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Funny Pet Names for Fish

Published by Sydney Hazelton in Animal
May 21st, 2008

Who names their pet fish? You will be surprised that many actually do.

One of the reasons many cite is that fishes are pets too and it deserves a name. Some claim that people tend to treat pets better when they have been named. Others consider them part of the family and worthy of names. Whatever the reason, funny pet names for fish can be a great conversation starter. Naming fishes can also be quite fun! Here are some categories to start you off in search of the most suitable name for your pet fish.

Movie, TV show, Cartoon or Book-Inspired Names

Famous movies such as Free Willy, Finding Nemo and Fish called Wanda can inspire you to name your fish, Willy, Nemo, Dory or Wanda. You can also name your fish based on the characters in cartoons featuring underwater creatures such as Spongebob Squarepants. Examples of suitable names include Spongebob, Patrick (starfish), Mr Krabbs, Squidward or even Sandy (squirrel). Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid can lead you to names such as Ariel or Sebastian (the crab). You can also name your fish Dorothy, after Elmo’s pet goldfish. But the most famous book-inspired name for your fish will have to be Moby Dick. If you have two fishes to name, you can name one Moby and the other Dick. If you don’t like these names, you can name them after the author, Herman and Melville.

Appearance-related Names

Many people name their pets based on their appearance. You can do that too for your pet fish. You can name your fish Spot when it doesn’t have any. If your fish has big eyes, you may want to name it Goggles or even Googles, after the search engine, just for fun!

Behavior-related Names

The trick to naming your fish based on their behavior is to choose a behavior opposite to the behavior of your fish! For instance, you can name your small and timid guppy Jaws, Sharky or Piranha. You can also name your fish Fly. How many fish you know can do that? Or you can state the obvious such as Float for a fish name. However some behavior-related names lend itself quite well too. For example, you can name your Archerfish Squirt or your Pufferfish Puff. I know someone who has two Pufferfishes and named them Puff Daddy and Puffy the Vampire Slayer. She said it gave them character!

Food-inspired Names

There are many funny pet names for fish that is related to food. It is especially fun when you have to name two fishes. Some popular funny pet fish names include the famous Japanese food, Sushi and Sashimi. You can name them Fish and Chips or Ben and Jerry. What about Peanut and Butter? Or Catsnip and Tuna? If you’ re tired of and hungry from thinking of food-related names, you can just call them Lunch and Dinner!

Clever Names

If you are a copyeditor, you will find selecting clever names for your fish a breeze. But here are some examples to start you off, even if you’re not one. You can name your fish Stick. You get to introduce your fish in this way, “This is my fish, Stick!” It works well with Stock too. You can also call your fish Small Fry or Bait. Or Alpha for your betta.

Human Names

You can also choose common human names for your fish, but it must be cleverly chosen to have a hilarious impact. You can name your Archerfish Archie, your Angelfish Angela or your Salmon Sally. You can name your goldfish Goldie or Goldwin. You can also name them Finnigan or Gillian in general.

Pronunciation Names

Some people name their fish Bob or Tom and tell others that their fish can pronounce its own name. Try and find other names with a single syllable that can also garner the same effect.

Triplets and Quadruplets

If you have three fish, you can name them Larry, Curly and Moe based on the classic comedy series The Three Stooges. What if you have four fishes to name? Then, you can call them Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Mo.

It’s really fun finding a suitable name for your pet fish. Knowing the fact that your fish cannot come and bite you for giving it a funny name, often unleashes your creativity and comedy side in you. So, have fun inventing funny pet names for your fish!

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  1. Lindsay Dean
    Posted May 21, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Ah, fantastic article! I’m still laughing at Puffy the Vampire Slayer!!! Too cute! I’m thinking about getting a new betta fish soon, and I’ve been trying to come up with a good name! This article definitely gave me some ideas!

  2. ed
    Posted May 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    My Siamese fighting fish was named Gill. I’m not sure if he liked it or not.

  3. britt
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    master betta!

  4. Jen
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 4:45 am

    I’m just getting some new fish, I’m thinking about calling them Splish, Splosh and splash! :)

  5. Krystal
    Posted August 30, 2008 at 5:25 am

    I love Alpha for a siamese fish… I have had mine for a month and still haven’t named him. Good job :)

  6. bacardi
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    britt- i luv ur suggestion! i’m naming my betta that =)

  7. kookookaykay
    Posted September 16, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I just got a beta today! I’m thinking about “Captain Cupcake!”

