Owl Names (500+ Cute & Cool, Male & Female Ideas)

We’ve put together your go-to guide for owl names. Check out the list below to find the name that best matches your feathery friend.

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Best Owl Names

Owls are majestic creatures that need names to match their beauty.

These names are unique, clever, and modern takes on the best names for your pet or outdoor neighbor.

  1. Axl
  2. Rutherford
  3. ChippOwl
  4. Izzy
  5. Owly
  6. Boo
  7. Hoot
  8. Olive Owl
  9. Rudy
  10. McOwl
  11. Buddy
  12. Sasha
  13. Douie
  14. Blinky
  15. Oprah
  16. Frederick
  17. Bob
  18. Owlvin
  19. Remy
  20. Little Lady
  21. Clifford
  22. Barney
  23. Mama Owl
  24. Whooters
  25. Ozwald
  26. Oscar
  27. Colin P’owl
  28. Spooky
  29. Red
  30. Spook
  31. Sinatra
  32. Tawny
  33. Bert
  34. Yertle
  35. Screech
  36. Cuckoo
  37. Vincent
  38. Horton
  39. Cliff
  40. Owlistare
  41. Ollie
  42. Gray
  43. Ozzy
  44. Hoodini
  45. Winnie
  46. Roy
  47. Dixie
  48. Whoolio
  49. Ozzie
  50. Elvis

Female Owl Names

Female owls are generally 25% larger than their male counterparts. They can lay between 1 and 13 eggs per season, but they may not start mating until they’re 2 or 3 years old. Even though they tend to mate for life, female owls are aggressive and independent.

Your girl owl deserves a name that suits her!

  1. Helen
  2. Selene
  3. Phoenix
  4. Eve
  5. Maggie
  6. Mercy
  7. Stella
  8. Carina
  9. Grace
  10. Marshmallow
  11. Ariel
  12. Cennet
  13. Luna
  14. Talia
  15. Celeste
  16. Faith
  17. London
  18. Pixie
  19. Delilah

Male Owl Names

Male owls can live between 8 and 9 years in the wild, but up to 28 years in captivity! In the wild, they face dangerous predators, like foxes and wildcats. A male owl is built to be territorial, guarding its nest zones and striving to survive.

With intelligence and determination, male owls need a name that upholds their bravery.

  1. Prince
  2. Omega
  3. Tommy
  4. Bert
  5. Duke
  6. Chester
  7. Owlsen
  8. Erwin
  9. Louie
  10. Pip
  11. Max
  12. Odeus
  13. Gizmo

Unisex Names For A Pet Owl

These unisex names come from other cultures and languages, making them perfect for male and female pet owls.

  1. Arial – Biblical origin meaning “of elfish nature”.
  2. Buho – Spanish origin meaning “owl”
  3. Pyacha – Indian origin meaning “owls”
  4. Ugla – Norse origin meaning “owl”
  5. Ullu – Hindi origin meaning “owl”

Cute Owl Names

With their big eyes and fluffy feathers, most owls have the perfect appearance for a cute pet owl name. If you’re naming your fuzzy feathered friend for their adorable look, this list is for you.

  1. Mocha
  2. Cocoa
  3. Cupcake
  4. Baby Boo
  5. Twister
  6. Winky
  7. Tic Tac
  8. Sugar Berry
  9. Poof
  10. Hooters
  11. Oreo
  12. Swish
  13. Ozzy
  14. Lola
  15. Sugar Plum
  16. Plum
  17. Owwie
  18. Rainbow
  19. Mr. Cuddles
  20. Bobo
  21. Spooky
  22. Dinky
  23. Whoolie
  24. Pixel
  25. Chippy
  26. Biggie
  27. Pearlie
  28. Loudmouth
  29. Weebles
  30. PipSqueak
  31. Lovey
  32. B’Owl
  33. Foozie

Baby Owl Names

Whether you’ve found a baby owl or have seen an adult elf owl (the smallest owl in the world), these baby names might be just what you are looking for.

