196 Cute and Famous Hippo Names

Hippo Names

A hippo’s full name is hippopotamus, a Greek word translating to ‘river horse.’ It is a large, round half aquatic African mammal. A hippopotamus is an amphibious animal and if you are thinking of keeping one as your pet, here are cute names which will suit your pet hippo.


Why Naming Your Pet Is Important

Giving names to animals, even those that are not our pets, may mean nothing for the animals themselves, but it does change the way we regard these animals significantly. Your pet’s name is an essential signal you will use when you want to communicate with it. At its most basic, to your pet it means that your pet should pay attention to whoever said its name and if you want it to work at its best, it may mean that your pet should pay attention to whoever calls its name and maybe get  a yummy treat. Whether your animal is domesticated or wild, naming it will make people become more empathetic towards it. Even if your hippo is wild, naming it will result in it being watched and tended to more carefully and as a result, it will make the animal less stressed. Overall, naming a hippo whether wild or domesticated is good for the animal’s welfare. It has been proven that giving names to animals moves people to better conserve the animals and care more for them. Pets can easily gain access to our affection and endearment that is often reserved only for our own kind once we name them.

Cute Hippo Names

Hippy: Hippy is a cute pet name derived from the word Hippo and the name will definitely suit your pet.

Biggy: hippos are the third largest living land mammal, therefore, the name Biggy makes a cute name for a male hippo.

Diva: This name suits your female hippo, especially if she is sassy.

Becky: The name Becky will also suit your female hippo. This name is derived from the name Rebecca.

Mr Gnasher: Hippos have huge tusk-like teeth which they use to gnash food as well as to protect themselves from predators. The name Mr Gnasher definitely suits your pet hippo.

Mad Mike: You can consider naming your hippo Mad Mike, a perfect name for your aggressive pet.

Vegan: Basically, hippos are vegans since their diet is largely plant-based.

If you did not get the right name for your hippo above, choose from the cute hippo names listed below.

  • Heli
  • Snoopy
  • Gimmy
  • Jemmy
  • Smurfy
  • Hi-ho
  • Roxie
  • Moby
  • Connor
  • Bren
  • Chevy
  • Tammy
  • Bono
  • Kai
  • Kobo
  • Guiness
  • Faya
  • Ernie
  • Bagel
  • Alvin

Some Interesting Facts About Hippos

For animals that love the water, hippos cannot swim or float. Instead, these animals walk or stand on surfaces below the water like sandbanks. However, hippos spend most of their day in water in order to protect their skin from the sun because the skin is quite sensitive. Hippos also secrete an oily red substance that acts like a moisturiser or sunblock to protect the animal from germs. This may be mistaken for sweating blood. Even though hippos are able to hold their breath for about seven minutes, most of the adult hippos resurface every three to five minutes so that they can breathe plus hippos do this even whilst sleeping without waking up. It is as if the resurfacing to breath is an automatic process. Hippos are also able to close their nostrils and ears to prevent water from entering. As such a calf can suckle on land or underwater. Another interesting fact about hippos is that when they open their mouths they are not yawning but actually warning you off. You can only see a hippo yawning when it is in water because they are only territorial while in the water. In addition, a hippo can live up to 40 years and it is the third largest land mammal after an elephant and a white rhino.

Baby Hippo Names

Hippos birth squishy, adorable babies called calves. A calf weighs 23 to 50 kilograms at birth and is nursed until it is eight months. We have chosen a number of names that might suit your baby hippo.

Gummy Bear:  A little hippo is as squishy as gummy bears, therefore, you can name him Gummy Bear; the name will suit him.

Hearty: The name Hearty is derived from the word heart. The heart is associated with love, therefore, this is a cute name to give to the calf you love.

Daisy: Daisy is a good name to give to your hippo. This name is derived from the beautiful daisy flower and it will suit your adorable baby hippo.

Sunny: Sunny sounds like a name for a small cute animal, however giving your huge pet a name that sounds small and dainty is cute. You can name your baby hippo Sunny.

Smoochies: This name is perfect for your calf because though she looks big, she is delicate to an extent that she can be crushed or seriously injured when caught in the middle during a fight between two adults.

Scuba Diver: You can consider naming your baby hippo Scuba Diver. The name will suit it since it is able to dive underwater to suckle, having closed its nose and ears to block out water.

Razor: The name Razor is apt for your baby hippo, though it might not be as big as the older hippos, it is equally dangerous.

Here are other baby hippo names which you can consider.

