The 200 Best Fish Names for 2022

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The 200 Best Fish Names for 2022

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.

Top Fish Names

Looking for the most popular fish names? Brows these top picks from the Chewy pet parent community.

1. Blue

2. Fishy

3. Goldie

4. Bubbles

5. Nemo

6. Oscar

7. Sushi

8. Bob

9. Fred

10. Red

Goldfish Names

Whether you’re looking for an orange-inspired moniker or references to goldfish throughout pop culture, we’ve got you covered with this list of goldfish names.
Name
Description
Name

Amber

Description

The pretty yellow-orange color is also used as a girls name.   

Name

Aurelia

Description

Of Latin origin, this lovely girls name means “the golden one.

Name

Bea Goldfishberg

Description

On Disneys Fish Hooks” cartoon, Bea Goldfishberg was the dramatic, brilliantly named goldfish.

Name

Cantaloupe

Description

A refreshing choice, just like this orange melon.

Name

Cayenne

Description

For the goldie with a spicy personality.

Name

Cheddar

Description

Theres nothing cheesy about this choice.

Name

Cheeto

Description

The bright-orange snack is always a crowd pleaser.

Name

Clementine

Description

The cute citrus is also a charming girls name.

Name

Cleo

Description

In Pinocchio,” Cleo is Geppetto’s affectionate pet goldfish.

Name

Creamsicle

Description

The orange treat cant be beat. For another ice cream parlor favorite, try Sherbet! 

Name

Dorito

Description

The perfect name for Cheetos friend.

Name

Dorothy

Description

In Elmos World,” Dorothy is Elmos inquisitive pet goldfish.

Name

Eldora

Description

A Spanish name meaning covered in gold.”

Name

Gail

Description

As fans of “The West Wing” know, Gail is C.J. Cregg’s goldfish.

Name

Ginger

Description

A time-honored choice for orange-hued pets (and people!)

Name

Goldie

Description

If your fish is fancy, consider going with the more formal name, Marigold.

Name

Honey

Description

Perfect for honey-hued sweeties.

Name

Mango

Description

The fruits vivid color makes it a natural namesake.

Name

Marmalade

Description

The citrus preserve has a bright orange hue.

Name

Orla

Description

An Irish girls name meaning golden princess.

Name

Orville

Description

This French name means gold town.”

Name

Otto

Description

In the classic children’s book “A Fish Out of Water,” Otto is an oversize goldfish.

Name

Ron Weasley

Description

The “Harry Potter” character famously has bright orange hair.

Name

Pumpkin

Description

A positively “gourdeous” goldfish name. 

Name

Rusty

Description

This nickname alludes to an orange hue.

Name

Saffron

Description

The spice is known for its signature vibrant orange shade.

Name

Samson

Description

A Hebrew name meaning like the sun.”

Name

Soleil

Description

Oui, oiu! This pretty French name means sun.”

Name

Sunset

Description

A naturally beautiful name for a naturally beautiful pet.

Name

Sweet Potato

Description

Orange you glad we remembered this silly spud name?

Name

Tangerine

Description

An orange name with “a peel.” (See what we did there?) 

Name

Ted Lasso

Description

Meaning forgive and forget,” “be a goldfish” is the motto of Ted Lasso on the popular TV show.

Betta Fish Names

Also known as Siamese fighting fish, betta fish are notoriously territorial and can be aggressive—but with their colorful, flowing fins, they’re also elegant and beautiful. Consider these picks for betta fish names.
Name
Description
Name

Adira

Description

A Hebrew name meaning strong and powerful—might be fitting for your fiery friend.

Name

Agnar

Description

An intimidating Old Norse name meaning ruler with a sword.”

Name

Apsara

Description

Betta fish are native to Southeast Asia, and are the national aquatic animal of Thailand. For a Thai name, consider Apsara, meaning angelic.”

Name

Audrey

Description

An English name meaning strength,” Audrey also comes with a beautiful, betta-worthy pedigree thanks to actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn.

