Sloth Names – Scientific Ones & Cool Given Ones

I have many names for sloths – cute, gentle, adorable, lovable, wonderful. This article, however, will focus on sloth names, both scientific and given ones. I will begin by presenting the scientific names of sloths from today, then going on to present some scientific names of sloths from the past, and finally going on to some cool given names of sloths that my research uncovered for me. So, let the name game begin!


Scientific Names Of Sloths From Today

There are six species of sloths, which are divided into two categories: two-toed and three-toed. From a biological/technical/scientific perspective, the “official” sloth names are as follows:

  • Choloepus hoffmanni (Hoffman’s sloth) —> a two-toed sloth
  • Choloepus didactylus (Linnaeus’s sloth) —> a two-toed sloth
  • Bradypus variegatus (Brown-throated sloth) —> a three-toed sloth
  • Bradypus torquatus (Maned sloth) —> a three-toed sloth
  • Bradypus tridactylus (Pale-throated sloth) —> a three-toed sloth
  • Bradypus pygmaeus (Pygmy sloth) —> a three-toed sloth

For more information on the six species of sloths, check out my article titled “Different Types Of Sloths – How Many Are There?


Some Scientific Names Of Sloths From The Past

From out of the history books, these are the biological/technical/scientific “official” sloth names of some of the extinct species of sloths:

  • Megatherium (sometimes named a “giant ground sloth”)
  • Mylodontidae
  • Thalassocnus
  • Diabolotherium
  • Megalonyx
  • Megalocnus rodens
  • Sibotherium Ka

For more information on sloth history and about these extinct species of sloths, check out my article titled “Evolution Of Sloths – A Bit Of History“.


Some Cool Given Sloth Names

After discussing scientific sloth names, it is now time to have a bit more fun, as my focus now shifts to given sloth names. I had a lot of fun researching for this part of the article as some of the names that I found made me chuckle. I also imagined the process of coming up with a name for a sloth – especially a baby sloth – and how interesting that would be to do (as a side note, baby sloths are known as cubs).

I know that there are so many more cool given names that I did not come across in my research, but this is the list that I did manage to come up with:

  • Baby Ruth —> born in January 2018 to Charlotte Greenie and Elliot.
    • Charlotte Greenie —> Baby Ruth’s mother.
    • Elliot —> Baby Ruth’s father.
  • Beckett —> known for her wildness.
  • Bojangles —> known for his feistiness.
  • B-Rad —> this sloth comes from Costa Rica.
  • Elio —> a Linnaeus’s sloth, born at the ZSL London Zoo (located in the United Kingdom) on April 30, 2019.
    • Marilyn —> Elio’s mother.
  • Foley —> a Hoffman’s sloth, who was born in December 2017 at the Topeka Zoo (located in Kansas, U.S.A.).
    • Jacque —> Foley’s mother.
    • Mocha —> Foley’s father.
    • Newt —> sibling of Foley.
  • Lulu —> at the Krefeld Zoo in Germany, this sloth turned 45 in 2019.
  • Homer —> a Hoffman’s sloth, who, when moved to a new home in 2017, had his favourite tree also come to this new home.
  • Honey —> a first-time parent (along with Mervin) on April 8, 2020.
  • Jack —> The Sloth Conservation Foundation describes Jack as, “A true survivor after enduring a shock from power lines so strong that it would have killed most animals.”
  • Jan —> also at the Krefeld Zoo in Germany, this sloth turned 46 in 2019.
  • Lorenzo —> sloth #1 born at Brevard Zoo (located in Florida, U.S.A.).
    • Tango —> Lorenzo’s mother.
    • Sammy —> Tango’s mother.
  • Lua —> a Linnaeus’s sloth, who was born at the Memphis Zoo (located in Tennessee, U.S.A.) on March 17, 2017 (translated from Portuguese, her name is “Moon”).
    • Marilyn —> Lua’s mother.
    • Sparky —> Lua’s father.
  • Mervin —> a first-time parent (along with Honey) on April 8, 2020.
  • Miss C —> in Australia, at the Adelaide Zoo, this sloth made it to the age of 43.
  • Molasses —> a Linnaeus’s sloth, also known as “Mo”, this sloth loves his naps.
  • Okra Mae —> a Hoffman’s sloth that moved to The Saginaw Children’s Zoo (located in Michigan, U.S.A.) in February 2020.
  • Paula —> in Germany, at the Zoologischer Garten Halle (Bergzoo), this Linnaeus’s sloth reached the age of 50 in 2019. She was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest sloth living in captivity.
  • Quatro —> The Sloth Conservation Foundation states this about Quatro, “He is also the first documented sloth to have four toes!”
  • Star —> known for her toughness.
  • Vivien —> born in August 2017.
    • Valentino —> Vivien’s friend.
    • Wookiee —> Vivien and Valentino’s friend.
  • Willow —> a Hoffman’s sloth, this one was born at Zoo Atlanta (located in Georgia, U.S.A.) on November 4, 2018.
    • Bonnie —> Willow’s mother.
    • Cocoa —> Willow’s father.
    • Raisin —> Bonnie and Cocoa’s first baby, born in 2015.
  • Winston —> online voting resulted in this name being selected for this sloth.
  • Beany —> this sloth was named in honour of a sloth-loving teenage boy (Brenton Gaudreault) who had the nickname “Beany”. Sadly, Brenton passed away in June 2020 at the age of 15. For more about this incredible story, check out this post on the Facebook page of Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village (located in Rhode Island, U.S.A.).


