75 Classic Cow Names

Updated on November 12, 2017
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Bovines fall into two categories: beef or dairy. Of course, that’s not all that they are. Many cows and bulls become members of the family and deserve a good name! Cows and bulls have some of the biggest personalities on the farm, but cows in particular have are loaded with character. Coming up with the right name for your cow will be a fun task once you've had some ideas.

Naming Cattle

When coming up with great names for cows, take a good look at the breed, attitude (yes, cows have attitude!), and purpose that the animal serves on your farm.

  • Angus: Who doesn’t enjoy a good Angus burger? Angus cows are the top meat-producing cows. They are used for commercial purposes and makeup over 50 percent of the total commercial cow population! Angus cattle are all black, do not have horns, and have a wide forehead and slim muzzle.

  • Hereford: Also a big beef producer, the Hereford is always all red and white, but the shades of red can vary. They normally have a small, white mane running from the top of the head down to their hindquarters. Though they are not as muscular as other bulls, they have a “blocky” appearance.

  • Holstein-Friesian: The most common dairy cow, and probably the cow that you picture when you think of “cow.” This is the black and white cow that you see on many farms. Although only one of the five most common dairy cows, this one is a very popular breed because it produces the most milk.

Cow Name Ideas

Now that we’ve gone over a few of the most common bovine found on a farm, how about a few naming tips?

  • Do not name a cow that you plan to slaughter. When you give something a name, you create a personal relationship, so naming a cow that you plan to turn into food can make it harder on you or your family when the time comes.

  • If you have a lot of cows, create a theme for their names, such as different flowers, countries, dairy/beef products, famous artists, or cartoon characters.

  • What color is the cow? There are many names to be made with colors! Snowdrop, Ginger, Licorice, and Chocolate to name a few.

  • Puns are great! The word “cow” is hidden in many other words and can be turned into a cleverly humorous name. Cowntess!

  • Giving them names that indicate “small” is pretty good for cow names as cows are a whole 1,000 pounds of small!

  • Think of names that emphasize their features: spots of color, tufts of hair, or long eyelashes.

Bulls and Steers

Manly Bull Names


Heifers and Cows

Girly Cow Names


Traditional Cow Names

Betty Sue

Cute Cow Names


Funny Cow Names

Big Mac
Mud Pie
Ineda Bunn
Brown Cow
Mickey D.

Choosing a Mooarvaleous Name

Coming up with a great cow name all depends on your personality, your cow or bull’s personality, and your relationship with the beloved bovine.

Some farmers will name every cow when they have many, and remember each name, while others will only name the ones that are their favorites. It’s entirely up to you! Lucky for you, cows won’t get jealous if you call one by a name and refer to others as simply a number.

When coming up with cow names, keep a pen and some paper nearby so you can jot down the good ones as they come to you. You never know when you will find inspiration.

In the meantime, try serenading your cows by playing a guitar and singing their favorite song: “Home on the Range.”

Let Us Know How You Named Your Cattle

How did you come up with the perfect name for your cow?

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        calflover 2 days ago

        it is good and can you give a selection of names that go with the color of the cow.

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        Cowsforlife 2 weeks ago

        Ok I have two new calves And named my calf Spartan and my friend named his Big Red. Mine is a boy who is being raised to be our bull and girl is going to be butchered. Big red was a twin to a boy so she doesn’t have the female parts so that’s why she’s going to be butcher. So yeah!

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        Lu 3 weeks ago

        Hey Someone, how about naming her Cujo

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        Annonymous 3 weeks ago

        I just recently bought a pig to show at the fair, (I realize she isn't a cow) when we got her to where she is boarded, she immediately fell in love with the three cows in the pen next to her. she will just sit on her butt with her front legs still upright, and sit and watch the cows in awe. She loves playing with cows. The cows are all Angus cattle, so I was thinking "Angus" or "Moo". Anyone have any name ideas for my pig?

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        Lu 3 weeks ago

        I named our newest addition Meatloaf

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        Someone 4 weeks ago

        I need an intimidating name for my heifer. Everyone thinks she looks scary lol

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        Me 4 weeks ago

        I like it

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        Raygen 8 weeks ago

        I LOVE THIS PAGE❤️❤️❤️

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        Beth D 2 months ago

        We only name our heifer calves. The first letter of their name is the same at their moms.

