Best swan names - A white swan swimming in a lake

Are you looking for swan names for the elegant birds in your swan lake?

Whether you’re looking for a unique name for your swan or want to learn more about these majestic creatures, this article will help you find the perfect name that reflects your swan’s personality.

The names of swan species

Swans belong to the Anatidae family of water birds with ducks and geese. Swans are more closely related to geese.

These are the names of the six living swan species:

Black-necked swanA swan with a white body and black head and neck. Lives in South America.
Black swanAs the name suggests, this swan species has black feathers. It breeds in Australia.
Mute swanA white swan species living in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Trumpeter swanA large white swan in North America.
Tundra swanA white swan that breeds on the Arctic tundra.
Whooper swanA white swan in Europe and Asia.

How to choose a name for a swan

Choosing a name for your swan can be both exciting and overwhelming. With so many options, it can be hard to find the perfect name that suits your swan’s character and personality.

One way to start is by considering the appearance of your swan- its size, shape, or feathers’ color. You may also want to consider the bird’s behavior and quirks- does it have a unique way of swimming or interacting with other birds?

Another factor to consider when choosing a name for your swan is its gender. This will help you narrow down potential names based on traditionally male or female options or gender-neutral ones. 

Additionally, you may want to think of any personal connections with names or words that may inspire the perfect name for your feathered friend.

Finally, there are no hard and fast rules when naming a swan! What matters most is finding a name that resonates with you and feels right for your beloved pet bird.

So take some time and explore different options from our list of 200+ beautiful swan names until you find one that fits perfectly!

Female swan names

The swan is a symbol of beauty and grace. When naming a swan girl, you can’t go wrong with princess-like, elegant options like Estelle or Primadonna.

  • Anastasia
  • Anna
  • Annabelle
  • Ava
  • Bella
  • Blanche
  • Celestina
  • Charlotte
  • Claire
  • Clara
  • Claudia
  • Cynthia
  • Dahlia
  • Daisy
  • Diana
  • Elizabeth
  • Estelle
  • Fanny
  • Fenella
  • Fiona
  • Gwen
  • Kadence
  • Laguna
  • Louisa
  • Luna
  • Odelia
  • Paloma
  • Penelope
  • Penny
  • Primadonna
  • Princess
  • Priscilla
  • Queen
  • Regina
  • Sally
  • Selena
  • Sophie
  • Stella
  • Stephanie
  • Susanna
  • Wanda
  • Wendy
  • Yvette

Male swan names

Male swan names - A swan spreading its wing in a lake

While princess-like names fit female swans, consider elegant prince names for your swan boy!

  • Albert
  • Alexander
  • Beck
  • Brosnan
  • Carlow
  • Caspian
  • Charles
  • Clarence
  • Claudio
  • Claus
  • Cove
  • Cygnus
  • Duke
  • Finn
  • Jonah
  • Kenn
  • Laurence
  • Loch
  • Louis
  • Otto
  • Prince
  • Regulus
  • Samuel
  • Sebastian
  • Stanley
  • Stefan
  • Stephen
  • Thomas
  • Tristan
  • Wagner
  • William
  • Wilton
  • Yves

Unisex swan names

Don’t want to be gender-specific? Explore our collection of gender-neutral swan names:

  • Alex
  • Angel
  • Bay
  • Brook
  • Dove
  • Haven
  • Lake
  • Laurel
  • Lynn
  • Pax
  • Ren
  • Sage
  • Sailor
  • Sam
  • Sasha
  • Scout
  • Shannon
  • Sidney
  • Sky
  • Tahoe
  • Valentine
  • Wade
  • Whitney

Famous swan names

There are not many famous swans. With some exploring, I came across these fictional swan characters:

Swanna (スワンナ)A swan-like Pokémon.
The Six SwansA fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. A princess saves her six brothers, who have been turned into swans.
The Ugly DucklingHans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a cygnet born into a flock of ducks. He gets bullied for being ugly but grows into a beautiful swan.
The Wild SwansAndersen’s fairy tale. A princess saves her 11 brothers, who were turned into swans. That’s basically the same plot as in The Six Swans, right?

