Donkeys are fantastic, smart animals. They’ve been a trusted farm worker for centuries, taking up residence on ranches and homesteads. If you’re one of those lucky enough to have such a creature, you quickly learn they make wonderful companions who are adorable and love to play.
As with any new pet addition to the family, you have to name your donkey or burro. This allows for bonding and the repeated use of its name will clue them in to when you are calling or making a command.
Male Donkey Names
Finding the perfect donkey name for a male offers many possibilities. When you go through the list, think about your donkey and how that name sounds in connection to it. If you don’t find any of these 44 names suitable, you could always check out our horse naming guides for assistance.
Female Donkey Names
With 51 names listed here, the possibilities for female donkeys are plentiful and creative. They can be feminine and playful or gentle and subtle. Remember, no matter what name you choose, it’s always best to keep it simple and no more than three or four syllables.
Good Donkey Names
The following list of 31 names offers a nice and basic way to identify your donkey. These are very typical and many people tend use these often, but they could be a good match for your beautiful burro.
- Dynamo the Donkey
Best Donkey Names
If you’re looking for a prime and superb name for your donkey, peruse the list below for some ideas. Some of these are common for people to use and some are unusual in nature. These 22 names may even inspire you to come up with your own.
Cute Donkey Names
When you’re donkey is as cute as a button, there’s no other type of name that will fit but an adorable one. If you can’t discover one out of these 27, you can write down all the cutest aspects of your donkey and come up with a name for it from there.
Funny Donkey Names
In the case that your donkey provides hilarious comedy and is a natural clown, a name that’s funny might just do the trick! Select from any one of these 21 names to see if they sit in your funny bone and fit your furry friend.
- Winky Wonkey the Wookey Donkey
- Polka Dot
- Sir Percy
- Mac Daddy
- Wookey Dookey
Unique Donkey Names
Sometimes, donkeys are a personality and character all their own. So, a typical and common name won’t do. Not many owners name their four-legged friends these, but it’s not unusual.
Allow these 21 selections to spur your imagination to create your own if nothing here sparks your fancy.
Famous Donkey Names
The following short list of 19 names ranges from famous personalities, fictional characters, literary personas, prolific movie stars, and world-renowned music gods. Sometimes, a donkey will just portray these people in a cute and characteristic way.
- Humphrey Bogart
- One of the Seven Dwarves (Sleepy, Dopey, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy, Doc, Sneezy)
- One of the Smurfs (Brainy, Papa, Painter, Jokey, Lazy, Hefty, Harmony and etc)
- The Rock
- Willie Wonka
Donkey Names from Movies
No list of donkey names would be complete without well-known, famous ones from the movies. Donkey from Shrek is a popular favorite, but so is Eeyor from Winnie the Pooh.
Sometimes picking a name inspired by famous donkeys is the best match for your pet.
- Benjamin (“Animal Farm” novel by George Orwell)
- Conchita (Juan Valdez coffee bean logo)
- Dominick (Italian-American from the 1960s)
- Donkey (from Shrek)
- Eeyor (“Winnie the Pooh” classic animation)
- Francis (film series from the 1950s)
- Gus (a Disney creation)
- Lana (Juan Valdez coffee bean logo)
- Nestor (the Christmas Donkey cartoon)
Horse Name Inspiration
Some donkeys are so big, unwitting people mistake them for horses. Alternatively, some donkeys act as if they are horses or have similar markings to specific horse breeds. Or, they may even be a mirror for a famous movie or literature horse, this includes champion racehorses. Some people like a classic name from the days of yesteryear, like the Lone Ranger’s Silver or Mister Ed.
- Black Beauty
- Man O’ War
- Mister Ed
Help Choosing the Right Name
Before sifting through the sea of names, there are a few things to think about to ensure a proper pick. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming or become a difficult chore. But you want to ensure the name fits the donkey well.
Think about its breed, behavior, mannerisms, attitude, coloring, and gender. Different breeds have varying tones and markings that may lend themselves to a particular name, like Polka Dot. It could be that your pet donkey is very feminine and diminutive in manner. This could make names like Luna, Skydancer, or Willow a perfect fit.
The myriad of donkey breeds produces a range in characteristics; everything from mood to demeanor and activity levels to displays of affection. If you have one that’s more horse-like, you could name it something like Palomino or Bronco. If your donkey or burro is small, Bitsy or Pixie might be an exact match.
Of course, the donkey’s coloring could also be the basis for its name. Caramel, Butterscotch, Brownie, Cinnamon or Ginger could all be great names that characterize your pet donkey.
The moods and attitudes of your donkey could also inspire its name. Joy or Krankie might be appropriate, depending on their general demeanor. But if they’re silly or comedic, you might want to go with something like Gizmo or Dingbat.
If the donkey that’s wandered into your life is a true expression of their gender, selecting a solid name to reflect that may also be something to think about. Bruno, Buck, Miguel, Boris or Scooter could be great monikers for a male donkey. Likewise, some adorable female names for a donkey are things like Jasmine, Juanita, Fiona or Sasha.
In the event that the above points of inspiration don’t suit the foundation for naming your donkey, you could consider a name that’s inspired by prolific books and movies. Nestor, Donkey, Eeyor, or Francis are all famous donkeys. But you could go a step further and name them after a famous personality or fictional character like Hendrix, Elvis, Merlin or Willie Wonka.
Also, whether male or female, it might be a good idea to pick a few different names to see which one the donkey best responds to when you say it. It will make training and bonding a much better experience for both of you.
With over 235 names, the possibilities for your donkey are almost endless. Remember, you want to pick a name that’s best for your little burro of love. It should be an expression of its most crowning feature, from its color and breed to behavior and demeanor.
For some donkeys, this will surround their shining personalities and yet other donkeys will exude their gender in an undeniable fashion. Even still, a few donkeys will be particularly unique and so only a unique name will do. Likewise, silly, comedic, and funny donkeys should have a name that reflects that trait.
Once you’ve found a few that have a nice ring to them, test them out on your donkey and see which one it responds to best. This will make your relationship much better and more assured because the donkey will understand that you’re calling to or commanding them to do something.