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75 Classic Cow Names (From Annabelle to Sampson)

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My name is Tatiana, but my friends and family call me Tutta. I love writing articles that bring a little creativity to everyday life.


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 need tough, manly names.

Bulls and steers need tough, manly names.

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There are lots of sweet names for heifers and cows.

There are lots of sweet names for heifers and cows.

Girly Cow Names

















Traditional Cow Names



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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.”

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What Do You Think of These Cow Names?

Maggie on September 05, 2020:

I. Want that name bacause it is cute and very cool for a baby cow

tom on September 03, 2020:

cool names

My name on August 26, 2020:

Well I have a g called Roblox and there is a cow and you can make pets neon and my cow is neon and it’s pink so I was thinking grape or grape juice

Sparky on August 10, 2020:

That’s my calf

Cookie on August 09, 2020:

Nice name of cow

Sarah on August 05, 2020:


Jayshan on July 26, 2020:

My cow

Chicken on July 22, 2020:

Hi Cow

mason on July 12, 2020:

my cow is in Minecraft it's name is tank

Lil red on July 11, 2020:

Lil red

Ben Benders on July 11, 2020:

You should add lil red to that list

Eshal on June 30, 2020:

Wooooooow these names are soooo cool

Eshal at state on June 29, 2020:

Wooooow these names are soooo cool

Bean on June 27, 2020:

I have a cow named bean

Elle on June 19, 2020:

Thank you for helping me pick my stray cows name

Cow on June 05, 2020:

I like a few names for my bottle calf






And my favroite Princess.

benjamin on June 02, 2020:

i named my cow Garfeel Laz'nya after my great grandmama

Zoey on June 02, 2020:

This is great advice and good names. I am hoping to get a cow soon.

Rose on May 29, 2020:

i have a heifer named Rose

Cookie on May 28, 2020:


Waffles on May 21, 2020:

I have a jersey I bought that I was wanting to name him something then I searched steer names then I found this website the and I named my calf waffles

Horns on May 18, 2020:

My little Hereford calf is cute but will grow up to be a big ol’ bull. I also thought Horns was cute.

Maci on May 18, 2020:

I am lookin to getting 2 cows and I now have some great ideas. And one of them is gonna be called Baby

Ichcha Gautama on May 18, 2020:

I love the name kesar and gauri and nandu

aubree on May 17, 2020:

i like the name humphrey

Jack on May 15, 2020:


Ana-Sofia on May 12, 2020:

i love the name princess and midnight

..... on May 06, 2020:

I think Adeline would be a good cow name too

yahir martinez on May 05, 2020:

i'm going to get a calf so i'm going to call him cookie.

amber on April 20, 2020:

i love loveball

elizabeth on April 18, 2020:

I love my cows name it is pepper

Gingerbird Farms on April 18, 2020:

We have a red angus cow named Strawberry, and we named her last heifer Shortcake (Shorty). We also currently have three steers. We have:

-Jasper, a red angus cross

-LeBrawn, a black angus (pun on LeBron)

-and CapriSon, son of Juicebox (Juicebox is an AI bull, hence the name). We spelled it "son" instead of "sun" as a pun.

cos on April 12, 2020:

I have 2 cows name mindi and bell

Ella Edenfield on April 10, 2020:

I’m 10 and I need a golden cows name

i show cows on April 09, 2020:

i have had cows names milky way,snickers,thor,skittles,and m&m's and i was thinking for my next year cows to be hamburger and steak

I love cows on April 06, 2020:

I think they should have moo moo cow or milky on there

Kristina Mezenberg on March 27, 2020:

I have named soooo many adorabubble calves! and some of them are:

Shaun-he was very cheeky, he always got out of the pens and either came to the house or dairy!

Ruby- an amazing friendly calf looked just like Shaun!!

tag- used to always follow me around the pens and 'tag' along!

Pegasus(Gus)- a premmie (runt) (born too early) who dad was going to sell but I 'saved' him I begged and begged mum to beg dad to let me keep him and now he's as big and healthy as the other calves!! (dad thought that because he was a premmie that he wouldn't last that long but he was born august 2019 and now its march 2020!!)

