Surprise twins after quadruplets: they're here and nameless!

We got four chickens, naming them Deneen (after the baby name launched by the Ivory soap ad), Casara (after the baby name launched by a misheard song lyric in Lost in Emotion - it was really "que sera, que sera"), Casterdell (after the baby name launched by something that I will absolutely sleuth out one of these days, I swear!)... and Angelina Ballerina, because my daughter was not budging about how this white leghorn looked just like a ballerina (with a very starched tutu) and absolutely needed to be called that. (I am not made of stone and also thought it was a good opportunity to walk the walk in urging people not to dwell too much on sibling sets. And also I like all -ina names on principle.)

Casterdell fell victim to a raccoon in an unfortunate midafternoon unlocked coop issue. My son whose chicken she was was very sad and insisted we get a replacement, and I did. I was totally excited to name the replacement Casterdale or Casterdaral or Casterdaria or... but that's a no-go, apparently, because the grief is too fresh.

Casterdell's replacement is a black chicken with feathered legs that will lay olive green eggs, and a very peculiar ninja-type personality. My son has suggested Pitch and Obsidian. I have suggested Elvira and Batman, but have been shot down. 

The other chicken I picked up at the same time will lay blue eggs and has an orange head, and body feathers which have black and gold patterns on them. She seems very friendly (climbing onto my arm today) and deserves a good name, better than "the Spare" which is what she's currently being called because I totally bought her anticipating a further casualty (he children have taken very strongly to the idea that they each need their very own chicken).

Anyway, help me name the surprise additions! 


June 17, 2018 12:47 AM

Ideas for Casterdell's successor: Nigella, Salem, Sam-I-Am (green eggs! no ham!).

For "the Spare": Robin (or Roberta) for her eggs, Aurelia for her feathers. There's also something niggling at the back of my mind regarding the "spare/extra" concept, but I can't seem to get it to come forward. I'll post again if I figure it out.

(No, it's not Tilly -- a friend's spare teddy bear, 'cause he's on the shelf 'til he's needed -- though maybe Matilda would be a good name for a chicken anyway.)

June 17, 2018 4:37 PM

Tilly is fantastic as the name for the spare bear! I love it! 

August 1, 2018 7:27 AM

I tend to think of Robin as Batman's 'spare'.

June 17, 2018 1:06 PM

I do really like the Green Eggs, No Ham suggestion. Otherwise, a ninja-style chicken puts me in mind of your recent mentions of Ninjago Lloyd—maybe Floyd, AKA Feathered Lloyd? I know it's traditionally a masculine name, but so was Casterdell, right?

For the "spare", you could go with Veep if you're feeling political. Maybe Veep-veep or Peep-Veep or something to be more chicken-y. Of course, around here a black-and-gold bird would likely be named Herky, in honor of the Hawkeyes mascot, though as a born-and-bred Spartan it's a little bit painful to suggest it ;-).

June 17, 2018 4:44 PM

Peep-Veep would be great, except I just cannot with the political jokes about vice presidents right now. In a different time or a parallel universe, I'd totally love it!

I love Floyd and would pick it if it were up to me. My son also considered the similar "Kylo Hen" but he already knows someone who used this name on their chicken so he didn't want to go there. 

June 17, 2018 2:38 PM

How about Louis for the Spare? I doubt Prince Louis of Cambridge will ever be king.

June 17, 2018 4:53 PM

Last night we were visiting friends who have a Speckled Sussex chicken, whose name is Lav3ndar. I joked that she should be Lady Lav3ndar M4rkle, based on the Duchess of Sussex and also on her regal bearing. (She is their child's favorite of their chicken flock and I got to listen to a presentation with a poster.)

I think she could be Lagniappe Laquita Louise! 

June 17, 2018 4:35 PM

These are great ideas!

I love Feathered-Lloyd and Sam-I-am, but my son is adamant that it's Obsidian, so I think we've got a name that stuck! I like it because she's also a very OBStinate chicken, so it fits. 

I think the fifth chicken may be Lagniappe Laquita! Lagniappe is both the term for a surprise bonus item (like the 13th bagel) as well an actual baby name, albeit not one that's ever made it into the SSA- I found it in an alumni baby announcement for a surprise younger sibling, tucked away into the middle name slot.  Laquita is a name mystery that I have a personal connection to because I met a Laquita at a party one time and she was a little taken aback by my intense interest in her name and its origin.