Name

Baldo

Description

As silly as it sounds, Baldo is an Italian name meaning brave.”

Name

Betta Midler

Description

In honor of the actress, of course.

Name

Betty

Description

Betty Betta? Now thats just plain adorable.

Name

Blair

Description

A unisex Scottish name meaning battlefield.”

Name

Bridget

Description

This Irish name means power and strength.”

Name

Brienne

Description

On Game of Thrones,” Brienne was a formidable female knight.

Name

Chinda

Description

A Thai girls name meaning precious stone.”

Name

Chirawan

Description

Another fitting Thai choice, Chirawan means eternal beauty.”

Name

Everett

Description

This Old English name means brave, strong boar” – but we think it works just as well for a brave, strong fish.

Name

Finley

Description

Meaning blonde warrior,” this Scottish option has fin” right there in the name.

Name

Griffin

Description

A Latin name meaning strong lord,” Griffin can also refer to a mythological half-eagle/half-lion creature that didnt lose many fights.

Name

Harvey

Description

A Scottish name meaning battle worthy.”

Name

Humphrey

Description

Meaning peaceful warrior,” Humphrey has a mellow side.

Name

Iridiana

Description

A Greek girls name meaning rainbow,” Iridiana is a colorful choice for vibrant betta fish.

Name

Iris

Description

In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.

Name

Isolde

Description

A German girls name meaning ice battle.”

Name

Joan

Description

A nod to French warrior Joan of Arc.

Name

Koa

Description

This Hawaiian name means brave one.”

Name

Leonardo

Description

An Italian name meaning lion brave.” (For a female fish, try Leona!)

Name

Leopold

Description

This aristocratic German name means brave people.”

Name

Ludwig

Description

Another strong German name meaning famous warrior.”

Name

Madison

Description

Meaning mighty in battle,” Madison shortens to the super-cute Maddie.

Name

Matilda

Description

Equal parts brawn and beauty, Matilda means strength in battle.”

Name

Preeda

Description

A celebratory Thai name meaning joyful.”

Name

Rainbow

Description

A natural namesake for a colorful, awe-inspiring pet.

Name

Riley

Description

While common for dogs, Riley (meaning brave and valiant”) is an unexpected fish name.

Name

Sigmund

Description

A Norse name with Viking history, Sigmund (or Siggy, for short) means victorious protector.”

Name

Valentina

Description

A romantic Latin name meaning strong.”

Funny Fish Names

Your fish already brings a smile to your face every time you see them, but if you want to add a chuckle, choose one of these funny fish names.
Name
Description
Name

Aquaman

Description

The DC Comics character can breathe underwater and communicate with marine life.

Name

Barnacle Boy

Description

A name that will make everyone smile from gill to gill, courtesy of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Name

Blackbeard

Description

The bloodthirsty pirate is an ironic choice for your little matey.

Name

Blinky

Description

In The Simpsons,” Blinky is a species of three-eyed fish native to the radiated waters of Springfield.

Name

Bruce

Description

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.”

Name

Bubba

Description

Uninspired for a bulldog, hilarious for a fish.

Name

Captain Jack Sparrow

Description

For the fish with style and swagger.

Name

Fido

Description

Whos a good … fish? Get ready to giggle every time you call your fish Fido.

Name

Fluffy

Description

For the pet who is decidedly not fluffy.

Name

Gillbert

Description

When you add an extra l” to Gilbert, it becomes a perfectly punny fish name.

Name

Gilligan

Description

A clever reference to both gills and Gilligans Island.”

Name

Gorgo

Description

In the B-movie horror flick of the same name, Gorgo is a giant, dinosaur-like sea monster.

Name

Kelpie

Description

As shape-shifting, man-eating aquatic spirits, Kelpies tend to be more feared than the average pet fish.  

Name

Kraken

Description

Another monstrously fun choice, the Kraken is a sea monster who surfaces in Nordic folklore.