  1. Runt
  2. Boo
  3. Baby
  4. Champion
  5. Fledge
  6. Squeaker
  7. Owlet
  8. Peep
  9. Fuzzball
  10. Snuggles
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Good Owl Names

These good names for owls are dependable through time and generations. They are always a good choice when it comes to naming a pet.

  1. Spot
  2. Buddy
  3. Oliver
  4. Maggie
  5. Bella
  6. Zoe
  7. Princess
  8. Ruby
  9. Duke
  10. Annie

Funny Names For Your Pet Owl

Owls have always been seen as a symbol of wisdom, but sometimes you’ve got to laugh at their wide-eyed appearance. I mean, have you ever seen them run?

There’s a reason they call it hootin’ when someone starts laughing uncontrollably. If you’ve come across a funny owl, try out one of these names.

  1. Owlbert Einstein
  2. Screechy
  3. Buho – Spanish origin meaning “owl”
  4. Duke Owlington
  5. Ullu – Hindi origin meaning “owl”
  6. Owl Pacino
  7. Dr. Whoo
  8. Owlive
  9. Arial – Biblical origin meaning “of elfish nature”
  10. Dr. Whoot
  11. Owl Is Well
  12. OwLOL
  13. Ugla – Norse origin meaning “owl”
  14. Simon Cowl
  15. Owlf
  16. Mr. Know It Owl
  17. Pyacha – Indian origin meaning “owls”
  18. Whoolio
  19. Owl Capone
  20. Peckers
  21. Owliver
  22. Owlsome
  23. Hootcules
  24. Blinky
  25. Hoots
  26. Hooters

Badass Names For Owls

Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees, have superpowered hearing, and swallow their prey whole – it’s only fair that some of them are given a badass owl name.

This list includes names that make you think of hunters, warriors, and all-around winners.

  1. Dash
  2. Ryker
  3. Blaze
  4. Blade
  5. Luca
  6. Wilder
  7. Top Gun
  8. Harley
  9. Asher
  10. Sargent
  11. Parker
  12. Pilot
  13. Ranger
  14. Edge
  15. Sarge
  16. Maverick
  17. Fox
  18. Nova
  19. Jagger

Cool Names For Owls

Owls fly almost completely silent and they’re primarily nocturnal creatures. You won’t hear them squawking away like other birds; their distinctive calls are elegant and low-pitched instead.

With such a cool combination of features, here are some names for your laid-back owl.

  1. Alister
  2. Halle
  3. Octavia
  4. Bond
  5. Faris
  6. Eva
  7. Adelaide
  8. Mia
  9. Laina
  10. Archer
  11. Emaline
  12. Nadia
  13. Cairo
  14. Axel
  15. Vienna

Unique Owl Names

Your pet owl is unique and special, and its name should reflect how you see it. This list is short, sweet, and to the point when it comes to unusual and unique names.

  1. Velvette
  2. Panda
  3. Sianna
  4. Starlette
  5. Moxxi
  6. Crash
  7. Pluto
  8. Tokyo
  9. Brayan
  10. Anomaly
  11. Charmayanne

These crowd-favorite popular names are the go-to when it comes to naming your new nocturnal pet.

  1. Feathers
  2. Hooty
  3. Moon
  4. Star
  5. Shadow
  6. Hoo
  7. Hedwig
  8. Horace
  9. Screech
  10. Owly

Wise Owl Names

Owls have heightened senses that have given them the ability to live successfully in the dark. It’s no surprise that humans have believed that owls are intelligent since the time of ancient Greece.

What better way to commemorate owls’ history than by giving your pet owl a wise name to go with it?

  1. Archimedes – Greek origin meaning “master planner”
  2. Solomon
  3. Soren – Scandinavian origin meaning “strict”
  4. Buddha
  5. Aristotle
  6. Newton
  7. Descartes
  8. Hawking
  9. Einstein
  10. Errol – English origin meaning “a nobleman”
  11. Hermes – Greek origin meaning “interpreter”
  12. Leo (Da Vinci)

Disney Owl Names

Your pet owl might encompass magic and childhood wonder all in one. If so, you may be missing one of these Disney names to finally name your feathered pal.

