Owl names - A barn owl in yellow flower field

Let’s face it: Unless you go to Hogwarts, you’re unlikely to have a pet owl. 

Nevertheless, owls are fascinating animals. These wild birds especially inspire us night owls.

Maybe you need a name for a fictional owl character or you’re just curious about owls. Either way, we’ve got you covered! In this post, you’ll find 200+ owl names to inspire you.

Female owl names

There are many female owl names to choose from. These names invoke qualities often associated with owls, such as strength, wisdom, and independence.  

If you are looking for a unique name, consider choosing one of the many beautiful girl owl names available.

AdelinaMeans “small winged one”. A perfect name for a small owl.
Aella“Whirlwind” (Greek)
Astra“Of the stars” (Latin)
AthenaThe goddess of war and wisdom in Greek mythology.
Aura”Wind” (Latin origin)
Aurora”Dawn” (Latin)
AvaMeans “like a bird”. (Latin origin)
Celeste”Heavenly” (Latin origin)
Clementine”Merciful” (French origin)
Cyrene”Supreme power” (Greek origin)
Dorothea”Gift of God” (Greek)
Electra”Shining” (Greek)
Elpida”Hope” (Greek)
Elvina”Elf friend”
Estrella”Star” (Spanish)
Galatea”She who is milk-white.” (Greek)
HesperiaMeans “evening star”. (Greek)
Lyra”Lyre”; also a constellation. (Greek origin)
Minerva”The mind, intellect” (Latin)
Moa”Mother” (Scandinavian origin)
Mystique”Air of mystery” (French origin)
Ophelia”Help” (Greek)
Phoebe”Bright” (Greek)
PilviA Finnish name that means ”cloud”.
Sonya”Wisdom” (Russian)
Stella”Star” (Latin)
Tempeste“Stormy” (French origin)
Vega”Star” (Latin)
Zephyra“West wind”

Male owl names with meaning

A barn owl flying

Do you have a boy owl in your life? If so, you might be looking for the perfect name for him. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Aero“Of the sky” (Greek origin)
Ajax“Eagle” (Greek)
Albert”Noble, bright” (German origin)
Albus”White, bright” (Latin origin)
Alfred”Wise counselor” (English origin)
ArchimedesA famous mathematician and astronomer in ancient Greece.
Barak”Lightning” (Hebrew)
BorisThis Russian name means “fight”. It is perfect for a big, strong owl.
BranAn old Welsh name that means “raven.” It’s perfect for a dark-colored owl.
ChanceThis name means “luck”. It is perfect for an owl who brings good luck to your home.
EmmettThis name means “powerful” and is perfect for an aggressive owl.
Erwin“Respected friend” (German origin)
GusThis name means “great” and is perfect for a large owl.
HarryThis name means “home-ruler” and is perfect for an owl who rules your home.
Hesperos“Evening star” (Greek)
Hugo”Bright in mind” (Germanic origin)
Icarus“The one who reaches the sky” (Greek)
Igor”Warrior” (Russian)
Notus”South wind” (Greek)
OdinThe god of war and death in Norse mythology.
Orion“Rising in the sky” (Greek)
ThorThe Norse god of thunder.
Toto”Priest” (Greek)
ZeusThe god of the sky in Greek mythology.

Good owl names

  • Aegolius
  • Apollo
  • Artemis
  • Avalar
  • Bob
  • Brodwin
  • Bubo
  • Merlin
  • Merryweather
  • Misty
  • Sky
  • Skylar
  • Sneaky
  • Strix
  • Tristan
  • Tyto
  • Whirlwind
  • Wind
  • Wizard
  • Zelda

Cool owl names

An eagle owl looking at the camera
Alden”Old, wise friend” (English)
ArawnA hunter in Welsh mythology.
GriffinA legendary creature with the wings of an eagle.
NovaMeans ”new” in Latin.
PegasusThe divine winged horse in Greek mythology.
PhoenixThe mythical bird that rises from the ashes.
Quinn”Wise” (Irish origin)
Zenith”The top”
Zephyr“West wind”

Cute owl names

  • Albie
  • Birdie
  • Boo
  • Budgie
  • Feathers
  • Firefly
  • Little Hooter
  • Mr. Beaks
  • Ms. Beaks
  • Pidgeon
  • Pixie
  • Spot
  • Twinkles

Funny owl names

  • Buddy
  • Cornowlius
  • Doctor Hoo
  • Duke Owlington
  • Fluffy
  • Guacamowle
  • Hoodini
  • Hootie
  • Hooty Mama
  • Huhula
  • Otus
  • Owlbert Einstein
  • Owlfonso
  • Owlford
  • Owlistare
  • Owliver
  • Owlivia
  • Owl Pacino
  • Owltober
  • Owlvin
  • Owlympia
  • Ozzy Owlsbourne
  • Rowlph
  • Swooshy

Night owl names

These are inspired by the nocturnal tendencies of owls.

