Someone once asked me if my chickens had names. I replied “of course, don’t your children have names?”
OK – so I’m not quite to the point of thinking my chickens are ‘real children’ – my hens are much better behaved!
This article is a bit of fun to see what names people have come up with for their birds – you might be surprised at the variety and hilarity of some.
You can name your hens when you first get them, or you can wait until they develop personalities.
We will also look at some famous chickens, both real and fictional in the hopes of inspiring you to name your hens!
Of course, we expect you to let us know in the comments section below what you decide to name your hens…
Famous Real World Chicken Names
A very real and adventurous hen named Monique, sailed the world with her ‘boyfriend’ Guirec Soudee. She became his best companion and provided him with six eggs per week!
Salvador Dali, the famous Spanish surrealist painter had a pet rooster called Oscar.
President Theodore Roosevelt had chickens at the White House. His favorite was a hen called Baron Spreckle and a nameless one legged rooster.
Tori Spelling has a chicken named Coco.
Many celebrities keep chickens: Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Prince Charles and of course, Martha Stewart to name a few.
People have cooked up some imaginative names for their hens and roosters. Several chickens have been named after film stars, celebrities or historical figures. A small selection follows:
List of Popular Chicken Names
- Albert Eggstein
- Attila the Hen
- Cluck Norris
- Dixie Chick
- Gregory Peck
- Henneth Paltrow
- Lindsay Lo-hen
- Mary Poopins
- Meryl Cheep
- Oprah Henfrey
- Princess Lay-a
- Roo Paul
- Rooster Cogburn
- Russell Crowe
- Yolko Ono
There are many, many more, but you get the idea!
Chickens Names from the Silver Screen
There are surprisingly few superstar chickens…several chickens featured in several films but few actually have names!
Of course, who can forget the cast of Chicken Run: Ginger, Rocky, Fowler, Babs and Bunty. These plucky chickens won several minor awards in filmdom. At the time of release to the cinema it was running box office second to Me, Myself and Irene – not too shabby for a ‘stop motion’ chicken tale!
The Muppet Movie features Camilla the chicken who is Gonzo the Great’s girlfriend, although apparently Gonzo can’t tell one chicken from another and frequently dates another ‘chick’, thinking it’s Camilla.
Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’ gave us Lady Kluck, a hen-in-waiting to Maid Marian and Alan-a–Dale. To me, Lady Cluck would suit a Wyandotte.
Also from Disney is ‘Hei Hei’ the rooster in Moana (2016).
In 1991 an animated film called ‘Rock-a-doodle’ introduces us to Chanticler, a rooster in search of fame. Chanticler goes off to Las Vegas and becomes rich and famous as a singing Elvis impersonator!
Small Screen Chicken Stars
Perhaps the most well-known cartoon chicken is Foghorn Leghorn the barnyard rooster of Looney Tunes.
Foghorn ruled the barnyard, tormented the Barnyard Dawg and was pursued by Miss Prissy, the barnyard spinster hen. She finally gets her rooster in the cartoon episode titled ‘of Rice and Hens’ where they are happily married. Egghead Jr. is Miss Prissy’s son in later episodes.
In the extended Garfield franchise (U.S. Acres), there are two chicks mentioned by name – Booker and Sheldon. Booker looks like a chick, but Sheldon looks like an egg with feet! Inside his shell there are apparently all sorts of things including a pinball machine – why would he want to leave his shell?
Also in the same franchise we meet Roy Rooster who is loud, greedy and annoying.
In a 1935 cartoon, Prunella Pullet falls in love with a returning boxing hero in ‘Cock o’ the Walk’.
Clara Cluck was an operatic chicken friend of Mickey Mouse. She appeared in several Mickey Mouse cartoons but never had her own cartoon.
In the ‘101 Dalmatians – the series’, we meet ‘Spot’ the chicken who wants to be a Dalmatian.
Back in the 1960s’ series ‘George and the Jungle’ there is a superhero chicken by the name of Henry Cabot Henhouse III.
In the world of video games, chickens are few and far between, but ‘Bernadette the Chicken’ made her debut in Donald Ducks ‘Goin’ Quackers’ video game as a wicked chicken. I think Bernadette would be perfect for a Brahma.
Although there are several advertisements that feature chickens, few give their stars a name.
Quite possibly the most famous and memorable to this day is Cornelius the Kellogg’s rooster.
