Snowy Owl Names

snowy owl names

Snowy owl names can be cute, frosty, or fun! While it is illegal to keep a snowy owl as a pet in the United States, exotic pet owners in the United Kingdom do not face such restrictions. For the lucky few who embrace the challenge of owl ownership, choosing a snowy owl name can be tricky. Of course, you might need a snowy owl name even if you don’t own a snowy owl yourself. You can pay to “adopt” and name a snowy owl at a pet sanctuary or animal rescue center. Or, if you have a white bird, you may want to give them a mystical snowy owl name. In this guide, I’ll share some of my favorite name ideas for snowy owls to give you some inspiration!


It is practically impossible to think about snowy owls without thinking about Harry Potter’s trusty sidekick, Hedwig. For that reason, Hedwig is probably the most popular snowy owl name known to man. But, other popular snowy owl names include:

  • Snowflake
  • Snowball
  • Snowdrop
  • Snow White
  • Blizzard
  • Iceberg
  • Glacier
  • Frosty
  • Arctic
  • Tundra
  • Blanca
  • Marshmallow
  • Ivory
  • Alabaster
  • Cotton
  • Coconut
  • Pearl

As you can see, pretty much anything related to snow, ice, and winter makes for a popular snowy owl name. You could even call your snowy owl Winter itself. Lots of these popular names are a great way to show off your owl’s beautiful coloring.

Strong Snowy Owl Names

If you want your snowy owl name to suggest strength, try something like Great White. You can also think of the stronger elements of winter – or owls themselves. Try:

  • Storm
  • Talons
  • Hunter
  • Stealth
  • Avalanche
  • Frostbite
  • Polar
  • Polaris
  • Permafrost
  • Nocturne
  • Thunder
  • Lightning
  • Gale
  • Fang
  • Jet

All these names suggest both power and the snowy owl’s unique traits.

snowy owl names

Cute and Cuddly Snowy Owl Names

Snowy owls are big puffballs, so if you want to highlight this aspect of your feathered friend, you can opt for a cute and cuddle name. Some examples include:

  • Angel
  • Blizzy
  • Sugar
  • Buttons
  • Mittens
  • Dot
  • Crystal
  • Bubbles
  • Candy
  • Cookie
  • Coco
  • Nutty
  • Speckle
  • Feathers
  • Hooter

Snowy Owl Names from Pop Culture

Again, Hedwig tops the list of snowy owl names from pop culture. Still, there are plenty of owls and wintry characters in the media. You could name your snowy owl (or another pet) after:

  • Pigwidgeon (Ron Weasley’s owl)
  • Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, or Sven from the movie, “Frozen”
  • X the Owl from “Mr. Rodgers”
  • Big Mama from “The Fox and the Hound”
  • Penguin or Mr. Freeze from “Batman”
  • Cersei or White Walker from “Game of Thrones”
  • Mr. Owl from the “Tootsie Pop” commercials.
  • Soren, Ezylryb, or Ga’Hoole from “Legend of the Guardians”
  • Archimedes from “The Sword in the Stone”
  • Katara from “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
  • Blathers from “Animal Crossing”

Silly Snowy Owl Names

If you want to have a “hoot,” you could give your snowy owl a silly or funny name. Some ideas that make me laugh include:

  • Hooters
  • Mr. Know It Owl
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Ice-T
  • Popsicle
  • Refrigerator
  • Superbowl (Superb Owl)
  • Owlfred
  • Dr. Hoot
  • McFlurry
  • Mr Whippy
  • Pingu
  • Owlbus Dumbledore
  • Hoodini

Puns and pop culture references tend to work as funny snowy owl names, so feel free to use your imagination.

Outside the Box Snowy Owl Names

Some people like to think outside the box and name their pets from sources that others might not think of. You can find some of the most original snowy owl names I discovered below:

  • Alaska
  • Tempest
  • Athena
  • Zeus
  • Nieve
  • Gelato
  • Umbra
  • Azore
  • Ookpik
  • Bubo
  • Nyctea
  • Zephyr
  • Apollo
  • Demeter
  • Cupid

Foreign languages and mythology are excellent sources for original snowy owl names.

Fun Facts About Snowy Owls

Snowy owls have tons of feathers that make them one of the heaviest owl species in North America. Even their feet are covered in feathers! These birds have a 4- to 5-foot wingspan, and they swallow their prey whole. The males are pure white, and the females have dark-colored stripes and spots. Like other bird species, snowy owls usually mate for life, and owlets only spend about three weeks in the nest.

A snowy owl’s favorite food is lemmings, and they have keen senses to hunt these creatures all over Earth’s tundra. Interestingly enough, snowy owls hunt during the day, and they are especially active at dawn and dusk. To find prey under foliage and snow, snowy owls have some of the best sight and hearing in the animal kingdom.

Do Owls Make Good Pets?

Unfortunately, owls do not make good pets. They are nocturnal, and not overly affectionate towards people. Additionally, owls have sharp beaks and massive talons, so owning them is downright dangerous. Snowy owls are also territorial and have a nasty tendency to dive-bomb their owners – and other humans! Further, snowy owls are susceptible to health problems and extremely high maintenance when it comes to housing and feeding.

Sadly, so many unprepared owl owners have dumped their pets that animal experts have been forced to open specialized sanctuaries just to take care of the birds. Although you should not keep an owl as a pet, you can sponsor an animal at a sanctuary – or give a different pet a name that draws snowy owls to mind. You can even choose one of these name ideas for a beloved cuddly toy!

Which is Your Favorite Name Idea?

Whether you’re an exotic pet owner, you are “adopting” an owl at a sanctuary, or you want to name another pet, the choice of what to name your snowy owl is up to you. Choose a strong name, a cuddly name, or even a funny one. Stick with popular snowy owl names or go off the beaten path.

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