Help us name the peregrine falcon chicks!

Visitors to the Science Museum will get to pick a name for at least one of the peregrine falcon chicks in the High Bridge power plant nest box. (Last year, we got to name one. Your pick? Starshadow.)

The challenge? Each chick in the nest box program gets a unique name. No repeats. So here's a list of all the names that are "taken" already:

Abby, Alice, Allie, Alpha, Amanda, Amilia, Amy, Andrea, Andy, Angel, Anton, Apryl, Athena, Barbara, Belinda, Bend, Berger, Bern, Bert, Bertha, Beta, Bolt, Bomber, Bor, Brice, Britta, Burt, Buzz, Candy, Cassie, Charlee, Charlie, Cherokee, Chicklet, Chris, Cleo, CoCo, Cole, Colleen, Coz, Craig, Crystal, Cyndi, Dale, Dana, Danberg, Davey, Dawn, Delene, Delta, Diamond, Diana, Diane, Dick, Dixie Chick, Donna, Doolittle, Dot, Ed, Eileen, Elaine, Electra, Esperanza, Faith, Fast Track, Fluffy, Fran, Frank, Gamma, George, Gib, Gloria, Gold, Gretta, Grunwald, Harmony, Hickey, Hippie, Hope, Horus, Hotshot, Howard, Hunter, Huske, Irvine, Isabel, Jackie, Jacob, Jan, Janice, Jasmine, Jay, JB, Jenny, Jessy, Jim, Joe, Judy, Julie, Kali, Karlsen, Katraka, Kester, Kitty, Kidy, Kramer, Krista, Laura, Leo, Leon, Leona, Leonard, Liberty, Lightning, Lily, Linton, Lolo, Lon, Lora, Loree, Loretta, Lori, Louise, Lucky, Mac, Mae, Maggie, Malin, Manthey, Mapper, Marie, Marshall, Marty, Mary, Laude, Mew, Mica, Michael, Michelle, Minnie, Miranda, Miss, Miss Pam, Mulder, Murphy, Neil, Nero, Nicole, Nora, Oar, Orville, Oscar, Pam, Pamella, PF Flyer, PaTao, Pathfinder, Penelope, Penny, Phyllis, Polly, Porky, Prescott, Princess, Putnam, Quark, Queen, Rachael, Ralph, Razor, Red Ed, Rick, Rochelle, Rocket, Rocky, Romeo, Ryan, Ryu, Sarah, Scarlett, Screech, Scully, Seminole, Shakespeare, Sharky, Sheri, Sheridan, Sherlie, Smoke, Smokey, Sonic, Sophia, Speedy, Spider, Spirit, Spivvy, Starshadow, Static, Stephanie, Sue, Survivor, Swoop, Terri, Thelma, Thunder, Travis, Tundra, Vector, VernaMae, Veronica, Waldo, Wanda, Warren, Wayne, Webster, Wilbur, Willie, Wood, Younger, Yugi, Zack, Zippidy

Have a name you think would suit a falcon? Tell us. We'll turn the list of submitted names into a visitor poll, and the names with the highest number of votes will go to the chicks.

One other thing: last year, the number one name was "Santa's Little Helper," but it was too long. Keep the names short, if you want yours to be the one!

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 1:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i love that name

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 9:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well what kind of name do you like

posted on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 2:16pm
James Satter's picture

Here are my ideas:

  • Redwing—named after the avian sidekick to the superhero Falcon.
  • Idaho—in honor of the state of Idaho, since a peregrine falcon will feature prominently on the Idaho state quarter (due out in July).
posted on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 3:33pm
bryan kennedy's picture

I vote for "Mandar".

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 11:11am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

How about:

  • Fawkes—the name comes from an Old English word for falcon;
  • Helios—Greek for "sun," which seems to suit these guys;
  • Loki—the Norse god Loki sometimes disguised himself as a falcon;
  • Pippin—comes from the Latin for "stranger," which is related to the Peregrine falcon's scientific name (Falco peregrinus).
posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 11:24am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

I think we should go with the hottest new name on the scene of 2007: Sanjaya.

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 3:23pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I was actually thinking something like "JGordon" might be, you know, awesome.
That or "Fireball."

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 6:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think Frightful would be a good name, or maybe Greycloud.

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 8:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think we need to bring back the cult classic from last year: Falcotronic

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 9:07pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Okay, I'm modifying my suggestion. There are four chicks, and, if they all survive, I want them to be named as such (in order of priority): JGordon, Pussywillow, Bloodtalon, and Downy.
Wait-I hope those aren't taken already.

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 11:05pm
Superman's picture
Superman says:

why not name it something simple, like tom, also i hat sanjiya so dont ever say that again.

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 7:03am
robot juice's picture
robot juice says:

sanjaya??!? how about paris and lindsay?

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 9:06am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Edie (Falco)

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 9:11am
bryan kennedy's picture

I just got an email from our Biology Collections Manager, Dick Oehlenschlager who suggests the name "Perry."

Don't forget to check out Dick's updates on the natural changes you can see as our seasons progress.

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 10:08am
Mrs. Penny's picture
Mrs. Penny says:

A good name would be Stasha.

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 12:35pm
Ruby, age 5's picture
Ruby, age 5 says:

Ruby says Pear or Perry would be good names.

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 12:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Some favorites:
Buckley and Audrey

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 5:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that "Century" would be great, since it is the Science Museum's 100th anniversary.

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 7:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

"Morpheus" would be amazing.

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 7:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hey, Colbert has an eagle named after him. Why don't you name the falcon "Stewie" after Jon Stewart.

posted on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 8:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i want the name to be Spiro!

posted on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 11:39am
Mary Helen's picture
Mary Helen says:

I would suggest Pearl, Pewter, Dusky, Grynn, or Nimbus.

posted on Sat, 06/02/2007 - 4:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

AGNI -Indian, Hindu Mythology
Means "fire" in Sanskrit





posted on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 11:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pedro-cause napolian dynamite was awsome

posted on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 12:35pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Hey folks. We've closed submissions for names. We took everything you posted and picked ten at random.

You can now VOTE on which name you like best.

posted on Thu, 06/07/2007 - 7:00am