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        Lad 2 months ago

        If you have a Red Bull call it angus, a black cow call it Ferdinand from the movie or jet for jet black, or if it is black and white call it Oreo or patch for me I just love the name Bailey just some ideas by the way!

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        Amy 2 months ago

        My steers are named Ben ;JD, LOUIE ,Bear,Jerry not for food just pets

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        Addisyn 2 months ago

        this was a helpful article now my bull has a name

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        GLORIA ADAMS 2 months ago


        LOVE IT....LOVE HIM!!!!

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        Maesea 2 months ago

        Never would have thought of some of these names now ALL of my cows have names!!!!!!'m

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        rylea 2 months ago

        i need a cow name but it needs to be named after a flower


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        Jeannie M. 3 months ago

        She shall be called BUTTER :-)

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        Gracie 3 months ago

        I really appreciate this article. It really cleansed my soul.

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        Bob 4 months ago

        I might get a cow so this was very helpful!

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        Alexa Rain 4 months ago from egypt

        special article, can't pass with out reading it of course, cows are the greatest and most important to the farmer, at least it deserves beautiful name.

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        Tayten major 5 months ago

        My cow muffin loves her name think

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        Hobbyfarmgirl 5 months ago

        We got two cows, one came with a name and the other who is a bit gingery in temper had no name. We are probably going to call her Ginger or Chocolate [as she is black].

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        Hal 5 months ago

        I’m doing a steer I named him Ritz

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        LoveDemChickens 5 months ago

        I have a Holstein, her name is Amber

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        Agirlnamedmichael 5 months ago

        I ALWAYS name my livestock- it makes them have real value as a life instead of just mere meat. We still process, but it's nice to instill an appreciation for the life that was taken to sustain us. =)

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        Monique 5 months ago

        I raised a couple of bulls for meat and called them Gainer and Eat More!

        I have also named some of our cows after candy bars... Smartie, Kit Kat, Aero, Skor and Skittles

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        Fitzgerald girl 6 months ago

        i called my Black Baldy Food Clutz

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        Rae Rae 6 months ago

        If I had a Galloway cow I would name it Oreo, cookie, or mr/mrs s'more

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        Victoria 6 months ago

        We are getting a young bull calf in the next month and I've decided to name him Bernie :) We also have a bull calf that will go to the sale barn soon whose name is T-Bone.

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        Mickey 6 months ago

        I love these cow names

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        hagatha 7 months ago

        I have a black cow and I need to name her I want it to be related to her color and it cant be midnight or star iv already had animals named that

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        Theresa 7 months ago

        I am proud to have a cow name!

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        Melina Heater 8 months ago

        I am getting a red show steer he is a red Angus and Beefmaster. What should I name him so I can dress him up for auction?

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        Tyler 8 months ago

        There's are so cool what about Milo and coco

        I have a cow called Mickey d.

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        Betty goodmore 8 months ago

        I have a baby calf what should I name him

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        Natasha Britnell 8 months ago

        2 cows named Butter and Herman

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        Laylabelle 9 months ago

        I have 3 new baby calves. They are boys. I can't think of a name!!!

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        Van 9 months ago

        Just had four new calves,





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        Mary 9 months ago

        Does anyone remember the name of the Hawthorn Melody dairy cow on their whistle cup?

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        Bella 9 months ago

        My calf is red with a white ring around her nose what should I name her

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        Claire 9 months ago

        Very cute!

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        Sunshine 9 months ago

        If the cow likes sunshine name it that

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        gracie 9 months ago

        i have named my cow hamburger

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        hi 9 months ago


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        sophie 10 months ago

        wow great names i have got pet cows and i have used some of these names and they are so cute.

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        BIgBabyBuns 10 months ago


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        Larry 10 months ago

        I named my calf Ozzie

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        Elizabeth 10 months ago

        We had two Holstein bulls we raised for beef. Ben and Jerry - like the ice cream

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        Jess 10 months ago

        My calfs name is Tina

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        PJ 10 months ago

        We just had calves born. So far we have Jubilee, and Rebel. Their mothers are Maggie and Lily.

