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100+ Fun and Unique Owl Names You Will Love

By Zoe Ström


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While most of us wish we could have a pet owl, let’s just be honest for a second and come to terms with the fact that unless we find a letter inviting us to Hogwarts, we won’t be getting one.

Even so, owls are incredibly fascinating creatures that never cease to amaze us, which is why for today we decided to go over some of the most unique and fun names we could think of for them.

Some of these names are funny while others are just plain cool. So, if you want to find the perfect name for your imaginary feathered friend then keep on reading because we’ve got a lot of options for you, starting off with:

Owl Species Names

Unique Owl Names
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Before we get into the really interesting name choices that we came up with, how about we go over the names that were given to the owl species first?

These names deserved a category of their own simply because of how unique and fascinating they are, such as:

  • Barking Owl – Also commonly referred to as the winking owl, this is an owl species that can be found all over Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Their unique name stems from their strange call, which resembles the barking of a dog
  • Barn Owl – This is by far the most common owl you’ll find no matter where you come from. It is known for its white heart-shaped face, so if you’ve ever looked through wallpapers with owls, chances are that you actually saw a picture of a Barn owl
  • Burrowing Owl – This species can be found around North and South America, and it is known for its uniquely long legs. The reason behind this feature is the fact that they tend to hunt very close to the ground, snatching small rodents away in a matter of seconds
  • Chocolate Boobook – This species is native to the Philippines and even though it is nowhere near as common around the world, it is still known for its unique dead pan look
  • Christmas Boobook – As the name implies, this species is native to the Christmas Island, although there have been a lot of attempts in recent years to bring it abroad too
  • Elf Owl – Again, the name is a pretty big giveaway of this bird’s main characteristic, but this is by far the smallest owl in the world, with most of them not getting any larger than the typical sparrow
  • Fearful Owl – This owl species can only be found around the Solomon Islands and the Bougainville Island from Papua New Guinea. It still makes for a great name for the shyer and more anxious bird though
  • Laughing Owl – Also commonly referred to as the Owl of Athena or better yet, the Owl of Minerva
  • Powerful Owl – This owl species can be found primarily around Australia
  • Snowy Owl – Also commonly referred to as the Polar Owl, this species can be found around the Arctic region, and as such it is known for its beautiful white colored feathers

Female Owl Names

Female Owl Names

If you so happen to get your hands on a female owl though and you want to give it a name that exemplifies her gender, why not go for one of the following names:

  • Adele – This name is especially great if your bird has a very beautiful singing voice that you just can’t get enough of
  • Adelina – This one on the other hand you shouldn’t skip out on, as it directly translates into “small winged one”, which is the perfect name to give a small owl that can barely flap its wings
  • Astra – This name directly translates into “Of the stars” from Latin, which is again a great name for your pet bird, especially if your owl just loves looking up into the sky endlessly
  • Aura
  • Aurora – These two names may seem quite similar to one another, but they differ in that Aura translates into “wind” while Aurora means “dawn” in Latin
  • Agatha
  • Celeste – We just couldn’t have this list without this name, it’s just so simple and yet effective, especially considering the fact that it also translates to “heavenly” from Latin
  • Rosie
  • Ruby
  • Savannah
  • Shiloh
  • Clementine – If you are a fan of Telltale’s The Walking Dead, then chances are that you will absolutely love this name
  • Sugar
  • Sunny
  • Sofia
  • Zelda – Nothing but the best for your pet owl, just remember, this is not your character’s name, it’s the princess’s
  • Duchess
  • Ella
  • Emma
  • Freya
  • Electra – This one translates to “Shining” from Greek
  • Zephyra
  • Zibby
  • Dixie
  • Callie
  • Bella
  • Moa – This name translates to “Mother” from Scandinavian
  • Mystique – This one on the other hand translates into “Air of mystery” from French, but it also doubles down as a great nickname to give your pet if you’re a fan of the X-men series
  • Sonya – While etymologically speaking, it does translate to “Wisdom” from Russian, it can also be a reference to your favorite character from Mortal Kombat
  • Nephele – You can also refer to your male owl as Nephilim if you somehow got your hands on a pair of owls and you want their names to be similar
  • Diana