Although Cornelius has long since gone to the chicken-yard in the sky, his memory and likeness linger on.
Themed Chicken Names
Some folks seem to stick to a theme with the names they choose. The only limit to your themes is imagination, as you can see in our short, compiled lists.
Precious Stones: Pearl, Ruby, Beryl, Garnet, Topaz and Amber.
Colors: Blackie, Lemon, Scarlet, Indigo, Blue, Copper, Chocolate and Greybird.
TV Characters: Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sofia (Golden Girls); Lucy and Ethel (I love Lucy); Carla, Diane and Lilith (Cheers); Hyacinth and Violet (Keeping up Appearances); Gomez, Lurch and Morticia (The Adams Family).
Food and Drink: Noodle, Burrito, Pot Pie, Nugget, Casserole, Omlette, Marshmallow, Pumpkin, Salt & Pepper, Margarita, Whiskey, Peanut, Mango, Peaches.
Herbs and Flowers: Saffron, Clove, Angelica, Rosemary, Rue, Daisy, Bluebell, Blossom, Sweet Pea and Pansy.
Fictional Characters: Miss Marple, Wyatt Chirp, Dumbledore, Thelma and Louise, Watson and Holmes, Benny and Joon, Godzilla, Big Bird, Popeye, Othello and Desdemona.
Royal Titles: Queenie, Princess, Countess, King, Duke, Baron, His/Her Highness.
Rock Stars: Lady Gaga, Dusty, Cilla, Lulu, Little Richard and Weird Al.
‘Old lady’ Names: Clara, Edna, Mabel, Nellie, Winnie, Bertha, Henrietta, Alice, Tallulah and Harriet.
Names to fit the appearance or personality of a hen are also popular. Of course, you might have to wait a while before you name them so you can determine their personality, but it can be fun!
Pom Pom, Snowball, Miss Crabby, Bok bok, Punk and Fluff all come to mind! I think Pom Pom would make a great name for a Polish Chicken!
Literary Bird Names
The not so humble hen has inspired many books to be written about chickens – without a doubt, chickens are popular in children’s books. Although they are mostly for children, they are still worthy of a read by us adults.
Many of these books are ‘moral’ stories reflecting ‘good’ societal values – much like a latter day ‘Aesop’s Fables’.
Some of the most notable children’s books featuring named chickens are:
- Beautiful Yetta the Yiddish chicken – D&J. Pinkwater
- Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken – K.DeCamillo & H.Bliss
- Chicken Little
- Tillie Lays an Egg – T. Golson
- Zinnia and Dot – L.Campbell-Ernst
- The Little Red Hen
- Henrietta and the Golden Eggs – H.Johansen
- Hannes Quest – O.Dunrea
In 1907 Frank Oz introduced Billina the talking chicken to his ‘Oz’ series. She is a notable heroine in ‘Ozma of Oz’ in which she saves Dorothy and her friends. When the adventure is over, Billina stays in Oz and becomes the Queen and Governor of all chickens. She was featured in Disney’s ‘Return to Oz’ (1985).
Name Your Chickens to Stay Organized
Not only is it fun to name your chickens, especially if they all have certain characteristics that set them apart from one another, but it’s also a good way to keep track of your flock over the years.
You can always use leg bands to identify your chickens and write down their corresponding names in a logbook of sorts. This can help if you want to see how old your chickens are down the road, or who has dropped in production. Sure, you could just number your chickens instead of naming them, but what’s the fun in that?
Organizing information about illnesses, breeding, and injuries can also help you keep track of your chickens over the years. And if they all have fun, memorable names, it’s easier to discuss your chickens with farmworkers, spouses, and others that care for your flock.
While some may argue that naming chickens creates an attachment, I’d argue that it just helps you maintain your flock and appreciate each bird individually.
Naming your chickens is a fun thing to do, especially if you have kids. Children can come up with some amazing names.
As you can see, you can stick to a theme or just ‘freewheel’ with the names you choose.
Some of my birds are named, some aren’t – I think the ones who have the most character are the easiest to name, such as my Ms. Crabby.
She came by her name by being crabby to everyone for the first two or three years of her life. She is now seven years old and has mellowed considerably, but still answers to Ms. Crabby!
We have given you some suggestions here and a lot of ideas for your birds’ names.
Enjoy and have some fun – and don’t forget to let us know the names of your hens and roosters in the comments section below…