  • Tumi
  • Ella
  • Maya
  • Indigo
  • Dido
  • Doodlwe
  • Mona
  • Nate
  • Lola
  • Fifi
  • Pygmy
  • Squimmy
  • Maddox
  • Safina
  • Carla
  • Sonia
  • Gab
  • Milo
  • Little Hippy
  • Pola
  • Hazel

Types of Hippos

There are two species of hippos namely the large or common hippo and the smaller relative, the pygmy hippo. Both hippos are the third-largest living land mammals, after elephants and white rhinos. The common hippopotamus is slightly larger than the pygmy hippopotamus. The common hippo can be found mainly around water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and mangrove swamps. These hippos prefer areas with shallow, slow-moving water where they can float all day. This type of hippo has stocky trunks and weighs about 1.5 and 3 tons. Their skin is hairless and gray or brownish red with pink areas on the face. The pygmy hippopotamus, the other type of hippo shares a lot of features with the common hippo. They both have stocky bodies, hairless gray or brownish skin, long sharp canines, and nocturnal habits. On the other hand, pygmy hippos are a bit smaller compared to the common hippos and an adult pygmy hippo can weighs between 397 lbs and 606 lbs. Another notable difference is that Pygmy hippos’ eyes and nostrils do not protrude from the head such as those of the common hippos and Pygmy hippos live near forests and swampy areas.

Famous Hippo Names

If you want to give your hippo a famous name, here are a number of names inspired by fictional characters.

Hyppo: Hyppo is a perfect name for your hippo. The name is inspired by the character from the animated film ‘Hyppo and Thomas.’

Peter Potamus: You can give this famous and cool name to your pet hippo. The name is adapted from Peter Potamus the hippo character who travels the world on his air balloon.

Gloria: Gloria is a common character in the series, ‘Madagascar,’ who is also a tourist attraction. If people love to watch your hippo, why not name her Gloria.

Buttons: You can consider naming your hippo Buttons, the name of the hippo character from the book ‘Belly Buttons,’ who loved his belly button.

George: George is a good name for your hippo. This name is inspired by the adventurous hippo character from ‘Children’s Comic Series.’

Hugo: You can consider naming your hippo Hugo, a cute name inspired by the famous character, Hugo the Hippo.

Pat: Pat is a short and sweet name for a female hippo. You will have named your Hippo after Pat, the protagonist of ‘Pat and Stan.’

Here are other famous names perfect for your hippo.

  • Mali
  • Martha
  • Zola
  • Hungry Hippo
  • Pink Pippo
  • Zawadi
  • Moto Moto
  • Alika
  • Hippo the Superhero
  • Flavio
  • Penelope
  • Zuri
  • Dolph
  • Marita
  • Zsa Zsa

Hippos’ Diet

Hippos can eat an average of 65–100 pounds of grass and foliage each night. These animals have multiple-chambered stomachs, like cows, but they do not chew a cud because of their huge sized jaws. However, fermentation takes place inside their fore-stomachs. Because a hippo has an enormous mouth it can open up its mouth to an almost 150-degree angle. Their diets certainly have a lot to do with that. This two-ton mammal needs to eat a lot of food to sustain its metabolism. Also, sexual selection also plays huge role. Apparently, opening one’s mouth very widely is a good way to impress the female hippos as well as deter competing males during the mating season. This is also one of the reasons why males are equipped with large incisors, which would not make sense given their vegetarian menus. Interestingly, hippos do not even use their incisors to eat, instead they use them to pluck plant parts with their lips and chew on them with their molars. In addition, a hippo can chomp down on branches and leaves with great force.

Good Hippo Names

When naming your hippo, you will want a name you will be comfortable sharing with family and friends. We have listed a few names to help you decide on what to name your hippo.

Hydra: You can pun the term hydro a little, so that it becomes Hydra, a masculine name for your hippo.

Gizmo: The name Gizmo is a good name which has no meaning but it suits a male hippo anyway.

Gregarious: This is a good name for your hippo since hippos are social beasts who hang out in groups.

Beasty: You can name your hippo, Beasty. This name will suit it since it is a hefty and humongous critter, with an average weight of 3000 pounds.

Muddy: The name Muddy is perfect for your hippo, considering that hippos spend almost all their time submerged in muddy pools and swamps.

Below are more good names for your hippo.

