Red Tailed Hawk Names ● 254 Inspiring Ideas for your Raptor, Bird of Prey, Eagle, Falcon, or Owl

Red Tailed Hawk Names ● 254 Inspiring Ideas for your Raptor, Bird of Prey, Eagle, Falcon, or Owl

When considering red tailed hawk names, there are just so many sources for inspiration! 

These great ideas are perfect if you’re naming a falcon, eagle, owl, or other raptor or bird of prey too!

You’ll find a broad range to spark your imagination and creativity. Even if you don’t find the perfect name for your red tailed hawk here, you’ll be in the right mindset to brainstorm more! 

What should I name my hawk?

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People name their hawks anything from a name that would work well for a human like Dudley or Annalise, to pet names like Buddy or Storm, to totally exotic or meaningful names like Icarus or Tattoo.

Bird names from actual falconers

Real falconers have used these names for their hawks, falcons, and eagles.

  • Dudley
  • Icarus
  • Ristretto
  • Maloney
  • Chicory 
  • Timor
  • Marlon
  • Skyler
  • Griffin 
  • Adelaide
  • Lucy
  • Cob
  • Molly
  • Mischief 
  • Zippo
  • Tasha
  • Dusty
  • Sal
  • Lou
  • Tattoo
  • Doc
  • Bolt
  • Chloe
  • Haggard
  • Beowulf 
  • Attila 
  • Dicey
  • Pandora 
  • Homer
  • Shazam
  • Charm
  • Storm
  • Lance
  • Buddy
  • Zeva
  • Wordell
  • Annaliese
  • Tracy
  • Sancho
  • Delilah
  • Moka
  • Olivia
  • Emily
  • Fawkes
  • Arrow
  • Zumi

Tips for naming your hawk

  • Consider your bird’s personality and appearance as inspiration
  • You don’t have to decide on a name right away- get to know your hawk first. 
  • Choose a name you’ll be comfortable telling your friends, family and veterinarian 

You might also enjoy these over 50 cool bird name ideas!

What is a good name for a female hawk?

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  • Aculia- an ancient European or Gaul word that means fast
  • Ajah means hawk in Hebrew 
  • Iris reflects on a hawk’s amazing vision
  • Marahute is the name of the golden eagle in the movie The Rescuers Down Under
  • Meredith. Colonel Russell Luff Meredith is known as the father of North American falconry
  • Rossa means red in Italian, so it’s a perfect name for a red tailed hawk 
  • Serrate reminds you of your bird’s jagged talons and beak
  • Stana. Did you know Canadian actress Stana Katic from Castle and Absentia enjoys falconry as a hobby?

What is a good name for a male hawk?

  • Aristotle. The famous philospher wrote about boys in Thrace hunting game using hawks
  • Baze means hawk in Armenian 
  • Dauntless could refer to your bird’s relentless personality 
  • Pronto is a great name for a speedy bird
  • Keen is a perfect for a hawk’s keen eyesight, sharp talons, and keening cry
  • Rufus is another word for red, so it works well for a red tailed hawk
  • Tobias. Have you read the Animorphs series?
  • Wilson- How about using Samuel Wilson, the superhero known as The Falcon as a namesake?

What names mean hawk?

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  • Aénȯhea’eotse (Cheyenne)
  • Ajah (Hebrew)
  • Astur (Occitan)
  • Baze (Armenian) 
  • Cetanwakuwa (Lakota)
  • Chaytan (Lakota)
  • Circe (Greek mythology) 
  • Dogan (Turkish) 
  • Falco (German)
  • Gawen (Scotts)
  • Gwain (Welsh)
  • Haukr (Old Norse)
  • Helo (Kurdish)
  • Heirax (Ancient Greek)
  • Iolani (Hawaiian) 
  • Kartiga (Shor)
  • Khartsaga (Mongolian) 
  • Kuria (Chechen)
  • Lautaro (Spanish)
  • Likuye (Miwok)
  • Shahbaz (Urdu)
  • Shervardena (Archaic Georgian) 
  • Shonkhor (Mongolian) 
  • Tahatan (Lakota)
  • Taka (Japanese)
  • Vanagas (Lithuanian)
  • Varash (Mari)

Red tailed hawk names that refer to speed 

Hawks can dive at up to 120 mph, so a “quick” name fits any red tailed hawk well! These names come from a variety of languages. 