Some More Cool Given Sloth Names…..Sort Of

  • Flash —> from the movie “Zootopia”.
  • Snook —> from the television show “It’s A Big Big World”.
  • Sidney “Sid” (Sid the Sloth) —> from the “Ice Age” franchise. Other characters from that franchise include the following:
    • Milton —> Sid’s father.
    • Eunice —> Sid’s mother.
    • Marshall —> Sid’s brother.
    • Fungus —> Sid’s uncle.
    • Granny —> Sid’s grandmother.
  • Sidney the Sloth —> from a company called Inkopious. More info about Sidney the Sloth and Inkopious can be found in my product review titled, “Sloth Shirts – Introducing Sidney The Sloth From Inkopious“.


What’s In A Name?

After presenting the scientific names of sloths from today, some scientific names of sloths from the past, and then some cool given sloth names, I hope that you learned something today – or at least enjoyed this article. I also hope that you have come to realize (like I have) that quite often, there is a lot of significance and meaning attached to a given name.

Do you have a favorite name from these lists? Do you know of any other sloth names that you’d like to share with me? Feel free to answer these questions (or leave any comments) in the section below – I’d love to read what you have to say and will be sure to reply.

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  • Personally, I think the sloth name is best suitable for them. I understand these are the scientific names and there is a reason behind it but firstly, those names are too difficult to pronounce and secondly it can take time to call a bundle of cuteness with such a ‘rough’ name that does not go with their personality. 😉
    The official names from the past are even more complicated, so it gets worse and worse, lol. Let’s stick to the simplicity, eh!

    Best regards

    • I agree with you that the scientific sloth names are difficult to pronounce, as well as sounding ‘rough’. Keeping it simple sounds like a great idea to me, too!

      Thank you for commenting and best regards to you, too.

  • Wow who would have thought it??? (well obviously you did!!! 🙂 )…..a niche all about sloths. Ha, ha, so cool….I find them to be very interestingly slow and any cartoon character or T Shirt design depicting a sloth makes me wonder more about these interesting mammals and you have given so much information on sloth names in this post. I enjoyed reading about the scientific names (how to pronounce those??).. and the cool names 🙂 Miss C. is the cool name I like.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the article (good luck trying to pronounce those scientific names lol).

      I find it cool that you chose Miss C as the cool name that you like because I received a comment on a previous article from someone that got to see Miss C at the Adelaide Zoo. I’m not going to lie, I am a tad bit jealous lol.

      Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  • Oh these are some very cool names and I even like it more because these are names that are given to humans but not so popular names. I didn’t know about the scientific names too but you have the information about that really good too. Overall, I’ve been able to learn many things through this post!

    • Michael Christmann says:

      Thank you for your comments.  I’m glad that you were able to learn a thing or two about sloths through this post.  Like you, I also quite like the not-so-popular names that are given to humans – I find so many of them to be very interesting!

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