Whether your own cow has given birth, or you are buying one or more cows to add to the farm, choosing a name can be tough. Your cow will have this name forever so it should be good right! There are various ways you can come up with the perfect name for your cow. In this post, I’ve compiled over 200 awesome cow names and sorted them into categories for you. Be sure to use the table of contents if you want to jump to a specific section.
Top 10 Cow Names
Who knows why some cow names become popular. Typically it is because they remember a cow from their TV or in literature. Sometimes cow names are just more popular than others. Here are ten of the most popular cow names and where they originated.
- Annabelle – this name comes from the movie “Annabelle’s Wish” about a cow who wanted to be a reindeer.
- Belle – Likely from the Bluebell ice cream cows commercial (see below)
- Bessie – Likely altered from the Latin “Bos” which means cow
- Betsy – Likely a version of “Bessie”. There is even a song about it on YouTube.
- Bossy – From the Latin “Bos” which means cow
- Clarabelle – Clarabelle is a Disney cow introduced by Walt Disney in 1928
- Clara – A shortened version of Clarabelle
- Daisy – This one has been popular since I was a kid (too long ago) but there are also children’s books featuring “Daisy the Cow”
- Dixie – Likely popular because of it’s southern feel.
- Gertie – An old fashioned name that has become popular for cows.
Cow Names from Books and Movies
Ferdinand the Bull
In this category, we’re going to start off with five cow names from the movies “Ferdinand and the Bull” and “Ferdinand”. You see, this movie featured a cow as the lead, so it gets it’s own sub-category!
- Angus – A bull who is part of Ferdinand’s escape plan.
- Ferdinand – the main character
- Bones – one of the bulls that picked on Ferdinand
- Guapo – a bull from Casa Del Toro
- Maquina – A cloned cow.
- Valiente – Another bull from Casa Del Toro that picks on Ferdinand.
If you have seen the movie, you’ll appreciate this awesome compilation of Ferdinand characters illustrated next to their real-life counterparts.
Cow Names in Other Languages
Sometimes, instead of going with an ordinary name in English, you may want to mix things up by naming your cow something more exotic. Maybe you want to pay homage to the country from which your cows breed originates or, maybe, you want to give your precious pet a name from a country where all cows are treated like royalty. Here are some cow names in other languages to help get you started.
French Cow Names
Almost any word sounds better in french. I mean, after all, it is the language of love. Aside from being a beautiful place, did you know that many breeds of cow actually originated in France? What better way to show how much we love our cow than by giving it a French name, especially if you have a French breed!
French Names for Female Cows
- Alice – means truth
- Antoinette – means praiseworthy
- Audry – means noble strength
- Belle – means beautiful
- Blanche – means white
- Bridgitte – means magnificent
- Coraline – means coral
- Charlotte – the diminutive of Charles meaning “petite”
- Chloé – meaning blooming or fertility (origins of the name are Greek)
- Elloise – means famous in war
- Gabrielle – one of the angels
- Jolene – means pretty
- Juliette – meaning young and beautiful
- Madeline – means magnificent
- Noelle – means born on Christmas
French Names for Male Cows
- Antoine – means praiseworthy or priceless
- Armand – means an army soldier
- Arthur – Means courageous or strong
- Bryce – means speckled
- Claude – means crippled or limping
- François – means a man from France
- Frederic – means peaceful ruler
- Gaston – means from Gascony (a place in France)
- Jacques – means the one that comes after, the replacement
- Louis – meaning brave warrior
- Marcel – means little warrior
- Maurice – means dark skin
- Orville – means from the gold town
- Pascal – means born at Easter
- Philippe – means friend of horses
- Sacha – means defender of humans
- Théo – means gift from God
- Thomas – means Twin
- Victor – means the winner
Sanskrit (Indian) Cow Names
According to Wikipedia, Sanskrit is the language of ancient India and the main language for the Hindu religion. It also plays a large role in the ancient texts for both Jainism and Buddhism.
The Hindu religion is known around the globe for their reference for cows. They consider the cow to be a sacred symbol of life. As vegetarians, they don’t eat any meat. For those of us who have a pet cow, one that is never destined to be dinner, a Hindi name for that cow can help to signify the animal’s place of honor on the farm.
The written language is comprised of scripts and, so, the names here are transliterated to appear in traditional Latin alphabet characters. Once you have found the perfect name for your cow, however, you can attempt to look up how the name would appear in the traditional script.
- Amrita – means undead (that’s a good thing for a cow!)
- Dhenu – means cow
- Gorasa – means cow-milk
- Gavya – means cow-milk or “got from a cow”
- NavanIta – means butter
Looking for something more traditional? Here are a few popular sanskrit names perfect for a female cow:
- Amata – means deathlessness
- Basanti – means spring
- Makara – means born in the sign of Capricorn
- Maya – means dream
- Sarayi – means princess
- Sevita – means cherished
- Shaila – means river
- Shylah – means daughter of the mountain
- Vanita – means woman
- Vasanta – means spring
Looking for a Sanskrit name for your steer or bull instead? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Chetan – means life
- Kumar – means male child
- Mahatma – means great soul
- Pritam – means lover
- Ramos – means supreme
- Roane – means red-haired
- Shaan – means peaceful or pride
- Taj – means crown
- Udayan – means rising
- Vanhi – means fire
Cow Names by Color
In this section, we’ve broken names down a little more simply. These names are all organized by color. As far as colors go, cows are pretty easy. Some of these names work perfectly for a steer, bull or cow, others are pretty distinctly male or female.
Black Cow Names
- Noche (means night)
White Cow Names
- Nimbus (like the cloud)
Black and White Cow Names
- Ace of Spades
- Chaplain (for the famous black & white film star)
- Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Milk
- DeVille (like Cruella)
- Hot Chocolate
- Libro (Book)
- Perdita (from 101 Dalmations)
- Pongo (from 101 Dalmations)
- Salt N Pepper
Red Cow Names
- Lady Bug
- Rowan – means “little red one
Brown Cow Names
How now brown cow? While I know there are lots of cattle breeds that are brown in color, ranging from a light creamy brown to rich, dark chocolate, my favorite is the Jersey cow. While I have done a ton of work with black Angus cattle during college, my dream is to own a Jersey.
No matter what breed your brown cow is, you should be able to find the perfect name in this list to match your cow’s color.
- Buck (like buckskin)
- Cracker Jack
- Feline (Bambi’s girlfriend)
- Skippy (Peanut Butter)
- Teddy Bear
Brindle Cow Names
Brindle can be a little bit of a harder color to name a cow after but, here are a few ideas:
How To Choose A Perfect Name for Your Cow
Choosing a name for your cow doesn’t have to be a difficult process, but it should be one you put some thought into. After all, the word or words you choose will represent your cow for the rest of its life.
The perfect name for your cow should be something that you enjoy saying, a word that has meaning in some way or another. Now, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a “serious” name. Who am I to say anything if the name “Moodonna” calls to you for your cow!
If you are having trouble picking just one name, there are several things you can do including:
- Ask friends what they think.
- Have family members write down their favorite names and draw one from a jar.
- Buy another cow to use the other name you like! (I’m just saying, there are options if you can’t decide!)
I hope this awesome list of cow names helps get your creativity flowing so that you can find the perfect name for your cow, bull or steer!