Owl Names

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Owl names are great fun to find. Owls have so many distinguishing physical traits and characteristics to inspire unique names. Their nocturnal habits, big beautiful eyes, ability to rotate their neck to a 270-degree angle, and legendary mythology as a symbol of wisdom and mystery provide endless options for choosing the perfect owl name. Whether you want cool, funny, or cute owl names, there’s a great selection listed below. And if you’re a Harry Potter or Guardians of Ga’Hoole fan, we’ve included them too.

There are about 250 species of owls in the world. With their huge heads, solemn demeanor, stocky bodies, oversized immobile eyeballs, and a reversible toe that can point in either direction, it’s impossible to confuse this bird of prey with any other creature. Whether you’ve made friends with a real owl or have a plush toy to name, we’ve got you covered with over 200 owl name ideas.

Female Owl Names

While the male in most species is larger than the female in the case of owls, girls are the ones that are bigger, heavier, and more aggressive. Here’s a selection of both popular and traditional female names, along with some that have mythological origins.

  • Luna
  • Celeste
  • Twila
  • Odette
  • Cyra
  • Athena
  • Eve
  • Elvira
  • Ophelia
  • Helena
  • Dixie
  • Isis
  • Tabitha
  • Sidra
  • Artemis
  • Selena
  • Ella
  • Faith
  • Alice
  • Stella
  • Duchess
  • Jewel
  • Alexis
  • Angelica
  • Coco
  • Lucille

Male Owl Names

You may see owls as solemn or comical, so this list of boy owl names has something for every owl in your life.

  • Zeus
  • Barney
  • Vincent
  • Oliver
  • Ozzy
  • Otis
  • Dexter
  • Powell
  • Irwin
  • Evan
  • Clifford
  • Baxter
  • Edmund
  • Marshall
  • Orion
  • Orson
  • Omega
  • Duke
  • Chandler
  • Marshall
  • Percy
  • Templeton
  • Sammy
  • Thurston
  • Ozwald
  • Robert
  • Otto

Famous Owl Names

Owl fossils have been found that are millions of years old. With so much history, it’s not surprising that many books, movies, and other art and entertainment forms have taken owls under their wing. Here’s a selection of names bestowed upon some of the most famous owls ever.

  • Archimedes (The Sword in the Stone)
  • Big Mama (The Fox and the Hound)
  • Brodwin (Harry Potter)
  • Clockwerk (Sly Cooper)
  • Doyle (mascot of Reed College)
  • Errol (Harry Potter)
  • Glimfeather (Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Grand Duke (Rock-a-Doodle)
  • Gylfie (Guardians of Ga’Hoole)
  • Hedwig (Harry Potter)
  • Hermes (Harry Potter)
  • Hoots (The Muppets)
  • Jareth (Labyrinth)
  • Kludd (Guardians of Ga’Hoole)
  • Longclaw (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Mr. Owl (Franklin and Friends)
  • Nightwing (DC Comics superhero)
  • NoctusLatin (Guardians of Ga’Hoole)
  • Nyra (Guardians of Ga’Hoole)
  • Oliver (Looney Toons)
  • Owlbear (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Owlboy (video game)
  • Owl (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Owlowiscious (My Little Pony)
  • Owly
  • Owl Brown (The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin)
  • Pigwidgeon (Harry Potter)
  • Plop (The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark)
  • Sammy (Mascot for Rice University Owls)
  • Scowl (Happily Ever After)
  • Screech (The Incredibles 2)
  • Soren (Guardians of Ga’Hoole)
  • Woodsy (US Forest Service)

Funny Owl Names

You’ll get a hoot out of the funny and punny owl names inspired by famous and historical figures past and present.

