Chicken Names – 220 Adorable Ideas For Naming Perfect Poultry

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My chickens are a mixed bag of Rhode Island Red, Light Sussex and Crested Cream Legbar, which means that they look rather different to each other. That might have meant I had an easy time coming up with cool chicken names that matched their unique looks, but actually it was a bit of a struggle. Pet chickens live for years, so you want their names to be timeless as well as endearing (or maybe badass for your grumpy Rooster!) In the end, I let my daughter make the final decision. As a result our all female chickens are called Rocky, Corey, Waffle and Harry. Today I’ll share a bunch of themed shortlists, in the hopes that you end up with something just as creative, unique and totally you as we did!


Our pet hens give us an egg a day, but they also bring a huge amount of fun to our lives. As well as a fair bit of destruction to the back yard… Why not give these gorgeous girls a name that hints at their reptilian history, or just plain awesome personalities!

70 Best Chicken Names

Here are 70 of our favorite choices to get you started:

  • Edwina
  • Blossom
  • Bonnie
  • Ruby
  • Angelica
  • Rosemary
  • Scarlet
  • LaRue
  • Gabby
  • Cora
  • Cosmo
  • Bruce
  • Jagger
  • Winston
  • Hartley
  • Hank
  • Colton
  • Floyd
  • Rusty
  • Sanders
  • Soft Boiled
  • Jeepers Cheepers
  • Laying Matilda
  • Little Red
  • Big Stuff
  • Chubby Chicken
  • Tammy Wyandotte
  • Broody Biddy
  • Lil’ Layin
  • Mrs. Doubt-fryer
  • Rocky Rhode (Chicken Run)
  • Lady Kluck (Robin Hood)
  • Alan-a-dale (Robin Hood)
  • Panchito Pistolles (The Three Caballeros)
  • Hei Hei (Moana)
  • Going Quackers (Donald Duck)
  • Bernadette the Chicken (Donald Duck)
  • Cornelius the Rooster (Kellogg’s)
  • Happy Feet (Happy Feet)
  • Ernie the Giant Chicken (Family Guy)
  • Chick-ovsky (Chaikovsky)
  • Chick-ira (Shakira)
  • Chick Jagger (Mick Jagger)
  • Hillary Fluff (Hillary Duff)
  • Edward Scissor-beak (Edward Scissorhands)
  • Annie Yoak-ley
  • Mary Poop-ins
  • Egg-dar Allen Poe
  • Feather Locklear
  • Hen-ifer Aniston
  • Frango (Portuguese word for chicken)
  • Galo (Portuguese word for rooster)
  • Kylling (Danish word for chicken)
  • Hane (Danish word for rooster)
  • Kahan (Finnish word for chicken)
  • Kukko (Finnish word for rooster)
  • Kip (Dutch word for chicken)
  • Haan (Dutch word for rooster)
  • Pui (Romanian word for chicken)
  • Cocos (Romanian word for rooster)
  • Boom Chick-a
  • The Egg-scorcist
  • General Tsao
  • Big Red
  • Egg-sy
  • Napoleon
  • Ruff Cluck
  • Vinny
  • Phoenix
  • Mohawk

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Choosing Chicken Names

Punny chicken names are some of the most popular choices because of how easy and fun it is to take a celebrity’s name or common saying and “chicken-ify” it! You will find lots of punny, funny ideas scattered (see what we did there?) throughout these categorized lists. Words like:

  • egg
  • comb
  • bird
  • feather
  • scratch
  • poop
  • shell
  • lay
  • hen
  • rooster
  • wattle
  • peep
  • beak
  • cluck
  • cock
  • doodle
  • chirp
  • chick
  • fowl
  • carton

All of these are fair game to get turned into a unique chicken name for your new feathered flock member.

More Naming Tips

Here are some other quick naming tips we think you might find helpful:

  • Chickens can actually learn their names, so keeping your ideas simple is a great strategy to shorten the learning curve.
  • Naming stress is a quick creativity killer! To take the pressure off, keep a little notebook or phone app open to jot down name ideas and then just try each out on your new chicken until you find a fit.
  • For more than one chicken, picking names is often easier if you choose a naming theme, such as characters from a favorite television show.

Best Chicken Names

Did you know the word “chicken” is actually considered gender-neutral? Keeping things gender-neutral can come in handy as a naming tactic if you are not sure whether your little chick is going to grow up to be a hen or a rooster.

  • Birdzilla
  • Egg-licious
  • Chicken Fried
  • Freaky Beaky
  • You’re Outta Cluck
  • Your Egg-selency
  • Shake Wattle and Comb
  • Hard Boiled
  • Playing for Peeps

Female Chicken Names

These fabulous female chicken names have been chosen to capture the amazing diversity of hen personalities – from shy and sweet to bold and brassy, you are sure to find the perfect choice for your new feathered girl in this list.

