300 Awesome & Fun Chicken Names (For Hens & Roosters)

Naming chickens is possibly the most fun part of raising them. These birds are full of pep, personality, and endless attitude, and so it is important to choose a name that appropriately reflects their quirks.

There are a few directions a chicken owner can go in when picking names – some opt for elegant, tasteful names; others are indifferent; and many choose hilarious names that are sure to get a laugh.

Here is a comprehensive list of names collected from all corners of the backyard chicken raising world. Most owners I know delight in sharing the names they’ve encountered over the years – I know one person who named his chickens Constitution and Birdrib!

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your chicken names. There are endless options, and this list can help guide you in the right direction. Keep reading to explore the possibilities!


Names for Roosters

  1. Ajax – a Greek hero in the Trojan War
  2. Alfredo – chicken Alfredo, anyone?
  3. Alphonso – meaning “noble”
  4. Amarillo – Spanish for “yellow”
  5. Arthur – like the legendary king
  6. Bach – for Johann Sebastian Bach, famous German composer
  7. Basil – a fragrant garden herb
  8. Batman – everyone’s favorite vigilante superhero
  9. Bean – green bean, bean dip, baked beans… the possibilities are endless
  10. Beethoven – for Ludwig van Beethoven, another famous German composer
  11. Benedict – Benedict Cumberbatch, or eggs Benedict?
  12. Big Bird – beloved Sesame Street character
  13. Big Red – perfect for a large red rooster
  14. Billy – short for William
  15. Bird Reynolds – Burt Reynolds, but with more feathers
  16. Bobby – short for Robert
  17. Bojangle – if you know, you know
  18. Bowie – a la David
  19. Bruce – Wayne?
  20. Bruiser – great for a no-nonsense bird
  21. Brutus – famous Roman backstabber
  22. Buckwheat – cereal grain, half onomatopoeia
  23. Buddha – the enlightened one
  24. Burrito – delicious Mexican delicacy
  25. Captain – Crunch
  26. Charlie – and the Chocolate Factory
  27. Cheddar – cheese, euphemism for dough
  28. Chester – meaning fortress, suitable for a large rooster
  29. Chick Jagger – gender neutral chicken name
  30. Chili – or Chilly, depending on the climate
  31. Chipotle – everyone’s favorite fast-casual joint
  32. Chive – eggs with chives, anyone?
  33. Chopin – for Frederic Chopin, famous Polish composer
  34. Cluck Norris – Walker, Texas Ranger
  35. Clucky Cheese – perfect for kids
  36. Colonel – Sanders
  37. Cooper – your chicken’s house
  38. Corncob – keeping with the farm theme
  39. Cracker – a delightful snack
  40. Dill – fragrant garden herb
  41. Dinosaur – the chicken’s ancestor
  42. Doc – short for doctor
  43. Domingo – Spanish for Sunday
  44. Draco – like dragon, or Draco Malfoy
  45. Dracula – infamous vampire
  46. Drumstick – for those with a darker sense of humor
  47. Dumbledore – Harry Potter’s mentor
  48. Dumpling – everyone loves chicken and dumplings
  49. Eggbert – Albert, but cuter
  50. Egger Allen Poe – quoth the chicken, “bawk bawk”
  51. Eggzavier – a tasteful Latin name
  52. Elvis – Presley
  53. Enchilada – a Mexican delicacy
  54. Francisco – nickname “Frankie”
  55. Fried – with a side of sarcasm
  56. Galileo – famous astronomer, probable chicken lover
  57. Garbanzo – alternately Chickpea
  58. General Tsao – everyone’s favorite Chinese order
  59. George – meaning farmer
  60. Gerard – meaning strong with a spear (or beak)
  61. Geronimo – a fearless Apache leader
  62. Godzilla – king of the chickens
  63. Grinch – a grumpy spoilsport