  8. noooobody
    Posted September 17, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    neh neh neh, name it aquarius!!!!!! bleh
    or uhhhhhhhhh
    squishy!

  9. Sarah Elizabeth D.
    Posted September 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    my fishes are white and ornage( I have two) And ones name is Colbey the other is Jack

  10. Name
    Posted October 12, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    I named my siamese fighting fish “curtains”

  11. Alex dogpile
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 12:59 am

    hey jen you gave me gr8 idea SPLISH, SPLOSH, SPLASH wicked thanks 4 da help!!!!!

    WHATS A BETTA??????????

  12. Me
    Posted November 3, 2008 at 7:43 am

    hmm… could use more triplet fish names.

  13. someone
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Dory

  14. Missy
    Posted November 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    alex,
    a betta is another name for a siamese fighting fish
    they have nice flowing fins and can grow up to about
    7cm long. I am thinking about getting one and i did
    alot of research for all of there needs but i still
    haven’t pin pointed a name. i think i will wait to
    see its personality. i have 5 ideas of a name. but
    im still not sure, would any care to help ?

    ideas;
    Chill
    Popcicle
    Icecube
    Chilly Pepper
    Hot Tamally.

  15. me2
    Posted December 12, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    I have two guppies. One is white, orange, and reddish, and the other is blue and black with orange spots on its tail. I am trying to think of names for them that will be a pair. Any suggestions?

  16. VERLON
    Posted December 22, 2008 at 2:24 am

    I HAVE TO GOLD FISHASHDFILSHKSG

  17. noons
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    i have two gold fish one is black and one is orange the shop keeper aat the shop i bought my orange gold fish from said that i had to call him damien because thta was his name. i just bought a black goldfish with big eyes a few hours ago and i have decided to call him mo.

  18. blah
    Posted January 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    NAME A BETTA PIPPA!!!!!!!

  19. doodah
    Posted January 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    name your fishie mr. valentino gult wigglesworth:)

  20. fishfrenzy!!!!!!!
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I have a blue beta it like to swim around in circles all day. I thought about calling him circly or swim circle but my best friend said it was totaly lame. I cant think of a name any cool ideas???

  21. fishfrenzy!!!!!!!
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    dont you agree

  22. ilylittlefishy
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 4:55 am

    ha im calling one of my fish beef.
    isn’t just the perfect name?
    if anyone is looking for a name they could call it sammy after sammy the salmon. look it upp on youtube its by the chemical brothers… you could call another one FatLip.
    im considering it :)

  23. nessy
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    i have 2 fish called ronnie and reggie after the kray twins

  24. Home Skillit
    Posted February 14, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Be silly with it!!

  25. Chikka bee
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 6:15 am

    i really dont no what to call mine im thinkin valentino after the doctor valentino rossi,, its a blue betta with red in its ttale.. im really stuckk..?

  26. KKKEKE
    Posted March 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    HAHA i love fish.. LOL!! :)

  27. STOLER =P
    Posted April 2, 2009 at 12:35 am

    OMG im gunna call it mr. valentino boofy wigglesworth!! SPANX DUDE =]

  28. jess rox
    Posted April 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

    nemo and hippo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  29. Mike
    Posted April 30, 2009 at 12:37 am

    My fish are named:

    Admiral Shinyscales
    Lara Fin Boyle
    Huckleberry Fin

  30. Posted May 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

    We have a goldfish called Blacky, which is handy cos his (human) daddy’s surname is Mackey…so he’s Blacky Mackey!

  31. lo_girl
    Posted May 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    i just got a yellow colored betta fish and I named him Neiman (as in neeman) He also has a middle name. so his full name is Neiman Carter! How cute?

    my sister just got a blue male betta and she is having trouble naming him. any ideas?

  32. Courtney
    Posted May 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    My betta was Fin Diesel

  33. Tobi
    Posted May 16, 2009 at 6:24 am

    If you have a fish that you think is pretty,name it Ran,the japanese word for water lilly.

