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


Heifers and Cows

Girly Cow Names


Traditional Cow Names

Betty Sue

Cute Cow Names


Funny Cow Names

Big Mac
Mud Pie
Ineda Bunn
Brown Cow
Mickey D.

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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      Jeannie M. 6 days ago

      She shall be called BUTTER :-)

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      Gracie 8 days ago

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

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      Bob 7 weeks ago

      I might get a cow so this was very helpful!

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      Alexa Rain 7 weeks 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 2 months ago

      My cow muffin loves her name think

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      Hobbyfarmgirl 2 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 2 months ago

      I’m doing a steer I named him Ritz

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      LoveDemChickens 2 months ago

      I have a Holstein, her name is Amber

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      Agirlnamedmichael 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

      i called my Black Baldy Food Clutz

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      Rae Rae 3 months ago

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

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      Victoria 3 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 3 months ago

      I love these cow names

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      hagatha 4 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 4 months ago

      I am proud to have a cow name!

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      Melina Heater 4 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 5 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 5 months ago

      I have a baby calf what should I name him

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      Natasha Britnell 5 months ago

      2 cows named Butter and Herman

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      Laylabelle 5 months ago

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

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      Van 6 months ago

      Just had four new calves,





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      Mary 6 months ago

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

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      Bella 6 months ago

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

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      Claire 6 months ago

      Very cute!

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      Sunshine 6 months ago

      If the cow likes sunshine name it that

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      gracie 6 months ago

      i have named my cow hamburger

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      hi 6 months ago


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      sophie 6 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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      Larry 7 months ago

      I named my calf Ozzie

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      Elizabeth 7 months ago

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

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      Jess 7 months ago

      My calfs name is Tina

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      PJ 7 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 7 months ago

      Sirloin sounds like a great name

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      Austin G. 7 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 7 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 7 months ago

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

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      Lucy 7 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 8 months ago

      I named my cow "sir loin" haha

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      Calf club girl 8 months ago

      I have a freison calf and I called it sxux.

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      Kenzi 8 months ago

      I like the name

      Sangria for

      A red calf

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      Emma 8 months ago


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      Sarah 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

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

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      Autumn Belvel 10 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 11 months ago

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

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      stears family farms 11 months ago

      a few more good ones is buddy or buster

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      horsey girl 11 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 11 months ago

      My cows name is diesel

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      hi 12 months ago


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      Farmer Boy 12 months ago

      My cow's name is Besty

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      Dacie 13 months ago

      Big Mac

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      Sarah 14 months ago

      The name Maggie is awesome

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      Charchar 15 months ago

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

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      Jimmy cassssssody 16 months ago

      My favourite name is dinner

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      Sarah 18 months ago

      I love the name maggie

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      Natalie 18 months ago


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      Jordyn 19 months ago


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      Terri 19 months ago

      I need names starting with H for a calf

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      Tayla 19 months ago


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      Daniel 19 months ago

      Poo is a good name

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      Serena 20 months ago

      How about Max

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      Tim Edgar 20 months ago

      I named my cow Grassyella.

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      Percy 21 months ago

      Percy is a great cow name

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      ME 2 years ago

      What about Sir Loin?

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      Meredith 2 years ago

      I found a great name on this website it was awesome for my show steer. He will love the name. He is big built strong and he acts like he is a baby. But i kniw he has some manly instunct in him. Tank will be a great name for my show steer~it will be a great year hopefully I will do good at YPS. I hope second time is a charm too. :D

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      hhhrdgfhf 2 years ago

      Try "Moolly" or Cownt dracula or cownt or cowntess

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      Lyxie buhler 2 years ago

      I think chubby is really cute

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      djbcds 2 years ago

      Avanti I think is a good cow name :)

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      Linzi 2 years ago

      This is a great list of names! I do show team at my school, so maybe we will use some of these names...

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      I enjoyed reading this, I love cows and have some of my own at the moment. You have provided some great names here, which I might use! I particularly like, Meg and Molly, they sound like traditional cow names. Thanks for this. Voted up ++ and useful