75 Cowgirl and Cowboy Names for Your Little Buckeroo
Looking for a western name for your Lil buckaroo? There are so many great options when it comes to names inspired by the Wild West.
So what exactly is a cowboy, and how did they come to be? When the Spanish arrived in America in the early 1500s, they built ranches in the western region, where they kept and raised cattle.
There were no horses in the Americas at this time — the Spanish brought these animals over from Europe to help herd the cattle. Then they hired local natives to learn to ride horseback and tend to their cows. Called vaqueros, these were the very first cowboys.
Ranch life quickly spread throughout the Western region. More and more cowboys were needed. Someone had to drive the cows to the pasture and herd them all back home. People of many diverse backgrounds adopted the cowboy culture.
By the 1800s, English-speaker settlers made their way out west and made their living as cowboys after learning the ways of the vaqueros.
Why Choose a Cowboy Name?
Maybe you grew up in the western part of the United States, so you want to choose a name that reminds you of your upbringing. Or maybe you are from a totally different part of the world but you just loved watching your heroes say “Howdy,” in old westerns as a kid.
Some of the classic cowboy names include Maverick, Ryder, and Colton. If you want a western name for your baby girl, consider names like Arizona, Miranda, or Paisley.
So put on your cowboy boots and give us a “Yeehaw” when you find the perfect baby name for your little rancher.
Here’s our list of western cowboy or cowgirl names for your little cowboy.
Cowgirl Names for Your Western Gal
Choose from our list of Wild West names for your baby girl.
- Annabelle - English, lovable; French, graceful beauty
- Annie - English, grace
- Arizona - Spanish, small spring; a Western state
- Belle - French, beauty
- Bonnie - Scottish, pretty
- Clara - French, light, clear
- Dolly - English, sad
- Dakota - the Native American people of the northern Mississippi Valley, a U.S. state
- Dixie - a term referring to the South region of the U.S.
- Dorothy - Ancient Greek, gift of God
- Georgia -Greek, farmer; an American state
- Grace - English, grace
- Harper - Old English, one who plays the harp
- Heidi - German, noble
- Jessie - Scottish, Yahweh is gracious; Hebrew, to behold
- Josie - English, he will add
- Kimberly - English, a name belonging to several English cities
- Lacie - English, a town in Normandy
- Mae - English, pearl
- Montana - Lain, mountainous; a western state
- Nevada - Spanish, snow-covered; a western state
- Paisley - English, church; a pattern often used on fabrics in the old west
- Ruby - Latin, red
- Sadie - English, princess
- Sage - English, wise, also an herb
- Scarlett - English, red, a type of cloth
- Shiloh - Hebrew, tranquil
- Sierra - Spanish, mountain range. The Sierra Nevada is a major mountain range in the Wild West.
Cowboy Names for Your Little Buckaroo
Here are our favorite baby boy country names for your little bronco.
- Austin - English, exalted, venerable; a city in the western state of Texas
- Beau - French, good looking
- Blake - Old English, black
- Buck - English, a male deer
- Butch - English, a butcher, a masculine man
- Brody - Gaelic, ditch or mire
- Canyon - English, the landform, a deep gorge often with a river running through it
- Carson - Scottish, meaning unknown
- Chase - Middle English, chase or hunt
- Clay - English, one who works with clay
- Clayton - Old English, clay settlement
- Cody - English, a descendant of the helpful one
- Colt - English, male baby horse
- Colton - English, Cola’s town
- Cooper - Old English, barrel maker
- Fielder - Old English, one who tends to the fields
- Grayson - English, son of the steward
- Hank - English, Yahweh is gracious
- Houston - Scottish, Hugh’s town
- Hunter - English, Hunter
- Jack - English, Yahweh is gracious
- Jesse - Hebrew, gift
- Levi - Hebrew, joined, attached
- Luke - Greek, from Lucania
- Marshall - English, a marshal
- Maverick - English, independent
- Nash - English, at the ash tree
- Oakley - Old English, oak clearing
- Quint - Latin, Fifth
- Ryder - Old English, a mounted warrior, messenger
- Sterling - English, excellent
- Tanner - Old English, one who tans hides
- Tripp - English, third
- West - English, evening, night; the direction
- Wesley - Old English, clearing in the west
- Wilder - Old English, wild
- Winston - Old English, joyful stone
- Woody - Old English, a row of houses by a wood
- Wyatt - Anglo-Saxon, bravery in battle
Gender-Neutral Western Baby Names
Here are some cowpoke names that will work for your little roper, no matter their gender.
- Casey - Old Irish, vigilant
- Cassidy - Irish, curly haired
- Cheyenne - Lakota (Native American), red speakers; The Cheyenne were the Native American people of the great plains.
- Dallas - Old English, valley house; Scottish Gaelic, meadow dwelling; A city in the western state of Texas
- Darcy - English, from the town of Arcy
- Mackenzie - Gaelic, handsome, fair
- Randy - masculine: English, the rim of the shield; feminine: Latin, admirable
- Sunny - English, sunny and cheerful
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