What’s in a name? When it comes to fish, plenty! Whether you want to show off your new friend’s personality, good looks or sense of humor, a great name can make your pet stand out in a sea of competition. From fierce to funny, cute to colorful, these fish names are sure to make a splash.
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Top Fish Names
The pretty yellow-orange color is also used as a girl’s name.
Of Latin origin, this lovely girl’s name means “the golden one.
On Disney’s “Fish Hooks” cartoon, Bea Goldfishberg was the dramatic, brilliantly named goldfish.
A refreshing choice, just like this orange melon.
For the goldie with a spicy personality.
There’s nothing cheesy about this choice.
The bright-orange snack is always a crowd pleaser.
The cute citrus is also a charming girl’s name.
In “Pinocchio,” Cleo is Geppetto’s affectionate pet goldfish.
The orange treat can’t be beat. For another ice cream parlor favorite, try Sherbet!
The perfect name for Cheeto’s friend.
In “Elmo’s World,” Dorothy is Elmo’s inquisitive pet goldfish.
A Spanish name meaning “covered in gold.”
As fans of “The West Wing” know, Gail is C.J. Cregg’s goldfish.
A time-honored choice for orange-hued pets (and people!)
If your fish is fancy, consider going with the more formal name, Marigold.
Perfect for honey-hued sweeties.
The fruit’s vivid color makes it a natural namesake.
The citrus preserve has a bright orange hue.
An Irish girl’s name meaning “golden princess.”
This French name means “gold town.”
In the classic children’s book “A Fish Out of Water,” Otto is an oversize goldfish.
The “Harry Potter” character famously has bright orange hair.
A positively “gourdeous” goldfish name.
This nickname alludes to an orange hue.
The spice is known for its signature vibrant orange shade.
A Hebrew name meaning “like the sun.”
Oui, oiu! This pretty French name means “sun.”
A naturally beautiful name for a naturally beautiful pet.
Orange you glad we remembered this silly spud name?
An orange name with “a peel.” (See what we did there?)
Meaning “forgive and forget,” “be a goldfish” is the motto of Ted Lasso on the popular TV show.
Betta Fish Names
A Hebrew name meaning strong and powerful—might be fitting for your fiery friend.
An intimidating Old Norse name meaning “ruler with a sword.”
Betta fish are native to Southeast Asia, and are the national aquatic animal of Thailand. For a Thai name, consider Apsara, meaning “angelic.”
An English name meaning “strength,” Audrey also comes with a beautiful, betta-worthy pedigree thanks to actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn.
As silly as it sounds, Baldo is an Italian name meaning “brave.”
In honor of the actress, of course.
Betty Betta? Now that’s just plain adorable.
A unisex Scottish name meaning “battlefield.”
This Irish name means “power and strength.”
On “Game of Thrones,” Brienne was a formidable female knight.
A Thai girl’s name meaning “precious stone.”
Another fitting Thai choice, Chirawan means “eternal beauty.”
This Old English name means “brave, strong boar” – but we think it works just as well for a brave, strong fish.
Meaning “blonde warrior,” this Scottish option has “fin” right there in the name.
A Latin name meaning “strong lord,” Griffin can also refer to a mythological half-eagle/half-lion creature that didn’t lose many fights.
A Scottish name meaning “battle worthy.”
Meaning “peaceful warrior,” Humphrey has a mellow side.
A Greek girl’s name meaning “rainbow,” Iridiana is a colorful choice for vibrant betta fish.
In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
A German girl’s name meaning “ice battle.”
A nod to French warrior Joan of Arc.
This Hawaiian name means “brave one.”
An Italian name meaning “lion brave.” (For a female fish, try Leona!)
This aristocratic German name means “brave people.”
Another strong German name meaning “famous warrior.”
Meaning “mighty in battle,” Madison shortens to the super-cute “Maddie.”
Equal parts brawn and beauty, Matilda means “strength in battle.”
A celebratory Thai name meaning “joyful.”
A natural namesake for a colorful, awe-inspiring pet.
While common for dogs, Riley (meaning “ brave and valiant”) is an unexpected fish name.
A Norse name with Viking history, Sigmund (or Siggy, for short) means “victorious protector.”
A romantic Latin name meaning “strong.”
Funny Fish Names
The DC Comics character can breathe underwater and communicate with marine life.
A name that will make everyone smile from gill to gill, courtesy of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
The bloodthirsty pirate is an ironic choice for your little matey.
