Raising Chickens

Top 100 Chicken Names (+ Name Generator)

By Chicken Fans Editorial Team

Especially when having small children, giving names to your chickens is quite an important task! It’s believed chickens can even learn their name.

Whether you want a funny, cute, or classy name for all members of your backyard flock, or just a name that reflects the chickens’ personality, we’ll get you on the way. This article includes our free ‘Name generator‘, so why not let the generator decide?

Let’s get started by addressing the best chicken names per category.

Things to keep in mind when choosing a chicken name

It can be challenging to find the perfect name for your flock members. You can either use our ‘Name Generator’ or try and find the most suitable name in our extensive list.

Not all chickens are the same; each has a personality and appearance. Or maybe you want to name the birds after a favorite movie star? Or food? Or coffee brand?

Whatever you may choose, pick a name you like as it will be used a lot. Name picking can also be a fun activity to do with the whole family! Let the kids join in on the decision.

Things to consider:

  • Is your chicken a hen or a rooster?
  • What’s the size of the bird? Do you really want to name your Silkie ‘Godzilla’?
  • What’s colors are your chickens? ‘Miss Grey’ or ‘Mister Black’ are obvious but recognizable choices.
  • Do your chickens have a pattern? A mottled bird can become ‘Dotty’.
  • What’s your chickens’ personality? Maybe you want to call a frolic chicken ‘Happy’ or a rescued hen becomes ‘Lucky’?

Top traditional chicken names

Traditional names will last a lifetime and never go out of style. Especially when your family can’t agree on any name, a traditional one can be a safe choice as it does not have too many references or weird sounds.

Let’s go over the top 10 traditional chicken names

  1. Polly
  2. Mabel
  3. Daisy
  4. Gloria
  5. Felicity
  6. Geraldine
  7. Nugget
  8. Ninja
  9. Bruce
  10. Poncho

Best names for hens

Not all breeds can be sexed the day after hatching, so maybe you’ll have to be patient to name your chicken until you’re sure of its gender. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with renaming your chicken after you’ve determined the sex: Henrietta becomes Henry and Gerald becomes Geraldine.

free ranging group of hens

A list of the top 10 names for female chickens:

  1. Buttercup
  2. Moira
  3. Penelope
  4. Waffle
  5. Lollipop
  6. Sybil
  7. Olive
  8. Beatrice
  9. Mango
  10. Phoebe

Want to see more girly chicken names? Check out our complete ‘100+ girl chickens names‘.

Best Names for roosters

Roosters are the protectors of the flock, guardians of your hens, and heads of the pecking order. So maybe you want to name them accordingly? Finding a rooster’s name can be more challenging as many more options are available for female chickens. But don’t forget many names can be used for both male and female birds. Think about color or food references (Cinnamon, Brownie, Mango,…). Here are our best picks for male chicken names.

Best options for a rooster name:

  1. Vinny
  2. Duke
  3. T-rex
  4. Elvis
  5. Spurs
  6. Randy
  7. Gus
  8. Stevie
  9. Larry
  10. Roostie

Moviestar names

Everybody has a favorite movie or a favorite movie star. Maybe you want to give your chickens an original name from that movie? It’ll sound funny and catchy, and everybody will love it.

If you don’t have any inspiration, we’ll get you on the way with our top 10 movie star chicken names:

  1. Cluck Norris
  2. The Dude
  3. Henneth Paltrow
  4. Frodo
  5. Bruiser
  6. Russel Crow
  7. Princess Lay-A
  8. Atilla The Hen
  9. Frank-hen-stein
  10. Rocky

Mythical chicken names

Ancient mythologies can be an excellent inspiration for any pet name! There are hundreds of possibilities, and all will give your chickens a sophisticated name. Because of its originality, people will remember your chickens’ names, which can be a great conversation starter. ‘Hey, how’s Zeus doing?’

