How to Get Creative Names for Your Chickens

Since so many of us are in the process of getting chicks, I thought it would be a good time to get your creative juices flowing so you can name your new birds.  Sure, you can choose names from a baby book, but below are some other ways to do it that might be more fun.

By the way, if you have a great name, feel free to leave a comment so everyone can enjoy it.

Funny Celeb Name Variations - This is my absolute favorite type of chicken name. During Oscar season I came up with a bunch of these names, but I've also collected some on the web that are included in the below list:

  • Feather Locklear
  • Grace Shell-y
  • Yolk-o Ono
  • Hen-nifer Aniston
  • Gregory Peck
  • Eliza-chick Taylor
  • Debra Winger
  • Chick Corea
  • Hen-ny Youngman
  • Cluck Rodgers
  • Puffy Combs
  • Shell-y Winters
  • Britt Egg-land
  • Debra Winger
  • Cluck Norris
  • Goldie Hen
  • Susan Sarand-hen
  • Ozzy Eggborn
  • Henneth Paltrow
  • Cluck Kent
  • Mary Poop-ens

Favorite TV Cast Names - "Lucy" is certainly a fine name. However, when you name a second hen "Ethel" it's pretty clear that your an I Love Lucy fan.  

The TV show you pick is really up to you. I'm listing some old shows everyone knows below as examples.  The best shows are ones with large female casts since most folks have flocks dominated by hens.  However, don't feel too constrained on this point. The Audubon Society isn't going to show up to arrest you if you give a hen a "boys" name. My son named one of our hens "Bruno." Go figure.

Golden Girls

  • Blanche
  • Rose
  • Sophia
  • Dorothy

Designing Women

  • Julia
  • Suzanne
  • Mary Jo
  • Charlene
  • Anthony


  • Carla
  • Diane
  • Rebeca
  • Lilith
  • Sam
  • Cliff
  • Woody
  • George


  • Rachel
  • Monica
  • Phoebe
  • Joey
  • Ross
  • Chandler


  • Alice
  • Flo
  • Mel

Mary Tyler Moore

  • Mary
  • Rhoda
  • Georgette
  • Sue Ann
  • Phyllis
  • Murray
  • Lou
  • Ted

British TV Comedy

     Keeping Up Appearances
  • Hyacinth 
  • Daisy
  • Rose 
  • Violet
  • Elizabeth 
  • Emmet 
  • Onslow 
  • Richard 
  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent 

     Are You Being Served
  • Mrs. Slocombe 
  • Miss Brahams 
  • Mr. Humphries 
  • Mr. Grainger 
  • Captain Peacock 

To the Manor Born
  • Audrey fforbes-Hamilton 
  • Marjory Frobisher 
  • Mrs. Pooh
  • Richard DeVere 

Famous Ladies - Historical figures can also make good chicken names.  Here are a few noteworthy ladies to spark some ideas....

  • Jane Adams
  • Jane Austen
  • Shirley Temple Black
  • Cleopatra
  • Marie Curie
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Billy Jean King
  • Catherine de Medici
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Dorothy Parker
  • Eva Peron
  • Pocahontas
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Margaret Thatcher

Shopping - When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, Here are some top fashion names for the chicken that's dressed to perfection:

  • Ann Taylor
  • Bebe
  • Coco Chanel
  • Elsa Shiaparelli
  • Betsy Johnson
  • Kate Spade
  • Donna Karan

Names From Friends-

"Oyster Cracker" - this name comes to us via the Tilly's Nest blog that covers backyard chickens. Melissa's then 2 year old daughter came up with the name -- oyster crackers are one of her favorite snacks.  

If you have a great chicken name to share, please leave a comment so everyone can enjoy it.


  1. Janet (Jackson) Reba (Mackatier) Opria Winfre) Bad spelling but I think you get the idea

  2. It's fun to see these lists! Great idea. I'm still stuck on a name for one chick. I went to an old children's book for one name - Eloise. Sticking with that that theme, there's also Heidi, Pippi, Little Red Riding Hood, Dora, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Corduroy, Marmaduke... :-)

  3. We had 3 I hatched out at school and kept at home One was very outstanding so I called him the "Colonel". The other two were Drumstick and WishBone.


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