We all have different ideas about the best female goat names. But whatever your tastes, we’re confident that we’ve got suggestions that will appeal to you in this giant compendium of nanny goat names!
We’ve got categories including:
- The best female goat names
- Old fashioned female goat names
- Ancient female goat names
- Regal female goat names
- Unusual female goat names
- Cute female goat names
Best Female Goat Names
Here are our favorite names for female goats – enough to name a whole herd of them!
Old Fashioned Female Goat Names
Perhaps it’s because a female goat is called a nanny goat, but all of them suit old fashioned names. So to fit in with that theme, here are some of the most popular names from the 1920s, according to the Social Security Administration.
Ancient Female Goat Names
Why have we chosen ancient names as a category?!
Well, goats were one of the first ever animal species to be domesticated. The first domestic goats were kept in the Middle East, around 10,000 years ago. And these human names are all thousands of years old too, so they make a fitting tribute to the millenia-long relationship between goats and humans.
Regal Female Goat Names
Wild goat herds choose a single dominant female to act as the ‘flock queen’. She’s picked mostly based on her age, but also partly on whether or not she has horns. The queen leads the herd to the best grazing areas, and decides where they will stop to eat. She teaches the younger goats which plants are inedible or poisonous, and she gets the best sleeping spot at the end of the day.
Captive coats – whether they are kept as pets or commercial dairy herds – are less likely to have a flock queen. But you might still have one special female living with you who’s bolder, more assertive and more regal than the rest. Maybe she just has the poise of a queen, and you want to celebrate it. If so, here are some names of human queens throughout the ages, to inspire you:
Unusual Female Goat Names
One of the most fun things about naming animals is that you can be a bit less restrained than you’re likely to be when naming a human. Goats will never be asked to spell an unusual name, for example, or suffer years of seeing it misspelt on the side of a coffee cup.
So here are some unusual goat names, to celebrate your goat’s individuality, and make them even more unforgettable:
Cute Female Goat Names
There are somewhere in the region of 300 distinct goat breeds, but the breed most likely to be kept as a pet is the pygmy goat. This is partly practical – pygmy goats need less space, and less food. But generations of breeding for a nice temperament means that pygmies are also the most likely breed to be docile and affectionate.
Pygmy goats all have the same form of hereditary dwarfism which means that they only grow 16 to 20 inches tall. So these cute female goat names are a sweet nod to their scaled down size:
Of course, you could use them for larger goat breeds too!
Choosing Female Goat Names
That was the last of our name lists. Did you see anything you like for your female goat?
It’s pretty easy to teach a goat to respond to their name when you’ve chosen one. Just take them a special treat such as grapes, carrots, celery, pear or squash, and repeat their name several times as you feed it to them. Do this frequently, and they’ll soon be looking up and rushing towards you at the sound of their name. Of course, they won’t necessarily understand that their name refers to them and not the treats, but the outcome is still what you want!
Your Favorite Female Goat Names
Which nanny goat names are your favorites? Which have you chosen for your ungulate friend? Let us know in the comments box down below!
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Amills et al. Goat domestication and breeding: a jigsaw of historical, biological and molecular data with missing pieces. Animal Genetics. 2017.
Oltenacu et al. BEHAVIOR OF GOATS: PART I – HERD BEHAVIOR. Cornell University. 1999.