer: False – There has never been any evidence of garden gnomes with Egyptian Kings or Queens.
Female Gnome Names
Most gnomes appear male, but female gnomes are circulating out there. Many have long, flowing hair. Some have hats, and some do not. Here are some names for female gnomes:
Male Gnome Names
Male gnomes should not just be named Sleepy or Grumpy. Gnomes and gnome names play a major role in Dungeons & Dragons (DND or D&D). Here are some more options.
Torj the Conqueror
Santa Claus (Yes, in many countries, Santa Claus is considered a gnome)
Gnome: True or False?
Greek Mythology mentions a character named Priapus. He is the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus or Hermes. Statues of Priapus were placed in gardens to ensure fertility and ward off intruders. True or False?
Answer: True – His story is believed to be the origin of garden gnomes.
Strange Gnome Names
The tradition of placing the odd-looking little character in your garden to protect the plants seems a little strange. That could mean that a particular name is appropriate. Here are some strange ones:
Christmas Gnome Names
Where did the Kidnapping of Garden Gnomes Come from?
You are known colloquially as “gnoming,” the garden “nome doe” does not have to be kidnapped. The concept is to take your garden gnome with you on vacation and in your travels.
The practice began in 1970 with a photographer named Henry Sutherland. He took his two garden gnomes, Harry and Charlie, on travels with him worldwide and shared photographs. In 1986, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story about a kidnapped gnome. A note was left, “Gone off to see the world.”
A gnome kidnapping made national headlines and T.V. news in 2005 when a group of college students kidnapped a gnome. They named the gnome Gnome Severson and took him on a long road trip. Eventually, Gnome Severson found his way back to his owner. His original owner sold Gnome Severson on eBay. Some of the original owner’s friends had the Gnome and continued to bring him on their travels.
Gnome Names FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions about gnome names.
Most definitely. You should name your gnome something clever or funny, so your friends and family can share in the fun.
The Swedish name for a gnome is “Tomte.” “Nisser” means gnome in Norway.
In Scandinavia, gnomes are like Santa Claus. They visit the homes of good children and leave presents on Christmas Eve.
In addition to their shorter size, gnomes are noted for being seven times stronger than men. They have eyesight that is better than a hawk’s. It is said that gnomes can run at a speed of 35 miles per hour.
Final Gnome Fun Fact
Generally, garden gnomes can range from one to two feet tall down to three inches (for indoor gardens and terrariums). But, in the small town of Dawson, Minnesota, near the banks of the Lac Qui Parle River, things are different.
About 60 miles west of Minneapolis sits a village of full-size garden gnomes. That’s right full sizeThat’se or four feet tall. The gnomes can be found in a variety of poses and a range of occupations.
By Tim Moodie
Tim is a little frightened of garden gnomes. He has a recurring dream about an evil garden gnome chasing him through a jungle-like garden. It always ends the same way, with Tim tripping and face-planting. As he lies in the dirt, he looks up and sees the evil garden gnome looking down at him and laughing.
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