Snow White is one of the top favorite stories by many children around the world. It is one of the more than 200 works of the Brothers Grimm, and is in the same category of most loved fairy tales as Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin. Snow White, the pretty little princess that befriends several hard-working dwarfs from the woods. These seven dwarfs are portrayed as miners but were never given names in the original work. The seven dwarf names were first given individually in the 1912 Broadway play entitled “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
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It is fascinating that with the several versions and adaptations of the story in many forms, the dwarfs were given different names. There are versions where there are only six dwarfs (what happened to the 7th nobody knows) and at least in one version there are actually nine dwarfs, an 8th one and an honorary one. Cool! Most people are very familiar with the given names such as Bashful, Doc, Dopey and Grumpy. Who would think that there were other names, huh? Then let’s take a look at the names of these seven dwarfs through the years in film and TV adaptations.
Versions of the names
The film version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1912 had most names ending with –ick, as in Blick, Flick, Glick, Plick, Quee, Snick and Whick. In the 1937 version, the names were those that most people know and remember. It was at this time that the seven dwarfs were called Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy.
In the German version, which was called Schnee-wittchen or Little Snow White, a film released in 1961, the names of the seven little miners were completely different. They were Huckepack, Naseweis, Packe, Pick, Puck, Purzelbaum and Rumpelbold. The names are quite difficult to pronounce, let alone remember, nein?
But in the 1965 adaptation of Little Snow White, their names rock! The dwarfs had an upgrade, so to speak and were named Axlerod, Bartholomew, Cornelius, Dexter, Eustace, Ferdinand, and George. The 1987 film version, called simply as Snow White, all their names ended with –iddy, as in Biddy, Diddy, Fiddy, Giddy, Iddy, Kiddy and Liddy. These names sounded silly and childish.
There was another film version entitled Snow White as well, released in 1991. In this film, their names are likely the description their characters and they became Grouchy, Klutzy, Lazy, Sloopy, Smiley and Tubby. If you notice, there are only six dwarfs here. The other might have gone on vacation.
In 1993, the film Happily Ever After, also based on the story of Snow White was released. This is the only time when women-power was shown and the dwarfs were all female, with names such as Blossom, Critterina, Marina, Moonbeam, Muddy, Sunburn and Thunderella. Their names used the names of the week in the 2001 film version, also entitled Snow White.
In 2007, Sydney White was released and in this version, the lovable dwarves became known as Jeremy, Terrence, George, Gurkin, Spanky, Embele and Lenny. In the second Schnne-wittchen version released in 2009, yet again they changed their names to Gorm, Knirps, Niffel, Quarx, Querx, Schrat and Wichtel.
Mirror, Mirror, which was released in 2012, the names got another facelift and became Butcher, Chuckles, Grimm, Grub, Half Pint, Napoleon, Wolf and Gus. This is the first time that the famous number of the dwarfs became eight. The number was retained in the 2012 flick, Snow White and the Huntsman. Here they received Gaelic names such as Beith, Coll, Duir, Gort, Muir, Nion, Quert and Stealthy.
Finally, in the TV series Once Upon a Time, the names most people remember, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy (who used to be called Dreamy), Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy made a comeback.
Origin of the more famous names
It was filmmakers at Walt Disney that gave the seven dwarfs their famous names. Doc is the leader of the dwarfs and wears glasses. Mute and clumsy Dopey is the only beardless dwarf. Bashful is forever shy and has a perennial blush. Grumpy sports the biggest nose among the seven and appears to have one of his eyes closed. Constantly suffering from hay fever, Sneezy’s very strong sneezes can scatter even heavy items in the room. Sleepy is continuously tired and Happy, as his name suggests, is always cheerful.