Name

Leviathan

Description

You can call your little biblical sea monster Levi,” for short.

Name

Michael Phelps

Description

The Olympians nickname is the Flying Fish,” after all.

Name

Nessie

Description

And of course, who could forget Nessie, the Loch Nessresident monster.

Name

Popeye

Description

Considering the Sailor Mans love of spinach, Popeye is an especially fun choice for green pets.

Name

Jaws

Description

To paraphrase a line from the iconic 1975 thriller, “Youre gonna need a bigger aquarium.”

Name

Mrs. Puff

Description

Also known as Poppy Puff, the SpongeBob SquarePants” character is a fan favorite.

Name

Sashimi

Description

Were kidding, fish friends—we know you’d never seriously think of your pet as a delicious Japanese dish.

Name

Sharknado

Description

After the so-bad-it’s-good TV movie series, it’s the perfect name for the fish who lives every week like its Shark Week.

Name

Spike

Description

This classic dog name feels fresh and funny for fish. 

Name

Spot

Description

For a spotted fish, this popular dog name will earn a chuckle.

Name

Sherman

Description

Another sassy shark name, Sherman is the main character of the comic strip  Shermans Lagoon.

Name

SpongeBob

Description

The titular character of the popular animated TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Name

Sushi

Description

Your fish isn’t food, of course! It’s only funny because it’s absurd. (We blame the cat for this suggestion.)

Name

Wanda

Description

In honor of the cult-classic comedy A Fish Called Wanda.”

Cute Fish Names

Your fish is 100 percent adorable, and they need a name to match. Find the perfect pick in this list of cute fish names.
Name
Description
Name

Bubbles

Description

A bubbly name for any pet. 

Name

Dory

Description

No one (not even Dory) will forget a fish named after the Finding Nemo” sweetie.

Name

Finnegan

Description

With fin” built in, this jaunty Irish name has aquatic appeal.

Name

Fishtina

Description

An adorable ode to Christina.

Name

Fishtopher

Description

A fishy take on the name Christopher, this fish could be Fishtinas equally adorable brother.

Name

Flipper

Description

Inspired by the dolphin in the 1960’s TV series, this name is so flippincute!

Name

Flounder

Description

The lovable sidekick of The Little Mermaid,” Flounder is fantastic for yellow fish.

Name

Guppy

Description

A sweet little name for a sweet little fish.

Name

Minnow

Description

A catch-all name for a variety of tiny fish, Minnow is an endearing name for any size swimmer.

Name

Nemo

Description

If you have a clownfish, good luck finding a cuter name than Nemo. 

Name

Nixie

Description

A whimsical name borrowed from the mythological water fairies.

Name

Otter

Description

As the ocean's resident cuties, otters are always a good bet.

Name

Pearl

DescriptionShort and sweet with a seaside spirit, Pearl is perfect. 

Name

Pucker

Description

Because everyone loves a kissy fishy face.

Name

Pudge

Description

As Lilo & Stitch” fans know, Pudge is a well-fed tropical fish with an appetite for peanut-butter sandwiches.

Name

Sandy

Description

A beachy name with timeless charm.

Name

Sebastian

Description

Although he was a crab in The Little Mermaid,” we think Sebastian is an adorable name for any creature under the sea.”

Name

Shrimp

Description

An appropriately aquatic name for a tiny fish.

Name

Skipper

Description

A sea-faring name with an even cuter nickname – Skippy!

Name

Splash

Description

A playful name thats sure to make a splish-splash.

Name

Squirt

Description

A pint-sized name perfectly suited for tiny fish.

Name

Sunny

Description

A bright-eyed name for yellow or orange fish.

Name

Swedish

Description

For a sweet and silly name, consider Swedish Fish.

Name

Waverly

Description

The traditional English girls name is a cute wink to the waves.

Name

Willy

Description

Thanks to Free Willy,” this name will always earn an aww!