  • Acco- Gaul
  • Aculia- Gaul
  • Advija- Bosnian
  • Agile
  • Aiolos- the Greek god of the winds
  • Alsvid- Norse for fast. Also the name of one of the horses that pulls the Sun in Norse mythology 
  • Aphareus (Greek)
  • Arethusa- Greek for swift, nimble
  • Arine (Basque)
  • Bolt
  • Breakneck
  • Brisk
  • Celerenus (Roman)
  • Dash
  • Double Time
  • Fasti (Danish) 
  • Flash
  • Fleet
  • Full Tilt
  • Haste
  • Haya- Arabic for “come quickly”
  • Jiffy
  • Lickety Split
  • Lightning 
  • Maliksi (Tagalong)
  • Narunas (Lithuanian) 
  • Nimble
  • Okila (Greenlandic)
  • Posthaste
  • Presto
  • Pronto
  • Quick
  • Rapid
  • Screamin
  • Shun- Japanese for “fast”
  • Snappy
  • Sonic
  • Speedball
  • Streak
  • Swift
  • Theon (Greek) 

Names that refer to eyesight 

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Hawks have keen eyesight, so names referencing that trait are very fitting! Or you can read more red-tailed hawks facts for more ideas

  • Acute
  • Farsight
  • Iris
  • Keen
  • Lens
  • Sharp
  • View
  • Vision
  • Vista

Red tailed hawk names that mean red

And of course, these names are fitting for red tailed hawks’ red tails! They mean red in several different languages. 

  • Adam (Hebrew)
  • Akane (Japanese)
  • Akari (Japanese) 
  • Akili (Greek)
  • Altan (Turkish)
  • Clancy (Irish)
  • Edom (Hebrew)
  • Flannigan (Irish)
  • Garnet
  • Gilroy (Irish)
  • Humayra (Arabic)
  • Kamala (Sanskrit) 
  • Lali (Georgian)
  • Miltiades (Ancient Greek)
  • Phoenix 
  • Piroska (Hungarian) 
  • Pyrrhus (Ancient Greek)
  • Quynh (Vietnamese) 
  • Radcliff
  • Red
  • Rossa (Italian) 
  • Rowan
  • Rubena (Esperanto) 
  • Ruby
  • Rudyard
  • Rufus
  • Russell 
  • Scarlett 
  • Shani (Hebrew) 
  • Sienna
  • Sohrab (Persian)
  • Wapasha (Sioux)

Fierce names for your raptor

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  • Adventure 
  • Bold 
  • Brutal
  • Courage
  • Danger
  • Daring
  • Dauntless
  • Defiant 
  • Desolate 
  • Edge
  • Fierce
  • Fiery- also invokes the feeling of red!
  • Gale
  • Gust
  • Razor
  • Savage
  • Serrate
  • Squall
  • Stormy
  • Strong 
  • Talon
  • Tempest
  • Valiant 
  • Vicious 
  • Whirlwind 

Famous Hawks

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Here are famous hawks, both people and animals! Some are real and some are fictional. But all are great inspirations! 


  • Stephen Hawking, famous theoretical physicist 
  • Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder 
  • Andre Dawson, an American Hall of Fame baseball player nicknamed “The Hawk”
  • Road Warrior Hawk- a famous American pro wrestler 
  • John Edwards Hawkins, an American rapper known as H.A.W.K or Big Hawk
  • Lee Reherman, known as Hawk on American Gladiator 

Hawk names in movies, TV, and video games 

  • Isabeau. The film Ladyhawke portrays a hawk named Isabeau
  • Donald. In Saturday Night Live, The Falconer is a recurring sketch about a man whose falcon named Donald saves him from mortal peril.
  • Horus the saker falcon appears in The Mummy Returns.
  • Samuel (see below)
  • Wilson. Samuel Wilson is known as the superhero Falcon in the Marvel universe. He is also nicknamed Snap and Blackwing
  • Hayabusa is Shan Yu’s pet saker falcon in Mulan
  • Marahute is the golden eagle in Rescuers Down Under
  • Tiberius is a red tailed hawk in The Secret Life of Pets
  • Ikaros is a golden eagle in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Origins 
  • Jet the hawk appears in Sonic the Hedgehog games
  • Silver is the grey peregrine falcon in Angry Birds
  • Valor is Quinn’s raptor companion in League of Legends

Learn about the names of 26 different hawks from mythology in this post.