  1. Zazu
  2. Penny
  3. Bolt
  4. Aurora
  5. Belle
  6. Kala
  7. Mochi
  8. Nala
  9. Remy
  10. Sully
  11. Baloo
  12. Bruno
  13. Flit
  14. Flick
  15. Otis
  16. Rajah

Cartoon Names For An Owl

These cartoons may not have been owls, but your owl could have a similar personality! From being shy then brave like Bambi or being sleepy like Snoopy, your owl may have been a cartoon character in its past life!

  1. Daisy
  2. Tweety
  3. Daffy
  4. Blue
  5. Snoopy
  6. Max
  7. Tito
  8. Patch
  9. Bambi
  10. Balto

Fictional Owl Names

If your owl reminds you of a famous character or fictional owl from a film or story, you could consider naming them after the character. Some of the most famous owls come from hits like Harry Potter and Guardians of Ga’Hoole, among others.

  1. Gylfie – from ‘Guardians of Ga’Hoole’
  2. Woodsy – from the US Forest Service
  3. Hoots – from ‘The Muppets’
  4. Scowl – from ‘Happily Ever After’
  5. Noctus – from ‘Guardians of Ga’Hoole’
  6. Owlbear – from ‘Dungeons ; Dragons
  7. Nightwing – from DC Comics
  8. Glimfeather – from C. S. Lewis’s ‘Chronicles of Narnia’
  9. Jareth – from the ‘Labyrinth’
  10. Kludd – from ‘Guardians of Ga’Hoole’
  11. Pigwidgeon – a Harry Potter owl
  12. Hedwig – from Harry Potter’s owl

Famous Owl Names

These famous names come from famous people and animals alike. You may find your owl is a kindred spirit to a well-known person or thing out there. Or – better yet – if you think your owl is made for stardom, a famous name could be thrown in the mix!

  1. Beethoven
  2. Mr. Owl
  3. Dexter
  4. Soren
  5. Rowlet
  6. Errol
  7. Jon Snow
  8. Ava
  9. Birdie
  10. Big Mama
  11. Astro
  12. Jet
  13. Sterling
  14. Owlbin
  15. Professor Owl
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Names For A Snow Owl

Snowy owls are primarily found in arctic areas. With bristles on their beaks and feet covered in feathers, these beautiful pure white creatures are made to blend into a winter wonderland.

If you’re lucky enough to have a snow owl in your home, you may want to pay tribute to it through a winter-backed snow owl name.

  1. Sleety
  2. Gelato
  3. Azore – meaning “Atlantic Ocean”
  4. Frostine
  5. Zeus
  6. Icy
  7. Milka
  8. Alaska
  9. Winter
  10. White Walker
  11. Blizzard
  12. Niveous
  13. Umbra
  14. Snowpack
  15. Quill
  16. Blizzy
  17. Fluffers
  18. Snowy

Names For A Barn Owl

The Tyto alba alba, also known as the barn owl, has a special appearance with extra-long talons, legs, and toes. With the special color and tactic to hunt within tall grass at night, these names are perfect for your farm hunter or huntress.

  1. Villager
  2. Jimmy
  3. Barnman
  4. Farm Owl
  5. Goldilocks
  6. Mr. Screech
  7. Billy Wise
  8. Dobby
  9. Ullet
  10. John (Deere)
  11. Baler
  12. Farmer
  13. Granger
  14. Alfalfa
  15. Whooter
  16. Barnyard
  17. Tiller
  18. Coop

Names For A Tawny Owl

Tawny owls are commonly found in the UK and produce the famous owl sound most people try to replicate. Their bark-like color is perfect for helping them blend into their woodland surroundings.

Check out these tawny names stem from their forest dwellings.

