Why do we call Saint Nicholas by his spanish name, "Santa Claus?"?

We all know the big guy in the red suit as Santa. But Santa is the spanish word for "saint." When did we adopt the spanish title for the jolly man...and why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's not actually the Spanish name. From wikipedia:

    "'Santa Claus' is actually a mispronunciation of the Dutch word "Sinterklaas" by the English settlers of New Amsterdam (later renamed New York)."

    In many Spanish countries, he's known as Papa Noel, or Father Christmas.

  • 1 decade ago

    He was originally Sankt Nikolaus a Greek saint and his day, December 6th, is a big day in Europe for children. My daughter grew up in Germany she she still lets her kids have their candies on the the 6th of December.

  • 1 decade ago

    Dude! That is news to me, I knew what "santa" meant but not claus, cool, I know I'm a dork!

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