Blue Fish Names

Whether your fish is azure, cobalt or indigo, we’ve got the perfect blue fish name for them on this list.
Name
Description
Name

Aquarius

Description

Searching for a star-studded name? The Water Bearer signs color is blue.

Name

Azure

Description

A French girls name meaning sky blue.”

Name

Baby

Description

If your fish is baby blue, consider keeping it simple.

Name

Bluebell

Description

A pretty girls name in honor of the springtime blossom.

Name

Bluey

Description

As many parents known, Bluey is the endearingly goofy name of a cartoon Blue Heeler dog. 

Name

Celeste

Description

A Latin name meaning heavenly,” Celeste is associated with the shade sky blue.

Name

Celine

Description

A serene French name meaning sky” or heaven.”

Name

Ciel

Description

A unisex alternative to Celine, meaning sky” or heaven.”

Name

Cyan

Description

An English boys name, Cyan is also a shade of greenish-blue.

Name

Delphinium

Description

A fresh girls name, Delphinium is also a blue flower.

Name

Hyacinth

Description

While hyacinth blooms can be a variety of colors, blue is the most iconic.

Name

Indie

Description

Short for Indigo, of course.

Name

Jay

Description

A reference to blue jay birds, this name has sky-high potential.

Name

Lake

Description

Made popular by actress Lake Bell, this nature-inspired name calls to mind cool blue waters.

Name

Lapis

Description

A Persian girls name meaning blue stone.

Name

Meena

Description

This Hindi girls name has multiple meanings, including blue” and fish.”

Name

Moon

Description

Moons are rarely blue – but when they are, theyre special.

Name

Mystique

Description

The shape-shifting X-Men” character is blue and beautiful, just like your finned friend.

Name

Neptune

Description

A colorful reference to the Roman sea god, as well as the blue planet.

Name

Odeta

Description

An Albanian name meaning vast blue sea.”

Name

Periwinkle

Description

This fun-to-say shade of light blue offers Peri” as an easy nickname.

Name

Robin

Description

The birds may be red, but robin eggs are a beautiful blue.

Name

Royal

Description

For deep blue fish, consider this regal name.

Name

Sapphire

Description

Sapphire gemstones can be a range of colors, but vivid blue stones are the most prized.

Name

Smurf

Description

After the blue cartoon characters, of course! For a girl fish, try Smurfette.

Name

Sky

Description

A nature-inspired name with an airy feel.

Name

Stitch

Description

Disneys blue, koala-like critter is also known as Experiment 626” – but thats not quite as cute.

Name

Sully

Description

The blue-hued Monsters, Inc.” character is famously fuzzy, but we think Sully works well for scaled sidekicks, too.

Girl Fish Names

Looking for the perfect choice for your new underwater lady fish? Find inspiration in these girl fish names.
Name
Description
Name

Ariel

Description

Perfect for your own “Little Mermaid.”

Name

Brooke

Description

An English name referencing a small stream.

Name

Calypso

Description

In Greek mythology, Calypso is a goddess of the sea.

Name

Coralia

Description

An enchanting Greek name meaning sea coral.

Name

Coventina

Description

A Celtic goddess of wells and springs.

Name

Delphine

Description

A girls name of French origin meaning dolphin.

Name

Destiny

Description

In Finding Dory,” Destiny is a friendly whale shark.

Name

Doris

Description

A Greek name meaning gift of the ocean.”

Name

Electra

Description

For flashy fish, consider Electra, after the Greek goddess of sea clouds.

Name

Galene

Description

The Greek goddess of calm seas.

Name

Ikaroa

Description

In Māori mythology, Ikaroa is a fish that gave birth to all the stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

Name

Isla

Description

A popular girls name, Isla is the Spanish word for island.”

Name

Jennifer

Description

Although a seemingly odd choice for a fish, Jennifer means white wave” in Cornish.

Name

Kai

Description

A Hawaiian name meaning sea.”

