340+ Name Ideas for Your Pet Turkey – Male, Female, Funny, Color

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So you finally did it, you took the plunge and you added a turkey or two to your flock. Let me tell you, you won’t regret it. Turkeys are awesome to have around. They are big birds with big personalities. So now you need to find a perfect name. I’m here to help!

Our Pet Turkey (note: her eye is fine, I took this picture as she was closing her third eyelid)

I’ll be honest, despite having lots of great ideas for names, my favorite blue slate hen wound up being called “Turkey”. In fact, if we called her with a long drawn out “Turkeeeee” she would come running. She knew it was her name.

I’m assuming you don’t want to call your turkey “turkey”, so let’s have a look at some great names for your pet turkey!

Names for Turkeys and Groups of Turkeys

Have you ever wondered what a group of turkeys is called? Or maybe you aren’t sure of the proper terminology for males vs. females. Turkeys definitely have some unique names.

Female turkeys are called hens and male turkeys are called toms. Baby turkeys can be called chicks or poults interchangeably. Adolescent turkeys are typically called Jake for males, and Jenny for females. If you see a group of turkeys in the wild, they are called a flock. A group of turkeys on a farm are called a rafter or a gang.

Male Turkey Names

OK, so you know you can call a male turkey “Tom”. I mean, if you have only one male turkey, that kind of makes sense. Just in case you don’t want to call your tom turkey “Tom”, here are some great name ideas for your male turkeys.

  • Belvedere
  • Ben
  • Bernard
  • Bill
  • Bob
  • Booger
  • Bosco
  • Frank
  • Hoover
  • Joey
  • Ken
  • Larry
  • Lenny
  • Matthew (Fatty Matty)
  • Olaf
  • Peter
  • Rosco
  • Steve
  • Stink
  • Tom

Female Turkey Names

A female turkey is called a hen. That being said, you can’t call her “hen”. Here are some great name ideas for your female turkeys.

  • Adelaide
  • Bertha
  • Charity
  • Ellen
  • Evangeline
  • Grace
  • Hope
  • Isabella
  • Jennie
  • Lil Bit
  • Peace
  • Petunia
  • Pumpkin
  • Sally
  • Sandy
  • Susie Q
  • Sweat Pea
  • Sweetie Pie
  • Tilly
  • Vanilla

Funny Turkey Names

Sometimes, when it comes to naming a turkey, you need to have a bit of humor. These are some funny turkey names. Most will work for a tom or a hen!

  • Big Bird
  • Butterball
  • Christmas
  • Cranberry
  • Delicious
  • Dinner
  • Drumstick
  • Giblets
  • Gobbles
  • Gravy
  • Hamburger
  • Ice (In Case of Emergency)
  • Leftovers
  • Lunch
  • Lurkey
  • MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)
  • Pilgrim
  • Porkchop
  • Salmonella
  • Sandwich
  • Saucy
  • Smokey
  • Stewie
  • Stuffing
  • Taters
  • Thanksgiving
  • Wishbone
  • Zebra (perfect for a Royal Palm turkey)

Presidential Turkey Names

Since the 1940’s, United States Presidents have been pardoning turkeys. While initially this only happened occasionally, President George H.W. Bush made it a tradition. Since then, each year the U.S. President has pardoned a turkey and given it a name.

These are the names of the turkeys who have received Presidential pardons:

  • Abe – 2015
  • Apple – 2010
  • Biscuits – 2004
  • Caramel – 2013
  • Carolina – 2009
  • Carrots – 2018
  • Charlie – 1987
  • Cheese – 2014
  • Cider – 2010
  • Cobbler – 2012
  • Courage – 2009
  • Drumstick – 2017
  • Feedom – 2001
  • Flower – 2007
  • Flyer – 2006
  • Fryer – 2006
  • Gobbler – 2012
  • Gravy – 2004
  • Harry the Turkey – 1999
  • Honest – 2015
  • Jerry the Turkey – 2000
  • Katie – 2002 (and the first female turkey to be pardoned)
  • Liberty – 2001
  • Liberty – 2011
  • Mac – 2014
  • Marshmallow – 2005
  • May – 2007
  • Peace – 2011
  • Peas – 2018
  • Pecan – 2008
  • Popcorn – 2013
  • Pumpkin – 2008
  • Stars – 2003
  • Stripes – 2003
  • Tater – 2016
  • Tot – 2016
  • Wishbone – 2017
  • Woody – 1988
  • Yam – 2005

Pet Turkey Names by Color

Turkeys come in a wide variety of colors. From pure white to solid black and many colors in between. Sometimes you can use the color of your pet turkey to help you find a perfect name.

Here are some awesome pet turkey names based on color.

White

White turkeys come in a variety of different breeds including White Holland, Midget White, Giant White, Beltsville Small White,

  • Arctic
  • Alaska
  • Angel
  • Beluga
  • Blizzard
  • Casper
  • Cauliflower
  • Cloud
  • Coconut
  • Cotton
  • Crystal
  • Dazzle
  • Diamond
  • Ghost
  • Glacier
  • Greyjoy
  • Ice
  • Ivory
  • Lilly
  • Magnolia
  • Marshmallow
  • Opal
  • Polar
  • Powder
  • Snow
  • Snowball
  • Sugar
  • Swan

Black

  • Ace
  • Ash
  • Bear
  • Black Bean
  • Black Tie
  • Blackjack
  • Carbon
  • Cinderella
  • Coal
  • Coco
  • Cola
  • Crow
  • Dahlia
  • Dot
  • Dracula
  • Drogon
  • Ebony
  • Godiva
  • Graphite
  • Magpie
  • Morticia
  • Ninja
  • Onyx
  • Raisin
  • Raven
  • Smoke
  • Vader
  • Velvet
  • VooDoo
  • Zorro

Black & White

Black and white turkeys are beautiful to look at. There is something about the bold contrast between the two colors that draw your eyes. Typically purebred black and white turkeys are either Narragansett turkeys or Royal Palms.

