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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      Kristina Mezenberg 

      3 days ago

      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!!

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      sarah 

      5 days ago

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

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      Carol 

      5 days ago

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

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      Kortnie 

      6 days ago

      I live on a farm and I realy like those names

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      Kortnie 

      6 days ago

      My heifer's a pain right now

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      nobody 

      6 days ago

      not very many for brahma calfs

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      Danyelle 

      8 days ago

      I love these names

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      Lola cow 

      9 days ago

      I named mine apple jack because it likes broccoli and carrots

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      Person 

      11 days ago

      I’m gonna name mine inedda Big Mac

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      A person 

      11 days ago

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

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      scottish highland cow 

      12 days ago

      i like the name fiona and shadow

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      Daisy 

      13 days ago

      I called my white cow popcorn

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      Grant McDonald 

      2 weeks ago

      cheeseburger cute

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      Martha 

      2 weeks ago

      Love them.

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      Alex 

      2 weeks ago

      I ended up naming mine cheeseburger

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      Haley 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Tash 

      4 weeks ago

      Great , I named a cow Knox .

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

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      Payhola 

      4 weeks ago

      Hola

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      Macy 

      6 weeks ago

      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.

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      Ky 

      6 weeks ago

      What should I name my boy calf

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      Sheree 

      2 months ago

      I ended up naming the milk calf Darla

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      mrstealyogurl 

      2 months ago

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

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      Ben 

      2 months ago

      i named my cow ben dover

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      Charlie 

      2 months ago

      What’s the best name for a girl cow?

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      3 months ago

      I love these names

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      NEW MANE 

      4 months ago

      Cute cow named Penelope :)

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      Husky 

      4 months ago

      I named mine Kristof

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      Kat 

      4 months ago

      Uh they are quite interesting alright...

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      maverick the frost god 

      4 months ago

      i named my cow moscow

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      Wain 

      4 months ago

      I named my cow daisy

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      Daffy 

      4 months ago

      I named my animal Diesel

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      Prathiba 

      4 months ago

      I named my pet as Margie

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      nellie 

      4 months ago

      I named mine nellie

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      Peyton 

      5 months ago

      I named maybe diliah

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      Xander 

      5 months ago

      Awesome thanks we are between Clarabelle and Victoria

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      Angus 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      6 months 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 

      7 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.

      love, your local animal luvr xoxoxox

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      Maddy Drought 

      7 months ago

      Amazing we got midnight and rose

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      Emily 

      7 months ago

      I love the name ace this website really helped

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      HucowLover123 

      7 months ago

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

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      kristina 

      7 months ago

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

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      kylie 

      7 months ago

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

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      cow lover 13 

      7 months ago

      I love shrimp but I changed it to little shrimp

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      Rhonda 

      7 months ago

      We named our bull Ferdinand

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      #farm life 

      8 months ago

      Hereis a funny name Mooana

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      hh 

      8 months ago

      a cookie monster,devour the cookie

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      Mysterious Horse 

      8 months ago

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

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      Jordan Smith 

      9 months ago

      I named my steer Little Rock

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      You 

      9 months ago

      Try BOGHOSS for a bull

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      pooooooooooooooooooop 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      10 months ago

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

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      sowmya 

      10 months ago

      cute names are nice

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      Elise 

      10 months ago

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

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      anonymous 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

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

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      Sky S 

      10 months ago

      I like Hemie

      And Kame

      And Carmal

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      LJ 

      10 months ago

      We have a Mary, Elmo and a Tina Turner.

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      Joe 

      10 months ago

      i like the name Phoebe

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      10 months ago

      T-Bone??

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      Frona 

      10 months ago

      My cow is named ruby

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      Emmie 

      11 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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      11 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 

      11 months ago

      They should really put ruby on here I love that name

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      Big mac 

      11 months ago

      I like the name bessy

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      LeeAnn Marie Cox 

      11 months ago

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

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      Emilee 

      11 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 months ago

      Steak?

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      Cooper 

      12 months ago

      My bulls name is roomservice

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      The farmer 

      13 months ago

      My cows name is ghost

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      Rebecca 

      13 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 

      13 months ago

      Johny test

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      Ana 

      13 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 

      14 months ago

      The funny names are not funny

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      farmer24 

      14 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 ͡°) 

      15 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 

      15 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 

      17 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 

      17 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 

      17 months ago

      my fav name is dinner

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      TSKY95 

      18 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 

      18 months ago

      Sweet!

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      Bettsy 

      18 months ago

      It is very cute!!!

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      kbarr8251 

      18 months ago

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

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      yoyo 

      18 months ago

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

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      g o s h 

      19 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 

      19 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 

      19 months ago

      You should name it Nandini

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      Samantha 

      19 months ago

      You should name it Charlotte. Charlotte and Scarlett

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      Cowgirl 

      19 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 

      20 months ago

      Named ours Chuck, Stew & Tucker

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      yayayay 

      20 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 

      20 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 

      20 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 

      21 months ago

      I liked the name Homer and hydro

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