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

 
 
 
Bully
Duke
Hydro
Homer
Earl
Diesel
Horns
Armor
Bob
Sampson
Tank
Kristof
Angus
Midnight
Nitrous

Heifers and Cows

Girly Cow Names

 
 
 
Rose
Darla
Meg
Dahlia
Margie
Lois
Flower
Maggie
Jasmine
Minnie
Esmeralda
Bella
Daisy
Shelly
Candie

Traditional Cow Names

 
 
 
Bessie
Clarabelle
Betty Sue
Emma
Henrietta
Ella
Penelope
Nettie
Anna
Bella
Annabelle
Dorothy
Molly
Gertie
Annie

Cute Cow Names

 
 
 
Honeybun
Cookie
Pinky
Sweetie
Sunny
Blue
LovaBull
Sunshine
Sugar
Cupcake
Cocoa
Booboo
Baby
Muffin
Princess

Funny Cow Names

 
 
 
Big Mac
Moscow
MooMoo
Madonna
Mud Pie
Cowlick
Bertha
Shrimp
Ineda Bunn
Waffles
Brown Cow
Mickey D.
Hamburger
Humphry
Heifer

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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      Sky S 

      6 hours ago

      I like Hemie

      And Kame

      And Carmal

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      LJ 

      4 days ago

      We have a Mary, Elmo and a Tina Turner.

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      Joe 

      5 days ago

      i like the name Phoebe

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      6 days ago

      T-Bone??

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      Frona 

      8 days ago

      My cow is named ruby

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      Emmie 

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks. I am getting beef cows soon and I couldn't come up with a name for them and your website helped me so much! Thank you!

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      2 weeks ago

      It is cool if you name your cow are your street/road like I named mine ranger for range road

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      Jadyn 

      2 weeks ago

      They should really put ruby on here I love that name

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      Big mac 

      2 weeks ago

      I like the name bessy

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      LeeAnn Marie Cox 

      3 weeks ago

      ineda bunn i love that but i was really wanting to see a bessy

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      Emilee 

      4 weeks ago

      I just got a new brahma bull and I don't have ANY names for him, please help

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      Annabelle 

      2 months ago

      I show cattle and I need a need a name for my new heifer. She is really spicy and cute. maybe I will use one of these!!!

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      Carter 

      2 months ago

      The funny names are for real not funny. But if you can help me find a name that is not common or stupid then I guess this is the site I will go to. Thank you!

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      AliE1587 

      2 months ago

      Steak?

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      Cooper 

      2 months ago

      My bulls name is roomservice

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      The farmer 

      2 months ago

      My cows name is ghost

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      Rebecca 

      3 months ago

      I’m trying to find a good girl cow name but I can’t think of any. Please may you help me find a good cow name for a girl cow.

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      tyler 

      3 months ago

      Johny test

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      Ana 

      3 months ago

      My only "kid" is my brain, I came on this site looking for inspiration for an ox themed superhero. The names here are great though! I will definitely be using this site when I get a cow or a bull.

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      Love 27 

      3 months ago

      The funny names are not funny

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      farmer24 

      3 months ago

      we recently had a calf and we cant decide what to call her she is a fresian calf she is a red calf whit spatches of white and we where thinking about calling her icing or moochat [snapchat]

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      Digbick(͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) 

      4 months ago

      Yeah we named ours ligma a few seconds before he was chopped up for dinner and mmmmmmmman!!! And sure was he tasting gurd

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      Katie 

      5 months ago

      I dont have a bull but I have a big german shepherd puppy and she bucks around like she's a bull and we dont know what to name her lol

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      #ANIMALSFORLIFE 

      6 months ago

      i have a bull that I share with my fam. it is a bay boy its color was brown so we named it MR. MOCHA

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      Kensie 

      6 months ago

      I have a white baby heifer and none of the names match her. She is a huge dork and really cute. Does anybody have any ideas?

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      CaRtterets 

      7 months ago

      my fav name is dinner

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      TSKY95 

      7 months ago

      I went on this site to try and find a name for my steer, and fond a few, i just have not dissided witch one. :) ☆

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      Taaron 

      7 months ago

      Sweet!

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      Bettsy 

      7 months ago

      It is very cute!!!

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      kbarr8251 

      8 months ago

      We had a mama named Destiny and her child ("Destiny's Child") we named Beyonce.

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      yoyo 

      8 months ago

      Should we do ash or smokey for our new black cow?

