200 Top Turtle Names for 2022

By: Monica WeymouthUpdated:

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200 Top Turtle Names for 2022

Congratulations on your new pet turtle! Now that you’ve brought your hard-shelled bestie home, your first duty as their parent is choosing a perfect name. You’ll find plenty of inspiration in this list of 200 turtle names that are as cute, funny and unique as your new pet. Whether you’re looking for sweet or snappy, these names are turtley awesome.

Top Turtle Names

What are the most popular turtle names? These names rank among the most common amongst pet parents in the Chewy community.
Name
Description
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Squirt

Description

The name of the baby sea turtle in “Finding Nemo.”

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Shelly

Description

A shell reference and a lovely girl’s name all in one!

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Franklin

Description

Franklin is the adorable star of the “Franklin the Turtle” children’s books and animated series.

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Crush

Description

With his California surfer accent and laid-back ways, Crush the sea turtle was a fan favorite in “Finding Nemo.”

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Squirtle

Description

The adorable Pokémon species has big saucer eyes and squeezable chubby cheeks.

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Sheldon

Description

A shell-shockingly good turtle name, made famous on “The Big Bang Theory.”

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Leo

Description

Leonardo (aka Leo) is the sword-fighting leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Mikey

Description

Cowabunga! As the Ninja Turtles’ resident goofball, Michelangelo (or Mikey) is a turrrific choice.

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Speedy

Description

An ironic name for most turtles, who are known for their “slow and steady” pace.

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Myrtle

Description

For a playful rhyme, Myrtle is sublime.

Girl Turtle Names

Find the perfect pick for your girl turtle with these feminine names.
Name
Description
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Arcadia

Description

Throughout time, turtles have been celebrated as symbols of peace and tranquility. Arcadia is a Greek name meaning “peace and contentment.”

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Ari

Description

Ari Atoll is an island in the Maldives known for its sea turtles.

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Ariel

Description

Thanks to “The Little Mermaid,” this name will always have “under the sea” swagger.

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Beryl

Description

This throwback girl’s name with Greek origins is a reference to the light green mineral.

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Briar

Description

This nature-inspired girl’s name has a sweet and wild sensibility.

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Chartreuse

Description

The French girl’s name is also the name of a light yellow-green color.

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Constance

Description

Meaning “steadfastness,” this old-school Latin name is perfect for slow-and-steady turtles.

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Coraline

Description

Six of the world’s seven species of sea turtles live in the waters around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. With a nod to sea coral, this pretty name is a fun way to honor your pet’s wild relatives.

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Costa

Description

Meaning “coast” in Spanish, Costa is a short and sweet marine moniker.

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Doris

Description

In Greek mythology, Doris was a sea nymph; today, her name means “gift.”

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Elphaba

Description

Like turtles, Elphaba (aka The Wicked Witch of the West) has green-hued skin.

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Emerald

Description

The gemstone is famous for its bright, saturated green color.

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Esmeralda

Description

Looking for something a little fancier? This Spanish girl’s name means “emerald.”

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Fern

Description

Of Old English origin, Fern calls to mind the shade-loving greenery.

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Frida

Description

Meaning “peace,” Frida nods to the turtle’s gentle nature. As a reference to Frida Kahlo, it can also be fun for painted turtles, which are known for their ornate shell markings.

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Giada

Description

A classic Italian girl’s name meaning “jade.”

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Halimah

Description

This Arabic name means “gentle” or “mild-mannered.”

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Hana

Description

A remote area of Maui, which is famous for its sea turtles.

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Hisako

Description

Some species of turtles have long life spans. In fact, the oldest known living land animal is a giant tortoise named Jonathan, who was born in 1832. For a female turtle, consider the Japanese name Hisako, which means “longevity.”

Name

Idona

Description

Another age-related option, this Scandinavian name means “renewal and immortality.”

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Isla

Description

The elegant girl’s name of Spanish origin means “island.”

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Ivy

Description

A classic girl’s name calling to mind gardens and greenery.

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Jade

Description

Although it can be a number of colors, the mineral is prized in its green varieties.

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Jemima

Description

A biblical name meaning “dove,” the peaceful connotations of Jemima make it prime for turtles, too.

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Juniper

Description

The girl’s name is also the name of a berry-bearing bush and a shade of bluish green.

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Kai

Description

Kai is a name with international turtle power. In Hawaiian it means “sea” and in Japanese it means “shell.”

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Kailani

Description

Hawaii is famous for its sunbathing green sea turtles, the only species of sea turtle that regularly comes ashore. For an island-inspired name, consider Kailani, which means “sea and sky.”

