Everyone knows after the ever-so-famous gateway livestock, the chicken, that you need to add goats. It’s only natural to have a milk source after you have an egg source and what better milk source than to start with baby goats? As a new goat-owner, you’re going to need the best baby goat names. I’m fully confident you’ll LOVE our suggestions- over 300+ of them!
More Than One Goat
Potato chips, money, vacation days, and baby goats. Some things are just better when you have more than one.
Goats are herd animals meaning they need to live with other animals of the same species. Even though you may be the most loving, caring, and attentive goat-owner that ever lived, you still need to have at least two goats.
They are very social creatures and provide hours of endless entertainment.
The male goat is called a buck or a billy goat, the female is called a doe or a nanny goat. The full gestation period for a goat is typically around 150 days. Although a doe can get pregnant twice in one year, it is best for the goat to breed more than once per year.
A doe will give birth to 1 – 5 kids with two kids being average. However, 1-3 is very normal and anything above three is rare.
If we’re going to do some goat math and you have two expectations, within a year your herd of two could potentially grow to a herd of 12! That’s a lot of names to come up with.
Naming Your Goat Herd
Many farmers and homesteaders don’t name their meat goats, which is a personal choice.
We raise milk goats and all of them have names. In addition to our goats, we do raise pigs for meat and those we give food names. Like BBQ, Bacon Bits, etc.
When you start growing your herd, keeping up with all the names can be confusing, that’s why we like going with a theme.
Not only does this help us keep up with their names but it also helps me keep their records straight since all of our goats are registered. I can tell what year they were born by the theme of their names.
You can have a lot of fun with this when you poll your family members into the naming process. For instance, say you choose to name your goats after musicians, each member can pick their favorite musician.
What Should I Name My Baby Goat?
If you plan on raising multiple goats, more the merrier, then I would suggest choosing a herd theme for the year. In terms of goat record-keeping, if your herd has a theme for the year, it’s easier to know how old each goat is.
As an example, say in 2022 you picked tree names for your herd. Then in 2024 you have a goat named Willow, you know they are two years old.
Choosing a themed name for your herd for the year just makes life easier.
Speaking of record-keeping, record keeping is a huge part of goat ownership. Our friends at Oak Hill Homestead offer FREE goat record keeping printables.
What Are Baby Billy Goats Called?
As I mentioned earlier, goats live in groups called herds. Female goats are called does, or nanny goats. And male goats are called Billy’s or bucks. All baby goats, whether male or female, are called kids.
I joke all the time telling people how many ‘kids’ I have.
Best Baby Goat Names For 2022
Nothing makes me happy like bouncing baby goats. They always bring a smile to my face and provide hours of free entertainment.
One of the things I look forward to in the new year is referring to all of our name suggestions and picking out our theme for the year.
Don’t see something you like from 2022? Keep reading, we have over 300 amazing goat name suggestions!
Male Goat Names
Here are your top boy names for 2022
Female Goat Names
These are the top girl names for 2022
Cute Goat Names
- Dew Drop
Best Baby Goat From 2021
Let’s face it, 2020 was a crazy year. What better way to celebrate than using some famous names for our 2021 herds! We went with tree names last year from the list below and some of them became a part of our permanent herd such as Ash, Hemi (short for Hemlock), Willow, and Maple. This year I believe we’ll use a combination of Royal and Political names.
Entertainment Names For Goats
Game of Thrones
Political Names For Baby Goats
Best Baby Goat Names From 2020
I’m a little partial with this first list as this is what we are using this year. We were a family divided, Little Bit was insistent on Tennessee City names, Hubby wanted old family names, and Morgan wanted people names. Thankfully we all agreed on Tree Names.
Tree Names For Goats
Disney Character Goat Names
My eight-year-old would say these are the best baby goat names there are, however, she got out-voted this year. Maybe next year we can use these?
- Snow White
Check Out Our Best Baby Goat Names For 2019
While you may not agree with all of our suggestions, we’re positive you’ll find at least one you’ll love!
What Is A Good Name For A Girl Goat?
Of course, we’ve already suggested a plethora of names that can be used for both boy and girl goats. However, in 2019 we divided the name suggestions up with buck and doe suggestions that we think you’ll love!
Wild-Wild-West Goat Names
Who doesn’t love the Wild-Wild-West and the ways of old? Back when we only had black and white TV’s and a shoot-out was at high noon.
Buck Goat Names
Doe Goat Names
- Annie Oakley
Southern Charm Goat Names
Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit. I think some of these names are perfect for your goat herd!
Old TV Show Favorite Names For Goats
Here are some great baby goat names from our favorite old tv shows. Such as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Gilligan’s Island, Beverly Hillbillies, and Little House On The Prairie.
- Mary Ellen
- Bettie Joe
- Billie Jo
- Bobbie Jo
Popular Themes For Goat Names
In addition to the above names and themes, some other themes you might consider for your goat herds are
- 50’s Musicians
- 80’s Musicians
- Rock Stars
- Past Presidents and First Ladies
- Greek Gods
- Cartoon Characters
- Disney Characters
- Alphabet Names. The first year all the names begin with letter A, next year B, and so on.
- Country Singers
- State Capitals
- Cities in a State (we did this with South Carolina cities this year)
- TV Show Actors
If you name your livestock, what themes do you use?
Would love to hear what themes you use for your herd! Drop us a line and share what names you use.
More Goat Info
If you’re in love with goats or want to get goats, keep reading for more great information about our four-legged friends!
There are two different types of goats and several different breeds. The two types of goats are domestic goats (Capra hircus), which are raised like farm animals and even pet goats. The second is mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus), which live in rocky areas in the American Northwest. Among the domestic goats, there are several different goat breeds.
- Nigerian Dwarf (read my Top 9 Reasons Why You DON’T Want Nigerian Dwarf Goats Here)
- Myotonic (fainting goat)
Before you buy your first baby goat(s), there are several things you need to consider. We have a great article to get you started, Goats For Sale.