What to Name Your Chickens

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Inside: Find name suggestions for what to name your chickens – both hens and roosters.

While not everyone names their chickens, many people who start raising a few backyard chickens enjoy choosing chicken names for their flock. Over the year, we have named every single one of our chickens. But deciding what to name your chickens can sometimes cause your brain to come up empty.

That’s why most years, we choose a theme and name them according to the theme. We’ve used themes like “old lady names,” names from TV shows like “Andy Griffith,” and sometimes just plain funny names.

So, if you decide to name your flock, here are some of the themes we’ve used and the chicken names that accompany them.

a chicken in the yard
Our favorite hen, Thelma Lou, enjoying the sunshine.

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Old Lady Names

Our most popular chicken names have been “old lady” names. People love to hear tales from our hens with names like Gertrude and Henrietta.

And I mean no disrespect to anyone by calling them “old lady’ names. Some of these names even come from family members. Thelma Lou in the picture above (while also an Andy Griffith character) is also a combination of my Grandmother and my Mother’s names.

  • Agatha
  • Agnes
  • Annabelle
  • Beatrice
  • Bertha
  • Bessie
  • Blanche
  • Clara
  • Cora
  • Delilah
  • Edith
  • Edna
  • Eve
  • Frances
  • Gertrude
  • Greta
  • Gwen
  • Hazel
  • Harriet
  • Henrietta
  • Hilda
  • Ivory
  • Louise
  • Lucille
  • Mabel
  • Maude
  • Mildred
  • Myrtle
  • Opal
  • Pearl
  • Penelope
  • Phoebe
  • Rosemary
  • Ruby
  • Tilly
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Andy Griffith

The popular TV Show Andy Griffith has some really good names that work well for naming your chickens. Of course, you could also use names from your favorite TV show or movie too.

  • Annabelle
  • (Aunt) Bee
  • Clara
  • Ellie
  • Emma
  • Helen
  • Juanita
  • Karen
  • Peggy
  • Thelma Lou

Other TV shows with good chicken names include Friends (Ross, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe), The Golden Girls (Rose, Dorothy, Sophia, and Blanche), and Charlie’s Angels (Kelly, Sabrina, and Jill).

4 chickens enjoying some free range time
Hazel, Harriet, Little Brown, & Mabel enjoying some free range time.

Funny Chicken Names

If you are going for funny chicken names, there are lots of names to choose from like a spin on a famous person’s name or even ways chicken eggs are used.

  • Amelia Egghart
  • Attila the Hen
  • Cheerio
  • Chicken Nugget
  • Chickovsky
  • Cluck Kent
  • Custard
  • Drumstick
  • Egg Nog
  • Eggwina
  • Goldie
  • Grace Shelly
  • Henny Penny
  • Jewel
  • Mary Poopins
  • Meatloaf
  • Meryl Cheep
  • Mother Clucker
  • Muffin
  • Omelet
  • Peep
  • Pot Pie
  • Princess Layer
  • Pumpkin
  • Scramble
  • Sophia LorHen
  • Sparkle
  • Tinkerbell
  • Tyrannosaurus Pecks
  • Wiggles
  • Yolko Ono

Other Female Chicken Names

If you need other names for your chickens, these names would all be great choices for hens in your flock.

  • Annie – especially if you have a rooster to name Andy
  • Blondie
  • Buttercup
  • Cinnamon
  • Clara
  • Clove
  • Daisy
  • Dolly
  • Doris
  • Dorothy
  • Elizabeth
  • Emerald
  • Esmeralda
  • Florence
  • Freda
  • Fudge
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Josephine
  • June
  • Lavender – perfect for a Lavender Orpington
  • Lou
  • Lucy
  • Martha
  • Millie
  • Molly
  • Monica
  • Nellie
  • Nutmeg
  • Olive – a great name for an Olive Egger
  • Olivia
  • Pepper
  • Polly
  • Poppy
  • Peggy
  • Pumpkin
  • Queenie
  • Rachel
  • Rosemary
  • Rosalie
  • Ruby
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Winifred
chickens pecking in the yard
Juanita, Mabel, and Little Brown hunting bugs in the yard.

Rooster Names

Whether you planned to have a rooster or two in your flock or you accidentally got one in your chick order, you’ll need names for them too.

  • Andy – great with a hen named Annie
  • Angus
  • Big Bird
  • Brewster the Rooster
  • Godzilla
  • Hercules
  • Jaws
  • Julius Caesar
  • Maximus
  • Rooster Cogburn
  • Spartacus
  • Starbuck
  • Thunderbird
  • Wyatt Chirp

As you can see, there are many creative names for chickens. Do you have other suggestions for chicken names? If so, I would love for you to share in the comments so I can update this list.

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Meet Julie

I’m a farm girl born and bred in North Carolina. I’ve been growing a vegetable garden for over 20 years (and helping my Mom grow hers even longer). I’ve been raising chickens in my bathtub and backyard for 12+ years. I believe that homegrown food can be made simple. Let’s get started.

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  1. Mine are named:
    Merrie (Americauna)
    Lacey (Barnevelder – lace pattern on feathers)
    Jet (Black Australorp)
    Buffy (Buff Orpington)
    Biddy (Barred Rock)
    Grey (Lavender Orpington)