  • Owlbert Einstein
  • Owlexander the Great
  • Owl Pacino
  • Owlice Cooper
  • Owl Capone
  • Whodini
  • Owlin Alda
  • Owlivia Colson
  • Olive Owl
  • Winston Churchowl
  • Owlfred Hitchcock
  • Dr. Who
  • Fat Owlbert
  • Muhammad Owli
  • Owlbama
  • Jimmy Tallon
  • Owl Gadot
  • Abigowl Breslin
  • Simon C’Owl

Cute Owl Names

Despite having curved bills and sharp talons to hunt and eat other animals, there’s definitely something cute about owls. These names will highlight the adorable side of your favorite owl.

  • Blinky
  • Hooter
  • Boo
  • Wobbles
  • Sleepy
  • Buttons
  • Bubo
  • Paunch
  • Pigeon
  • Elf
  • Candy
  • Bugsy
  • Winky
  • Tutti
  • Gonzo
  • Horton
  • Lucky
  • Smartie
  • Skipper
  • Poof
  • Tootsie

Cool Owl Names

Mysterious and wise, there are plenty of cool names to consider when naming one of nature’s most unflappable birds.

  • Screech
  • Merlin
  • Wisdom
  • Wizer
  • Foxy
  • Catcher
  • Gizmo
  • Tawny
  • Woody
  • Whoolio
  • Fresco
  • Ace
  • Nocturne
  • Apollo
  • Deacon
  • Batman
  • Nightwing
  • Finnegan
  • Chamer
  • Oracle
  • Hallowe’en
  • Tiger
  • Swish
  • Wizard
  • Magic
  • Spooky

Snowy Owl Names

White feathers give these beautiful birds the perfect camouflage for a snowy habitat. Snowy owl males can be pure white, while females always have some brown feathers. Even the snowy owl’s feet are covered in feathers for a fluffy slipper appearance that helps insulate them in Arctic climates. With their piercing, cat-like yellow eyes, this large owl deserves a moniker that depicts their uniqueness.

  • Snowflake
  • Arctic
  • Cloud
  • Sugar
  • Snowdrop
  • Blizzard
  • Alaska
  • Chill
  • Angel
  • Snowball
  • Vanilla
  • Marshmallow
  • Iceberg
  • Everest
  • Igloo
  • Glacier
  • Coconut
  • Champagne
  • Bianca
  • Blanco
  • Alba
  • Cotton
  • Ivory
  • Frosty
  • Whisper
  • Lace
  • Pearl
  • Whitey

Barn Owl Names

The barn owl is the most popular and widespread owl species and lives on all continents except Antarctica. They can adapt to a wide range of habitats, from deserts to forests and grasslands to urban areas. With that adorable large, white, heart-shaped face, they’re easy to distinguish from other owls. Over many centuries, barn owls have been known by an enormous amount of different names. Some of them are included here.

  • Billy Whit
  • Woolert
  • Ghost
  • Hobgoblin
  • Oolert
  • Billy Wix
  • Hoolet
  • Moggy
  • Scritch
  • Straw
  • Demon
  • Dobby
  • Strix
  • Bubo
  • Nyra
  • Steeple

Owls by Color

Of course, owls also come in all shades of grey, brown, and black; here are some names inspired by feather color.

Grey Owl Names

  • Smoke
  • Slate
  • Metallica
  • Cinder
  • Stormy
  • Earl Grey
  • Cosmo
  • Umbra
  • Tinsel

Brown Owl Names

  • Cola
  • Whiskey
  • Coffee
  • Bear
  • Espresso
  • Fudge
  • Topaz
  • Umber
  • Mocha

Black Owl Names

  • Midnight
  • Shadow
  • Dusk
  • Tux
  • Raven
  • Sabbath
  • Ink
  • Ebony
  • Velvet

Finding the Best Names for Baby Owls

There are no rules for naming an owl or any other animal for that matter. It often comes down to the personality or appearance of the creature christened or the personal preferences of the person bestowing the name.

Did you find the perfect owl name from our lists? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jane has been a freelance writer for over five years and currently lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys helping people choose the right animal for the right reasons, and stresses how important it is to choose a pet that matches your individual lifestyle.


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