12th May 2023

Vote to name Salisbury Cathedral’s Peregrine chicks

Vote to name Salisbury Cathedral’s Peregrine chicks

Here’s your chance to name the Cathedral’s Peregrine Falcon chicks…

CLICK HERE TO VOTE – voting closes on the 16th May 2023.

A few days ago we asked our hard-working volunteers to come up with a short list of names themed around the Coronation and royalty.

The names are in and now it’s your chance to have your say about the names for this year’s chicks. Here are the names that have been submitted this year:

The Gardeners at Salisbury Cathedral suggested ‘Rose’ as roses are budding in May and there’s a royal connection with the first black Bishop taking part in the Coronation, The Rt Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin.
The Gardeners also chose ‘Carl’ after Carl Linnaeus, an 18th century Swedish botanist. Carl is also a Scandinavian and German version of Charles.
Our Education team suggested ‘Albert’ – Prince Albert used his influence for humanitarianism. He was also known to speak out against slavery and child labour.
Education also put forward the female name ‘Abbey’ after the place where the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort took place (Westminster Abbey). They chose this name for a female chick to mark the Coronation and the 38 coronations that have taken place at Westminster Abbey since 1066.
Our Guides chose the name ‘Charles’ to honour King Charles III himself in his Coronation year.

The Guides also suggested ‘Longespée’ – the brother-in-Law of King John. William Longespée was the 3rd Earl of Salisbury and his tomb is located in Salisbury Cathedral – keeping the chicks connected to where they were born.


Another team of Guides suggested ‘Rex’ – Latin for King. An appropriate name for the fastest member of the animal kingdom.
Why not name a peregrine chick after our new Queen Consort herself? The Guides suggested ‘Camilla’ for one of our female chicks.
The Thursday afternoon guides suggested ‘Ela’ – Countess of Salisbury and wife of Longespée. A good contender for a female chick born at Salisbury Cathedral.
The female equivalent of ‘Rex’, the guides chose ‘Regina’ which is Latin for Queen. Another fitting name for the fastest member of the animal kingdom.

The flower arrangers suggested ‘Sceptre’ which is a staff or wand held in the hand by a ruling monarch as an item of royal or imperial insignia, signifying sovereign authority.


The flower arrangers chose ‘Lily’ – one of the favourite flowers grown at Buckingham Palace and used in Royal Bouquets. A symbol of purity, joy, love, and sincerity.
In five days time, we will ring our three peregrine chicks. Here we will find out the sex of our chicks and name them with the names that receive the most votes.