Narragansett turkeys have more of a balance between black and white, with usually more black than white. Royal palms tend to be overall more white than black and are my favorite of the two turkey breeds.

  • Barcode
  • Chaplin
  • Checkers
  • Cookie
  • Cruella
  • Dice
  • Domino
  • Gretta
  • Harlequin
  • Inky
  • Magic
  • Magician
  • Magpie
  • Maverick
  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Orca
  • Oreo
  • Penguin
  • Puffin
  • Shamu
  • Skunk
  • Stripey
  • Sylvester
  • Trooper
  • Tuxedo
  • Zebra

Bronze

Bronze turkeys are beautiful and often iridescent. This is the color commonly associated with wild turkeys. Commercial breeds with this color include the broad-breasted bronze turkey and the standard bronze turkey.

Here are some name ideas for bronze turkeys.

  • Amber
  • Aspen
  • Autumn
  • Bacon
  • Bagel
  • Bean
  • Bear
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Brownie
  • Bruno
  • Caramel
  • Chewy
  • Cinnamon
  • Coco
  • Copper
  • Dusty
  • Ember
  • Foxy
  • Ginger
  • Guinness
  • Hazel
  • Honey
  • Kahlua
  • Kona
  • Maple
  • Mocha
  • Moose
  • Nugget
  • Nutmeg
  • Oakley
  • Peaches
  • Peanut
  • Penny
  • Pepper
  • Pumpkin
  • Reese
  • Sandy
  • Sierra
  • Snickers
  • Summer
  • Taffy
  • Tawny
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie
  • Truffles
  • Waffles
  • Whiskey
  • Wookie

Blue (Blue Slate)

My Blue Slate Hen – Turkey

“Blue” turkeys range in hue but are typically a powder blue color. They can often resemble the color of a blue-gray sky. I particularly love Blue Slate turkeys, as I have mentioned before. In this category, I include names that are both great for blue and gray turkeys.

  • Aster
  • Azurite
  • Azul
  • Blue
  • Bluebonnet
  • Capri
  • Cobalt
  • Cookie Monster
  • Dolphin
  • Dumbo
  • Dusty
  • Eeyore
  • Graybeard
  • Indigo
  • Jay (Blue Jay)
  • Jean (like Blue Jeans)
  • Koala
  • Lapis
  • Pebbles
  • Periwinkle
  • Pewter
  • Royal
  • Sapphire
  • Smokey
  • Stormy
  • Smurf
  • Sky
  • Sonic

Chocolate

Labradors aren’t the only thing to come in a nice chocolate color! The chocolate turkey is a rare breed of turkey that has brown feathers, shanks, and feet. In fact, according to McMurray Hatchery, they are still critically endangered.

Most of the names for bronze turkeys, above, will fit nicely for a chocolate-colored turkey as well but I’ve decided to include some sweet, candy-themed names for you as well!

  • Abba-Zabba
  • Andes
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Butterfinger
  • Cadbury
  • Caramel
  • Charleston
  • Clark
  • Cocoa
  • Dove
  • Godiva
  • Goober
  • Grand (100 Grand)
  • Heath
  • Henry (O’Henry)
  • Hershey
  • Kit Kat
  • M&M
  • Mars
  • Musketeer
  • Nestle
  • Pocky
  • Reese’s
  • Rocky (Road)
  • Rolo
  • Ruth (Baby Ruth)
  • Snickers
  • Taffy
  • Toblerone
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie
  • Truffle
  • Twix
  • Werther
  • Wonka
  • Zero

Red

The Bourbon Red turkey is a popular breed. It is a beautiful rusty-colored bird with white accent feathers. This is a heritage breed and absolutely a beautiful addition to your flock.

Here are some names that are great for bourbon red turkeys.

  • Amber
  • Ariel
  • Auburn
  • Autumn
  • Blaze
  • Brandy
  • Burgundy
  • Cabernet
  • Cardinal
  • Carrot Top
  • Cherry
  • Chestnut
  • Cinnamon
  • Copper
  • Cranberry
  • Crimson
  • Currant
  • Curry
  • Garnet
  • Ginger
  • Hazel
  • Lady Bug
  • Lobster
  • Mars
  • Orangutan
  • Paprika
  • Pepper Ann
  • Phoenix
  • Red
  • Redford
  • Rojo
  • Ruby
  • Russet
  • Rusty
  • Sandy
  • Scarlet
  • Sienna

Related Questions

Why is a group of turkeys called a rafter?

Only groups of domestic turkeys are called a rafter. This is likely because domestic turkeys often roost in the rafters of barns and other areas.

How many turkeys are in a flock of turkeys?

A flock of turkeys is two or more turkeys.

How many turkeys are in a rafter?

A rafter of turkeys is two or more turkeys.

How many turkeys are in a gang?

A gang of turkeys is two or more turkeys.

April Lee

I have a love for all things farmhouse design. I am currently working on designing a custom built farmhouse from the ground up. While the actual build is a few years out, I am using this blog as a place to consolidate all of my research and design ideas. I hope that you find the information here helpful so that you too can have the farmhouse of your dreams! Remember, you don't need a farmhouse to implement farmhouse design in any space.