We have been raising miniature dairy goats for over 12 years.
Choosing a Good Goat Name
When we get a new goat, either by one being born on our farm or if we purchase one, a lot of thought goes into naming him or her. We have had a few that came with names that we kept, but for the most part, purchased goats had no name. Sometimes it will take several days of observing the goat before a name is chosen.
Observing your new goat for a few days will give you a lot of insight into their unique personality. Each one of my goats has its own quirks and habits. Some like their backs scratched; some like to be scratched right between the horns. Some are shy, and some are extremely extroverted. Sometimes a distinct marking will give you an idea for a great name. My first goat, Blaze, got her name from the white splash that ran up her nose to her horns.
I picked a name that I loved once, and it took two years to finally give that name to a baby. My son was playing a video game, and the main character was named Clementine. I loved the name. The character had dark reddish-brown hair, and I said if I get a reddish-brown girl, she will be Clementine. Finally, two years later, Tiger Lilly gave us our first set of triplets (two boys and one girl). And there was my Clementine!
That's a Lot of Pet Goats!
Between buying goats and having them born on our farm, we have had 63 goats. Each has been given a name that seems to suit them. Some names were given based on the coloring, some on their disposition. Picking names for your new additions can be very fun and entertaining. We like to be creative when giving a name. We will research different websites, etc. I keep a list on my computer of different names that come to me.
Some will probably never get used if a goat doesn't come along that fits the name. But that's OK. Names can come from books, song lyrics, or sometimes just hearing a word or name will strike a chord with me, and it will be added to the list. People love getting involved in the naming process. We always have people suggesting names when we have a new addition or arrival.
When Snowball had her first baby, it was a beautiful baby girl that looked just like her. She came almost three weeks early, so I was not expecting to see a baby. When I go into the pen to feed or just visit, the first thing I always do is count heads to make sure all my babies are accounted for. Well, one was missing, and I realized Snowball was MIA. So I started looking and found her in the barn with a brand new baby girl. I looked at her and said, " You are a little angel." And so Angel got her name. Sometimes they are named instantly, and sometimes it takes a few days.
The Names We Have Used for Our Pet Goats
|Boy Names||Girl Names|
The Name Game
Ways to Find Fun Names
When I get a new goat, I spend some time deciding on a name. I ask people for name ideas. I use the internet a lot. I will search for pet names, use translators to find cool names in different languages (the name Cher means snow in Russian), and sometimes they will come from a movie (like Briar Rose) and sometimes a song.
I never know where the inspiration for a new name will come, but as long as you have fun picking them out, that is all that matters.
Some easy searches to use are Pet Names, Japanese Names, colors in different languages, etc. My daughter came up with Cher-Cher because it was snowing the day she was born. She searched different languages, and Cher-Cher was named.
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© 2014 Patti Downey
Goatlady on May 14, 2020:
My lamancha goat hada pair of rambunctious kids a buck and doe named Luke and Leia named after the star wars characters!
Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on November 26, 2019:
Thank you for reading this. I am so glad you like all the names. We spent a lot of time picking out all these names.
Madison on November 16, 2019:
i Really like all of these names I am evern going to name all of my animals one
Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on October 29, 2019:
Very cute name idea
SpartyRick on October 29, 2019:
Best goat name for a fainting goat is "POSSUM". He ain't dead he's just playing possum"
Menah on June 28, 2019:
I have two sweet little goat kids, a buck and a doe named Messy-Jessy and Sergey!
Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on October 13, 2018:
I like the name Milky Way, that is a good one
Arianna on October 09, 2018:
you should name it milky way
Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on October 08, 2018:
I am so glad we could help
Yannel Garcia on October 08, 2018:
Thanks guys this helped me out a lot!!
Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on September 17, 2018:
Goat Girl: Some of my favorite girl names on our list are Clementine, Jelly Bean, Cupcake, Tiger Lilly, Jubilee, Willow, Pixie, Zelda, Skye, Cynder, Sassy, Chymera. We have a mother and daughter named Dot and Matrix. Hope this gives you some ideas
GoatGirl on September 17, 2018:
What are some cute girl names we have 5 we named one princess?!
Delaney Deese on September 16, 2018:
Macy on August 10, 2018:
I think Easter, Ivy, and Ash.
Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on July 10, 2018:
We have a new black and white boy. We named him Domino. A few other names we used are Diesel, Trucker, Matrix
Rebel on July 10, 2018:
I have a black and white male goat need names
showgirl on June 24, 2018:
I like twinkie , cuddles,cupcake,and butterscotch
Kandi on June 04, 2018:
I have names
Bucky, Charlie, dasher, hudini, coca, Darcie
Patti Downey (author) from Loudon on April 26, 2018:
We have a new girl named Mable. I have a list of names we have not used yet. A few are Blondie, Bubbles, Cinnamon, Cynder, Echo, Jelly Bean, JiJi, Mila, Sahara, Skye, Trixie and Willow. Maybe one of those names will work
Andrea on April 22, 2018:
These are all great names but none of the girl names are standing out to me. She is a white goat with brown on her head, she is also very sweet and curious. Any suggestions?
Joanna. on April 02, 2018:
It was for a comp thx for your help I choose tinkerbell,pixie and Dixie
Addison on February 14, 2018:
I have 30 goats and it is hard to keep track of them.
Madison Smith on January 28, 2018:
I am getting two goats and I need good goat names
Mariah on January 06, 2018:
I have a goat named herb and his sister also two pregnant goats so I am looking for names one of them if a girl is going to be spice
Emily on December 31, 2017:
Thanks a lot!! I picked a great name for my goat ! I do have a suggestion though...in the girl goats names you could add Betty it's quite traditional if I do say so my self it is quite a goaty name if that makes sense or a cow ....going off subject lol anyway I would highly appreciate it to add that name on there!
Connie on March 10, 2017:
Oh my gosh same! My aunt had a goat named Fetus and I took him in when my aunt died. I'm currently married and me and my husband are having a great time with our little man :-)
Fred Bred on March 09, 2017:
I love your goats! I recently purchased a male goat and me and my wife, Sandra, have been having trouble agreeing on a name. Now, we've been observing our little man and it's really helped us decide on the perfect name for him. "Analo," because, not to be crude, but he's a real cannon out the asshole. That's alright though... that's just how me and Sandra like 'em. Makes our 'playtime' with the little animal more fun ;^) I didn't realize how LOUD goats were until now!! Haha.
Rachel on November 21, 2016:
This also helped I have a goat... I was going to name him Dallas. But I was wanting to level out my options... so iIlooked up this site and found the perfect name " Jasper ".
Jamie on March 10, 2016:
This really helped . My goat named tesse had her baby and it's a little girl but i didn't know what to name it . But i looked up this site and I looked and found the perfect name " snowball".