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Kaimana

Description

This strong Hawaiian name means “power of the sea.”

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Kelly

Description

Commonly associated with St. Patrick’s Day, Kelly green is a bright, vivid shade of green.

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Lana

Description

A lovely little name meaning “calm as still waters” in Hawaiian.

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Malina

Description

A Hawaiian girl’s name meaning “peace.”

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Mandana

Description

Of Persian origin, Mandana means “everlasting.”

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Margarita

Description

This traditional girl’s name is also the name of a green cocktail. For short, try Margie!

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Matcha

Description

The trendy green tea has a turtle-like tinge.

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Midori

Description

Cheers to this Japanese girl’s name, which is also the name of a bright green liqueur.

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Minerva

Description

Across cultures and time, turtles have been symbols of wisdom. As the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva is a fitting namesake.

Name

Mira

Description

This girl’s name means both “peace” and “ocean,” making it perfect for turtles.

Name

Moana

Description

The Disney heroine has a special relationship with the ocean and its wildlife. At the beginning of the titular movie, Moana protects a baby sea turtle.

Name

Morla

Description

In “The Neverending Story,” Morla (also known as The Ancient One) is a giant turtle considered to be the wisest being in Fantastica.

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Olivia

Description

A reference to both color and temperament, Olivia is a girl’s name meaning “olive tree,” which is considered a symbol of peace.

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Ondine

Description

The name of a mythological water nymph, it also means “little wave.”

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Orna

Description

An Irish name meaning “little pale green one.”

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Paloma

Description

This girl’s name is also the Spanish word for “dove,” another traditional symbol of peace.

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Patience

Description

If “The Tortoise and the Hare” is to be believed, turtles are patient creatures (even when faced with show-off hares).

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Paz

Description

Of Hebrew and Spanish origin, this girl’s name means “peace.”

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Ramona

Description

A Spanish name meaning “wise protector.”

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Sabira

Description

An Arabic name, Sabira is associated with patience and endurance.

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Sage

Description

Sage references both the grey-green color and wisdom.

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Serena

Description

A twist on “serene,” Serena means “peaceful and quiet.”

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Shelby

Description

With “shell” right there in the name, Shelby is a punny choice.

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Shelley

Description

Shelley was a mild-mannered turtle Muppet on “Sesame Street” in the 1980s and ‘90s.

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Shiloh

Description

A time-tested Hebrew name meaning “tranquil.”

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Sisu

Description

Sisu is a Finnish concept that roughly translates into “enduring perseverance in the face of adversity.” As ancient creatures with humble homes, we think turtles can relate.

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Sylvia

Description

Of Latin origin, this girl’s name means “from the forest.”

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Tatum

Description

For an alliterative name, consider Tatum Turtle.

Name

Teagan

Description

Like Tatum, Teagan Turtle has a playful ring to it.

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Umi

Description

In Japanese, Umi means “ocean.”

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Verna

Description

Of Latin origin, meaning “spring green.”

Name

Winifred

Description

Of Welsh origin, Winifred means “peacekeeping.” For a more casual nickname, try Winnie!

Boy Turtle Names

Find the best name for your new turtle bro on this list.
Name
Description
Name

Alden

Description

An Old English name meaning “wise old friend.”

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Alderman

Description

In Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher,” Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise is a turtle with a fondness for salad.

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Aspen

Description

This trendy gender-neutral name is also the common name for certain species of forest trees, as well as a shade of light green.

Name

Akumal

Description

Meaning “place of the turtle” in Mayan, Akumal is a Mexican beach town famous for its sea turtles.

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Akupara

Description

In Hindu mythology, the giant turtle that supports the earth is known as Akupara.

Name

Axel

Description

A Scandinavian name with rock-and-roll vibes, Axel means “father of peace.”

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Basil

Description

The British boy’s name calls to mind the green herb.

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Bertie

Description

Bertie, a leopard tortoise, currently holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Fastest Tortoise.

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Caspian

Description

The Caspian turtle is native to the eastern Mediterranean region.

Name

Cecil

Description

In “Looney Tunes,” Cecil is a turtle who outsmarts Bugs Bunny.

Name

Celadon

Description

Sometimes used as a boy’s name, Celadon is soft, grayish shade of green.

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Conrad

Description

A German name related to wisdom.

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Dante

Description

This long-lived Latin name means “everlasting.”

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Darwin

Description

A wink to Charles Darwin, whose work with tortoises on the Galapagos Islands inspired his evolutionary theory.

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Denver

Description

A pastoral Old English name meaning “green valley.”

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Donatello

Description

As “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fans know, Donatello is the smartest hero in a half-shell.