 Male Owl Names

Male Owl Names
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On the other side of the spectrum you have boy owl names. So, if you’re on the lookout for a few male sounding names that you can give your pet owl, why not give the following a try:

  • Albedo
  • Albus – This name directly translates to “White” or “Bright” from Latin, and of course, it can also be a reference to your favorite wand wielding wizard from Harry Potter
  • Aero
  • Archimedes – This one may seem a bit hard to remember at first, but keep in mind that it is the name of one of the most famous mathematicians and astronomers from ancient Greece
  • Boris – This is a very powerful Russian name which translates to “fight”. As such, it is the perfect name to give to your big and beefy boy
  • Brady
  • Dexter – It’s everyone’s favorite Blood Spatter Analyst and secret over night vigilante serial killer! Or maybe it’s just a reference to a certain little boy genius that saves the world just as many times as he threatens to end it with his inventions, you decide
  • Gizmo
  • Barak – While this name does translate to “Lightning” from Hebrew, if you want to you can just add a single letter to it and turn this into another reference to your favorite Mortal Kombat character, Baraka
  • Erwin – This name translates to “Respected friend” from German, but it can also serve as a reference to everyone’s beloved squad captain from Attack on Titan
  • Gus
  • Hesperos – This is a very stylish name for a very stylish bird, and it translates to “Evening star” from Greek
  • Igor – Even though most of us look at this name and immediately think of a certain hunchbacked individual helping a crazed scientist bring a pile of ‘someone” to life, it also translates to “Warrior” from Russian, so it can serve as a very good name to give your strong little warrior bird too
  • Odin – This name needs to introduction; it is a very powerful name that was given to the god of knowledge from the Norse mythology
  • Thor – While we are on this subject, you can also name your bird after the Norse God of Thunder, Thor
  • Emmett – This name means “Powerful” too, but it is a lot more so catered towards aggressive pets, so if your owl tends to have a knack for destruction and chaos, you may want to consider using this name
  • Icarus – Based on one of the most inspiring metaphorical tales of all time, this is the perfect name for your pet bird if he constantly tries to fly too close to the ceiling hitting its head in the process
  • Notus
  • Toto – This name directly translates to “Priest” from Greek
  • Zeus – Last but not least we have the God of Thunder and Lightning from Greek mythology

Simple Owl Names

Simple Owl Names
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If your owl seems to have trouble actually remembering the name that you give it, you may want to opt for something simpler to pronounce.

If that sounds familiar to you then you can always just use one of the following names and we can assure you that you won’t regret it anytime soon:

  • Apollo – This one’s simple and easy to remember, and on top of that it is also the same name that the Greek God of Light has
  • Bubo
  • Bubba
  • Strix
  • Tyto
  • Bob – You can’t get any simpler than this one, we can assure you of that
  • Aang – You already know what we’re referencing with this one, and when you think about it, it is quite fitting for a bird since Aang was known for its incredible air bending skills wasn’t he?
  • Misty
  • Avalar
  • Wizard
  • Wind – It’s simple and yet it gets the job done, this is just a really good name all in all

Cool Owl Names

Cool Owl Names

When picking a name for your bird you need to make sure that the name exemplifies the traits that your owl exhumes.

