Do you need ideas for elephant names, fast?
Most of us will never get an opportunity to name an actual living elephant. Unlike most of the species we write about on Squeaks & Nibbles, this isn’t one we recommend keeping as a pet!
But maybe your kid has an elephant toy which needs an awesome name. Or you’ve got some eye catching elephant artwork, which needs a tongue-in-cheek nickname to do it justice.
Whatever your reason for needing elephant names, we’ve got lots of ideas in this article to get you thinking.
Top 50 Elephant Names
To kick off proceedings, here are 50 of our all-time favorite elephant names:
Choosing Elephant Names
When it comes to choosing the best elephant names, there aren’t really any rules.
None of the wisdom we usually apply to picking pet names (such as don’t call a dog Kit, because it sounds too much like “sit”) matters here!
So you can look to all kinds of places for inspiration.
In this article, we’ve collected names inspired by elephants’ color, for example.
We’ve also got names which pay tribute to the countries where elephants are still found in the wild.
And some names of famous elephants, which you might just recognize.
But first, here are some names categorized by the oldest means of all: sex.
Female Elephant Names
Did you know that a female elephant is known as a cow?
Here are some beautiful names you could choose for an elephant cow:
If these names are on the right track, you might also like our article on the best cow names of all time.
Male Elephant Names
A male elephant is known as a bull.
Here are some handsome names for bull elephants:
Not so keen on human names, and looking for something a bit more creative?
Elephant Names Inspired By Their Color
We all know that elephants are gray. So names relating to the color gray, or evoking an image of grayness are a great choice for elephants.
They’re a great balance of fitting, yet no too obvious:
African Elephant Names
There are three species of elephant still alive today.
Two of them – the African bush elephant and African forest elephant – are mostly found in central and western Africa.
Despite having been around for at least two million years as distinct species, they are both now regarded as endangered by the International Union for Nature Conservation. The forest elephant critically so.
These names, drawn from Swahili and other African languages, pay tribute to the bush and forest elephants’ homeland:
For boy elephants:
For girl elephants:
And what about the third elephant species? They’re up next!
Asian Elephant Names
Asian elephants are native to countries including India, Nepal, Sumatra and Borneo.
Like their African cousins, they are sadly endangered due to poaching, loss of habitat and disease.
They’re easily distinguishable from African elephants because their ears are much smaller.
So if you need an elephant name for a small-eared elephant, perhaps a name from Indian would suit them well.
These were the most popular names in India between 2010 and 2019, according to Times of India.
Unusual Elephant Names
Our next category moves away from humans names altogether.
These elephant names are all intended to be unusual, memorable, and perhaps even raise an eyebrow – in a good way!
But if you don’t want to use an elephant name which needs explaining all the time, there’s one strategy to make sure people “get” your choice right away.
Famous Elephant Names
Our final category is elephant names which have already been made famous by elephants in songs, TV shows and movies.
We like to think of them as tried, tested, and nostalgic:
Whatever elephant name you choose, it’s also fun to have some impressive elephant trivia at hand, to entertain people with.
Like these gems:
- African bush elephants are the largest land mammal on earth. Adult bulls can grow over 10 feet tall and weigh over 6.5 tons!
- Asian Elephants are a bit smaller – they weigh up 4.5 tons. African forest elephants are smaller still – they only weigh up 3 tons. But still, you wouldn’t want to be trod on by one!
- Bull elephants’ tusks grow continuously for their whole life.
- Elephants are one of the few species besides humans which can recognize themselves in a mirror. The others are apes and dolphins.
- Elephants use low frequency rumbles to communicate with other elephants up to 6 miles away. These noises are so low in pitch that humans can’t hear them at all, which is known as infrasonic.
- Several African savannah tree species rely on elephants to disperse their seeds by eating their fruit and pooping out undigested seeds later. Zoologists estimate that a single elephant can disperse over 3,000 seeds a day like this, and deposit them up to 40 miles away from the parent tree.
Now It’s Time For You To Choose
Did you find a favorite elephant name on one of our lists?
Tell us all about the elephant you’re naming, and which name you settled on in the comments section down below!