In “The Simpsons,” Blinky is a species of three-eyed fish native to the radiated waters of Springfield.
As the leader of the Fish-Friendly Sharks support group in “Finding Nemo,” Bruce the great white shark (mostly) believes that “fish are friends, not food.”
Uninspired for a bulldog, hilarious for a fish.
Captain Jack Sparrow
For the fish with style and swagger.
Who’s a good … fish? Get ready to giggle every time you call your fish Fido.
For the pet who is decidedly not fluffy.
When you add an extra “l” to Gilbert, it becomes a perfectly punny fish name.
A clever reference to both gills and “Gilligan’s Island.”
In the B-movie horror flick of the same name, Gorgo is a giant, dinosaur-like sea monster.
As shape-shifting, man-eating aquatic spirits, Kelpies tend to be more feared than the average pet fish.
Another monstrously fun choice, the Kraken is a sea monster who surfaces in Nordic folklore.
You can call your little biblical sea monster “Levi,” for short.
The Olympian’s nickname is the “Flying Fish,” after all.
And of course, who could forget Nessie, the Loch Ness’ resident monster.
Considering the Sailor Man’s love of spinach, Popeye is an especially fun choice for green pets.
To paraphrase a line from the iconic 1975 thriller, “You’re gonna need a bigger aquarium.”
Also known as Poppy Puff, the “SpongeBob SquarePants” character is a fan favorite.
We’re kidding, fish friends—we know you’d never seriously think of your pet as a delicious Japanese dish.
After the so-bad-it’s-good TV movie series, it’s the perfect name for the fish who lives every week like it’s Shark Week.
This classic dog name feels fresh and funny for fish.
For a spotted fish, this popular dog name will earn a chuckle.
Another sassy shark name, Sherman is the main character of the comic strip “Sherman’s Lagoon.”
The titular character of the popular animated TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
Your fish isn’t food, of course! It’s only funny because it’s absurd. (We blame the cat for this suggestion.)
In honor of the cult-classic comedy “A Fish Called Wanda.”
Cute Fish Names
A bubbly name for any pet.
No one (not even Dory) will forget a fish named after the “Finding Nemo” sweetie.
With “fin” built in, this jaunty Irish name has aquatic appeal.
An adorable ode to Christina.
A fishy take on the name Christopher, this fish could be Fishtina’s equally adorable brother.
Inspired by the dolphin in the 1960’s TV series, this name is so flippin’ cute!
The lovable sidekick of “The Little Mermaid,” Flounder is fantastic for yellow fish.
A sweet little name for a sweet little fish.
A catch-all name for a variety of tiny fish, Minnow is an endearing name for any size swimmer.
If you have a clownfish, good luck finding a cuter name than Nemo.
A whimsical name borrowed from the mythological water fairies.
As the ocean's resident cuties, otters are always a good bet.
Because everyone loves a kissy fishy face.
As “Lilo & Stitch” fans know, Pudge is a well-fed tropical fish with an appetite for peanut-butter sandwiches.
A beachy name with timeless charm.
Although he was a crab in “The Little Mermaid,” we think Sebastian is an adorable name for any creature “under the sea.”
An appropriately aquatic name for a tiny fish.
A sea-faring name with an even cuter nickname – Skippy!
A playful name that’s sure to make a splish-splash.
A pint-sized name perfectly suited for tiny fish.
A bright-eyed name for yellow or orange fish.
For a sweet and silly name, consider Swedish Fish.
The traditional English girl’s name is a cute wink to the waves.
Thanks to “Free Willy,” this name will always earn an “aww!”
Blue Fish Names
Searching for a star-studded name? The Water Bearer sign’s color is blue.
A French girl’s name meaning “sky blue.”
If your fish is baby blue, consider keeping it simple.
A pretty girl’s name in honor of the springtime blossom.
As many parents known, Bluey is the endearingly goofy name of a cartoon Blue Heeler dog.
A Latin name meaning “heavenly,” Celeste is associated with the shade sky blue.
A serene French name meaning “sky” or “heaven.”
A unisex alternative to Celine, meaning “sky” or “heaven.”
An English boy’s name, Cyan is also a shade of greenish-blue.
A fresh girl’s name, Delphinium is also a blue flower.
While hyacinth blooms can be a variety of colors, blue is the most iconic.
Short for Indigo, of course.
A reference to blue jay birds, this name has sky-high potential.
Made popular by actress Lake Bell, this nature-inspired name calls to mind cool blue waters.
