Best cow names - A black and white cow looking at the camera

Are you looking for a great name for your heifer?

Look no further! We have compiled a list of 260+ of the best cow names.

Whether you’re searching for something sweet, funny, or silly, these names will hopefully inspire you. Look and see if any of these catchy cow names catch your eye!

Female cattle are called cows, so this article focuses on female names only. If you’re looking for male cattle names, see our post on the best bull names!

How to choose a name for a cow

Are you in the market for a new cow and struggling to find the perfect name?

I’m here to guide you through choosing a name for your new bovine friend!

First, consider your cow’s appearance or personality traits. Maybe they are spotted like a Dalmatian and could be named after the famous dog breed. Or perhaps they are particularly stubborn and would suit a name like Xena or Athena.

Another option is to choose a name that reflects their breed origin – such as Helena for Holstein cows.

Second, you could use alliteration or rhyming words in the name. It can make it more fun and memorable! An example of a rhyming cow name is Willow.

Popular cow names

Do you want to name your heifer with a traditional moniker? 

We’ve listed some classic cow names that have held their popularity for decades. As you can expect, many of them are based on nature and flowers. The best cow names remind you of a beautiful summer day in a fragrant meadow!

  • Annabelle
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Bess
  • Bessie
  • Bettie
  • Blossom
  • Bluebell
  • Buttercup
  • Clarabelle
  • Clover
  • Daisy
  • Dolly
  • Elsie
  • Flower
  • Helena
  • Isabelle
  • Lily
  • Petunia
  • Poppy
  • Primrose
  • Rosie
  • Violet
  • Willow

Famous cow names

A black and white cow looking at the camera

We’ve listed famous cows from movies, books, and real life:

AnnabelleA calf in the 1997 animated Christmas film Annabelle’s Wish.
Click, Clack, and MooCows in Doreen Cronin’s children’s book Click, Clack, and Moo: Cows That Type.
CowA cartoon cow in the animated series Cow and Chicken.
Dooby Dooby MooDoreen Cronin’s children’s book. The sequel of Click, Clack, and Moo: Cows That Type.
Elsie the CowA cartoon cow and the mascot of Borden Dairy Company first appeared in 1936.
Molly Moo-CowAppeared in the Rainbow Parade animated shorts in the 1930s.
Salem SueA gigantic Holstein cow sculpture in New Salem, North Dakota.

Disney cow names

Disney is known for its various animal characters. Numerous Disney cows have appeared in movies, cartoons, and theme parks. 

Some of the bovines in this list are super famous, such as Clarabelle Cow. Others you may have never heard of, like Moola the Cash Cow. She’s not exactly famous. But I couldn’t leave out a cow with such a whimsical name!

Abigail the CowWidow Tweed’s cow in The Fox and the Hound.
Caroline CowAppeared in the original Mickey Mouse cartoons. A generic black and white cow.
Clarabelle CowThe most famous Disney cow. Goofy’s love interest.
Ella CowbelleA cow in the Disney Junior series Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.
GraceThe tritagonist of the 2004 Disney film Home on the Range.
MaggieThe protagonist of the animated film Home on the Range.
Maw CowClarabelle Cow’s mother.
Milky WhiteA white cow in the live-action Disney musical Into the Woods. She’s too old to produce milk.
Minnie MooA black and white Holstein cow. She was a mascot at Grandma Duck’s Petting Farm. Minnie Moo was famous for a pattern on her flank that resembled Mickey Mouse’s head.
Miss BovinaClarabell Cow’s aunt.
Moola the Cash CowA mascot in the Dinosaurs episode ”Variations on a Theme Park”.
Moo-MooA stuffed toy in the Disney Junior series Doc McStuffins.
Mrs. CallowayThe deuteragonist of the Disney film Home on the Range.
Queenie, Duchess, Countess, and PrincessThe cows in the animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Cool cow names

Cows may be gentle and docile, but that doesn’t mean you should mess around with them! These monikers will bring out your bovine pet’s badass attitude:

  • Amazone
  • Artemis
  • Athena
  • Atlas
  • Bossy
  • Calypso
  • Cassandra
  • Duchess
  • Harlow
  • Hera
  • Mathilda
  • Maude
  • Maxime
  • Olympia
  • Pallas
  • Penelope
  • Phoebe
  • Princess
  • Queenie
  • Roxanna
  • Taura
  • Thunder
  • Titania
  • Xena
  • Zephyra

Clever cow names

”Moo let the cows out?”

