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Do you need a fitting name for your pet bull or plush toy?

You’ve come to the right place! This blog post is packed full of strong and unique bull names. Each one of these monikers has been handpicked for its originality and charm. If you want to find that perfect name for your new bovine friend, read on!

How to choose a name for a bull

Sadly, real-life bulls often end up as beef. Due to animal welfare issues, I can’t support bull rodeo either. The famous Pamplona bull run and bullfighting are cruel traditions too.

Chances are you’re not looking for a name for a real-life bull, though. It’s not exactly a popular pet. But maybe you’re after a name for a fictional bull or even a plush toy.

Choosing a name for your pet (fictional or real) is an exciting and fun process that requires careful consideration. A great name reflects your bull’s personality and makes him stand out in the herd.

First, consider the bull’s breed and characteristics. Think about his color, size, and temperament. Is he a gentle giant, or does he have a fiery personality? These traits can inspire names such as Rufus for a red bull or Thunderbolt for one with high energy.

Second, think about famous bulls from mythology or pop culture. Seek inspiration from fictional characters such as Ferdinand from the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand.

Best bull names

These are the top names for bulls of any age:

BrutusA Latin name that means ”heavy”. This macho name has the perfect meaning for a bull!
BuckThis Old English name means ”male deer” or ”cowboy”.
BulletThis punny bull name has a strong meaning.
RufusIt means ”red-haired” (Latin). This is a fitting name for a red bull!
TaurusA Latin name meaning ”bull”. A bull name doesn’t get any better than this!

Strong bull names with meanings

These badass names sound as strong as a bull! They’re inspired by Greek mythology, giants, and Norse gods.

A fluffy bull looking at the camera
Aaron”Strong” (Hebrew)
Alpha”Beginning” (Greek)
Apollo”Destroyer” (Greek). The Greek god of sun and light.
AresThe Greek god of war and courage.
Arthur”Strong as a bear” (Celtic)
Atlas”To carry” (Greek)
Barack”Thunderbolt” (Hebrew)
Baron”Son of strength” (Hebrew)
Blaze”Fire” (Latin origin)
Buffalo”Water ox” (Latin origin)
Caesar“Long-haired” (Latin). This name is famous after the Roman emperor Julius Caesar.
ChampionA fitting name for a bull born to be a winner!
Chasin”Strong” (Hebrew)
Dante”Enduring” (Italian and Latin origin)
Dexter”Fortunate” (Latin)
DominoIt means ”lord” or “master” (Latin).
Ethan”Strong, enduring” (Hebrew)
GoliathThe name of a giant in the Old Testament.
HadesThe god of the underworld in Greek mythology.
Harvey”Battle worthy” (French origin)
HerculesA hero in Greek myths. He’s famous for his strength.
JupiterGod of the sky in Roman mythology.
LokiA god in Norse mythology.
MarsThe Roman god of war.
Maximus”Greatest” (Latin)
MinosA king in Greek mythology. He was (kind of) the father of the mythical half-bull Minotaur.
OdinThe supreme god of Norse mythology.
OlympusA mountain in Greek myths. The home of the Greek gods.
Omega”The end” (Greek)
Orion”Boundary” (Greek)
Ox”Working cattle”
Rex”King” (Latin)
Samson”Like the sun” (Hebrew)
SaturnThe Roman god of agriculture.
ThorThe Norse god of agriculture, sky, and thunder.
TitanA race of giants in Greek mythology.
ZeusThe supreme god of Greek mythology.

Famous bull names

A black bull outdoors

We’re listing famous bulls from cartoons, sports teams, and more!

Benny the BullA red bull mascot for NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
Charging BullA bronze statue on Broadway, New York.
ChewcuddaA cartoon bull in Tiny Toon Adventures.
Rocky the BullThe mascot of the University of South Florida.

Cartoon bull names from Disney

Babe the Blue OxA character in the animated short film Paul Bunyan.
Barry and BobTexas Longhorns in the 2004 animated film Home on the Range.
Bertie CowClarabelle Cow’s cousin. Bertie is male, but for some reason, he’s called Bertie Cow instead of Bertie Bull.
El ToroA Spanish bull in the Timon & Pumbaa television series.
Ferdinand the BullA gentle bull who wants to smell flowers instead of bullfighting (can’t blame him!).
Pamplona BullsA group of bulls in the Mickey Mouse episode ”Al Rojo Vivo”.
Taurus BulbaThe antagonist of the animated series Darkwing Duck.
Toy BullAn evil toy bull in the 1945 Disney film The Three Caballeros.