A Persian girl’s name meaning “blue stone.”
This Hindi girl’s name has multiple meanings, including “blue” and “fish.”
Moons are rarely blue – but when they are, they’re special.
The shape-shifting “X-Men” character is blue and beautiful, just like your finned friend.
A colorful reference to the Roman sea god, as well as the blue planet.
An Albanian name meaning “vast blue sea.”
This fun-to-say shade of light blue offers “Peri” as an easy nickname.
The birds may be red, but robin eggs are a beautiful blue.
For deep blue fish, consider this regal name.
Sapphire gemstones can be a range of colors, but vivid blue stones are the most prized.
After the blue cartoon characters, of course! For a girl fish, try Smurfette.
A nature-inspired name with an airy feel.
Disney’s blue, koala-like critter is also known as “Experiment 626” – but that’s not quite as cute.
The blue-hued “Monsters, Inc.” character is famously fuzzy, but we think Sully works well for scaled sidekicks, too.
Girl Fish Names
Perfect for your own “Little Mermaid.”
An English name referencing a small stream.
In Greek mythology, Calypso is a goddess of the sea.
An enchanting Greek name meaning “sea coral.”
A Celtic goddess of wells and springs.
A girl’s name of French origin meaning “dolphin.”
In “Finding Dory,” Destiny is a friendly whale shark.
A Greek name meaning “gift of the ocean.”
For flashy fish, consider Electra, after the Greek goddess of sea clouds.
The Greek goddess of calm seas.
In Māori mythology, Ikaroa is a fish that gave birth to all the stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
A popular girl’s name, Isla is the Spanish word for “island.”
Although a seemingly odd choice for a fish, Jennifer means “white wave” in Cornish.
A Hawaiian name meaning “sea.”
This lovely Hawaiian name means “calm as still waters.”
A Welsh name meaning “lake.”
Of Latin origin, meaning “from the sea.”
A Hebrew name meaning “drop of the sea.”
The Disney darling is known for her special relationship with the ocean.
An Irish name meaning “star of the sea.”
A whimsical Greek name meaning “sea nymph.”
This Shakespearean name means “of the sea” in Greek.
A magnifique French name meaning “little wave” or “water fairy.”
A Latin name meaning “from the river,” Sabrina is also a water goddess in Welsh mythology.
The Spanish word for “mermaid.”
A beautiful Native American name meaning “leaping water.”
The Disney sea witch has a certain swagger.
According to Roman mythology, the goddess Venus was born from sea foam.
In Arthurian legend, Viviane was a mysterious sorceress and water spirit known as the Lady of the Lake.
Boy Fish Names
Latin in origin, Adrian means “sea” or “water.”
A fictional (or as some believe, simply lost) island that disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean.
An English name meaning “homestead by the stream.”
In the cult-classic thriller “Point Break,” Bodhi is a charismatic surfer (and creative bank robber) played by Patrick Swayze.
We say “aye, aye!” to this nautical name.
The world’s largest lake makes for a memorable name.
An undeniably funny name for a fish, Clyde does have aquatic roots – the River Clyde flows through Glasgow, Scotland.
A Scottish name meaning “dark water.”
This Celtic name means “the waters.”
Welsh in origin, Dylan means “son of the sea.”
On "Sesame Street," Fred is the unassuming name of Oscar the Grouch's pet fish.
The preppy boy’s name is a nice shout-out to New York’s Hudson River.
An Irish name meaning “sea tide.”
This fitting Scottish name means “sea friend.”
In honor of French explorer and marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau, a friend to fish the world over.
This presidential pick is an English name meaning “lake colony.”
In the Pixar movie of the same name, Luca is a sweet sea monster who is curious about life on the surface.
A Welsh name meaning “sea fortress,” Marlin is also the name of Nemo’s father in “Finding Nemo.”
A Scottish name meaning “great stream.”
Herman Melville’s antagonist is a giant whale, so consider Moby for extra-large fish.
A Celtic name meaning “sea warrior.”
According to Japanese mythology, Namazu is a naughty catfish who causes earthquakes.
A brother of Zeus, and trident-wielding god of the sea.
Chinese in origin, the name Tao can mean “great waves” or “long life.”
King Triton is Ariel’s father in “The Little Mermaid.”
Meaning “at the river crossing,” this traditional boy’s name also alludes to walking through water.
A powerful Greek name meaning “sea-strength.”
From our tanks to yours, have a finn-tastic time choosing the perfect pick!