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Not everyone chooses to name their flock, but if you want to, you're in luck! Because I've dug out over 150 of the most popular chicken names for you!
From cute Silkies to only-a-mother-could-love-that-face roosters, you'll find the best names here for every breed, every size, every personality.
From unique names to chicken names in different languages, from funny to famous, traditional to modern, movies to cartoons – they're all here!
Bear in mind though: whatever you name your flock initially, you may find that once you get to know them, or once your chicks grow into their personalities, their names change to match.
And in some cases, what you thought was a cute little hen turns out to be a large, noisy rooster! What then? Change names or keep it the same?
Personally, I call all my new chickens the same name (Claudia, after an Italian friend!) until I see their personalities develop. Then, and only then, do I name them!
Add your own names too! - Readers have already added hundreds more suggestions at the bottom of the page. Take a look if you need some more inspiration - and add your own suggestions!
It's really entertaining to see how much imagination goes into naming your new chicks or chickens. Such a fun way to spend some time during the cold winter months!
Letting your children name their own chicks is a great idea. It adds to their sense of ownership and responsibility, and it's good fun, too.
You'll be surprised at their creativity!
Be prepared though - if you say they can choose, you don't have the right of veto - and you might end up with some names that you definitely want to veto!
Here are some suggestions from kids we know who've named their own. See if you can tell which were named by boys!
Girl chicken names in different languages.
Not every chicken speaks English! There are chicken breeds specific to certain countries: the Leghorn, for example, is properly called the Livorno and is from Italy.
Or perhaps you have a particular passion for a different culture. Or you've visited a different country and fallen in love with the sound of the language.
Alternatively, one of your chickens may just have the personality that makes you think of a stylish French lady, or a talkative Italian.
Whether you're looking for French, Spanish or Italian names, you'll find one in this section – or add your own here.
Lyonette (Little Lion)
Chiquita (Little One)
This was the easiest group to compile, and I could have gone on. There are so many great names for hens!
Don't be offended if your name is in here and you're only 26! These are particularly popular names for chickens which were common in my grandmother's generation - and many of them are popular again now.
Some breeds, like Silkies, just call out for cute and fluffy. Other times I've named a stand-offish hen by one of these adorable names and she's seemed to rise to the occasion and become a cute and friendly chicken overnight!
Here's a few to be thinking about for your cute and fluffy!
This list is almost never ending. From the golden age of horror in the 1920s to the romantic musicals of the 1950s, from romantic dramas to cartoon character names, you'll find something for all chicken personalities in this category.
And don't forget books! Currently, Harry Potter is a popular source of names for chickens, and so are Jane Austen's novels. Anything in between goes, too!
Let your imagination rip! So many bad chicken "yolks", so many egg-straordinarily ingenious names are possible here. Once you start thinking about the possibilities, you'll find you can't stop!
Here's some choices to start you off.
If you only have two to name, or you hatch just two of the same breed, here are some "couples" names for you.
Bonnie and Clyde were the only two of my Lemon Millefleur Sablepoot eggs to hatch. Bonnie later turned out to be a rooster so had to be renamed Bono!
Because I hatch almost every year, I've had my fair share of roosters, and all of them have been named. It's not quite as easy as for hens, but I've managed it!
Many of these come from Roman culture (well, I do live in Italy!) and some from random films or books (can you spot the "Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" reference?!).
Sometimes my hens have just kind of morphed into a name, as they develop their own personalities and remind me of different people.
Some of these are well known, others will only be known by people from the UK and some, like "Missy MooMoo", are just names I made up because they seemed to fit a particular hen.
The first one was my dad's name for me when I was little, so, you know - memories.
It happens to all of us. There comes a time when you have so many in the flock you just can't remember what you called them all. (Alternatively, you start to realise you're getting older and the memory is not what it used to be!).
So how about naming them by breed, where the first letter of their name is the first letter of their breed? I've had Rosie Red Star, Winifred Wyandotte, Susie Speckled Sussex and Lulu Leghorn, to name but a few!
All well and good, until you have mostly one breed in your run!
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