In the original French version, Papa Smurf's name is "Le Grand Schtroumpf", which could be translated as "the Great Smurf" or "the Big Smurf". His name could also be interpreted as "Le Grand Père", French for grandfather, which is consistent with his elderly appearance and paternal ways.
Papa Smurf is easily distinguished from the other Smurfs by his red clothes and his bushy white beard, which was brown in his younger days.
Papa Smurf is 546 years old, but despite this, he is quite energetic for his age. He is kind, gentle, and wise. As the smurf’s village leader, he is always concerned about all of the other smurf’s well being. Even though Papa smurf is gentle, he has a short temper and can get angry if the other smurfs are not obeying his orders. Papa smurf is known to use magic when he wants to know something that will happen in the near future. Alchemy is his hobby, and he uses it to protect his smurfs. He could be labeled as a “good wizard”. And he is also known as protective, aspiring, patient, accountable, selfless, mature, understanding, rational, friendly, polite, adventurous, plucky, affectionate, sweet, modest, upbeat, responsible and fatherly.