  34. Tobi
    Posted May 16, 2009 at 6:32 am

    lo_girl,
    Name your fish Nami.
    It means wave.
    ~;P,
    Tobi

  35. Jay
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Haha cool names here and the ideas seem endless. Some of these names might not be suitable for children!

    Goldilocks
    Puff Daddy / Mommy
    Angel Blue
    Sir Swim-a-Lot
    Wet Willy
    Woody
    Pinky
    Doobie
    Mary Jane…..LOL
    Cha Cha

  36. Chica
    Posted May 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I have three fish. Their names are Sailor, Popeye, and Francisco. I just call them the three amigos for short.

  37. pepper
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I think a cute name for a pair of fish would be
    Romio and Juliet :D haha

  38. Someone
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I have two betta fish, a blue green and white one, and a red and purple one. But i dont know what to name them! any help???

  39. Lexi
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I just won two gold fish at the carnival and i have know idea what to name them. Any help here?!

  40. emily
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    hey guys, i dont know what to call my fish, im getting one in a few days and i want to confirm a name before he comes home! its a siamese fighting fish. an ideas!!!???

  41. emily
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    hey guys me again! please read the massage before this, seriously, im desperate! please please please give me some fish names!

  42. fish
    Posted June 8, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    name your fish Dog.

  43. jojjja
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Master Bait

  44. Posted June 19, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Hmmmm, this all smells a little fishy to me.

  45. Posted July 19, 2009 at 4:39 am

    My siamese fighter is named FABIO!
    I guess I named him that ‘cos of his fabulous colouring: electric blue, purple and red!!!
    I now have two (I assume, female) dwarf gouramis, they are either neon or powder blue.
    Why are some fishes so difficult to identify!! ??

    Well name suggestions, anyone?
    Hydra, Tetra, Iris, Sushi, Kierra, Pearl, Teal top my list…

  46. jonnybuchan
    Posted July 23, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    my fish is a gold metalic koi and looks slimey in the pond and so… it is named sir sabre the slimey :)

    other names could be…
    torpedo
    gremlin
    sunshine
    gollum
    big red
    galaxy
    gump
    igor
    marble
    snowy
    frosty
    goliath
    jaws

  47. Posted August 2, 2009 at 3:16 am

    i just got 5 goldfish 3 called Mort,Hucklebery Fin and Wet Willy i also have a pair of swords called Brad and angelina

  48. Posted August 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Name your betta fish masta!
    Masta betta
    Hahahaa

  49. rlnintendo
    Posted August 16, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Fish Frenzy,
    you should name your fish circ (like circ[le]) or radius, half the diameter of the circle or something along those lines…
    hope that helped…

  50. leigha
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 2:58 am

    haha i have 2 betta fish ones black and a light teal color but looks all black and the other is a light purple and dark magenta color I just named them Elvis (purple one) and either Galaxy or Kai for the darker one

  51. Wojda
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 10:45 am

    If you like games and movies like I do, choose names you’ll easily remember,such as:

    Tetris
    Fin Diesel
    Fabio
    Fish and Chips
    Chopstick
    Ditto
    Darth Finnious/Finnius/Finius
    Finman (Batman)
    Dunk
    Shark Bait (Ooh ha ha!)
    Scuba
    Harry Splosher
    Lord EatThemAll
    Gobble
    Homer

  52. KiraraDiamonds
    Posted September 20, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I named my betta Vince Gills.

  53. a person with a life who just happened to be on this site for a laugh (ie to laugh at you!)
    Posted September 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    i think you guys are so sad especially missi – GET A LIFE!!!

    btw my fish’s name is SHARK BAIT (ooh ah ha)

  54. cashlin
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 11:17 am

    My goldfishes names are Shiny, Treasure, Patrick, Spot, Pal, and Chetos.

