Dinosaur Names and their Meanings

All About Dinosaur Names & the Meanings of Dinosaur Names

Dinosaurs are usually named for either the archaeologist who found them, where they were found, or something special scientists discover about the dinosaur. Sometimes, though, as in the case of the Oviraptor, the “special” thing is wrong, but the dinosaur names stick anyway! Of course Spike over there, a character from the Land Before Times TV series, is named Spike: Stegosaurus dinosaurs have four deadly spikes on their tail!

On this page you’ll find a bunch of dinosaur names, and their meanings. You’ve probably never even heard of some of these! But really, there’s lots more dinosaurs than this, and lots more dinosaur names!