  1. Teak
  2. Tootsie
  3. Ember
  4. Peanut
  5. Pepper
  6. Java
  7. Hazel
  8. Penny
  9. Oakley
  10. Timber
  11. Honey
  12. Kahlua
  13. Fawn
  14. Pebbles
  15. Cinnamon
  16. Tawny
  17. Bourbon
  18. Moose
  19. Mocha
  20. Caramel
  21. Freckles
  22. Cookie
  23. Autumn
  24. Sierra
  25. Guinness
  26. Reese
  27. Cedar
  28. Sandy
  29. Espresso
  30. Brandy
  31. Ginger
  32. Chair
  33. Buckwheat
  34. Topaz
  35. Nutmeg

Names For A Great Horned Owl

Great horned owls are tufted owls, which are also called “horns”. Spanning across North America, these owls have a foreboding presence and give off a serious and intellectual air.

These beautiful creatures are also protected against hunters.

Try naming your great horned owl one of the names below to outline its importance and appearance.

  1. Victor
  2. Charles
  3. Hunter
  4. Big Guy
  5. Tiger
  6. Intensity
  7. Big Ears
  8. Devil

Names For A Barred Owl

Barred owls are the most vocal Eastern owls, and they stand out with their piercing brown eyes. These names stand out alongside the barred owl’s beautiful striped plumage.

  1. Garfield
  2. Zigzag
  3. Bamboo
  4. Anemone
  5. Yucca
  6. Spangles
  7. Skunky
  8. Chevron
  9. Zebra
  10. Stripes
  11. Speckles

Japanese Owl Names

Japanese names are treated as sacred, as each name is surrounded by either taboo or positive notions. These beautiful Japanese names have been translated to their English-sounding equivalents to provide your pet owl with its own sacred name.

  1. Bonsai
  2. Tsuki – “Moon”
  3. Mori – “Forest”
  4. Sora – “Sky”
  5. Chiyo – “Old Soul”
  6. Kenzo – “Wise One”
  7. Uchuu – “Cosmos”
  8. Akira – “Intelligent”
  9. Runa – “Luna/Moon”
  10. Umi – “Sea/Ocean”
  11. Yuki – “Snow Princess”
  12. Yuki – “Good Fortune”
  13. Mami – “True Beauty”
  14. Taro – “Eldest”
  15. Pochi – “Spot”
  16. Daiki – “Born for Glory”
  17. Kumo – “Cloud”
  18. Maru – “Round”
  19. Sakura – “Cherry Blossoms”
  20. Ai – “Love”
  21. Asami – “Morning Beauty”
  22. Tadeo – “Loyal”

Greek Owl Names

Greek is one of the most important and oldest languages on Earth. Greeks have long known the power and beauty of their words.

These Greek names come from the time of knowledge-seeking and the birth of philosophy. It might be time that we start appreciating such a historical language!

  1. Sparta
  2. Ajax
  3. Apollo
  4. Zelda
  5. Achilles
  6. Hera
  7. Socrates
  8. Iris
  9. Thea
  10. Nyra
  11. Fage
  12. Kalamata
  13. Echo
  14. Zephyr
  15. Violet
  16. Adonis
  17. Nike
  18. Aphrodite
  19. Mykonos
  20. Nyx
  21. Olive
  22. Feta
  23. Atlas
  24. Venus
  25. Genesis

Native American Owl Names

Native American culture prioritizes harmony with nature and respect towards others. Living side-by-side with owls and other animals for centuries, various Native American words have become ideal names for owls.

Check out these names with deeper Native American meanings.

