252 Brilliant Bee Names

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Today we are going to share the best brilliant bee names your buzzy friends could ask for! Coming up with names for pet bees is a seriously fun game. In a single hive you can have between 10,000 and 100,000 bees. That’s a lot of busy bee names to think up. But bee names can also be put to perfect use for beautiful bee toys too!


Bees aren’t pets in the traditional sense, but a hive in your backyard can bring a huge amount of joy to your family. Watching these busy little creatures work, checking in on them monthly and finally helping yourself to some amazing homemade honey is incredibly rewarding.

Watch cute bees acting all friendly!

Cute Names for Bees

Taking a normal name and adding a bit of ‘bee’ magic is a great way to turn a nice name into something really adorable for your little bee.

  • Buzz
  • Albie
  • Abbie
  • Robbie
  • Beatrice
  • Kirby
  • Colby
  • Toby
  • Debbie
  • Barnaby
  • Gabby
  • Libby
  • Koby
  • Crosby
  • Joby
  • Wetherby
  • Selby
  • Whitby
  • Shelby
  • Darby
  • Beatrix

Another lovely way to think up cute names for your bee is to look at the sweet world of candies!

  • Fizzy
  • Dew Drop
  • Gummy
  • Sherbert
  • Liquorice
  • Snickers
  • Reece
  • Twizzler
  • Skittles
  • Starburst
  • Hershey
  • Kit Kat
  • Twix
  • Musketeer
  • Rolo
  • Ruth
  • Goo Goo
  • Dip Dab
  • Cocoa
  • Toffee
  • Fudge
  • Cola
  • Haribo
  • Caramac
  • Swizzle
  • Dove

Names for Honey Bees

Honey bee names can be inspired by their main occupation, or by their gorgeous golden coloration. And even their amazing work ethic!

  • Nectar
  • Pollen
  • Sweetie
  • Sweetness
  • Industry
  • Hive
  • Busy
  • Marigold
  • Bustle
  • Hustle
  • Comb
  • Goldie
  • Gilt
  • Rusty
  • Tango
  • Tangerine
  • Apricot
  • Carrot
  • Marmalade
  • Jelly
  • Pumpkin
  • Ginger
  • Sunset
  • Sunrise
  • Sunny

Bumble Bee Names

Beautiful bumble bees are the embodiment of beauty. Their large size and soft features make them incredibly endearing. Slow and graceful movements make even those with a bit of an insect phobia fairly relaxed in their company. They are easy to see floating around the backyard, and cuddly bumble bees make some of the cutest toys ever. These names for bumble bees all capture a part of the magic of the biggest bee in your flower garden.

  • Bumble
  • Jumble
  • Thimble
  • Flicker
  • Switch
  • Fluffy
  • Buzzy
  • Silky
  • Honey
  • Jumbo
  • Pixie
  • Crumble
  • Bombus
  • Hefty
  • Bulky
  • Hulk
  • Jabba
  • Zeppelin
  • Blimp
  • Husky
  • Airbus
  • Galaxy
  • Jupiter
  • Boeing
  • Torpedo

Queen Bee Names

I think Queen bees deserve seriously majestic names. Ones that bee-fit their royal status! Whether you want to use a regal title or the name of a past or present queen, here are some lovely ideas for the most important lady in your hive.

  • Princess
  • Lady
  • Duchess
  • Countess
  • Your Highness
  • Tiara
  • Crown
  • Septer
  • Dazzle
  • Bling
  • Shimmer
  • Elizabeth
  • Victoria
  • Mary
  • Cleopatra
  • Boudicca
  • Zenobia
  • Caroline
  • Anne
  • Eleanor
  • Nefertiti
  • Suiko
  • Cixi
  • Margrethe

Creative Bee Names

A fun way to get creative with names for your swarm is to use the power of alliteration! Names that also start with B (or H for your honey bee) are a lovely way to find some less common bee names.

  • Bella
  • Bertie
  • Belinda
  • Beryl
  • Betsy
  • Borris
  • Bevis
  • Bingo
  • Billie
  • Bluebell
  • Bea
  • Blossom
  • Berry
  • Bindi
  • Bonnie
  • Banjo
  • Biff
  • Biscuit
  • Bic
  • Buttercup
  • Butters
  • Bess
  • Benny
  • Buster

Stripey Names for Striped Bees!

One of the most distinctive things about bees is their pattern. The bold stripes that range between types and individuals from a bright yellow to a deep orange are incredible. And what better way to celebrate your brilliant bee than by honoring those lovely lines. A fun way of picking a name for a striped bee is to use the name of another creature with stripes, or even an object or landmark!