Hawk names from books and literature 

  • Thorondor- The Lord of the Eagles in JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. His name means King of Eagles
  • Gwaihir- Another eagle from Lord of the Rings, his name means Windlord
  • Landroval- one of the eagles who carried Sam and Frodo from Mount Doom. His name means wide wing
  • Meneldor- another of the eagles who assisted Sam and Frodo. His name means sky king, and he’s also called young and swift
  • Lucanor (see below) 
  • Villena. The Tales of Count Lucanor by the prince of Villena teach a moral based on falconry 
  • Frightful. The series My Side of the Mountain  features a young man named Sam Gribley and his falcon Frightful
  • Stana. Canadian actress Stana Katic enjoys falconry as a hobby
  • Mordecai. In The Royal Tenenbaums, Richie has a falcon named Mordecai 
  • Toranaga. Toranaga, one of the main characters in the book Shogun, is a falconer.
  • David. In The Dark Tower series, Roland has a hawk named David.
  • Tobias. A red tailed hawk from the Animorphs series

Find more inspiration from books, music and literature with these red-tailed hawk quotes.


  • Gilgamesh- The Epic of Gilgamesh recounted tales of falconers and hawkers as long ago as 2100 BC
  • Frederick – King Frederick II wrote De arte venandi cum avibus (The Art of Hunting with Birds), a famous treatise on falconry in the 1240s
  • Meredith- Colonel R. Luff Meredith is referred to as the father of North American falconry
  • Thrace (see below) 
  • Aristotle. In the 4th century BC, Aristotle wrote about boys in Thrace hunting small game using hawks
  • Maldon– in the Battle of Maldon in 991 in England, the Anglo-Saxon leader was a falconer
  • Bayeux (see below) 
  • Harold- In the Bayeux Tapestry (in the 1070s), King Harold of England is shown with a hawk. And he was said to have the largest collection of books on falconry in all of Europe! 
  • Niketas. Greek historian Niketas Choniates wrote about use of hawks and falcons in the Byzantine empire in 1182
  • Moamyn- a famous Arab falconer
  • Taymur (see below)
  • Mirza. Taymur Mirza compiled a Persian treatise on falconry in 1285
  • Ayala. Poet Pero López de Ayala compiled information on hawking in the 1390s.
  • Asakura. Around 1500, Japanese warlord Asakura Norikage successfully bred goshawks in captivity 
  • Alexis. In the 1660s, Tsar Alexis of Russia wrote about the aesthetic pleasures of falconry 
  • Alban (see below)
  • Julia. The Book of Saint Albans was first published in 1486 and is attributed to Dame Julia Berners. It outlined which social ranks should use which types of birds 

Hawks in sports

These sports teams are named after hawks 

  • Atlanta 
  • Hawthorn 
  • Miami
  • Seattle 

And here are some hawk mascot names

  • Blitz- Seattle Sea Hawks
  • Hudson- Hawthorn Hawks
  • Herky is the mascot of the Iowa Hawkeyes


  • Curtiss Hawk, a line of American aircraft 
  • Humber Hawk, a British car
  • Miles Hawk, a monoplane
  • Packard Hawk, an American car
  • Rolls Royce Hawk, an aeronautical engine 
  • South Devon Railway Eagle class, a steam locomotive 
  • Studebaker Golden Hawk, an American car

Wild Hawks

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  • Pale Male is a famous red tailed hawk known for nesting in Central Park. The next few names are names from his mates and other hawks in New York City 
  • First Love
  • Chocolate 
  • Blue
  • Lola
  • Lima
  • Paula
  • Zena
  • Octavia 
  • Tristan
  • Isolde
  • Big Red is a famous red tail who nests at Cornell University every year. The names below are her mates
  • Ezra
  • Arthur- named for the founder of the Cornell Bird Lab

What is the scientific name for the red tailed hawk? 

The scientific name for the red tailed hawk is Buteo jamaicensis.

Final thoughts on red tailed hawk names

Choosing red tailed hawk names, or names for other birds of prey is difficult but now you know exactly how to get started! 

I found many of the names on the website Behind the Name.

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