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Cowboy Name Generator & Guide

A bassy rumbling came over the badlands—hundreds of steers pounding the earth with their hooves, directed by a man on horseback. As the herd came closer to town, a few could even make out who it was: the famous cowboy Holloway.

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Cowboys used to be just cattle ranchers, but Hollywood and pop culture have built them into superheroes. Now cowboys include sheriffs riding out to protect their town, robbers trying to crack a bank, or lone gunmen with a flexible moral code.

Most cowboy names come from history, with American names from the 1800’s being the most common. That said, there was a great variety of people in the Wild West, so any old-timey name is perfect.

Good Cowboy Names

A good cowboy name is tough, like the settlers who moved west and found themselves in a lawless wasteland. Look for names that sound familiar while being old enough to have faded from common use.

  • Nash
  • Rhonda
  • Shiloh
  • Rufus
  • Dixie
  • Abilene
  • Cassidy
  • Heath


The gunslinger responsible for clearing the rail lines of the Cascades Rail Company, riding ahead of construction and chasing off any threats.

  • Fay
  • Jacqueline
  • Layla
  • Tallulah


Sheriff of Boseport, said to have once made a hundred-yard shot that knocked the hat off a conman lurking around town.

  • Josie
  • Lucina
  • Roscoe
  • Ruby
  • Hallie
  • Calhoun

Badass Cowboy Names

Gunslinging, cattle rustling, train heisting—some cowboys are hardened by their time in the wild. The bad ones turn to crime, while the good ones become folk heroes.

  • Remington
  • Flint
  • Decker
  • Silas
  • Blaze
  • Liberty
  • Pierce
  • Solo
  • Dash


The only survivor of the Six-State Shootout which left a dozen lawmen and most of Maverick’s gang dead.

  • Justice
  • Tex
  • Brandy
  • Jericho
  • Cash


Best known for burgling the Los Calamar bank, she was never caught because of the incredibly fast horse she rode.

  • Sierra
  • Chance
  • Sterling
  • Buck

Famous Cowboy Names

History is packed full of famous cowboys, many from the Wild West. These are names that became famous as defenders of justice or as bold criminals.

  • Bass
  • Lillian
  • Clay
  • Bart
  • Connie
  • Starr
  • Billy
  • Curly


Famed for his hand with only two fingers, each lost when he was repeatedly caught stealing.

  • Butch
  • Doc
  • Holliday
  • Dutch
  • Eleanor
  • Bose


A marshall who wandered the desert on horseback as a self-proclaimed “peace officer,” hunting down bandits.

  • Cole
  • Emmett
  • Bee
  • Kitty

Funny Cowboy Names

Cowboys know how to have fun like the rest of us, and their names might come from an inside joke, a pun, or just hold an ironic twist. A silly name doesn’t mean they shoot any worse.

  • Levi
  • Denver
  • Rye
  • Bronco
  • Georgia
  • Sunny
  • Dodge
  • Montana
  • Roosevelt


A rancher from the mountains who inherited farmland from several family members, becoming a local cattle magnate.

  • Minnie
  • Blossom
  • River
  • Savannah
  • Gertie


Formerly a madame in the big city, once her workplace burned down she took her business on the road in her famously lavish carriage.

  • Collie
  • Cheyenne
  • Houston
  • Huckleberry

Through good deeds or bad, cowboys often make a name for themselves, so it ought to be a memorable name. Did this article help you pick a great cowboy name? Drop us a comment if you found this article useful, and share it with your friends!

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Liam Blackley
I'm passionate about telling stories as a DM and I get a thrill from worldbuilding. Inviting players into these made up worlds that somehow still feel vibrant and alive is incredible, and Codex Nomina is a way to extend that invitation to more people.

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