  1. Makaya – “Eagle hunter”
  2. Pallaton – Warrior
  3. Kwanita – Meaning ‘God is gracious’
  4. Achak – Spirit
  5. Miwok – A bear’s growl
  6. Taima – Thunder
  7. Tocho – Mountain lion
  8. Cheveyo – Spirit warrior
  9. Cailan – A warrior of life
  10. Cherokee – One of the largest Native American tribes
  11. Kitchi – Meaning ‘brave’ or ‘strong’
  12. Mitexi – Sacred moon
  13. Dakota – “Friendly”
  14. Lye – Smoke
  15. Tallulah – Leaping spring
  16. Kohana – Swift
  17. Bly – Tall
  18. Yuma – A Chief’s Son
  19. Kele – Sparrow
  20. Enola – A loner
  21. Ahawi – Deer

Celtic Owl Names

The Celtic origin goes back thousands of years, and parts of their tradition and language remain pertinent in Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.

Their language has traveled to the 21st century within these beautiful Celtic names.

  1. Keegan – “Little fire”
  2. Kerry – “Dark, dusky”
  3. Keene – “Wise”
  4. Winnie – “White, fair”
  5. Ronan – “Little seal”
  6. Sloane – “Fighter”
  7. Blaine – “Blonde”
  8. Avalon – “Island of apples”
  9. Quinn – “Wisdom, intelligence”
  10. Merlyn – “From the hill over the sea”
  11. Kane – “Warrior”
  12. Duff – “Dark, peace”
  13. Blair – “Field”

White Owl Names

White owls can be snowy owls or even light barn owls.

No matter its origin, your lovely white owl deserves a name to honor its bright appearance – check these out below.

  1. Angel
  2. Cotton
  3. Olaf
  4. Chowder
  5. Popcorn
  6. Snowflake
  7. Avalanche
  8. Ranch
  9. Aspen
  10. Ivory
  11. Moonshine
  12. Bubbles
  13. Opal
  14. Creampuff
  15. Charmin
  16. Cottontail
  17. Polar
  18. Comet
  19. Ghost
  20. Sugar
  21. Ladybird
  22. Mittens
  23. Ski
  24. Quartz
  25. Igloo
  26. Oats
  27. Softie
  28. Pearla

Magical Owl Names

Countries around the world have associated owls with magic and sorcery for centuries – it’s no wonder owls were chosen as the main mascots in the Harry Potter series.

If you’ve seen a glint of magic in your pet owl’s eyes, you may find the same spark within one of these magical names.

  1. Orym
  2. Sarielle
  3. Darfin
  4. Hadena
  5. Orwelle
  6. Ciradyl
  7. Sirius
  8. Heptin
  9. Zarek
  10. Omexa
  11. Zeniya
  12. Jinx
  13. Eiki
  14. Brilbelle
  15. Krystelle
  16. Nightwing
  17. Mystique
  18. Zika
  19. Vixen
  20. Solstice
  21. Grandor
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Pet Name Inspiration

Choosing your pet owl’s name is usually done once in a lifetime. It’s important to choose a name that matches your feathery friend’s appearance, personality, or life circumstances.

You can find inspiration for your pet’s name through:

  • The owl’s personality
  • The owl’s feather pattern or color
  • The owl’s character traits
  • Food the owl likes to eat
  • Where you found/bought the owl
  • Your favorite movies
  • Your favorite books
  • Important people in your life
  • Celebrities
  • An ironic name – For example, naming a large owl “Tiny”

Help Choosing the Right Name

The ideal name for your pet owl will be something that easy for you to both remember and to say. You can choose a longer name but know that the first two syllables are the most important, so make sure they roll off your tongue.

Don’t choose a name that sounds like a command, or you could run into some uncomfortable situations around other people. You should also choose a name that won’t embarrass you to say in public.

When you come across a few name options that you like, test them out with your pet owl. Do they respond more to one name than another? They may be giving you their opinion without you knowing it!

Finally, if you’re stuck, as a few of your closest friends or family members for their opinion. At the end of the day, choosing your pet owl’s name is your decision, but remember that you’ll be representing not only your owl but your own taste.

Conclusion

With over 250 owl species in the world, there is extensive variation within these beautiful creatures. By spending more time around your pet owl, you will soon notice what makes it stand out from other types of owls. By noting your owl’s characteristics, you’ll be able to breeze through our guide of names and find the perfect match for your pet owl today!

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