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Naming your goats is one of the most fun parts of raising goats. Of course there is no right or wrong when it comes to goat names. However, there are a few common themes that tend to get used.
Goat names can be really elaborate or super simple. It really all depends on what you like. The only restrictions there are when it comes time to name your goats is if you are registering them. You will need to use the herd name as the first part of their name and there also may be a character limit. Otherwise, the sky is the limit for what you might name your goats.
Before we get into potential specific names for individual goats, let’s be sure that you know your goat names when it comes to general goat terminology.
Doe – Mature female
Doeling – young female
Bred Doe – pregnant female
buck – adult male
buckling – young male
wether – fixed or castrated male
Kid – young or baby goat
Then, of course there are also goat breed names and breed types. For example, dairy goats which are goats mostly used for milk are a breed type. And then, Nigerian Dwarf Goats is the name of a specific goat breed.
Now that you now general names for goats, let’s chat quickly about naming conventions for goats. Of course, you can call or name your goat anything that you wish.
However, if you have registered goats, you there are a few considerations. For example, the start of any goats registered name will be the herd name of whoever bred the kids. That herd name will be followed by the specific name of that goat.
Many people, when registering goats will have a more elaborate registered name and then will use a barn or call name that is much shorter. For example, we have a MrAnimal Farm Cordelia’s Wishlist. We just call her Cordy.
One thing to keep in mind, if you are choosing a registered name for your goats is that each registry will have a maximum characters for your name.
Additionally, and this is certainly not a requirement, but especially if you have a larger herd you may consider themed names. So, naming kids after their dam or sire so that you can keep track of how they are all related.
For example, we have a CacaoMartini whos daughter is Gin-N-Juice. (Gin’s sire is Vanilla Ice, so her name is actually based on both sire and dam). Gin’s son is Gimlet.
Following a familial theme makes it easy to remember who is related to who.
Another way to follow themes is for all kids each year to follow the same theme. For example, one year we did all female wrestlers for our kids names. So, we had Dusty Rose, Miss Madness, Marlena and so on. That way we know what year all of those kids were born in.
You definitely don’t have to follow any themes, but it can be both fun and helpful.
Goat Names – by Category
With that said, the sky is the limit for your potential goat names, but here are several ideas to get you started. We have broken each set of names into several categories to help keep everything organized.
Here are several name options for if you have a buck or wether.
- Alexander the Goat
Here are several name options for your female goats (does and doelings).
If you are looking for clever or pun-y (get it?) names, here are a few to get you started.
- Billy the Kid
- Milky Way
TV, Movie, Comic & Book Goat Names
Here are several goat names based on actual goat characters in TV, Movies, Comics and Books. As well as just regular characters from those places that may suit your goats.
For example, we have lots of 24 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired names in our herd.
- Tabitha the Goat (The Walking Dead)
- Lekmet (Disney’s Star vs the Forces of Evil)
- Hammerhead Hannigan (Darkwing Duck)
- Bauer (24)
- Chloe (24)
- Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy)
- Targaryen (Game of Thrones)
- Arya (Game of Thrones)
- Philoctetes (Disney’s Hercules)
- Pan (Pan’s Labrynth)
- Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
- Djali (Disney’s Hunchback of Notredam)
- Satyrs (Disney’s Fantasia)
- Fauns (Disney’s Fantasia)
- Jeb (Disney’s Home on the Range)
- Doe-rothy (The Wizard of Oz)
- Glenda the Good Goat (The Wizard of Oz)
- Nicole Kid-man
- Mr. Tumnus (Chronicles of Narnia)
- Scarlett Goat’Hara (Gone With The Wind)
- Goaticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
- The Great Goatsby (The Great Gatsby)
- Gandalf (Lord of the Rings)
- Hermione (Harry Potter)
- Goatness Everdean (Hunger Games)
- Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit)
- Gideon Goat (Mickey Mouse comics)
- Gertrude Goat (Mickey Mouse comics)
- Bucky Barnes, The Winter Solider
- Lex (Luther)
- Ivy (Poison Ivy)
- Harley (Quinn)
Love music? Perhaps you should name your goat after your favorite singer, band or song. Here’s a list to get you started.
- Ice, Ice, Baby
- Milkface Killah
- Goatface Killah
- Evil Little Goat
- Baby Goat Back
- Natalie (Maines)
Duos & More Goat Names
Perhaps you love themed names and want your whole herd to be named like a group. Or, maybe you want to name each set of kids (twins, triplets) etc in a theme. Duo, trio and more names are a perfect fit.
- Huey, Dewey, Louie
- Thelma & Louis
- Velma & Daphne
- Shaggy & Scooby
- Clark & Lois
- Lucy & Ethel
- Jack, Janet, Chrissy (Three’s Company)
- Buffy, Willow, Xander (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
- Luke & Leia (Star Wars)
- Han & Chewie (Star Wars)
- Beyonce, Kelly, Michelle (Destiny’s Child)
- Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, Rose (Golden Girls)
G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all time) Names
Someone who is the best at their chosen sport, music or other skill is often times called the G.O.A.T or Greatest of All Time. So, why not name your goats after the G.O.A.T’s?
Of course, there is always a little debate on who should hold this title in some areas, so we have included several that are usually up for the title for some spots.
- Lil Wayne
- Jordan (Michael)
- LeBron (LeBron James)
- MJ (Michael Jackson)
- Ali (Muhammad)
- Flair (Ric Flair)
- Messi (Lionel)
- Gretzky (Wayne Gretsky)
- Whitney (Houston)
- Mariah (Carey)
- Celine (Dion)
- Serena (Williams)
- Mia (Hamm)
- Simone (Biles)