HesperMeans “evening star”. (Greek)
LunaMeans “Moon” in Latin.
Nyx“Night” (Greek)

Barn owl names

  • Alba
  • Barnie
  • Bela
  • Bernard
  • Bertha
  • Eglantine
  • Finn
  • Fiona
  • Ghost
  • Nyra
  • Soren
  • Sylvia
  • Tyto

Snow owl names

Snow owl names - A snowy owl perched on a tree

The beautiful snowy owls are known for their white color. They live in the Arctic tundra. These names reflect their northern habitats:

Albus”White” (Latin)
BlancaMeans “white”. (Spanish)
GalateaMeans ”milk-white”. (Greek)
Lumi“Snow” in Finnish.
Snow White
YukiMeans “snow” in Japanese.

Owl names in Harry Potter

In the wizarding world of Harry Potter, owls are frequently used as messengers. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Privet Drive was flooded with owls trying to deliver Harry Potter’s acceptance letter to Hogwarts. These are some famous owl names in the series:

BrodwinSeen in a skit The Queen’s Handbag.
ErrolAn owl of the Weasley family. Often makes errors when delivering mail.
HedwigHarry Potter’s loyal snowy owl.
HermesPercy Weasley’s screech owl.
PidwidgeonRon Weasley’s first pet owl. Has a hyperactive personality.

Owl names in Guardians of Ga’Hoole

Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky is a must-read book series for all owl lovers. These names are adopted from the characters in the fantasy book series:

BarranA female snowy owl.
BorronA male snowy owl.
BuboA male great horned owl.
Cedric”A brave owl of Ambala”
DewlapA female burrowing owl.
DiggerA male burrowing owl.
EglantineA female barn owl.
EzylrybA whiskered screech owl.
GingerA girl barn owl.
GylfieA female elf owl. Soren’s best friend.
HortenseA female spotted owl.
KluddThe older brother of Soren and Eglantine. The leader of the Pure Ones.
MarellaThe mother of Kludd, Soren, and Eglantine.
MartinA male northern saw-whet owl.
NoctusThe father of Kludd, Soren, and Eglantine.
NyraA female barn owl. The mate of Kludd.
OtulissaA female spotted owl.
PrimroseA northern pygmy owl girl. Eglantine’s best friend.
RubyA female short-eared owl.
SorenThe protagonist of the series. A male barn owl.
Strix StrumaA female spotted owl.
TwilightA male great gray owl.
A spotted burrowing owl standing on the ground

Famous owl names

GlimfeatherAppears in The Silver Chair (book #4 in The Chronicles of Narnia).
OwlA character in Winnie the Pooh.
Owl JolsonA character in Looney Tunes.
Owl of AthenaAn owl that accompanies Athena in Greek mythology.
PlopA barn owl in The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark.

Owl species names

There are 250 different owl species in the world. Names of these species are as fascinating as individual owl names. These are some of our favorites:

Barking owlAlso known as the winking owl. Lives in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Known for its call, which sounds like a barking dog.
Barn owlThe most common owl in the world. It’s also the most widespread species of barn owls. Known for its white, heart-shaped face.
A barn owl
A barn owl
Burrowing owlA long-legged bird that lives in North and South America. Hunts close to the ground.
Chocolate boobookThis species is endemic to the Philippines.
Christmas boobookLives on Christmas Island.
Elf owlThe smallest owl in the world. It is only the size of a sparrow.
Fearful owlEndemic to the Solomon Islands and Bougainville island in Papua New Guinea.
Laughing owlAn extinct bird that was native to New Zealand.
Little owlAlso known as the owl of Athena or the owl of Minerva.
Powerful owlLives in Australia.
Snowy owlAlso known as the polar owl. Lives in the Arctic region.
A snowy owl
A snowy owl

Owl name generator

Our owl name generator is a fun tool. It generates a name that is the perfect fit for your owl based on your answers.

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