Are you looking for some funny cow names to cheer up your farm?

Try one of these silly and punny monikers!

  • Cowlick
  • Cowliflower
  • Cowlivia
  • Cowslip
  • Kim Calfashdian
  • Moode
  • Moodonna
  • Mooffin
  • Moolin Rouge
  • Moolissa
  • MooMoo
  • Moona Lisa
  • Moonica
  • Ms. Moo
  • Nemoo

Cow names by color

Cow names by color - Different colored cows in a field

Are you a visual person?

Then, you might want to name your pet based on its fur color. In this section, you’ll find name ideas for almost all color variants of cows.

Black cow names

Ciara”Dark-haired” (Irish)
Darcy”The dark one” (French)
Jett”Jet black”
Layla”Dark” (Arabic)
Lilith”Night monster” (Assyrian)
Melanie”Black” (Greek origin)
Mystique”Air of mystery” (French)

Black and white cow names

  • Chess
  • Clarabelle
  • Domino
  • Dotty
  • Minnie
  • Orca
  • Oreo
  • Panda
  • Patches
  • Piano
  • Spot
  • Zebra

Brown cow names

  • Almond
  • Biscuit
  • Bronze
  • Brownie
  • Bruna
  • Cappuccino
  • Caramel
  • Chestnut
  • Choco
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa
  • Cola
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake
  • Fudge
  • Hazel
  • Muffin
  • Toffee
  • Walnut

White cow names

Pure white cows are rare and beautiful. These monikers help you emphasize your white cow’s unique beauty:

Three white cows looking at the camera
Blanca”White” in Spanish.
Blanche”White” (French)
Eira”Snow” (Welsh)
Fiona”White” (Scottish)
Galatea”White as milk” (Greek)
Gwen”White” (Welsh)
Luna”Moon” (Latin)
Selena”Moon” (Greek)
White Chocolate

Red cow names

  • Amber
  • Aurora
  • Cherry
  • Chili
  • Copper
  • Crimson
  • Dawn
  • Foxy
  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Poppy
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberry
  • Rosa
  • Rosetta
  • Ruby
  • Scarlett
  • Strawberry
  • Twilight

Longhorn cow names

Longhorn cow names - Two longhorn cows outdoors

The Texas Longhorn is an American cattle breed known for, you guessed it, its long horns! Since it’s an American breed, names with U.S. vibes fit a Longhorn cow. And don’t forget about Texas classics like Austin (it’s a unisex name, so you can give it to a cow) and Bonnie!

The Texas Longhorn originates from the cattle that Spanish conquistadores brought to the Americas. That’s why Hispanic names are also fitting for this cow breed.

  • Austin
  • Bluebell
  • Bonnie
  • Camila
  • Carmen
  • Dakota
  • Dallas
  • Ellen
  • Fortuna
  • Houston
  • Indiana
  • Missy
  • Peggy
  • Star
  • Sue
  • Tessa
  • Vega

Names that mean cow

These monikers literally mean ”cow”:

Aathana”Innocent and calm like a cow” (Tamil)
Abheera”A cowherd” (Hindi)
Taura”Like a bull” (Latin)

Good cow names

Good cow names - Brown and white cows outdoors

This list includes a variety of cow names, from classic to unique. You might find a hidden gem here!

For example, Mansikki is a traditional Finnish cow name. It may sound old-fashioned in Finland, but it will give a non-Finnish cow a unique character!

  • Abbie
  • Allie
  • Apple
  • April
  • Babette
  • Barbara
  • Bertha
  • Betsy
  • Charlotte
  • Charme
  • Daffodil
  • Darla
  • Darlene
  • Dew
  • Dora
  • Eleanor
  • Ella
  • Ellen
  • Ellie
  • Emma
  • Fanny
  • Flora
  • Grace
  • Gracie
  • Heather
  • Heidi
  • Heluna (The Finnish name for Clarabelle Cow)
  • Henrietta
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Jane
  • Jasmine
  • July
  • June
  • Lavender
  • Lola
  • Lucy
  • Lulu
  • Magnolia
  • Mansikki
  • Margaret
  • Marge
  • Marigold
  • Martha
  • May
  • Molly
  • Nellie
  • Olivia
  • Patience
  • Petal
  • Prudence
  • Ruth
  • Sadie
  • Satin
  • Silky
  • Sophia
  • Spring
  • Stella
  • Summer
  • Sunbeam
  • Susan
  • Tulip
  • Valentine
  • Viola
  • Wendy
  • Zinnia

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