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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        #ANIMALSFORLIFE 

        3 weeks 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 

        3 weeks 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 

        4 weeks ago

        my fav name is dinner

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        TSKY95 

        6 weeks 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 

        6 weeks ago

        Sweet!

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        Bettsy 

        6 weeks ago

        It is very cute!!!

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        kbarr8251 

        2 months ago

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

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        yoyo 

        2 months ago

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

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        g o s h 

        2 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 

        2 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 

        2 months ago

        You should name it Nandini

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        Samantha 

        2 months ago

        You should name it Charlotte. Charlotte and Scarlett

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        Cowgirl 

        3 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 

        3 months ago

        Named ours Chuck, Stew & Tucker

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        yayayay 

        4 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 

        4 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 

        4 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 

        4 months ago

        I liked the name Homer and hydro

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        David Kelly 

        4 months ago

        I think Big Mac or moomoo

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        swish21 

        4 months ago

        I used honeybun and baby

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        Sadiethekat 

        5 months ago

        Cool names I used the name moo moo

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        Gabriela@Haywrsh 

        5 months ago

        The cow

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        link 

        5 months ago

        maybe tinkerbull :)

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        Hanna 

        5 months ago

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

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        Aaron Klett 

        6 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 

        6 months ago

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

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        calflover 

        7 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 

        7 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 

        7 months ago

        Hey Someone, how about naming her Cujo

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        Annonymous 

        7 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 

        7 months ago

        I named our newest addition Meatloaf

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        Someone 

        8 months ago

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

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        Me 

        8 months ago

        I like it

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        Raygen 

        8 months ago

        I LOVE THIS PAGE❤️❤️❤️

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        Beth D 

        9 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 

        9 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 

        9 months ago

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

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        Addisyn 

        9 months ago

        this was a helpful article now my bull has a name

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        GLORIA ADAMS 

        9 months ago

        WE NAMED OUR NEW LITTLE BOY TUMBLEWEED!!!

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

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        Maesea 

        9 months ago

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

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        rylea 

        9 months ago

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

        moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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        Jeannie M. 

        10 months ago

        She shall be called BUTTER :-)

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        Gracie 

        10 months ago

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

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        Bob 

        11 months ago

        I might get a cow so this was very helpful!

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        Alexa Rain 

        11 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 

        12 months ago

        My cow muffin loves her name think

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        Hobbyfarmgirl 

        12 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 

        12 months ago

        I’m doing a steer I named him Ritz

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        LoveDemChickens 

        12 months ago

        I have a Holstein, her name is Amber

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        Agirlnamedmichael 

        12 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 

        12 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 

        13 months ago

        i called my Black Baldy Food Clutz

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        Rae Rae 

        13 months ago

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

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        Victoria 

        13 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 

        13 months ago

        I love these cow names

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        hagatha 

        14 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 

        14 months ago

        I am proud to have a cow name!

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        Melina Heater 

        15 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 

        15 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 

        15 months ago

        I have a baby calf what should I name him

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        Natasha Britnell 

        15 months ago

        2 cows named Butter and Herman

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        Laylabelle 

        16 months ago

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

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        Van 

        16 months ago

        Just had four new calves,

        Oreo

        Frostick

        Blacky

        Cocoa

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        Mary 

        16 months ago

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

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        Bella 

        16 months ago

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

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        Claire 

        16 months ago

        Very cute!

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        Sunshine 

        16 months ago

        If the cow likes sunshine name it that

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        gracie 

        16 months ago

        i have named my cow hamburger

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        hi 

        16 months ago

        hahhahahahahahahahahahahah

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        sophie 

        17 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 

        17 months ago

        cool

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        Larry 

        17 months ago

        I named my calf Ozzie

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        Elizabeth 

        17 months ago

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

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        Jess 

        17 months ago

        My calfs name is Tina

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        PJ 

        17 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 

        17 months ago

        Sirloin sounds like a great name

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        Austin G. 

        17 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 

        17 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 

        17 months ago

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

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        Lucy 

        17 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 

        18 months ago

        I named my cow "sir loin" haha

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        Calf club girl 

        18 months ago

        I have a freison calf and I called it sxux.

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        Kenzi 

        18 months ago

        I like the name

        Sangria for

        A red calf

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        Emma 

        18 months ago

        THESE NAMES R EPIC

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        Sarah 

        19 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 

        19 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 

        19 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 

        19 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 

        20 months ago

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

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        Autumn Belvel 

        20 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 

        21 months ago

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

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        stears family farms 

        21 months ago

        a few more good ones is buddy or buster

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        horsey girl 

        21 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 

        22 months ago

        My cows name is diesel

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        hi 

        22 months ago

        bulldoser

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        Farmer Boy 

        22 months ago

        My cow's name is Besty

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        Dacie 

        23 months ago

        Big Mac

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        Sarah 

        2 years ago

        The name Maggie is awesome

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        Charchar 

        2 years ago

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

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        Jimmy cassssssody 

        2 years ago

        My favourite name is dinner

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