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50+ Creative Goldfish Names From Blaze to Twinkie

Brainy Bunny is a freelance editor and has a master's degree in Greek and Latin Philology.

What will you call these little guys? How about Blaze, Diamond, and Citrine?

What will you call these little guys? How about Blaze, Diamond, and Citrine?

What's in a Name?

I remember the joy and excitement I felt when I got my first goldfish as a child. We already had a tank of tropical fish, but this was my very own finned friend that we won in a carnival game at a block party (back when people still thought it was okay to use living creatures as prizes). Against all odds, my goldfish lived a long life in a little rectangular tank on our coffee table and was even later joined by a pet store friend. I named the first fish Flipper and the second one Aviana, a name that a friend and I coined by joining our first names together. It sounded exotic to us, and the goldfish didn't seem to mind.

But those were the days before the internet. Nowadays, we can do endless research on the most popular goldfish names (Goldie, anyone?) or the most creative (Super-cali-fragilistic-expiali-goldfish). Here are some suggestions that may help you find the perfect name for your finned friend.

Looks like a Creamsicle and a Twinkie to me. (See the cream-filled center on the goldfish on the right?)

Looks like a Creamsicle and a Twinkie to me. (See the cream-filled center on the goldfish on the right?)

Names Based on Color or Pattern

Goldfish come in many different colors. Besides the stereotypical bright orange color, common goldfish also come in red, white, black, and yellow. Fancy goldfish have all of these colors and may also have patterns such as dots, stripes, or even calico. Choosing names based on your goldfish's color or pattern make for a memorable and descriptive moniker.

  • Orange: Golda, Goldie, or Golden. If you want a classier tank, name your fish the word for "gold" in another language! The name Zahava means "golden" in Hebrew, and sounds fairly exotic; Aureus is the same in Latin.
  • Black: Raisin or Prune work for a wrinkly-looking fish; Velvet for a smooth one. Night or Thunder bring darkness to mind. A chubby one could be Walrus or Seal.
  • Red: Penny, Blaze, Flame, Ruby, Garnet, or just plain Red.
  • White: Frosty, Snowball, Marshmallow, or Pearl.
  • A fancy oranda or pearlscale fish with a bright orange hood could be Carrottop or Ginger.
  • Mixed orange and white: Tiger or Tabby if striped; Creamsicle or Twinkie if the pattern is irregular.
Hey, Nosy, what are you looking at?

Hey, Nosy, what are you looking at?

Names Based on Personality

Some goldfish don't seem to have much going on in their tiny little heads, but other fish manage to display flashes of personality. What's your goldfish got going on?

  • Curious: Nosy, Snoopy, or Hello
  • Shy: Ninja or Shadow
  • Social: Party Time, Friendly, or Bubbles
  • Smart: Dr. Gold
  • Gluttonous: Jaws, Killer, Gator, or Greedy
  • Boss of the fishtank: The Goldfather, Big Fish, or Alpha
  • Tiny-brained fish: Dory, after the blue tang in Finding Nemo.
Meet the Goldfishians.

Meet the Goldfishians.

Names for Pond Goldfish

If you're lucky enough to have a goldfish pond of your own, you certainly know the joy of sitting by the edge after a long day, watching your fish dart here and there, perhaps coming up to say hello if you sprinkle a little food on the water. Your pond goldfish are individuals, but they're like a family, too. Why not choose names that work together in groups?

  • Spices (according to color): Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Paprika, Cinnamon
  • Pop culture icons: The Goldfishians (e.g., Kim Goldfishian, Khloe Goldfishian, etc.)
  • Characters in a favorite book or movie: With their large family and red hair, The Weasleys from the Harry Potter books would make an ideal goldfish family.

Whatever names you choose, enjoy your fish, keep them happy, and take good care of them.

Questions & Answers

Question: What should I name my goldfish if it's a troublemaker?

Answer: Try something cute like a combination of "fish" and "mischief" -- Fischief?