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Dylan

Description

A Welsh name meaning “son of the sea.”

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Fastitocalon

Description

J. R. R. Tolkien’s poem “Fastitocalon” is about a mythical turtle fish.

Name

Filburt

Description

In “Rocko’s Modern Life,” Filburt Shellbach is a pessimistic (but nonetheless beloved) turtle.

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Fillmore

Description

In the celebrated comic strip “Sherman’s Lagoon,” Fillmore is the resident nerdy sea turtle.

Name

Frederick

Description

An English form of a Germanic name meaning “peaceful ruler.”

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Galapagos

Description

Native to the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos tortoises are the largest living species of tortoise.

Name

Honu

Description

In Hawaiian culture, sea turtles—known as Honu—are sacred beings and symbols of good luck, protection and longevity.

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Hunter

Description

The boy’s name is also a shade of dark green.

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Irving

Description

A Scottish name meaning “green river” or “sea friend.” (For a nickname, Irv the Turtle is cute as can be!)

Name

Jonah

Description

Meaning “dove,” this peaceful Hebrew name also has connections to the sea via the prophet Jonah, who was swallowed by a whale.

Name

Keanu

Description

Made famous by actor Keanu Reeves, this laidback Hawaiian name means “the breeze.”

Name

Kurma

Description

Meaning “tortoise” in Sanskrit, Kurma is an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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Mack

Description

Mack is an opinionated turtle in the Dr. Seuss classic “Yertle the Turtle.”

Name

Marlin

Description

A Welsh name meaning “near the lake,” Marlin can also be an ironic turtle choice—the blue marlin is one of the fastest fish in the ocean.

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Maturin

Description

In Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series, Maturin is an ancient, otherworldly turtle.

Name

Moray

Description

A Scottish boy’s name meaning “sea.”

Name

Murphy

Description

This  Irish name, derived from the Gaelic, means “sea warrior,” making it perfect for pets with built-in armor.

Name

Oliver

Description

A Latin name meaning “olive tree,” Oliver has peaceful roots and an adorable nickname (Ollie!)

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Oran

Description

An Irish name thought to mean “little pale green one.”

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Orwell

Description

An English and Scottish name meaning “branch of the river.”

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Oscar

Description

Inspired by the beloved grumpy green Muppet, Oscar the Grouch.

Name

Paxton

Description

This unisex name means “peace town.”

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Picasso

Description

For painted turtle species, consider a nod to artist and animal lover Pablo Picasso.

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Raphael

Description

The rebellious Ninja Turtle is known for his acrobatics and sarcastic sense of humor.

Name

Ridley

Description

This sophisticated English name is also the name of a type of sea turtle.

Name

Reef

Description

Although an unusual choice for babies, this English boy’s name is perfectly suited for turtles.

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Sipadan

Description

The Malaysian island is famous for its green and hawksbill sea turtles.

Name

Tahoe

Description

The lake, which straddles California and Nevada, has a trendy, outdoorsy ring to it.

Name

Testudo

Description

The University of Maryland’s official mascot is Testudo, a diamondback terrapin.

Name

Thanos

Description

Thanos is an ancient Greek name meaning immortal. Today, the name is mostly associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Thanos is a powerful, long-lived villain.

Name

Toby

Description

In Disney’s animated “Robin Hood,” Toby is a shy, bespectacled turtle.

Name

Tokka

Description

For a more obscure “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reference, consider Tokka, a mutant alligator snapping turtle and minion of Shredder.

Name

Triton

Description

In Greek mythology, Triton was a merman and demigod of the sea.

Name

Verne

Description

In the animated film “Over the Hedge,” Verne is loving and selfless box turtle.

Name

Vardon

Description

A French boy’s name meaning “green knoll.”

Name

Wade

Description

An English boy’s name perfectly suited for swimmers.

Name

Zale

Description

A Greek name meaning “sea strength.”

Cute Turtle Names

Is your new pet epically adorable? Consider these cute turtle names to match their precious vibe.
Name
Description
Name

Alfie

Description

This adorable name comes courtesy of children’s author Roald Dahl, whose book “Esio Trot” features a small tortoise named Alfie.

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Apple

Description

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow chose this cute name for her daughter. Assuming it’s Granny Smith-inspired, it’s also perfect for a green turtle!

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Avocado

Description

The fan-favorite veggie has a signature green color.

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Bubbles

Description

A perky name for your bubble-blowing bestie.

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Edamame

Description

Fun to say and fun to eat, this soybean snack gets the green light.

Name

Flips

Description

Only sea turtles have true flippers, but this cute name works for any species.

Name

Guacamole

Description

If Avocado is a little too plain for your pal, consider the spicier Guacamole.

