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75 Classic Cow Names

Updated on February 5, 2017

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 have 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 are the top meat-producing cows. They are used for commercial purposes and make up 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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      Elizabeth 2 days ago

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

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      Jess 5 days ago

      My calfs name is Tina

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      PJ 10 days 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 3 weeks ago

      Sirloin sounds like a great name

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      Austin G. 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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

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      Lucy 3 weeks ago

      I needed names for my cow and her calf. I named the mom Annie and the calf Muffin!

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      Stephanie 4 weeks ago

      I named my cow "sir loin" haha

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      Calf club girl 4 weeks ago

      I have a freison calf and I called it sxux.

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      Kenzi 6 weeks ago

      I like the name

      Sangria for

      A red calf

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      Emma 7 weeks ago

      THESE NAMES R EPIC

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      Sarah 7 weeks 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

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

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      Autumn Belvel 3 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 4 months ago

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

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      stears family farms 4 months ago

      a few more good ones is buddy or buster

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      horsey girl 4 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 4 months ago

      My cows name is diesel

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      hi 5 months ago

      bulldoser

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      Farmer Boy 5 months ago

      My cow's name is Besty

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      Dacie 6 months ago

      Big Mac

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      Sarah 7 months ago

      The name Maggie is awesome

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      Charchar 8 months ago

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

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      Jimmy cassssssody 9 months ago

      My favourite name is dinner

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      Sarah 11 months ago

      I love the name maggie

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      Natalie 11 months ago

      Daisy

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      Jordyn 12 months ago

      Wilson

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      Terri 12 months ago

      I need names starting with H for a calf

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      Tayla 12 months ago

      Cindy

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      Daniel 12 months ago

      Poo is a good name

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      Serena 13 months ago

      How about Max

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      Ivy 13 months ago

      Smores

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      Tim Edgar 13 months ago

      I named my cow Grassyella.

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      Percy 14 months ago

      Percy is a great cow name

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      Samanna 14 months ago

      Pizza

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      min thang 14 months ago

      hello i love mary

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      min thang 14 months ago

      hello

      i love mary

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      ME 18 months ago

      What about Sir Loin?

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      Meredith 19 months 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 21 months ago

      Try "Moolly" or Cownt dracula or cownt or cowntess

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      Lyxie buhler 23 months ago

      I think chubby is really cute

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      djbcds 23 months 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

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