List of Dinosaur Names

Looking for a list of names of dinosaurs, and what they mean?

Check out our alphabetical list of names, their meanings, and some other cool kids facts!


Click to jump straight to a list of dinosaurs, or read about how the names came about.

Cartoon Stegosaurus Dinosaur

The name 'dinosaur' itself means 'terrible lizard'. The name was given to them by Richard Owen, a British Scientist. He studied animal fossils for several years, and belived that the bones came from a new group of animals - a group that at the time was unknown to science. He picked the word dinosaur by combining two Greek words - deinos (which means terrible), and sauros (which means lizard).

Sponsored Links




Many dinosaur fossils are still being discovered. They are normally named by the person who finds them, or by the paleontologist who confirms it is a new type. The name then has to be approved by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.

They are often named according to where they were found, or something unusual about them. Sometimes their name reflects the type of dinosaur they are thought to be. Check out the list below to see the meanings of some of the the most common dinosaur names.

List of dinosaur names

Dinosaur Names Meaning of Name
A
Albertosaurus Alberta Lizard
Allosaurus Different Lizard
Ankylosaurus Stiff Lizard
Apatosaurus Deceptive Lizard
B
Baryonyx Heavy Claw
Brachiosaurus Arm Lizard
C
Camarasaurus Chambered lizard
Carnotaurus Meat-eating bull
Coelophysis Hollow Form
Compsognathus Elegant Jaw
Corythosaurus Helmet lizard
D
Deinonychus Chambered lizard
Diplodocus Double-beam lizard
E
Edmontosaurus Lizard from Edmonton
Euoplocephalus Well-armoured head
G
Gallimimus Chicken-mimic
Gigantosaurus Giant Southern Lizard
Giraffatitan Giraffe Titan
H
Hypsilophodon High Ridge Tooth
I
Iguanodon Iguana tooth
J
Janenschia Named after Werner Janensch
Jobaria Jobar (a creature of Sahara legends)
K
Kentrosaurus Spiked lizard
L
Lesothosaurus Lizard from Lesotho
M
Macrurosaurus Long Tailed Lizard
Maiasaura Good Mother lizard
Mamenchisaurus Mamen Brook Lizard
Megalosaurus Great Lizard
Minmi From Minmi Crossing
N
Notoceratops Southern horned face
O
Ornithomimus Bird Mimic
Oviraptor Egg Thief
P
Pachycephalosaurus Thick headed lizard
Parasaurolophus Beside Saurolophus (another dinosaur)
Plateosaurus Flat reptile
Protoceratops First horned face
Psittacosaurus Parrot Lizard
R
Riojasaurus Lizard from Rioja
S
Saurolophus The ridged lizard
Saurophaganax Lizard eating master
Seismosaurus Earth shaking lizard
Spinosaurus Spine lizard
Stegosaurus Roofed lizard
Stegoceras Horned Roof
Styracosaurus Spiked lizard
T
Triceratops Three horned Face
Troodon Wounded tooth
Tyrannosaurus Tyrant lizard
Tyrannotitan Tyrant Titan
V
Velociraptor Quick plunderer
W
Wannanosaurus Wannano lizard
X
Xiaosaurus Dawn lizard
Y
Yangchuanosaurus Yangchuan lizard
Z
Zigongosaurus Zingong lizard

Leave Dinosaur Names for Kids-Dinosaurs.com Home

Download and print!

Only $2.99 

Dinosaur Activity Pack

Dinosaur Coloring!

Stick Puppets

GIANT 32 page Dinosaur Coloring Poster for classroom art. $3.99

Giant Dinosaur Coloring Poster
Sponsored Links


Dinosaur Coloring Sheets
Visit Julie @Kids-Dinosaurs.com's profile on Pinterest.