Name

Honeydew

Description

The light green melon has a sweet name to match its sweet taste.

Name

Jolly

Description

If your turtle is on the larger side, the Jolly Green Giant might be an oversize fit.

Name

Kermit

Description

Kermie’s a frog, but we think he’d be happy to lend his name to a fellow green pond dweller.

Name

Kiwi

Description

A cheery green fruit—and cute to boot!

Name

Lucky

Description

Many cultures view turtles as symbols of good luck.

Name

M&M

Description

Like the candy, turtles have hard outer shells and sweet spirits.

Name

Nibbles

Description

One of the cutest things about turtles? Their teeny-tiny nibbles!

Name

Nixie

Description

The nixie is a mischievous water spirit.

Name

Nugget

Description

An itty-bitty cutie for itty-bitty cuties.

Name

Peek-a-Boo

Description

A turtle’s flexible neck provides protection from predators, allowing it to retract safely into its sturdy shell. Of course, the unique feature is also fun for a game of peek-a-boo.

Name

Pickle

Description

Sweet or spicy, Pickle is turtle-approved.

Name

Pistachio

Description

Small, green and nutty, Pistachio is perfect for turtles with a silly side.

Name

Pokey

Description

“Poke” a little fun at your slow-moving friend with this endearing name.

Name

Pop-Tart

Description

Is there anything cuter than a turtle head pop?

Name

Poppy

Description

This cheery girl’s name has plenty of turtle appeal.

Name

Puddles

Description

An aquatic-inspired cutie for water-loving friends.

Name

Saffi

Description

A cutie-pie Greek name meaning “wisdom.”

Name

Sandy

Description

A classic girl’s name, Sandy is also a cute reference to the beach.

Name

Scooter

Description

A precious pick for little waddlers.

Name

Shamrock

Description

Add some color commentary with this lucky name.

Name

Shelbow

Description

In “The Little Mermaid,” Shelbow is a goofy sea turtle who plays drums in The Catfish Club Band.

Name

Soleil

Description

The French word for “sun,” Soleil is a sweet way to reference your turtle’s fondness for sunbathing.

Name

Splash

Description

For turtles who like to splish-splash while they take a bath.

Name

Sprout

Description

Adorable and green, just like turtles.

Name

Sunny

Description

An optimistic name for sweet sun worshippers.

Name

Tammy

Description

Some names are just plain fun to say. Case in point: Tammy Turtle!

Name

Tank

Description

In “My Little Pony,” Tank is Rainbow Dash’s sweet pet tortoise.

Name

Tilly

Description

Get ready to awww! Tilly the Turtle is as cute as they come.

Name

Tommy

Description

Like Tilly, Tommy is tailor-made for terrapins.

Name

Tuck

Description

On Nickelodeon’s “Wonder Pets!” series, Tuck was the loveable, hug-obsessed young turtle.

Name

Waddles

Description

Although graceful in water, turtles have an endearingly awkward waddle on land.

Name

Wobbles

Description

For Waddles’ sillier, clumsier brother.

Name

Yertle

Description

Created by Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle is a magnificent moniker.

Name

Yoda

Description

As “The Mandalorian” has proved, Baby Yoda is the cutest creature in the universe.

Name

Zippy

Description

If you were a Beanie Babies collector, you’ll recognize Zippy as the name of the cuddly turtle.  

Funny Turtle Names

Give your turtle one of these names, and you’ll also give yourself the giggles every time you address them.
Name
Description
Name

Achilles

Description

When it comes to funny turtle names, speed (or lack thereof) is always good for a giggle. In Greek mythology, Achilles was a warrior known for his swiftness.

Name

Aristurtle

Description

For a playful name with plenty of wisdom, consider this punny play on the famous philosopher.

Name

Bolt

Description

In honor of sprinting superstar Usain Bolt.

Name

Bowser

Description

Although it sounds like a dog’s name, Bowser is a turtle-like creature in Nintendo’s “Mario” franchise. When you want to switch things up, Bowser’s alias, King Koopa, is an equally hilarious name for a turtle.

Name

Broccoli

Description

Even if you don’t like eating it, Broccoli is a fun name for a turtle.

Name

Cheetah

Description

Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animals, making this an ironically funny name for your turtle.

Name

Comet

Description

Although a common name for dogs, Comet is unexpected for turtles (considering comets can streak through the sky at thousands of miles per hour!)

Name

Cruiser

Description

This slow-and-steady name is perfect for pets who aren’t in a rush.

Name

Ferrari

Description

Famous for its speed and flashiness, the luxury sports car could learn a few things from the humble turtle.

