However, the poem is now known as "The Night Before Christmas." (... when nary a creature, not even a mouse, was stirring anywhere in the house! Do you recall it now? Donder, on the other hand, chose to alter his name shortly after that poem did! He renamed himself Donner. Donner was the name of one of the three gods who helped Zeus win the Titan War.)
Donner was the name of one of the three gods who helped Zeus win the Titan War. They are usually depicted as a pair of gods with dogs' heads, firing thunderbolts into space. Their names mean "thunder" and "shower," respectively.
They were probably introduced in the late 13th century or early 14th century. Before that time, Donder was the name commonly given to male children in Europe. The practice began in Germany, where Vater ("father") was used as a first name until about 1180. After that date, it became common for German boys to be called Donner or Daniel instead. Until then, Donder was a female name.
After all, Donner is simpler to say! Then, not long ago, he considered changing his name once more. He was considering renaming himself "The Reindeer Formerly Known as Donner." (I'm curious where he got that idea?) But then someone reminded him of another reindeer named Dancer who lives in Minnesota. So now he just uses Donder instead.
Donder has always been a popular name for boys in the Netherlands. It means "thunder" or "lightning". Donner is German for "Donny" or "Honey". So, when Donder moved to Germany, he decided to use the German version of his name instead.
There are also two other Donners in the world: One is a man from California and the other is a dog. Both have the same last name because they are siblings; their father was called Donald and they had two mothers. The first brother was born before Dad married his second wife. So, between the two marriages, Dad had children by both wives - which is why there are four Donners now!
You might be wondering how anyone could make such a mistake with names. After all, it's not like they were trying to get it right the first time! Well, in this case, it's probably because so many people have the same name that they can't possibly all be used up.
Donder vs. Donner: Yes, Santa's reindeer. Clement C. Moore composed a poem identifying Santa's reindeer in 1823. He gave one of the reindeer the name "Donder." Gene Autry popularized the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in the 1950s, although the song wrongly used Donner. Rudolph is actually named after Saint Rudolph, who was born around the same time as Jesus.
Donner is the name of Santa's other reindeer. They are all male and they all have different colors represented by their names: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, and Comet.
Dasher is red like fire. He belongs to Dashboard Confessional.
Dancer is white like snow. He belongs to Nsync.
Prancer is brown like dirt. He belongs to Prince.
Vixen is blue like the sky. She belongs to Lady Gaga.
Comet is yellow like sunshine. He belongs to Katy Perry.