Thinking about starting a butcher shop, but can’t think of any worthy name ideas? We’ve got you covered. After years of gradually declining independent butcher numbers, small butcher shops are experiencing a resurgence in the United States over the past five years.

This come back is happening despite reports showing 12% of all 18 – 49 year olds in the United States are vegan or partly vegetarian. This is also happening with a cut-throat grocery store market. With Target, WalMart, and Amazon all grabbing share of the consumers grocery and protein dollars.

Why is this happening? One thought is while you can pick up a hotdog or burger at any retail store, you can’t get the really good stuff unless you head to a specialty butcher shop. For folks that want to enjoy a premium product even just for special occasions, the local butchery is the only destination.

Ready to cut into some catchy name ideas for your own specialty butcher shop? Read on for proven naming strategies for this small business.

Brainstorm Outline: 

Inspirational Names

All of these names have been taken by a current successful butcher shop. But we thought they worth worth including here for inspiration to see what’s working. It’s also worth your time to check our the websites of these small businesses and visiting them if you live nearby one. Getting perspective on what they sell and how they treat customers will offer valuable insights into what’s working now.

Naughty Pig Butchery & Encased Meats: This is a small butcher shop in my area. I visit them monthly and I feel like they do everything right in terms of serving their customers. They have two locations near me and a usually busy when I stop by to peer into the display case.

One of the unexpected things this particular butcher shop does is assemble charcuterie boards that are forever popular on Pinterest and Instagram. If you bring in your own board, they’ll assemble meats, cheeses, olives, nuts, pickles, spreads, and other goodies in social-share worthy presentation. Here’s one I got for a football playoff game at my house:

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Butcher shop charcuterie board.

Another aspect of this shop I love is that they make really good sandwiches. The pastrami sandwich blows any other restaurant sandwich out of the water in my opinion. One of the locations happens to be directly next to a chain sandwich shop. I legitimately feel bad the owner of the sandwich shop because they are located directly alongside a place serving up some of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.

Here are a few more award-winning butcher shops you can look to for inspiration:

A look inside Big Steer Meats.

Meat Related Names

The simple names are often the best names. Pick your favorite cut or style of meat to title your business. This approach makes it clear to prospective customers what they can expect when they enter your store.

  • Meat Treat Packing Co.
  • Sweet Meat Sausage Factory
  • Local Meat Raffle
  • The Turkey Leg
  • Dark Meat Co.
  • Meat Snacks LLC
  • Fit Protein
  • Medium Rare
  • All Cuts Butcher Shop
  • Mattie’s Encased Meats
  • Secret Steak House
  • The Undercover Pig
  • The Organic Steer
  • Custom Cut Meat Company
  • Friendly Neighborhood Calf
  • The Respected Lamb
  • Marinated Meats
  • Try My Tri-Tip

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Artisan Names

Independent shops that take care in how meats are prepared and raised are important to the new generation of customers. These suggestions all have an elevated aura about them that position your brand as slightly high brow (in a good way).

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A variety of encased meats on display.

  • The Noble Calf
  • The Fancy Hog
  • Gourmet Encased Meat Company
  • The Grazing Cow
  • Top Shelf Meats
  • The Local Butcher
  • Small Batch Butcher
  • Bread & The Butcher
  • Meat & Cheese Butchery
  • The Poultry King
  • The Protein Aristocrat

Italian Butcher Shop Names

The history of salted and processed pork seems to go back to the beginning of time, Roman times, and continues to be enjoyed people around the world today. These might also be called a macelleria, which translates to butcher shop in American English.

Italian butcher shops will traditionally sell different meats than you’d expect to see in North America. Usually you’ll find more encased meats here like salami, pepperoni, sausage filled canoli, different types of ground sausage. It’s also commonplace to see baked goods like Italian cookies or Stromboli at these establishments.

  • Luigi’s Italian Butcher Shop
  • A Taste of Italian Butchery
  • Old Country Italian Butcher
  • Papa’s Meats & Deli
  • Tocci Meats & Deli
  • Italian Encased Meats & Cheeses
  • Little Italy Meat Market
  • The Spicy Italian Butcher

Mexican Butcher Shop Names

Mexican butcher shops are steeped in a long-standing tradition. If you’re not familiar with visiting them, you may be surprised authentic Mercados make different cuts of beef, pork, and lamb intended for a different style cooking. If you don’t speak Spanish and aren’t familiar with these cuts, you may have a difficult time placing an order as an American. Generally speaking, cuts of meat from these shops tend to be on the tougher side.

If you live in an area with a high-population of Spanish speaking or Mexican customers, a niche Mexican butchery could be a tremendous opportunity to stand out from the local competition.

spanish butcher shop

  • Grande molida de res
  • Pequeno Carne De Res
  • Carne De Res Mercado
  • Milanesas Mercado
  • Bisteces
  • The Mexican Butcher
  • The Spanish Butchery
  • South of the Border Butcher
  • Central Mexico Butcher
  • Mexican Meat Market

Whole Animal Butcher Shop Names

A whole animal butcher shop is one that doesn’t waste any part of the animal carcass. The goal of a whole animal butcher is to respect the animal, but also to make sure meat isn’t being wasted. Often the only time you can be sure this practice is in place is if you work with a trusted butcher or do it yourself.

These shops are becoming more popular too as people are becoming more educated on where their meat is coming from. Here are a few name suggestions for this sort of establishment:

  • The Whole Cow
  • The Whole Chicken
  • Whole Animal Butchery
  • The Entire Pig
  • Nothing Wasted.
  • Total Respect Butcher Shop.
  • Complete Meat Co.
  • Every Piece Meat Co.
  • Nothing Wasted Sausage Co.
  • The Sustainable Butchery

Butcher Shop Name Generator

If you haven’t found inspiration in any of the examples above, you could try your luck using an online name generator. Tools like this one over at Shopify let you enter a core word that you want your business name to include and will spit out all sorts of different suggestions.

It’s worth testing out some of these tools as part of a brainstorm process because I guarantee you’ll find suggestions you would have never come up with on your own .Here are a few interesting ones I got when testing the tool myself using the keyword butcher:

  • Buckeye Butcher
  • Onboard Butcher
  • Hashtag Butcher
  • Butcher Butcher
  • Mindset Butcher
  • The Butcher Cup

Some more suggestions using the term “butchery” instead:

  • Big Idea Butchery
  • Butchery Fresh
  • Clover Butchery
  • Pine Tree Butchery
  • Square Butchery

I truly hope this guide helps you come up with a catchy name for your butcher shop. If you’re thinking about starting a shop of your own, download my food business canvas template for free that will help you determine your customer and get specific on how you intend to generate sales.

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