  • Hulky
  • Aqua
  • Snorty
  • Smurf
  • Hipstrepotomus
  • Danger
  • Water Cow
  • Chewbacca
  • Miss Teeny
  • Dawdly Doo
  • Sluggy
  • Vero
  • Angry Arnold
  • Vegan
  • Rose
  • Hector
  • Cessa
  • Bagel
  • Ernie
  • Faya
  • Beck
  • Jemma
  • Bono
  • Bobbafett

Hippos Are A Vulnerable Species

Hippos are found exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa but they once had a more widespread distribution all over the continent. Their population has been declining mostly in the Congo in central Africa, where poachers and hungry soldiers have left only an estimated 1,000 hippos standing.  This is out of a previous population of about 30,000. Unlike elephants, which are needed for their ivory mostly, hippos do not have much to offer traders, except their large teeth which can be sold as ivory substitutes.  The ivory ornaments and accessories that can be made from a hippo’s teeth commands lower prices in the world market than the elephant task because it remains valid for many countries to import teeth. A hippo’s tooth is also much easier to smuggle than ivory dubs. The extent of the hippo tooth trade and the significance of other endangered species can  accelerate their extinction. Another threat hippos are faced with is the loss of habitat. These animals need water, or mudholes, all year round to take care of their delicate skin. Grazing land is just as essential, and the existing patches are in danger of disappearing as a result of climate-change-driven desertification.

Pet Hippo Names

If you have thought of owning a hippo as your pet, read on for some cute and funny pet names.

Coolio: The name Coolio is a funny name to give to your hippo since hippos are aggressive creatures which are not cool at all.

Water Cow: Water Cow is a cute pet name for your female hippo.

Hippodrome:  You can consider naming your pet hippo, Hippodrome, that will be cute.

Flippa the Hippo: Flippa the Hippo sounds like a cute name to give to your pet.

Polly: The name Polly sounds like a parrot’s moniker but it will suit your hippo too.

We have suggested more names which are good pet hippo names.

  • Tank
  • Sprinkles
  • Wiggles
  • Gem
  • Trix
  • Whiz
  • Fido
  • Fabio
  • Beast
  • Maximus
  • Thrash
  • Trouser
  • Herpo
  • Cupcake
  • Nessie
  • Cookie
  • Orpheus

Male Hippo Names

A male hippo is called a bull. Bulls appear to continue to grow throughout their lives. We have listed a number names which might suit your male hippo.

Ham: The name Ham is short and appropriate for your bull. Ham is short for Hamilton, a common male given name.

Goliath: You can name your hippo after the giant Goliath from the bible.

King: King makes a good name for the dominant bull who leads the group of hippos.

Apollonia: The first part of this name sounds like hippo, so you can consider naming your hippo, Apollonia.

Trouser: Males wear trousers and so this is a good name for a bull though he wears no trouser.

Metal: Metal is a strong raw material used in making many things. You can name your hippo after it and the name will complement your pet’s strength.

Beast: A hippo is said to be one of the biggest earth’s living mammals, therefore the name Beast is appropriate for it.

Here are other male hippo names for your bull.

  • Thor
  • Shrubs
  • Dingdong
  • Smacky
  • Potty
  • Alpine
  • Theo
  • Trample
  • Tomtom
  • Grumpy
  • Shornel
  • Victor
  • Humus
  • Moody
  • Hercules
  • Andy
  • Shawn
  • Philip

Female Hippo Names

A female hippo is a cow and if you want a feminine name for your hippo, here are names that are apt for your pet.

Queen: You can name your female hippo Queen; she is after all a feared creature.

Swimmy: Swimmy is a great name for your female semi-aquatic pet.

Missy: The name Missy is perfect for your cow as it complements its gender. This name is derived from the term Miss.

Munchkin: You can consider naming your hippo Munchkin, a good name for your pet.

Here are other exciting names for your female hippo.

  • Lily
  • Flossy
  • Ferny
  • Hootie
  • Tallullah
  • Gladwell
  • Candy
  • Molly
  • Lulu
  • Marley
  • Trixie
  • Marigold
  • Donna

Funny Hippo Names

Hip-Hop: Hip-Hop refers to a genre of music and it is a funny name to give to a hippo. The name is apt considering the fact that hippos are very loud.

Moo: You can consider naming your hippo Moo; that will be funny. Moo is the sound made by a cow and so this name will suit a female hippo since she is also called a cow.

Sluggy: This is a funny name to give to your hippo, considering that hippos, run faster than a human on land.

Skull Face: The eyes, ears and nostrils of a hippo are placed high on the roof of the skull, so the name Skull Face suits your hippo.

Sunscreen Factory: The name Sunscreen Factory is a good name for your hippo because its skin secretes a natural sunscreen substance which is red-coloured.

Vampire Tooth: Hippos have canine teeth that are 50cm long and it uses them to fight its prey and predators.

What Sound do hippos make?

Hippos snort and they also wheeze and grumble; they are very loud animals. Their sounds measure to 115 decibels; the same volume you get when 15 feet from the speakers at a rock concert. These booming creatures also use subsonic vocalizations to communicate.

Are hippos dangerous to humans?

A hippo is considered the world’s deadliest large land mammal. It kills an estimated 500 people per year in Africa. Hippos are highly aggressive and well equipped to deliver considerable damage to anything that wanders into their territory.