100+ Creative Names for Your Sourdough Starter

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Taking care of a sourdough starter can feel like taking care of a pet. You feed it. You water it. You make sure it stays at a comfortable temperature.

And when you spend a lot of time making sourdough, you might get a little attached to your starter. You might talk to it. Compliment it. Admire its gluten structure.

So naturally, your sourdough starter needs a name.

And not just any name will do.

To help you come up with the ultimate name for your sourdough starter, I’ve rounded up a list of the most popular, creative, and clever names on the Internet.

Warning: They’re punny!

Celebrities

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These celebrities saw a rise in fame. Maybe if you name your sourdough starter after them, your bread will rise in glory, too.

  • Adam Levain
  • Angelina Doughli
  • Avril Levain
  • Betty Wheat
  • Bill Murrye
  • Bread Pitt
  • Bread Sheeran
  • Breadly Cooper
  • Breadney Spears
  • Breadward Norton
  • Brie-oche Larsen
  • Brigitte Bardough
  • Bun Jovi
  • Carrie Breadshaw
  • Clint Yeastwood
  • Cristiano Ronaldough
  • Danny deVidough
  • Dough Jackson
  • Doughly Parton
  • Doughnatella Versace
  • Doughnna Summer
  • Elon Crust
  • Emilio Yeastevez
  • Gal Gadough
  • Jean-Paul DeMondough
  • Jeff Buckwheat
  • Kim Carbashian
  • LeBran James
  • Leonardough DiCaprio
  • Madoughna
  • Marco Pierre Wheat
  • Marlin Brandough
  • Monica Leavenski
  • Olivia Gluten John
  • Rice Withaspoon
  • Robert DoughNiro
  • Rye LaMontagne
  • Ryen Gosling
  • Ryen Ryenolds
  • Ryehanna
  • Robert Doughney Junior
  • Russell Bran
  • Sharon Scone
  • Taylor Sift
  • Toast Malone
  • Will Wheat-on
  • Wheatney Houston
  • Wynona Ryeder
  • Yeaston Blumenthal

Celebreadies. Am I right? *Cough* Moving on.

Fictional Characters

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Do you fantasize about great bread? Maybe your sourdough starter needs a fantastical name to get rolling.

  • Augustus Gloop
  • Austin Flours
  • Beauty & The Yeast
  • Breadward Cullen
  • Cobra Bubbles
  • Count of Monte Crisdough
  • Dough-ba Fett
  • Herculyeast
  • Hermione Grainger
  • Humpty Dumpling
  • Jane Dough
  • Levain Thumps and the Ryes of the Want
  • Little Bread Rising Hood
  • Luke Ryewalker
  • Peter Pain
  • Rye Breadington
  • Sevengrain Snape
  • Souron the Great
  • Walter Wheat

Not doing it for you? Maybe the next batch of names will be butter.

Historical Figures

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Perhaps your starter needs a name more grounded in history. Some of these names come from the upper crust of society.

  • Attila the Bun
  • Bread Rogers
  • Doughnato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi
  • Dwight D. Eisensour
  • Edgar Allan Dough
  • Franklin D. Risevelt
  • Georges Pompidough
  • Friedrich Kneadtzsche
  • Jacques Cousdough
  • Leonardough Da Vinci
  • Ludwig van Bedoughven
  • Marquis de Labaguette
  • Michelangelo Breadarotti
  • Osama Bun Laden
  • Pittagoras
  • Richard the Leavenheart
  • Rye Breadbury
  • Salvadough Dali
  • Sea Biscuit
  • Sir Isaac Gluten
  • St. Joan of Starch
  • Thomas Breadison
  • Thomas Loaferson
  • Toastoyevsky
  • Vincent Van Dough
  • Vladmir Gluten

Of course, some of these names knead a little work. Feel free to add your own if you think these names are too stale.

Miscellaneous

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Want to go against the grain? These alternative sourdough starter names might get a rise out of you.

  • Bread Dead Redemption
  • Breadheart
  • Breaking Bread
  • Breadliest Catch
  • Don’t Stop Beleaven
  • Do you beleaven life after loaf?
  • Everybody Loves Ryemond
  • Fred Farter the Bread Starter
  • Gone with the Wheat
  • Monty Python’s Loaf of Brian
  • Raging Boule
  • Rick Roll
  • Rye Hard
  • Starch Wars: Revenge of the Sift
  • The yeast I Can Do
  • Yeast Saint Laurent
  • Weirdough

And that’s my list so far. I hope you loaf them as much as I do.

A Special Thanks

I’d like to reach out and give a special thanks to my Dad, my husband, and Martine @i_knead_you_tonight. for contributing to the list. It wouldn’t be nearly as comprehensive without their help.

Have a Few Suggestions?

These are just a few of the potential names for your sourdough starter. If you have another name for your starter, feel free to comment below! I’d love to expand my list.