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      g o s h 

      8 months ago

      Big Mac is the best name for a cow I have heard in the entirety of my existance on this planet. I will definetly keep it in mind for any future use.Thank you.

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      Cow shit 

      8 months ago

      I named my bubs big Bertha had to put her down cause she got into the corn and became fat as hell

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      prajwal 

      8 months ago

      You should name it Nandini

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      Samantha 

      8 months ago

      You should name it Charlotte. Charlotte and Scarlett

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      Cowgirl 

      9 months ago

      I recently had a steer that i named Buffy because he was a huge calf when he was younger and when he grew he was taller than me! But later on we had to butcher him so i was pretty upset about that.

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      Myles 

      9 months ago

      Named ours Chuck, Stew & Tucker

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      yayayay 

      9 months ago

      SO.....I have a PET COW and a doll cow so I'm naming my real cow muffin and my pet toy cow Big Mac lol

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      Jakayla 

      10 months ago

      I liked to see all the amazing and unique cow names. What should I name a cow that just had a calf? The calfs name is Scarlett.

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      Anonymous 

      10 months ago

      I like Bramley, squirt and my Highland cow called Peaches has just had a calf and wondering what to call her??

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      Amber Baxter 

      10 months ago

      I liked the name Homer and hydro

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      David Kelly 

      10 months ago

      I think Big Mac or moomoo

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      swish21 

      10 months ago

      I used honeybun and baby

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      Sadiethekat 

      11 months ago

      Cool names I used the name moo moo

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      Gabriela@Haywrsh 

      11 months ago

      The cow

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      link 

      11 months ago

      maybe tinkerbull :)

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      Hanna 

      11 months ago

      Some of these names are really weird I think you need to make them more realistic.

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      Aaron Klett 

      12 months ago from Owego

      I think they are great names. Also I need to know what other names I could use on my cows

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      Savana 

      12 months ago

      I love these names I have 6 heifers and they are adorable 3:Hereford and 3:Angus

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      calflover 

      13 months 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 

      13 months 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 

      13 months ago

      Hey Someone, how about naming her Cujo

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      Annonymous 

      13 months 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 

      13 months ago

      I named our newest addition Meatloaf

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      Someone 

      14 months ago

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

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      Me 

      14 months ago

      I like it

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      Raygen 

      14 months ago

      I LOVE THIS PAGE❤️❤️❤️

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      Beth D 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      15 months ago

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

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      Addisyn 

      15 months ago

      this was a helpful article now my bull has a name

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      GLORIA ADAMS 

      15 months ago

      WE NAMED OUR NEW LITTLE BOY TUMBLEWEED!!!

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

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      Maesea 

      15 months ago

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

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      rylea 

      15 months ago

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

      moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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      Jeannie M. 

      16 months ago

      She shall be called BUTTER :-)

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      Gracie 

      16 months ago

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

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      Bob 

      17 months ago

      I might get a cow so this was very helpful!

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      Alexa Rain 

      17 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 

      18 months ago

      My cow muffin loves her name think

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      Hobbyfarmgirl 

      18 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 

      18 months ago

      I’m doing a steer I named him Ritz

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      LoveDemChickens 

      18 months ago

      I have a Holstein, her name is Amber

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      Agirlnamedmichael 

      18 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 

      18 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 

      19 months ago

      i called my Black Baldy Food Clutz

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      Rae Rae 

      19 months ago

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

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      Victoria 

      19 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 

      19 months ago

      I love these cow names

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      hagatha 

      20 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 

      20 months ago

      I am proud to have a cow name!

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      Melina Heater 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 months ago

      I have a baby calf what should I name him

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      Natasha Britnell 

      21 months ago

      2 cows named Butter and Herman

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      Laylabelle 

      21 months ago

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

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      Van 

      22 months ago

      Just had four new calves,

      Oreo

      Frostick

      Blacky

      Cocoa

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      Mary 

      22 months ago

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

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      Bella 

      22 months ago

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

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      Claire 

      22 months ago

      Very cute!

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      Sunshine 

      22 months ago

      If the cow likes sunshine name it that

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      gracie 

      22 months ago

      i have named my cow hamburger

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      hi 

      22 months ago

      hahhahahahahahahahahahahah

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      sophie 

      23 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 

      23 months ago

      cool

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      Larry 

      23 months ago

      I named my calf Ozzie

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      Elizabeth 

      23 months ago

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

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      Jess 

      23 months ago

      My calfs name is Tina

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      PJ 

      23 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 

      23 months ago

      Sirloin sounds like a great name

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      Austin G. 

      23 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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