Best choices for a mythical chicken name:

  1. Osiris
  2. Zeus
  3. Aphrodite
  4. Thor
  5. Athena
  6. Artemis
  7. Odin
  8. Loki
  9. Pandora
  10. Rhea

Funny chicken names

There’s nothing wrong with a quick giggle every time you have to pronounce your chickens’ names. Imagine being at the vet’s office and saying, ‘Oh, it seems like little Psycho here has a small cough.’ Off course, what is funny to you, may not be funny to everybody, so pick a funny name that isn’t insulting if you don’t want things to get awkward.

araucana chicken with beard and muff

Our top 10 funny chicken names:

  1. Bugeater
  2. Limpy
  3. Eggbert
  4. Houdini
  5. Crispy
  6. Peter Pecker
  7. Scruffy
  8. RoostieMcRooFace
  9. Burrito
  10. Huevos

Want to see more funny chicken names? Check out our complete ‘100+ funny chicken names list‘.

Celebrity chicken names

Celebrities, movie stars, musicians, or otherwise known people have always spoken to the imagination. So it can be very tempting to name one of your chickens to one of your favorite tabloid subjects. There are plenty of examples, but you can always come up with some ideas of your own.

Let’s get you started with our top 10 celebrity chicken names:

  1. Oprah Henfrey
  2. Elvis
  3. Hennifer Lopez
  4. Yolko Ono
  5. Heidi Plume
  6. Amelia Egghart
  7. David Beakham
  8. Albert Eggstein
  9. Jennifer Heniston
  10. George Cluckney

Disney chicken names

Choosing chicken names can be a great activity to do with your kids. Maybe they’ve recently seen an animated movie that they adored. My guess is there are many chickens called ‘Elsa’ these days! It’s a popular name with a recognizable reference to most children. But why not go for something more original?

Our top 10 list of favorite Disney and other animated movies chicken names:

  1. Pocahentas
  2. Tinkerbell
  3. Mowgli
  4. Boo boo chicken
  5. Belle
  6. Rapunzel
  7. Sebastian
  8. Jafar
  9. Ariel
  10. Cinderella

Cute Chicken Names

We all know chickens can be the cuddliest and sweetest backyard pets. So why not give them a name that suits their cuteness? Cute chicken names are also popular with children. They are funny and adorable and your kids will love them.

Our best ideas for cute chicken names are:

  1. Buttercup
  2. Cheese Puff
  3. Lily
  4. Honey
  5. Blossom
  6. Snowball
  7. Poppy
  8. Biscuit
  9. Buddy
  10. Cinnamon

Want to see more cute chicken names? Check out our complete list of ‘100+ Cute Chicken Names‘.

Best chicken names for giant breeds

There are many large chicken breeds, one more giant than the other. It can be a bit strange to name a Jersey Giant ‘Buttercups’, but that’s totally up to you! If you’re thinking about giving your large birds a robust name, we can help you with that.

Here are our top 10 choices for large chicken names:

  1. Hulk
  2. Tyson
  3. Bigfoot
  4. Godzilla
  5. Colossus
  6. Cyclone
  7. Yeti
  8. Big Bertha
  9. Maximus
  10. Queen

Best chicken names for bantams

Small chicken breeds such as Silkies or Bantams are always fluffy and cute. Furthermore, they’re often kept as pet chickens and are suitable for families with small children. Why not let your kids decide on a great chicken’s name? You can always guide them in the right direction with the help of our list.

bantam chicken vorwerk

Top 10 chicken names for small breeds:

  1. Micro
  2. Pebbles
  3. Teacup
  4. Cricket
  5. Leprechaun
  6. Petit
  7. Chico
  8. Klein
  9. Sonnet
  10. Tiny Tim


Whether you want to name your chickens or not is up to you. But if you do, try and find a name that suits your chickens by their characteristics, personality, or breed. We’ve tried to give you a head start in the search for that perfect chicken name! If you haven’t found what you are looking for, try our ‘Name Generator‘ with plenty more examples of funny and original chicken names.

Chicken Fans Editorial Team

The editorial team consists of 3rd generation chicken owners Kat, journalist, editor-in-chief, and Nick, working with illustrators and specialists in the field.