  • Monique – awesome chicken that sailed around the world
  • Camilla
  • Tillie
  • Zinnia
  • Dot
  • Henrietta
  • Yetta
  • Ginger
  • Cordelia
  • Eloise
  • Bernadine
  • Margo
  • Violet
  • Harriet
  • Matilda
  • Zoey
  • Clementine
  • Stella
  • Katana
  • Bertha

Male Chicken Names

It can be pretty hard to tell male and female chickens apart when they are still downy young chicks. More than one surprised chicken owner has woken up one day to the unexpected, yet unmistakable sound of a young rooster crowing to his hens!

If this describes you, you will want to keep this list of short and sweet male chicken names handy!

  • Oscar
  • Arlo
  • Clyde>
  • Leary
  • Sonny
  • Opus
  • Poncho
  • Lefty
  • Jonesy
  • Rocky
  • Roy
  • Ace
  • Gus
  • Fowl-er
  • Crow-der
  • Cheech
  • Chong
  • Spike

Cool Chicken Names

These cool ideas feature creative plays-on-words from pop culture, popular tastes-like-chicken dishes, some punning (of course) and lots of fun!

  • Mother Clucker
  • McNugget
  • Hot Wings
  • Turkey Lurkey
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Drumstick
  • Tyrannosaurus Pecks
  • Cock-a-doodle-do
  • Sweet Beak
  • Little Red Hen
  • Princess Buttercup
  • Sir Pecks-a-lot
  • Lady Bird
  • Coop-er
  • Free Range
  • Sir Cluckington
  • Scrambles
  • Sunny Side Up

Cute Chicken Names

These cute ideas based on popular cartoon, comic and movie hens and roosters can really bring your chicken’s personality to life.

  • Foghorn Leghorn (Looney Tunes)
  • Chicken Little (Chicken Little)
  • Egghead Jr. (Looney Tunes)
  • Eggbert (Looney Tunes)
  • Feather Dusted (Looney Tunes)
  • Crocket Doodle-Do (Looney Tunes)
  • Booker (Garfield)
  • Sheldon (Garfield)
  • Roy Rooster (U.S. Acres)
  • Prunella Pullet (Silly Symphony Cock O’ the Walk)
  • Hick Rooster (Silly Symphony Cock O’ the Walk)
  • Henry Cabot Henhouse III (George & the Jungle)
  • Spot the Chicken (101 Dalmatians
  • Big Bird (Sesame Street)
  • Woodstock (Peanuts)
  • Beaker (The Muppets)
  • Henny Penny (Henny Penny)
  • Little Bo Peep (Mother Goose)
  • Pot Pie (Mother Goose)
  • Clara Cluck (Mickey Mouse)

Funny Chicken Names

These punny, funny chicken names based on well-known celebrities, bands, movies and popular fictional characters almost make naming your new chicken too easy!

  • Russell Crow (Russell Crowe)
  • Cluck Norris (Chuck Norris)
  • Dixie Chick (Dixie Chicks)
  • Goldie Hen (Goldie Hawn)
  • Princess Lay-er (Princess Leia)
  • Hen Solo (Han Solo)
  • Yolk-o Ono (Yoko Ono)
  • Hen-neth Paltrow (Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • Atilla the Hen (Atilla the Hun)
  • Amelia Egg-hart (Amelia Earhart)
  • Grace Shell-y (Grace Kelly)
  • Meryl Cheep (Meryl Streep)
  • Cluck Kent (Clark Kent)
  • Wyatt Chirp (Wyatt Earp)
  • Dolly Carton (Dolly Parton)
  • Gregory Peck (same)
  • Oprah Hen-frey (Oprah Winfrey)
  • Roo-st Paul (Ru Paul)
  • Rooster Cogburn (same)
  • Lindsey Lo-hen (Linsdsey Lohan)

Unique Chicken Names

Researching your chicken’s breed can be a great way to come up with unique ideas for chicken names. Paying attention to personality quirks, interesting feather growth patterns and even crowing volume can also help you brainstorm names for each chicken in your flock.

  • Paisley
  • Strutter
  • Re-pecka (Rebecca)
  • Stewie
  • Goner
  • J.S. Bock (Bach)
  • Coxcomb
  • Egg-cellent
  • Curly-Q
  • Ziggy
  • Pavarotti
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hahnchen (German word for chicken)
  • Hahn (German word for rooster)
  • Pollo (Spanish and Italian word for chicken)
  • Gallo (Spanish and Italian word for rooster)
  • Poulet (French word for chicken)
  • Coq (French word for rooster)
  • Pullum (Latin word for chicken)
  • Gallus (Latin word for rooster)

Tough Chicken Names

Chickens might look soft and fluffy on the outside, but more than one surprised chicken owner has learned the hard way that chickens can be as tough as they come! If you have a bossy hen or a boorish cock, you might find the perfect new name in this list of tough chicken names.

  • Justice
  • Logan
  • Mr Bock Bock
  • Bandit
  • Buffy
  • Earl Gray
  • Lancelot
  • Fryer Tuck
  • Flew the Coop
  • Steampot
  • Trouble with a Capital C
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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.


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