  • Stripes
  • Zig Zag
  • Jigsaw
  • Tiger
  • Tigger
  • Tabby
  • Mackerel
  • Zebra
  • Marlin
  • Chipmunk
  • Skunk
  • Crossing
  • Waspy
  • Hornet
  • Bandy
  • Rules
  • Liney
  • Streaks
  • Strokes
  • Borders
  • Ribs
  • Matches
  • Bars
  • Crossbar
  • Pinstripe
  • Blaze

Funny Bee Names

There is something really great about picking a funny name. As long as you keep it clean and friendly! Bee puns are a very humorous name style for bees, but so are ordinary simple names. Ones that you’d never expect to be on a bee!

  • Justin Bee-ber
  • Bee-yonce
  • Bee-bop
  • Bee-gee
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Plan Bee
  • Zom-bee
  • Bee-gonia
  • Bee Happy
  • Dave
  • Bee Positive
  • Ronnie
  • Bee Yourself
  • Reggie
  • Vern
  • Ethel
  • Esther
  • Agatha
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary
  • John

Clever Names for Bees

There are lots of great ways to name your pet, or your toy for that matter, but one of my personal favorites is by honoring someone. A person you admire, or you aspire to be like. And where better to look than to the world of science.

These amazing scientists quite literally changed the world with their ideas or inventions. What self respecting bee wouldn’t want to share their name! You can use their first or last name, and if you like the name but don’t recognise the scientist then why not look them up. They all did pretty awesome stuff.

  • Mary (Anning – Paleontologist)
  • Archimedes (Mathematician)
  • George (Washington Carver – Ecologist)
  • Marie (Curie – Chemist)
  • Albert (Einstein – Physicist)
  • Cecilia (Payne Gaposchkin – Chemist)
  • Aristotle (Philosopher)
  • Rosalin (Franklin – Biologist)
  • Sophie (Germain – Mathematician)
  • Elizabeth (Blackwell – Physician)
  • Jane (Goodall – Biologist)
  • Alexander (Graham Bell – Inventor)
  • Subrahmanyan (Chandrasekhar – Physicist)
  • Grace (Hopper – Electronics)
  • Hypatia (Mathematician)
  • Niels (Bohr – Physicist)
  • Stephanie (Kwolek – Inventor)
  • Ada (Lovelace – Computing)
  • Rachel (Carson – Environmentalist)
  • Emmy (Noether – Mathematician)

Famous Bees!

Cartoon bees are incredibly popular right now. If you want your bee to have a famous name then you’ve no further to look than tv series or movies for amazing inspiration. A particular favorite in our house is the Bee Movie. An unusual story, but fun for all the bee loving family!

  • Barry (Bee Movie)
  • Janet (Bee Movie)
  • Martin (Bee Movie)
  • Adam (Bee Movie)
  • Trudy (Bee Movie)
  • Buzzbee (The Hive)
  • Ruby (The Hive)
  • Babee (The Hive)
  • Barnabee (The Hive)
  • Maya (Maya The Bee)
  • Bee (Archibald’s Next Big Thing)
  • Spike (Disney shorts)
  • Hutch (The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee)
  • Aya (The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee)

Bees Names with a Sting!

We all know bees are incredibly gentle creatures. They don’t want to use that sharp sting on their tail, and they won’t unless they really have to. But that doesn’t stop it being a distinctive part of their anatomy, and one that provides awesome inspiration when it comes to names!

  • Sting
  • Spike
  • Thorn
  • Prong
  • Stiletto
  • Lance
  • Spear
  • Bowie
  • Kukri
  • Bayonet
  • Venom
  • Toxin
  • Halberd
  • Mace
  • Poke
  • Jab
  • Prod
  • Thrust
  • Itchy
  • Scratchy
  • Welt

Picking the Best Names for Bees

There are so many brilliant bee names, that it can be hard to choose just one. But that’s not a problem if you are naming a whole hive full!

If you are thinking of bringing pet bees into your life, then go for it. Our beehives are a major part of the good feeling we get from living a more rural life. And if you have space to bring bees into your life then you’ve made a great decision doing so.

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Lucy has a degree in Psychology and a lifelong obsession with animals. She shares her home with a variety of mammals, fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles. Lucy is a member of the British Herpetological Society, and enjoys immersing herself in all the latest scientific studies. She has also bred and raised a variety of animals, and has a special interest in promoting great health and compatible personalities in our pets.


  1. HEllo wonderful Lucy, thank you for this highly creative list. I have named by pet bee “Zebra” from your again highly creative list! I am happy that this list is on the internet.

  2. Hi list maker, I have decided to name my bee thrust, I now am I proud owner of thrust the bee, me and thrust are going to get along very well and he already loves his name. Thank you!

  3. Wow what a list! Thank you for gracing us bee enthusiasts with such creative names! My new bumble, borris, is ecstatic as well!

  4. I had a bee called George (Washington Carver – Ecologist) unfortunately he was eaten alive by my tarantula Madam Webber. Typical!
    I’m planning to get more bee’s soon as i am growing quite the enthusiasm for the buzzy little things and i will certainly be using this brilliant article (bee positive is hilarious)!


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