  64. Hamish – Gaelic version of James
  65. Hank – meaning ruler of the home, fitting for a confident rooster
  66. Henry – a common name for kings
  67. Hercules – Greek hero, son of Zeus
  68. Horus – Egyptian god of the sky, had a bird head
  69. Huevo – Spanish for egg
  70. Indiana Jones – some chickens are unbelievably brave
  71. Jack – paired with Jill
  72. John Hennon – unisex name, Yolko Ono’s partner
  73. Jupiter – Roman god of the sky, also a gas giant
  74. Kebab – pairs well with pita
  75. Kylo Hen – unisex name, fitting for space geeks
  76. Lasagna – so you always have an idea for dinner
  77. Leroy – meaning “the king”
  78. Lincoln – Abraham
  79. Marco Pollo – good luck finding him!
  80. Mario – a great friend to Luigi
  81. Maximus – greatest or largest, the head of your flock
  82. Mercury – small planet, poisonous substance
  83. Merlin – King Arthur’s magic henchman
  84. Mozart – for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, famous Austrian composer
  85. Mufasa – Simba’s father, saddest death in cartoon history
  86. Nacho – extra cheese, please
  87. Napoleon – for Napoleon Bonaparte, French monarch with a complex
  88. Nugget – ketchup or ranch?
  89. October – a pleasant month
  90. Osprey – could probably beat a chicken in a fight
  91. Pepe – le Pew, or the frog
  92. Phoenix – what a chicken strives for
  93. Pickles – you either love them or hate them
  94. Pikachu – the Pokémon is cute, why not the chicken?
  95. Pluto – smallest planet, great for a runt
  96. Popeye – or Popeye’s?
  97. Potato – hash browns, home fries, or French fries?
  98. Potpie – pair with salad
  99. Pox – great for a speckled Sussex
  100. Prince – a tossup between William, Harry, and Purple Rain
  101. Pumpkin – pie, latte
  102. Rafael – Italian painter, teenage mutant ninja turtle
  103. Raider – for your aggressive bird
  104. Ralph – meaning “counsel wolf”
  105. Ranchero – huevos or herdsman
  106. Rasher – of bacon
  107. Reese – ‘s cup, Reese’s pieces
  108. Reuben – meaning “behold, a son!” also a delicious sandwich
  109. Rex – king, Tyrannosaurus
  110. Richard – meaning “king”
  111. Rick – short for Richard
  112. Rojo – Spanish for red
  113. Rotisserie – this one is obvious
  114. Rufus – meaning “red haired”
  115. Rusty – a classic farmyard name
  116. Sampson – meaning “sun”
  117. Sanders – colonel
  118. Scamp – runt, rascal, pest
  119. Schnitzel – breaded and fried
  120. Scout – a trustworthy lookout
  121. Scramble – or sunny side up?
  122. Senator – for the prideful bird
  123. Sergeant – possibly the highest rank a chicken can attain
  124. Sergio – meaning “servant”
  125. Sesame – chicken or bun
  126. Severus Snape – for the angsty, misunderstood chicken
  127. Shadow – great for a black chicken
  128. Sheldon – or Shell-don?
  129. Shrek – paired with Donkey, or Fiona
  130. Soft Boiled – served with a side of toast
  131. Special K – for your unique chicken
  132. Spike – for the abrasive chicen
  133. Starbuck – or Starbawk
  134. TNT – dynamite name!
  135. Tandoori – I prefer Vindaloo
  136. Teriyaki – side of fried rice
  137. Tiago – meaning “may god protect”
  138. Toast – pair with eggs
  139. Tweedle Dee – see below
  140. Tweedle Dum – see above
  141. Tyson – or Perdue
  142. Uno – for your first bird
  143. Vinegar – for a hard to please chicken
  144. Voldemort – he who must not be named
  145. Walker – Texas Ranger
  146. Washington – George
  147. Wayne – John, Bruce
  148. Willy Wonka – for the whimsical chicken
  149. Yeti – great for a white chicken
  150. Zeus – god of the sky