Bull names in mythology

Many ancient cultures celebrated sacred bull deities. We’ve collected names of mythical bulls from around the world.

ApisA sacred bull in ancient Egyptian mythology.
Bull of HeavenA mythical beast in Mesopotamian myths.
CamahuetoA bull in Chilote mythology. The unicorn-like creature had a single horn on his forehead.
Donn CuailngeThe Brown Bull in Irish mythology.
FinnbhennachA fertile bull in Irish mythology. The name means ”white-horned” (Finn = ”white”).
KaoA divine bull in ancient Manipuri (northeast Indian) legends.
KhalkotauroiTwo fire-breathing bulls in Greek mythology.
KujataThe cosmic bull in medieval Islamic cosmography. The animal is said to have 40,000 horns, legs, eyes, ears, and tongues.
MinotaurA hybrid creature in Greek mythology. Minotaur had a man’s body and the head and tail of a bull.
NandiThe bull vahana (animal vehicle) of the Hindu god Shiva.
Ushi-Oni 牛鬼An ox demon in Japanese folklore. Ushi-Onis have a head of an ox and a spider-like body with six legs. They spit poison at their victims.

Funny bull names

These funny and punny ideas allow you to let loose when naming your pet bull:

  • Bossy
  • Bulldog
  • Bulldozer
  • Bulletin
  • Bullevard
  • Burrito
  • Cowboy
  • Horner
  • Mooffin
  • Moolah
  • Mr. Moo
  • Nemoo
  • Pit Bull
  • Red Bull
  • Sheriff
  • Tank

Cute bull names

A bull calf looking at the camera

People often give bulls strong names. But bulls aren’t always fierce. They can be cute and gentle as well, especially calves. So feel free to name your pet bull with a cute moniker instead of something that sounds like an action hero!

  • Almond
  • Angel
  • Biscuit
  • Buddy
  • Champ
  • Chestnut
  • Chili
  • Choco
  • Espresso
  • Grazer
  • Hershey
  • Mocha
  • Muffin
  • Nougat
  • Oreo
  • Pepper
  • Spot
  • Walnut

Names that mean bull or cow

These male names literally mean ”bull”. And despite being boys’ names, some of them mean ”cow”.

Aabheer”Cowherd” (Hindi)
Birley”Meadow with the cow barn” (British)
Boyne”White cow” (Irish)
Fintan”White bull” (Irish)
Ox”Working cattle”
Taurus”Bull” (Latin origin)
Toro”Bull” in Spanish.
Ushi”The ox” (Chinese)

Good bull names

  • Angus
  • Anthony
  • Asher
  • Ashton
  • Atticus
  • Austin
  • Bailey
  • Barry
  • Bartholomew
  • Baxter
  • Benjamin
  • Bernard
  • Bob
  • Bruce
  • Bruno
  • Burt
  • Casper
  • Felipe
  • Fernando
  • Florian
  • Fortuno
  • Fred
  • Gabriel
  • Hector
  • Irwin
  • Juno
  • Lucas
  • Marcus
  • Mateo
  • Nicholas
  • Omar
  • Otto
  • Rafael
  • Ramon
  • Richard
  • Rubeus
  • Samuel
  • Timothy
  • Thomas
  • Token
  • Tony
  • Valentin
  • Valio
  • Vincent

Bull FAQ

A bull outdoors

What do you call a bull?

A male calf is called a calf or a bull calf. Adult male cattle are called bulls. A castrated bull is a steer. A full-grown steer is an ox.

What do bulls symbolize?

Bulls symbolize endurance, strength, determination, and hard work. They’re also associated with fertility.

Do you need a name for your bull’s girlfriend? See our post on the best cow names.


  1. Did I miss it or did you totally miss Elmer and his son Beauregard? Elmer was Elsie’s (bull)husband and she was the most identifiable icon in the 1940’s…Elsie was the face of the Bordon Milk Company and Elmer, her husband was the icon of the chemical division of Bordon Milk and was the face of their famous glue still in use today.

    1. I’ve never heard of Elmer and Beauregard before. I knew about Elsie (mentioned her in the post about cow names), but I didn’t know she had a husband and son. Thank you so much for letting me know about them!

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