So, if your bird is especially cool, what names should you go for? Well, in our honest opinion you just can’t go wrong with these:

  • Dragon – Can it get any cooler than this? Probably not
  • Chaser
  • Flee Bag – This one may seem a bit offensive, but it can also be a great pet name to give your bird if you want to make others laugh
  • Griffin – This name is a direct reference to one of the most legendary creatures in all of mythology
  • Hunter – If it’s good for your son, it’s good for your bird so why not consider this name?
  • Lightning – If your bird is especially fast and they leave all of the competition behind, this may very well be the perfect name for your pet owl
  • Mystery
  • Pegasus – This is the name of one of the most easily recognizable flying creatures in all of mythology, it’s the name of the divine winged horse that was sired by Poseidon himself
  • Phoenix – Yet another badass mythological creature to name your bird after, this is the fascinating bird that was known for rising out of its own ashes
  • Raven – If you are a fan of the Teen Titans then you already know that this makes for the perfect name for your pet bird, especially if they enjoy being all mystical and broody in the shadows

Food Owl Names

Famous Owl Names
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Alright, so cool names are all too cringey for you, right? Well in that case, why not consider going for something a bit on the funnier side, something like maybe, just maybe, naming your pet owl after food?

This may sound a bit ridiculous, but trust us when we tell you that it will definitely make your guests laugh when they hear that your pet owl is named something like:

  • Choco
  • Pecan
  • Walnut
  • Coffee
  • Nutmeg
  • Cookie
  • Honey
  • Nougat
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple

Famous Owl Names

Famous Owl Names
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Naming your pet after a famous character from a TV Show or a Movie series is actually a lot more common than you’d think. Take for example the following names:

  • Hedwig – You already knew that this name would be here, and for good reason too. It is the name that Harry Potter gave his bird after all, and it is quite possibly the most famous owl name in the history of Hollywood
  • Owl – This may sound like a joke yet again, but it actually is a reference to the character from the Winnie the Pooh series
  • Brodwin – Yet another Harry Potter reference, albeit not as easily recognizable as Hedwig
  • Bubo – Clash of Titans had a lot of amazing nicknames, but none was as badass and easily recognizable as Bubo
  • Rowlet – If you’re a fan of Pokemon then chances are that you already knew that this would be on this list
  • Errol – Harry Potter sure had a lot of good owl names didn’t it?

Funny Owl Names

Funny Owl Names

But what’s life without a smile, eh? So, while we did allude to some of the names on this list being on the funnier side, how about we go all out as we bring you the funniest names we could think of, starting off with:

  • Fluffy – This name especially works for your pet owl if they are very round
  • Owliver – A play on words that is sure to make everyone smile
  • Owl Pacino – Say hello to my little friend! Is what you should say every time you introduce your friends to your feathered friend
  • Owlympia – If your bird is buff and constantly posing as if they were on the Olympia stage, you can’t go wrong with this nickname
  • Hoodini – A classic, but then again let’s just say that there’s a reason as to why this is so popular in the first place
  • Guacamowle – This one never fails to make us smile
  • Buddy – It’s simple and it gets the job done
  • Doctor Hoo – Alright, now be honest with us, you either smiled just now or you rolled your eyes at the pun, didn’t you?
  • Swooshy
  • Ozzy Owlsbourne – This one’s in the same category as Doctor Hoo, as it either makes you smile or it more than likely made you roll your eyes so far up your skull that it caused you to have a migraine, and we can’t even blame you for that


Owl Species Names
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While there certainly are a lot more names that we could think of for your owl friend, let’s just say that these will more than certainly fit the bill for whatever type of bird you have on your hands right now.

So, the next time you see an owl in the park or better yet, the next time you visit one at your local zoo, be sure to keep your favorite names from these lists in mind as they may come in handy.

For now, we hope that this article was helpful enough for you and that it brought a smile to you. But then again, hoo are we to say what’s funny and what isn’t?

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About Zoe Ström

Zoe always had a soft spot for furry, fluffy little creatures, and she had a menagerie of adorable pets including hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Her love for these little animals shines through in her writing, which often features lovable and relatable small pet characters. When she isn't busy crafting heartwarming tales, you can find her spending quality time with her own beloved pets or volunteering at the local animal shelter. Learn more about The Pet Savvy's Editorial Process.

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