        Last year we had 3 bull calves named Ed, Edd, and Eddie we got a good chuckle.

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        Bob 10 months ago

        Sirloin sounds like a great name

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        Austin G. 10 months ago

        love some of these names on here I will be on this website again when I have another calf to name.

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        K Shaw 10 months ago

        Have just painted a cow am thinking of call her Daisy May? But now I've looked at this I think I may go with Maggie?

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        Julia 10 months ago

        I helped a calf be born, and his name was Lucky Evan Egg

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        Lucy 10 months ago

        I needed names for my cow and her calf. I named the mom Annie and the calf Muffin!

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        Stephanie 11 months ago

        I named my cow "sir loin" haha

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        Calf club girl 11 months ago

        I have a freison calf and I called it sxux.

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        Kenzi 11 months ago

        I like the name

        Sangria for

        A red calf

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        Emma 11 months ago


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        Sarah 11 months ago

        I have a calf called Maggie and I have another one but I need to name it I like the names meg Bella rose.

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        jose pelayo cosio 12 months ago

        All those names are great but if you have a 420 baby that was born n April 20 then the perfect name is Marry jane

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        My67falcon 12 months ago

        We name all of ours.

        Johnny Bravo (became Dead Johnny), Justin Beefer, KC Strip and lityle Chuck Roast have all spent time in the freezer.

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        Casey 12 months ago

        We have Betsy, Maggie (like Maggie Moos), Debbie (like little debbie) and our 2 new additions are Minnie and Nellie!

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        Sarah Cloe 13 months ago

        Maybe a nice calf name is Belle or Chocolate cake or Honey but I like Annabelle

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        Autumn Belvel 13 months ago

        I like all of them including booboo it was nice but i can't use it we are going with tank

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        brooke 14 months ago

        my friend and i just named our cow toast, he is an adorable little rascal

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        stears family farms 14 months ago

        a few more good ones is buddy or buster

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        horsey girl 14 months ago

        our cows' name is Molly and her calves have been boys so they are/ were Chuck (steak) Schnitzel and Big Mac

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        Country Girl 101 15 months ago

        My cows name is diesel

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        hi 15 months ago


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        Farmer Boy 15 months ago

        My cow's name is Besty

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        Dacie 16 months ago

        Big Mac

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        Sarah 17 months ago

        The name Maggie is awesome

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        Charchar 19 months ago

        I think jersey, sweater,ugen,Minnie, moo,shadow,glory

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        Jimmy cassssssody 19 months ago

        My favourite name is dinner

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        Sarah 21 months ago

        I love the name maggie

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        Natalie 21 months ago


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        Jordyn 22 months ago


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        Terri 22 months ago

        I need names starting with H for a calf

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        Tayla 22 months ago


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        Daniel 22 months ago

        Poo is a good name

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        Serena 23 months ago

        How about Max

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        Ivy 23 months ago


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        Tim Edgar 23 months ago

        I named my cow Grassyella.

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        Percy 24 months ago

        Percy is a great cow name

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        ME 2 years ago

        What about Sir Loin?

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        Meredith 2 years ago

        I found a great name on this website it was awesome for my show steer. He will love the name. He is big built strong and he acts like he is a baby. But i kniw he has some manly instunct in him. Tank will be a great name for my show steer~it will be a great year hopefully I will do good at YPS. I hope second time is a charm too. :D

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        hhhrdgfhf 2 years ago

        Try "Moolly" or Cownt dracula or cownt or cowntess

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        Lyxie buhler 2 years ago

        I think chubby is really cute

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        djbcds 2 years ago

        Avanti I think is a good cow name :)

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        Linzi 2 years ago

        This is a great list of names! I do show team at my school, so maybe we will use some of these names...

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        Susan W 4 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

        I enjoyed reading this, I love cows and have some of my own at the moment. You have provided some great names here, which I might use! I particularly like, Meg and Molly, they sound like traditional cow names. Thanks for this. Voted up ++ and useful