Bovine Baby Names

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Inspired by this humorous conversation I had with fellow name-blogger Mama’s List of Names…cow-inspired baby names! 

Characters and Namesakes:

Clarabelle – Disney’s Clarabelle Cow first appeared in Steamboat Willie (1928).  Apparently she’s only a major character in Italy, where she’s known by Clarabella.  In 2015, 30 baby girls were named Clarabelle, and 8 were named Clarabella.

Otis – the protagonist in the 2006 moovie Barnyard and its subsequent television show Back at the Barnyard.  Strangely, Otis was a male cow with udders.  This name returned to the top 1000 in 2015 after an approximately 20-year absence.  U.S. Rank: #845; England and Wales Rank: #258 and rising.

Bessie / Bessy – I’ve never been sure why I’ve always associated the name Bessie with cows.  Bessy is a character in Barnyard…but Bessie is apparently a Marvel creation known as Hellcow, a vampire cow!  I seriously want someone to make a (bad) Hellcow movie, though this article disagrees with me. Bessie was also a 90s Beanie Baby.  11 baby girls were named Bessie in 2015, and 9 were called Bessy

Cattle Breeds: (Source)

Jersey – Jersey cattle.  There was a joke in Barnyard involving cows with New Jersey accents.  145 girls, 9 boys in 2015.

Angus – Scottish name, 88 boys.

Galloway – 5 boys.  “Belted Galloway” breed.

Devon – 508 boys and 77 girls.

Dexter – 753 boys.

Lulu – 59 girls.  “Dwarf Lulu” breed

Hays – 16 boys.  “Hays Converter”

Javari – 48 boys.

Kerry – 62 boys, 26 girls.

Lincoln – U.S. rank #66/England and Wales #129.  “Lincoln Red”

Randall – 193 boys.

Gertrudis – Hasn’t recently appeared in SSA birth data, though Gertrude is always an option!  “Santa Gertrudis”

Albion – 8 boys.  “Blue Albion”

Jamaica – 12 girls.  “Jamaica Hope”

Murray – 44 boys.  “Murray Grey”

Siri – 25 girls. 

Reina – U.S. rank: #951. 

Miscellaneous:

Moo – This was the conversational spark.  8 boys and 7 girls were named Moo in 2015.  I’m not sure, but I wonder if this might be a spelling of the already-Anglicized Chinese name Mu.

Taurus – 16 boys.  Bos Taurus is the scientific name for the cow species, and “taurus” also refers to many subspecies. 

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Thoughts?  Let me know your favorites, and if there are any other bovine baby names I should add to this list! 

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