Name

Lana

Description

This lovely Hawaiian name means calm as still waters.”

Name

Lynn

Description

A Welsh name meaning lake.”

Name

Marina

Description

Of Latin origin, meaning from the sea.”

Name

Miriam

Description

A Hebrew name meaning drop of the sea.”

Name

Moana

Description

The Disney darling is known for her special relationship with the ocean.

Name

Mora

Description

An Irish name meaning star of the sea.”

Name

Nerida

Description

A whimsical Greek name meaning sea nymph.”

Name

Nerissa

Description

This Shakespearean name means of the sea” in Greek.

Name

Ondine

Description

A magnifique French name meaning little wave” or water fairy.”

Name

Sabrina

Description

A Latin name meaning from the river,” Sabrina is also a water goddess in Welsh mythology.

Name

Sirena

Description

The Spanish word for mermaid.”

Name

Tallulah

Description

A beautiful Native American name meaning leaping water.”

Name

Ursula

Description

The Disney sea witch has a certain swagger.

Name

Venus

Description

According to Roman mythology, the goddess Venus was born from sea foam.

Name

Viviane

Description

In Arthurian legend, Viviane was a mysterious sorceress and water spirit known as the Lady of the Lake.

Boy Fish Names

Browse this list, and you just might find the perfect boy fish name for the new little guy in your tank.
Name
Description
Name

Adrian

Description

Latin in origin, Adrian means sea” or water.”

Name

Atlantis

Description

A fictional (or as some believe, simply lost) island that disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean.

Name

Beckham

Description

An English name meaning homestead by the stream.”

Name

Bodhi

Description

In the cult-classic thriller Point Break,” Bodhi is a charismatic surfer (and creative bank robber) played by Patrick Swayze.

Name

Captain

Description

We say aye, aye!” to this nautical name.

Name

Caspian

Description

The worlds largest lake makes for a memorable name.

Name

Clyde

Description

An undeniably funny name for a fish, Clyde does have aquatic roots – the River Clyde flows through Glasgow, Scotland.

Name

Douglas

Description

A Scottish name meaning dark water.”

Name

Dover

Description

This Celtic name means the waters.”

Name

Dylan

Description

Welsh in origin, Dylan means son of the sea.”

Name

Fred

Description

On "Sesame Street," Fred is the unassuming name of Oscar the Grouch's pet fish.

Name

Hudson

Description

The preppy boys name is a nice shout-out to New Yorks Hudson River.

Name

Hurley

Description

An Irish name meaning sea tide.”

Name

Irving

Description

This fitting Scottish name means sea friend.”

Name

Jacques

Description

In honor of French explorer and marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau, a friend to fish the world over.

Name

Lincoln

Description

This presidential pick is an English name meaning lake colony.”

Name

Luca

Description

In the Pixar movie of the same name, Luca is a sweet sea monster who is curious about life on the surface.

Name

Marlin

Description

A Welsh name meaning sea fortress,” Marlin is also the name of Nemos father in Finding Nemo.”

Name

Maxwell

Description

A Scottish name meaning great stream.”

Name

Moby Dick

Description

Herman Melvilles antagonist is a giant whale, so consider Moby for extra-large fish.

Name

Murdock

Description

A Celtic name meaning sea warrior.”

Name

Namazu

Description

According to Japanese mythology, Namazu is a naughty catfish who causes earthquakes.

Name

Poseidon

Description

A brother of Zeus, and trident-wielding god of the sea.

Name

Tao

Description

Chinese in origin, the name Tao can mean great waves” or long life.”

Name

Triton

Description

King Triton is Ariels father in The Little Mermaid.”

Name

Wade

Description

Meaning “at the river crossing,” this traditional boys name also alludes to walking through water.

Name

Zale

Description

A powerful Greek name meaning sea-strength.”

From our tanks to yours, have a finn-tastic time choosing the perfect pick! 

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