Name

Fiona

Description

As “Shrek” fans know, Princess Fiona turns green after the sun sets.

Name

Flash

Description

The DC Comics superhero is the fastest man alive—another ironic name for your not-so-speedy buddy.

Name

Gallop

Description

Gallop is the ironically named turtle in the children’s series “Babar and the Adventures of Badou.”

Name

Godzilla

Description

Naming your pet after a nuclear-powered prehistoric sea monster is always a good idea.

Name

Grand Master Oogway

Description

In “Kung Fu Panda,” Grand Master Oogway is a wise, elderly tortoise and creator of kung fu.

Name

Grinch

Description

Remember, this greenie isn’t a meanie! The Grinch is simply misunderstood.

Name

Gumby

Description

A retro reference to the green Claymation character.

Name

Hermes

Description

With his signature winged sandals, Hermes was able to fly like the wind, according to Greek mythology.

Name

Houdini

Description

Houdini didn’t have a turtle shell to hide in—but the master illusionist did famously make an elephant “disappear” from the stage.

Name

Hulk

Description

The green-skinned superhero is a comically large namesake.

Name

Indy

Description

This cute name winks to the Indianapolis 500.

Name

Jet

Description

Another ironically fast name. (We’re truly sorry about all the slow jokes, turtle friends. We’re laughing with you, not at you!)

Name

Kale

Description

A favorite snack among turtles, Kale also makes for a fun and silly name.

Name

Lenny Turteltaub

Description

On “BoJack Horseman,” Lenny Turteltaub is a business-minded Hollywood producer who wears an unconvincing toupee.

Name

Lightning

Description

As in “lightning fast,” which your turtle is decidedly not.

Name

Mary Shelley

Description

For a punny literary reference, “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley has a turtle-ready surname.

Name

Michael Phelps

Description

Or perhaps it should be Michael Shellps?

Name

Mike Wazowski

Description

The “Monsters, Inc.” jokester has a lime green hue.

Name

Mock Turtle

Description

In “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the Mock Turtle is a turtle-like mixture of creatures. As a lover of puns, Lewis Carroll named him after mock turtle soup, a popular dish in Victorian England (which did not, incidentally, contain turtle).

Name

Molasses

Description

Sweet as sugar and slow moving, just like your pet.

Name

Mustang

Description

Unlike the cars and horses, Mustang the Turtle won’t be known for his speed.

Name

Neptune

Description

As the powerful and vengeful sea god of Roman mythology, Neptune is a funny choice for low-key creatures.

Name

Nessie

Description

The Loch Ness Monster probably isn’t a turtle, but Nessie is a fun name for any pond dweller.

Name

Ninja

Description

Clunky and slow-moving, there’s not very much ninja-like about turtles (with the exception of a few teenage mutants, of course).

Name

Nitro

Description

When you mention your pet Nitro, no one will suspect a turtle.

Name

Poseidon

Description

Similar to his Roman counterpart Neptune, Greek god Poseidon is a powerful, ill-tempered, earthquake-causing sea king.

Name

Rocky Balboa

Description

In the film “Rocky,” Sylvester Stallone’s title character has two pet turtles, Cuff and Link.

Name

Salad

Description

Your turtle will like this cute name so much, he might eat it right up.

Name

Shrek

Description

The green-skinned ogre takes a little warming up to, but he’s a sweetheart to share a name with.

Name

Slimer

Description

The “Ghostbusters” slimy ghost is famous for his eerie green glow.

Name

Sloth

Description

Known for taking their time, sloths are kindred turtle spirits.

Name

Snappy

Description

Snappy the turtle will never “make it snappy.”

Name

Sonic

Description

More appropriate for an energetic hedgehog, but funny for a pokey turtle.

Name

Stretch

Description

Some scientists believe that turtles’ stretchy necks evolved as a way to quickly snatch prey.

Name

Superman

Description

For the pet that’s definitely not faster than a speeding bullet.

Name

Tardy

Description

On quirky puppet show “Greg the Bunny,” Tardy is the name of a perpetually late turtle.

Name

Taylor (Not So) Swift

Description

Taylor Swift may be a loud and proud cat lady, but her last name lends itself ironically well to turtles.

Name

Tucker

Description

This English name is also a funny allusion to turtles’ necks.

Name

Turbo

Description

A supercharged name for a super laidback pet.

Name

Zoom

Description

Want to be the office hero? Bring Zoom the Turtle on your next Zoom call.

Equal parts shy and majestic, turtles have been admired throughout the ages and across the globe. If you’re lucky enough to call one your friend, make sure you pick a name deserving of such an awww-inspiring creature!

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