75 Classic Cow Names

Updated on June 4, 2019
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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 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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      Kat 

      34 hours ago

      Uh they are quite interesting alright...

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      maverick the frost god 

      4 days ago

      i named my cow moscow

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      Wain 

      8 days ago

      I named my cow daisy

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      Daffy 

      9 days ago

      I named my animal Diesel

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      Prathiba 

      11 days ago

      I named my pet as Margie

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      nellie 

      2 weeks ago

      I named mine nellie

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      Peyton 

      2 weeks ago

      I named maybe diliah

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      Xander 

      4 weeks ago

      Awesome thanks we are between Clarabelle and Victoria

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      Angus 

      4 weeks ago

      I named my calf Angus and it is a really nice name because my calf is black and anguses are black and it is just a easy name so that is why I like it so thanks for letting me see these names. By!

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      Animal lover 8 

      6 weeks ago

      I named my feeder heifer Penelope. She was red and I could not find a good name so I clicked pet helpful.com and found the right name for my heifer!!

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      Abbi hutchison 

      6 weeks ago

      I named my cow gertie because of this website and i'm looking for a spice name for my cow cinnamon she is so special to me and i need a special name for her baby thank you sooooooo much pet helpful

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      Ewan Cushnie 

      7 weeks ago

      yes this website helped me with naming my pet sharpener jimmy dean its been hard to pick a name but this website helped

      love, The sharpener gang

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      Betty White 

      2 months ago

      This website truely helped in naming my budgie. Couldn't have done it without this. Me and big Mac are so happy with this. It has inspired me to get a cat called moo moo.

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      Maddy Drought 

      2 months ago

      Amazing we got midnight and rose

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      Emily 

      2 months ago

      I love the name ace this website really helped

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      HucowLover123 

      2 months ago

      Thank you for the help! I found a great name for my sexy hucow sub, Bella Rose. ;)

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      kristina 

      3 months ago

      whhat about pegasus (gus), tag, ruby, chase miss indipendent (indi), shaun, norman!!

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      kylie 

      3 months ago

      i like the name blaze that's my rosters name.

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      cow lover 13 

      3 months ago

      I love shrimp but I changed it to little shrimp

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      Rhonda 

      3 months ago

      We named our bull Ferdinand

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      #farm life 

      3 months ago

      Hereis a funny name Mooana

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      hh 

      3 months ago

      a cookie monster,devour the cookie

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      Mysterious Horse 

      3 months ago

      I need a name for my toy cow. Anybody got any? Anyone?

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      Jordan Smith 

      4 months ago

      I named my steer Little Rock

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      You 

      4 months ago

      Try BOGHOSS for a bull

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      pooooooooooooooooooop 

      4 months ago

      HELLO I LOVE THE FUNNY NAMES BECAUSE THEY ARE SO CUTE and they are so nice I love the *Micky.D* it is no cute

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      Marilyn Ernest 

      5 months ago

      i think that you should add more names and make them more traditional and cute. maybe funny too. over all this was a very helpful site and those are the only thing that i would fix/add. great job with your site

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      aleer1 

      5 months ago

      We have calves that are named Midnight, Maggie and we had a Angus but he died

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      sowmya 

      5 months ago

      cute names are nice

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      Elise 

      6 months ago

      my cows are names Bella,Peggy,Smack,Angel,Creed,Ace,Sadie,snap,kacee,And Boomer

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      anonymous 

      6 months ago

      my aunt wants to find a good name for a boy cow and the letter has to start with P so i cant think of 1 can u help me

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      Daisy 

      6 months ago

      My cows names are hellfire,Tabasco,Jane,coolhandluke and butter

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      Sky S 

      6 months ago

      I like Hemie

      And Kame

      And Carmal

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      LJ 

      6 months ago

      We have a Mary, Elmo and a Tina Turner.

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      Joe 

      6 months ago

      i like the name Phoebe

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      6 months ago

      T-Bone??

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      Frona 

      6 months ago

      My cow is named ruby

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      Emmie 

      6 months 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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      6 months 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 

      6 months ago

      They should really put ruby on here I love that name

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      Big mac 

      6 months ago

      I like the name bessy

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      LeeAnn Marie Cox 

      6 months ago

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

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      Emilee 

      7 months ago

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

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      Annabelle 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 months ago

      Steak?

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      Cooper 

      8 months ago

      My bulls name is roomservice

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      The farmer 

      9 months ago

      My cows name is ghost

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      Rebecca 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

      Johny test

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      Ana 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

      The funny names are not funny

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      farmer24 

      9 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 ͡°) 

      10 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 

      11 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      13 months ago

      my fav name is dinner

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      TSKY95 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

      Sweet!

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      Bettsy 

      13 months ago

      It is very cute!!!

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      kbarr8251 

      14 months ago

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

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      yoyo 

      14 months ago

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

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      g o s h 

      14 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 

      14 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 

      14 months ago

      You should name it Nandini

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      Samantha 

      15 months ago

      You should name it Charlotte. Charlotte and Scarlett

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      Cowgirl 

      15 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 

      16 months ago

      Named ours Chuck, Stew & Tucker

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      yayayay 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 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 

      16 months ago

      I liked the name Homer and hydro

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      David Kelly 

      16 months ago

      I think Big Mac or moomoo

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      swish21 

      17 months ago

      I used honeybun and baby

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      Sadiethekat 

      17 months ago

      Cool names I used the name moo moo

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      Gabriela@Haywrsh 

      17 months ago

      The cow

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      link 

      17 months ago

      maybe tinkerbull :)

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      Hanna 

      17 months ago

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

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      Aaron Klett 

      18 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 

      18 months ago

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

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      calflover 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      19 months ago

      Hey Someone, how about naming her Cujo

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      Annonymous 

      19 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 

      19 months ago

      I named our newest addition Meatloaf

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      Someone 

      20 months ago

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

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      Me 

      20 months ago

      I like it

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      Raygen 

      20 months ago

      I LOVE THIS PAGE❤️❤️❤️

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      Beth D 

      21 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 

      21 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 

      21 months ago

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

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      Addisyn 

      21 months ago

      this was a helpful article now my bull has a name

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      GLORIA ADAMS 

      21 months ago

      WE NAMED OUR NEW LITTLE BOY TUMBLEWEED!!!

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

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      Maesea 

      21 months ago

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

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      rylea 

      21 months ago

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

      moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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      Jeannie M. 

      22 months ago

      She shall be called BUTTER :-)

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      Gracie 

      22 months ago

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

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      Bob 

      23 months ago

      I might get a cow so this was very helpful!

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      Alexa Rain 

      23 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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