Swan lake swan names

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is one of the most famous ballets ever. The story is about a beautiful princess Odette and a prince Siegfried who falls in love with her.

An evil sorcerer, Baron Von Rothbar, has turned the princess and her maidens into swans. They only return to their human form at night.

OdetteThe White Swan/Swan Princess.
OdileThe Black Swan. Baron Von Rothbar’s daughter. Disguises herself as Odette to trick the prince into falling in love with her instead of the actual Odette.

Cute baby swan names

Baby swan names - A fluffy cygnet in a lake

Like most baby birds, cygnets are adorable little fluffballs! Here are some cute name ideas for baby swans:

  • Birdie
  • Bubbles
  • Budgie
  • Chip
  • Cupid
  • Cutie
  • Feathers
  • Fluffy
  • Melody
  • Muffin
  • Nessie
  • Nova
  • Pearl
  • Pidgeon
  • Puffy
  • Sparkle
  • Star
  • Sunny

White swan names

Most swan species are known for their white feathers. Here are some beautiful names for your snow white bird:

Alba”White” (Latin)
Blanc”White” (French)
Blanca”White” (Spanish). A female name.
Blanche”White” (French)
Blanco”White” (Spanish). A male option.
CaspianA boy’s name that means ”white”.
DanalaA Hebrew female name that means “white swan”.
Delwyn”White and pretty” (Welsh)
Eira”Snow” (Welsh)
FenellaA Celtic female name. It means ”white-shouldered one”.
Galatea”White as milk” (Greek)
Gavin”White hawk” (Scottish)
GuinevereA Welsh girl’s name that means ”white angel”.
Gwen”White” (Welsh)
Lumi”Snow” (Finnish)
Luna”Moon” (Latin). A female name.
SelenaA Greek girl’s name that means ”moon”.
Sherlock”Fair-haired” (English)
Whitney”White island” (English)
Wynn”White” (Welsh)
Yuki”Snow” (Japanese)

Black swan names

Black swan names - Two black swans facing each other on green background

The black swan is a swan species with stunning black feathers. Consider these monikers for your dark beauty:

Corbin”Crow” (Latin origin)
Darcy”The dark one” (French origin)
Douglas”Dark stream” (Scottish)
Jett”Jet black”
Lilith”Night monster” (Assyrian)
MaroochyAn Aboriginal Australian female name that means “black swan”.
Noir”Black” (French)
Onyx”Black gemstone” (English)
OrpheusA boy’s name of Greek origin. It means ”darkness of the night”.
Skadi”Shadow” (Old Norse)
Sullivan”Black eyes” (Irish origin)
Thames”Dark river” (English)
ZillaA girl’s name of Hebrew origin. It means ”shadow”.

Funny swan names

Want to let loose when naming your birds? Try these funny and punny swan names!

  • Angry Bird
  • Cob Web
  • James Pond
  • Paddles
  • Swan Helsing
  • Swanilla Ice
  • Swanimal
  • Swan Solo
  • Swantastic
  • Swantom Menace
  • Swantum Physics
  • Vincent swan Gogh
  • Waddles

Swan pair names

Swan pair names - A swan couple with babies in a lake

Swans mate for life, so they’re associated with loyalty and partnership. Romantic and graceful names are fit for these beautiful white birds.

If you live near a lake, you may encounter a swan couple swimming side by side. Here are some swan pair names for your lovebirds:

  • Blanc and Blanche
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Cupid and Eros
  • Dove and Pigeon
  • Duke and Duchess
  • Fairy and Pixie
  • Finn and Fiona
  • Flora and Florian
  • Han and Leia
  • Odette and Odile
  • Prince and Princess
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Sky and Cloud
  • Stefan and Stephanie
  • Wagner and Wanda
  • Yves and Yvette

Swan FAQ

What is a female swan called?

An adult female swan is called a pen.

What do you call a male swan?

An adult male swan is called a cob.

What is a baby swan called?

A baby swan is called a cygnet. Swangling is another term for a young swan.

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