  55. LEXI
    Posted November 1, 2009 at 10:40 am

    THANKS SO MUCH JONNYBUCHAN I AM NAMINGMY FISH FROSTY MARBLE

  56. victoria
    Posted November 1, 2009 at 10:41 am

    THANKS SO MUCH JONNYBUCHAN I AM NAMINGMY FISH FROSTY MARBLE

  57. cooldude
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I have 2 betta

  58. Posted November 8, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    thanxs 4 the names im gonna name mine
    LION
    TANKER
    LUNCH
    FLOAT
    JAWS
    FABIO
    PIRANHA
    SUSHI
    TUNA
    AND BAIT
    if you have any more names for me plz adress your comments to Ms<3

  59. Kirstyyyyyy
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Im buying a gold fish tomorrow.
    My last fish was Downy, he couldnt swim properly.
    Now im tossing up between
    Dr. Phil
    Oprah
    &&
    Carlos

    im waiting too see what he looks like.

  60. Posted January 22, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Why dont one of you or all of you looking for a pet name try out

    barnabey,
    blubber,
    freddy
    bubbler or squishy

  61. Rekha
    Posted January 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I hav 2 Golden fishes…i named them Nemo n Ruby [:)]

  62. Brittany
    Posted February 7, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I have just brought two fish one a Bronzey color and 1 a Orange color and i just dont know what to call them !!! Any Ideas

    Thanks alot

    Brittany.xx :)

  63. Kaitlyn
    Posted February 11, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Mine is sharkbait and shamoo! I love them!

  64. Posted February 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    im gonna call mine norman my bros is moontrain my bro is awesome with a capital A

  65. Andrea
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Mine\’s name is PORKCHOP :) i\’m considering Rambo or Popsicle for his new friend

  66. Cassidy
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 12:50 am

    the last two goldfish that i had were “Goldie Hawn” and “Kate Hudson”

  67. Posted May 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Who remembers the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? It provides a plethora of suitable names for your fishy friends. My favorite for a dopey duo would be Bebop and Rocksteady. A few other suggestions, taken from my running queue of fish names, are:

    -Bruno (for flamboyant fish)
    -nibblenuts (for fish which like to sniff other fish’s butt holes, kind of like dogs)
    -Professor Blumpkin (just because you get to say blumpkin)
    -mrbojeeber (got this name from a friend in 9th grade. it just sounds like a fish name)
    -Shredder (inspired by TMNT, for aggresive, fin nipping/shredding fish)
    -Brown eye (i.e. asshole fish)
    -Scarface (for fish with battle scars on their face, either from running the world’s biggest fish drug cartel or fights with other fish).
    -2Pac (for gangster fish)

    If none of the names above suit you, then, in the words of Ludacris, go BLOW IT OUT YOUR ASS!

  68. Whoopi
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    We named our goldfish Filet-o (as in McD’s filet-o-fish).

  69. Tim
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    My first pet betta was named Gilbert Sullivan Baxter III. He was sick from the get-go, and only lived close to 1 year.

    The next betta was named Poseidon. Tough little fish, lived over 2 years.

    My current betta is named Mr. Bumpkins.

  70. master betta
    Posted August 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Bazookadora Thexplora was my last betta’s name. I’m debating with my roommate between Pamplemousse and Fatlip Swayze. (see ’salmon dance’ and ‘tpb’)

  71. samantha fontana
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    can some one help me i just got my beta and i dont know what to name it

  72. katiee
    Posted October 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    cadbury
    peanut
    sushi
    moe
    snip
    noodle
    doodle
    nemo
    puffy
    blubber
    gobble
    homer
    cheesepuff
    hope i helped

  73. Posted October 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    neat!

  74. EDINa
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    i love the name WASABI

  75. Haley
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    My goldfishs name is Whoopi ;D Whoopi Goldfish

  76. JayElle
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 6:57 am

    my two bettas are called Kenobi and Diego :)

  77. JT
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

    in the past I’ve had flubber gusher, gobbler, ranklin bumfluffin the 3rd, waffle banger, jinja ninja – i can’t remember the rest- if i got more I’d call them lucky, week & f****d because they’d be f****d & they’d be lucky if they lasted a week I’m s**t with goldfish.

  78. Random
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Ice cube
    2pac
    Scarface
    MJ
    Chiko
    Domino
    Jack and Jill 
    Romeo and Juliet
    Midori
    Baileys 
    Alize
    Ivy
    Saphire
    Soho

  79. Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    i have 2 fish and named them boney and clyde

  80. Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    sorry i mean bonnie and clyde

  81. Aimee
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    You can never go wrong with Fluffy McSwimpants or Professor Tittiberger.

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