I also stumbled upon a name mystery: Azure debuts with a stunning 121 girls in 1975. Can anyone help me figure out why? If it's a good reason then I think we might have a contendor for Lagniappe Laquita, even though Azure is one of those words that I always stumble over the pronunciation of. 

Edited to add: YES! I found out the prompt for the spike. The variant Azuredee helped me out, it's from a Kojak episode which aired in 1975 where there was a murder victem by the name of Azure Dee. It's sufficiently morbid that I don't want to use it as a name for a chicken, especially while we're still actively troubleshooting best predator deterrent strategies.

June 17, 2018 4:59 PM

And, when I look up why 2013 and 2017 are the years that Obsidian charts, I find that there's a horror movie that came out in 2013 named Obsidian as well as an album, AND a DC comics character who is known for having a gay storyline. So I'm pleased with it as a chicken name!

June 18, 2018 2:02 AM

Lagniappe! That's the "spare/extra" name I was failing to come up with! I can never remember it, probably at least partly because I haven't a clue how it's pronounced. (Besides not /LAG-nee-app-ee/.)

June 18, 2018 10:13 AM

Oh, Lagniappe is great! I recall a discussion of the word (can't remember if it was in the context of naming) where Miriam explained its meaning, so it seems doubly-appropriate as a name for one of your "bonus" chicks.

June 19, 2018 2:34 AM

I think it's LAHN-YAHP, at least in my clumsy yankee tongue.

Unfortunately LLL is now promoted from spare chicken because a racoon in broad daylight reached through the chicken wire of the run and decapitated her. We are stepping up our game in defense... but the nature of living in nature is that sometimes it will intervene, so I am sure this is not the last chance to name chickens that we will have, and your excellent suggestions will likely get their day in the sun at some point... but hopefully not for a little while. 

June 18, 2018 9:21 AM

Since the chickens seem to have found names, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the post's title. Seeing you were the author, I was chuckling before I even started reading and the excellent (and informative) naming process commenced.

June 19, 2018 2:35 AM

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, even if the timing is a bit off after the last epidemic of multiple births.

June 19, 2018 4:25 PM

The timing after the latest multiple birth epidemic was perfect.  Had it been sooner, I may not have even bothered to open the thread or check to see who created it.

I've enjoyed it, and now want to get chickens just so I can have something fun to name.  

August 1, 2018 7:17 PM

Seconded. I rolled my eyes at the title, snorted when I saw the author, then full out laughed when the first line was about  chickens. I have long wanted to raise ducks, myself, and now I have one more reason.

June 19, 2018 5:57 AM

This is the best post ever.


I vote for the name "Laura" followed by new threads every other day on random alternatives that begin with L, unless the random alternative is Sophie. 




June 19, 2018 11:21 AM

Twins Lora and Sofie, definitely!

June 19, 2018 11:38 AM

But are you suuuure that I should spell them that way? What about Lawrra and Sopfii?

Oh man, I HARD CORE rolled my eyes when I saw the subject line and burst out laughing when I scrolled over and saw who posted it! Well done!!!

June 19, 2018 1:51 PM

Happily, for chickens the spelling really and truly doesn't matter. (No chicken license. No vet visits. The names are really just a collection of sounds.) 

I'm so glad you all enjoyed my attempt at humor. I wondered for a little while if I'd shot myself in the foot and made it so no one would even open the post. I was surprised this was the first post of its title on this site, though!

June 19, 2018 6:21 PM

Awww, your chickens' perches don't have personalized name plates? There are no labeled mailboxes? No sign outside?

Oh my goodness. I just looked for images of chicken coop signs and there are some really funny ones, several of which include the residents' names (in such a manner that one can easily be swapped out for another without affecting the others, which seems to be a strong pro.)