And there are other calves like umm let me think hmm

cinnamon, Milly chilly(Milly), Tessa( my bestie(that's not a calf!), she had a T on her head)umm and rose, big boy, knuckles, hmm and duke, panda! I've named soooo many I can't even remember any more!!

sarah on March 25, 2020:

love the names...... i named by cows Clarabelle and Dahlia, they are mini cows

Carol on March 25, 2020:

I love these cow names. I Names my cow Candie Because she is so sweet and lovable

Kortnie on March 24, 2020:

I live on a farm and I realy like those names

Kortnie on March 24, 2020:

My heifer's a pain right now

nobody on March 24, 2020:

not very many for brahma calfs

Danyelle on March 22, 2020:

I love these names

Lola cow on March 21, 2020:

I named mine apple jack because it likes broccoli and carrots

Person on March 19, 2020:

I’m gonna name mine inedda Big Mac

A person on March 19, 2020:

I love angus so I think I’ll name it that

scottish highland cow on March 18, 2020:

i like the name fiona and shadow

Daisy on March 17, 2020:

I called my white cow popcorn

Grant McDonald on March 17, 2020:

cheeseburger cute

Martha on March 16, 2020:

Love them.

Alex on March 15, 2020:

I ended up naming mine cheeseburger

Haley on March 06, 2020:

My 4H steer is black with a white face. I decided to name him Ferdinand.

Tash on March 01, 2020:

Great , I named a cow Knox .

At first I didn’t like it but the name Knox really suites this cow.

Payhola on February 26, 2020:


Macy on February 16, 2020:

I have 2 4-h steers named Smokey and Bandit. I think those names are perfect for a pair of steers. Any suggestions for a feeder steer i got last night. he is brown with some white on his face and hooves.

Ky on February 15, 2020:

What should I name my boy calf

Sheree on January 30, 2020:

I ended up naming the milk calf Darla

mrstealyogurl on January 24, 2020:

i named my cow..... wait what was ur

Ben on January 17, 2020:

i named my cow ben dover

Charlie on January 12, 2020:

What’s the best name for a girl cow?

on December 04, 2019:

I love these names

NEW MANE on November 27, 2019:

Cute cow named Penelope :)

Husky on November 22, 2019:

I named mine Kristof

Kat on November 17, 2019:

Uh they are quite interesting alright...

maverick the frost god on November 15, 2019:

i named my cow moscow

Wain on November 10, 2019:

I named my cow daisy

Daffy on November 09, 2019:

I named my animal Diesel

Prathiba on November 07, 2019:

I named my pet as Margie

nellie on November 03, 2019:

I named mine nellie

Peyton on November 01, 2019:

I named maybe diliah

Xander on October 21, 2019:

Awesome thanks we are between Clarabelle and Victoria

Angus on October 17, 2019:

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!

Animal lover 8 on October 06, 2019:

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

Abbi hutchison on October 04, 2019:

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

Ewan Cushnie on September 25, 2019:

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

Betty White on August 26, 2019:

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.

love, your local animal luvr xoxoxox

Maddy Drought on August 25, 2019:

Amazing we got midnight and rose

Emily on August 24, 2019:

I love the name ace this website really helped

HucowLover123 on August 21, 2019:

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

kristina on August 19, 2019:

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

kylie on August 18, 2019:

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

cow lover 13 on August 09, 2019:

I love shrimp but I changed it to little shrimp

Rhonda on August 08, 2019:

We named our bull Ferdinand

#farm life on August 01, 2019:

Hereis a funny name Mooana

hh on July 30, 2019:

a cookie monster,devour the cookie

Mysterious Horse on July 29, 2019:

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

Jordan Smith on July 03, 2019:

I named my steer Little Rock

You on June 29, 2019:

Try BOGHOSS for a bull

pooooooooooooooooooop on June 26, 2019:

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

Marilyn Ernest on June 11, 2019:

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

aleer1 on May 28, 2019:

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

sowmya on May 24, 2019:

cute names are nice

Elise on May 21, 2019:

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

anonymous on May 20, 2019:

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

Daisy on May 19, 2019:

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

Sky S on May 18, 2019:

I like Hemie

And Kame

And Carmal

LJ on May 14, 2019:

We have a Mary, Elmo and a Tina Turner.

Joe on May 13, 2019:

i like the name Phoebe

R on May 12, 2019:


Frona on May 10, 2019:

My cow is named ruby

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