Comments

Eden on July 05, 2020:

Hi guys my sis found a name but i had no luck will have ton try another website

Faith on January 24, 2020:

Can someone please tell me a website to find creative names for black fish

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on April 28, 2019:

Jess, you should name her whatever you like! i think that's a wonderful name.

Jess on April 21, 2019:

I called mine silverstream from warrior cats because she has a silver belly but im not sure I should name a fish after a cat

Evie on January 23, 2019:

I just got a orange fish today and I can’t decide what name

alyssahorsey girl on October 19, 2018:

hi I just got two new fish today one is a platy with skin colour near its face and orange on its tail I called it Disney because it looks like it has a micky mouse head on its tail and I got a fat gold fantail goldfish with a white spot on its belly and I called it Flynn but I have a goldfish which is dark orange with black lips and a tail and I don't know what to call it I was thinking ace or ninja which one do you like?

Khloe 101 on September 16, 2018:

I got a goldfish from the fun fall fest. I had 12 balls I gave my grandma the last one, and yeah his name is cantaloupe

Kittylovergirl on May 19, 2018:

We found a random fish in a zip loc with water on a bench at my extravaganza at my school and for almost an hour no one took it so we kept it and took it home, it's a little thin goldfish fish that has white and its stomache what's a good name, we were thinking of golden, shimmer, glimmer, cheetah ,sunset, any of those good

Fish owner on January 06, 2018:

I got two fishes today. A black one and a gold one. I named my gold one Cheeto but I don't know what to call the black one

fish lover 123 on December 12, 2017:

Hi! I'm getting a new goldfish and I need a name. I'm considering The GF, Gloria, Salt & pepper, spice, joy, Zahava or Flynn. I'm open for new suggestions too of course!

Fish ceeper on December 08, 2017:

I have two fish one is all gold but the top on its back and the other one is all white and gold on his head

Sophia on October 27, 2017:

"Dinner" or "Sushi" are also a good name for goldfish.

Angilina on October 14, 2017:

I have a goldfish that across the top of his body is black and his tail is black while the rest of him is gold what should I name him?

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on September 17, 2013:

Hi, Fish Friend. Finz is a great name. If your other goldfish has black tips on his fins, why not call him Gloves or Socks? (You can always spell the name with a Z to match your other goldfish's name, of course!)

Fish friend on September 16, 2013:

He is light orange with black tips on his fins

Fish friend on September 16, 2013:

I have 2 gold fish. I can only think of one I named it finz what would be another cool name to go with that?

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on September 18, 2012:

Thanks, Ann. Bala sharks are beautiful -- I'm glad you found inspiration for a great name!

Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on September 17, 2012:

Cool names and really great pictures. I enjoyed it very much. I don't have any goldfish, but I named my Bala sharks Bruce and Lucy. I call Bruce Brucy. He's named after the shark in Finding Nemo - my favorite Pixar film.

Voted up.

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on September 05, 2012:

Thank you, Glimmer. I think cartoon character names are great for goldfish, especially if they're undersea characters like Sponge Bob and his buddies or the Snorks. (I'm sure your daughter must not know the Snorks, but weren't they fun? Man, I miss the cartoons of my childhood!)

Claudia Mitchell on September 05, 2012:

Fun hub. We leave the naming of the fish to our daughter so they are always named after cartoon characters.

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on August 31, 2012:

Hi, Janis. I love to watch fish while I'm eating, too -- as long as I'm not eating fish! I think naming your pets is very common, even if they're not cuddly like a cat or dog. It helps people form attachments, and motivates them to care for their pets' health and safety.

Janis Goad on August 31, 2012:

I love watching fish swim in an aquarium, but never had one. I never thought of naming them. I love going to Chinese restaurants that have a huge aquarium, with plants and rockscapes, and a variety of fish drifting up and down, fins trailing. Very peaceful.

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on August 31, 2012:

Thanks, GoodLady. Flish Fish is a great name -- it makes me picture little fins flashing through the water!

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on August 31, 2012:

Adorable. We called ours Flish Fish. Such a cute Hub.