EDIT: This also means that you can see what other people have named their groups of chickens. For instance,

Nugget, Curry, Little, Caramel, and Jerkface

Dixie, Daisy, Dottie, Iris, Alice, Violet, Lucille, and Roxy

Daisy, Myrtle, Poppy, and Hazel

Sunny, Ruby, Rosie, Zoe, and Lily

Rose, Salt & Pepper, Petunia, Honey, Daisy (that's the third Daisy!), Speckles

Myrtle, Hermione, Luna, Ginny, Narcissa, Fleur, Petunia

Charlemagne, Snickers, Daisy (that's #4!), Sugar, Foxy-Roxy, Buttercup, Reesee, Tuby, Maggie, Lucy, Hershy, Rosie, Velvet, and Emilie

Ellie, Josie, Sophie, Antoinette, and Little Blue

Sunshine, Honey, Clementine, Jax, Caroline, Chenille, Charlotte, Astrid, Beatrice, and Primrose

Camillus, Carl, Cornelia, Tina, Tenille, Glennie, Gertie, Gilda


Okay, I'm going to stop looking at chicken coop signs now.

June 19, 2018 8:55 PM

That first one is amazing. Imagine introducing a sibling group concluding with, "...and Jerkface." I looked up the original sign and it's worth noting that this grouping are the "Mother Cluckers", which is kind of great. And the Harry Potter set are Eggzkaban, which is even better.

I wonder if Camillus was purchased as a day-old chick with the hope that it would be a female (some breeds or crosses you can tell the males and females apart, but it's definitely not 100%) but then he turned out to be a rooster. The presence of Carl suggests that there's a second rooster, which is interesting. 

I love Charlemagne as a rooster name, though, but what a contrast with hen names like Snickers, Sugar, and Foxy-Roxy. 

My friends' chickens are Lav3ndar, Margar3t, Sus4n, G!nger, D0tty and... drat, I'm forgetting the last one. Speckles? They were all named by their son, which I thought was remarkably excellent naming. 

The best sign I found is a group of Henrietta, Pickles, Daisy (the fifth!), Flower, Ninja, Darth Vader, Lucy, Stripes, Vanilla and Rinse. I bet that this eclectic combination is due to a multi-child family. 

Our chicken coop is way too small - it's a tiny little replica of a human house, on wheels, and most of the sides are taken up by door and window features. I'll post a picture on Facebook; our neighbor did a brilliant job building it.

June 20, 2018 5:08 PM

I feel like I've told this before, but my friends name their roosters after the Saints day that is to be their ultimate expiry date. There's been a John, a Peter and a Stephen...

June 20, 2018 6:01 PM

I was envisioning something of this nature, which doesn't need to be attached to the physical coop.

I noticed the two male names, and the contrast with the females, too!

Jerkface made me laugh! I'm assuming it's a chicken with attitude.

June 20, 2018 5:46 PM

Like others, my first reaction was an eyeroll on seeing the thread title - then a snigger after I saw who posted it. Sorry to have missed out on the chicken naming discussion! I like the 'sibset' you've come up with though. As for chicken defenses, have you considered a dog?

As an aside, we are now in the planning stages of starting a farm. Negotiations with the kids on what to name our future animals have already begun. So far we've agreed that Rosie will get to choose flower names for the sheep, Elena will choose Ancient Greek names for the pigs (I think the boar will be Hercules), and the theme for the chickens is still undecided. We've considered Potter themed names, but I'm very open to other ideas if you have them.

June 20, 2018 11:57 PM

Thanks! I'll check it out.

June 21, 2018 5:31 PM

Hmmm you could have Goddess names (although there may be too much crossover with Ancient Greek there) or philosopher names (because of the old 'which came first the chicken or the egg?' question) or how about Irish names (lots of choice and you can enjoy looking up pronunciations) or movie stars? I like the idea of a Potter theme too though.

August 1, 2018 3:44 AM

I wanted to provide an update with MORE surprise multiple adoptions since those seem to be all the rage. Our spare was not long for the world, so today we brought home another Easter Egger who has been named Barbarella (an actual baby name, though not much of a mystery) because she has a beard and my daughter had been suggesting Baby Beardis.

The other is a golden sexlink aka Red Star aka Golden Comet -- a hybrid between a Rhode Island Red and a Rhode Island White. When my kids were poring over a chicken catalog that came in the mail and discovered that the the breed were also called Cinnamon Queen, that was it: instant name. She's Cinnamon (actual popular baby name launched by a TV show character, or else a smooth jazz album, and then given a surprise boost due to a gristly murder case) and will get a queenly middle name of some kind or another.

Teenagers with active imaginations, please note: you don't need to limit your naming to imaginary scenarios. We're happy to discuss names for your pets, electronic devices, home wifi networks, etc.

August 1, 2018 12:30 PM

Barbarella! Sounds like you have some terrific photoshopping opportunities there.