Names for Hens

  1. Agnes – meaning pure, holy
  2. Alice – meaning “of nobility”
  3. Amelia Egghart – chickens can fly, too!
  4. Angel – a spiritual being
  5. Annie Yolkley – badum, tss!
  6. Apple – pie
  7. Ariel – for the Little Mermaid
  8. Attila the Hen – unisex, for an unstoppable chicken
  9. Audrey Henburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s, anyone?
  10. Aurora – for Sleeping Beauty
  11. Barbie – the doll, or cue
  12. Beatrice – meaning “she who makes happy”
  13. Belle – for your pretty bird
  14. Betty – last name White
  15. Biscuit – and gravy
  16. Blanche – paired with Stella
  17. Blondie – I prefer brownies
  18. Blossom – pink Powerpuff Girl
  19. Blueberry – pie, tart, muffin
  20. Bossy – you know exactly which chicken I mean
  21. Bubbles – blue Powerpuff Girl
  22. Buffy – the vampire slayer
  23. Buttercup – green Powerpuff Girl
  24. Caramel – for a lovely brown chicken
  25. Cashew – suitable for a nutty bird
  26. Charlotte – female version of Charles, meaning “free man” (or bird)
  27. Cherry – cola
  28. Chestnut – roasting on an open fire
  29. Chickpea – alternately Garbanzo
  30. Cinderella – a classic Disney princess
  31. Cinnamon – nickname bun or roll
  32. Clara – meaning “clear”
  33. Clementine – a delicious fruit and an adorable name
  34. Clover – meaning “meadow flower,” a very lucky bird
  35. Coco – or Cocoa
  36. Cookie – for your sweetest chicken
  37. Copper – great for a rust colored bird
  38. Cordelia – meaning “heart of the lion” or “jewel of the sea,” depending
  39. Cotton – perfect for a fluffy white hen
  40. Cruella – de Ville, for your most evil chicken
  41. Cupcake – for a sweet little chicken
  42. Curry – pair with white rice and mango lassi
  43. Daisy – a lovely flower
  44. Ditsy – some chickens are more airheaded than others
  45. Diva – you know the one, she’s sassy, she’s saucy, she’s the queen bee
  46. Dixie Chick – for the beloved band
  47. Dolly – Hello, Dolly!
  48. Dorothy – pairs well with Toto
  49. Dottie – for an elderly and elegant bird
  50. Downy – she probably has irresistibly soft feathers
  51. Ducky – for the water-loving chicken
  52. Easter – the belle of the ball in springtime
  53. Eggwina – always make room for puns
  54. Ella – meaning “beautiful,” “fairy maiden,” “goddess”
  55. Elsa – paired with Anna
  56. Elsie – meaning “pledged to god”
  57. Ethel – meaning “noble”
  58. Esther – meaning “star”
  59. Fawn – a baby deer
  60. Feathers – not every name needs to be creative!
  61. Fiesta – Spanish for “party”
  62. Fiona – meaning “white” or “fair”
  63. Fleur – French for “flower”
  64. Flora – another word for flower
  65. Francine – meaning “free”
  66. Gertrude – meaning “spear” or “strength”
  67. Ginger – great for an orange chicken
  68. Grace Shelly – one of the most glamorous film stars, poultry edition
  69. Granola – for your hippie bird
  70. Grapenut – neither grape nor nut
  71. Gwyneth Poultry – actress/influencer/gorgeous chicken
  72. Hattie – meaning “home ruler,” you know exactly which bird
  73. Hen Solo – unisex name, for the space enthusiast
  74. Henrietta – diminutive of “Henry”
  75. Hermione – meaning “well born”
  76. Hershey – perfect for a brown bird
  77. Honey – combining the birds and the bees
  78. Ivory – for your beautiful white bird
  79. Jasmine – a fragrant white flower
  80. Jelly – pairs well with peanut butter
  81. Jo – lene, sephine, meaning “sweetheart”
  82. Juno – Jupiter’s wife, queen of the gods
  83. Ladybug – everyone’s favorite garden bug
  84. Latte – pairs with Starbuck
  85. Lemon – for a pretty yellow chicken
  86. Lily – a beautiful flower, also meaning “passion”
  87. Lollipop – Lolly for short
  88. Louise – meaning “famous warrioress”
  89. Lucy – meaning “light”
  90. Mabel – meaning “lovable,” “dear”
  91. Maggie – short for Margaret, meaning “pearl” or “cluster of blossoms”
  92. Maleficent – the evil queen in Sleeping Beauty
  93. Mango – often referred to as a fruit of passion
  94. Marshmallow – for a lovely white bird
  95. Maybelle – alternate spelling of Mabel
  96. Meryl Cheep – a strong and sassy hen
  97. Millie – short for Millicent, meaning “work” or “strength”
  98. Milky – for a gorgeous white chicken
  99. Muffin – pairs well with Blueberry
  100. Nugget – for the macabre chicken owners
  101. Nutmeg – pairs well with Cinnamon
  102. Oats – pairs well with Barley
  103. Olive – for “olive tree”
  104. Opal – for the gorgeous gemstone
  105. Pancake – pairs well with waffle
  106. Paprika – perfect for a red hen
  107. Peaches – a delicious fruit
  108. Pearl – the world is her oyster
  109. Pebbles – for the runt of the coop
  110. Peep – more onomatopoeia
  111. Penelope – meaning “weaver”
  112. Penny – nickname for Penelope
  113. Pepper – pairs well with salt
  114. Petunia – a pretty flower
  115. Pixie – for your fairytale chicken
  116. Popcorn – for a white and yellow bird
  117. Poppy – a gorgeous red flower
  118. Princess – a born royal
  119. Prudence – meaning “good judgement”
  120. Pudding – chocolate or vanilla?
  121. Queen – the leader of the coop
  122. Quiche – who doesn’t love quiche on a Sunday morning?
  123. Raven – for a gorgeous black bird
  124. Rosie – nickname for Rose
  125. Roxy – short for Roxanne, meaning “bright star”
  126. Ruth – meaning “friend”
  127. Sandy – meaning “defender”
  128. Sangria – for your partying chicken
  129. Sassy – what else is there to say?
  130. Savannah – meaning “open plain”
  131. Skittles – taste the rainbow
  132. Snow White – for the beloved Disney princess
  133. Spice – see Sugar
  134. Stella – meaning “star”
  135. Strawberry – a delicious treat for chickens (in moderation)
  136. Sugar – see Spice
  137. Summer – pair with Winter
  138. Susie – meaning “lily flower”
  139. Sweetpea – a delicate flower
  140. Syrup – pairs with Pancake or Waffle
  141. Taffy – saltwater or Laffy?
  142. Thelma – pairs with Louise
  143. Thumbelina – for your tiny hen
  144. Tinkerbell – Peter Pan’s henchman
  145. Tulip – a lovely flower
  146. Vanilla – pairs with Chocolate
  147. Violet – a beautiful purple flower
  148. Willow – meaning “slender” or “graceful”
  149. Wilma – meaning “resolute protection”
  150. Yolko Ono – John Hennon’s partner

Final Thoughts

Now that you have some fresh ideas for chicken names, it’s time for the best part – picking your favorites. Are you a new owner looking for unique names, or a veteran chicken raiser that recognizes some of these names? Leave a comment below!