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100+ Great Ideas for Hermit Crab Names (From Bubbles to Wave)

Kristy enjoys coming up with fun lists, including awesome ideas for hermit crab names.

Hermit Crab Names: Cute, Cool, Sea-Themed, and Unique Name Ideas

Hermit crabs can make great pets. They are much lower maintenance than a cat or a dog and, unlike a fish, you can play with them and don't need to worry about things like the pH level of the water. Once the initial setup is out of the way, hermit crabs are cheap to look after, too!

The hardest thing is finding the perfect name. Here are a bunch to choose from!

Cool Names for Your Pet Hermit Crab


Coral or Coraline


Captain Hook















Cute Hermit Crab Name Ideas








Little Creep


Hors d'oeuvre






Famous Crab Names

If it strikes your fancy, you could name your crab after a famous one. I honestly couldn't think of very many, so if you can think of others, leave a comment below!

  • Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Sebastian from The Little Mermaid
  • Cancer, after the star sign and constellation
  • Tamatoa, the giant crab from Moana
  • Ms. Krabappel (okay, she's not a crab in the literal sense of the word. But she's got the word 'crab' in her name and being Bart Simpson's teacher has made her very well-known. And she's crabby. So she's on the list!)

Sea-Themed Hermit Crab Names







Scrab (sea crab)












Make sure to choose a name that fits your hermit crab's personality.

Make sure to choose a name that fits your hermit crab's personality.

Crabby Names for Your Hermit Crab


Gordon Ramsay


























Hermit Crab Translated

For an unoriginal name that sounds original, why not translate the word "hermit" or the word "crab" into different languages? Play around with Google Translate until you find a translation you like. I've translated it into some languages for you already, which you can find below.

"Hermit" in Different Languages"Crab" in Different Languages

Eremita (Italian)

Granchio (Italian)

Ermitano (Spanish)

Cangrejo (Spanish)

Pertapa (Indonesian)

Krabba (Swedish)

Pustelnik (Polish)

Krebs (German)

Name Ideas That Play on the Term "Hermit Crab"







How Long Will a Pet Hermit Crab Live?

  • In the wild, in their natural habitat, they can live up to 30 years.
  • In captivity, no matter how comfortable you make them, they will have a much shorter life, typically about two years. Depending on food, care, and environmental factors, they could live anywhere from less than a year to up to 20 years in the best circumstances.
  • The oldest hermit crab on record belongs to Carol Ann Ormes in Florida, US. Jonathan Livingston Crab is almost 40 years old. Carol Ann Ormes created a roomy, humid tank for him but also lets him roam wherever he wants.

Do Hermit Crabs Need Water?

Hermit crabs use water for drinking, bathing, and replenishing the moisture levels in their shells. But don't plop a hermit crab in a tank: Simply provide deep bowls of both fresh and salt water and let the hermit crab decide what it needs.

Can Water Hurt a Hermit Crab?

The chlorine in tap water can be harmful to hermit crabs, so if your tap water is harsh, consider using bottled water.

Can They Swim?

Not really, although land hermit crabs can go underwater without drowning. They do want to submerge under the water, but they need to be able to crawl out when they're done. Make sure your bowls have tilted sides so they can crawl in and out when they want to.

How Do You Know if a Hermit Crab Is a Boy or a Girl?

It's very hard to know for sure what the gender of a hermit crab is. Some say that hermit crabs might even be able to change their gender during their lifetimes. Even experts have a hard time figuring this out, but below, you'll find some possible clues. (Note: Never force a crab out of its shell, even if you just want to examine its body to determine the gender. It's not nice.)

  • Some say that on a large, older crab you can look at the legs to determine gender. The female will have smoother legs, while the males will be hairy or spiny.
  • The female land hermit crab has tiny openings (called "gonopores") that may or may not be visible on the first section of the back pair of her walking legs.
  • The good news is that even though you'll probably never know for sure what the gender of your hermit crab is, they do not breed in captivity, so you don't have to worry about waking up one day to find a litter of newly-hatched baby hermit crabs.
It's very difficult to determine a hermit crab's gender. You'll probably have to guess.

It's very difficult to determine a hermit crab's gender. You'll probably have to guess.

Taking Care of Your New Hermit Crab

What do hermit crabs need? How do you care for them?

  • Warmth: Hermit crabs are sensitive to the cold.
  • Fresh water: For drinking. This should be changed regularly.
  • Salt water: To clean them, bathe them in a very small amount of salt water. They should be able to climb out, which they will do almost immediately.

© 2013 Kristy Callan


heaven on September 02, 2020:

I got 2 names from here captain hook and Pinchy one is a baby and one is a teen they are so cute!!!

i have 2 hermit crabs on September 01, 2020:

my hermit crabs name is micheal and TayTay one is painted as spider man and the other one is spoungebob if i get another one i will name it jojo

Player285739 on August 26, 2020:

I think the best name is crabbe and goyle (from Harry Potter).

lemonjuicelol on August 13, 2020:

why is my hermit crab not going out of his log house i move him but he walks back to it?

Gemma on August 06, 2020:

Get 2 hermit crabs then they’ll have company

Taylor on July 29, 2020:

If there in a cold space do you put a lamp over them

Siena on July 29, 2020:

How many Hermets should I get? Also any name suggestions? Lastly any tips and tricks I should know and where can I get the stuff from (I live in Melbourne)

Kayla on July 28, 2020:

I have a 3 hermets named Roshel, Kirby, and Jeff

Zozo on July 27, 2020:

I have three new hermit crabs




Unknown on July 27, 2020:

I Think You Should Name Them Penut Butter And Jelly! Simple, But Cute

Person on July 26, 2020:

I already have Egg and Scuttle but I got 2 new hermies and I want to give them a pair name... any suggestions?

Issy on July 19, 2020:

I went to petbarn today and bought 3 hermit crabs. Im thinking of nming them Skully, hithcock and Diaz who are characters from brooklyn 99

Deciding a name on July 17, 2020:

It’s bubbles marshio or pip

beanie on July 17, 2020:

i have 3 hermies 1 is nola 2 is dalles and 3 is sqirt or billy or willy

Hello on July 16, 2020:

I named my hermit crab crumpet

AJ on July 08, 2020:

I have 4 called Pearl,Sandy,Snappy and Crabby.

Emma on July 04, 2020:

I don’t have hermit crabs yet, but we’re getting some soon! I really want to name one Rose and the other Jack (like from the movie titanic) but I’m not quite sure about names yet!!!

Amanda on July 03, 2020:

I now have three hermit crabs as of yesterday the one I already had was named Hyde and me and my siblings are not sure what we are going to name the other two buyback I want to name one sea-more

Adrianna on June 29, 2020:

My hermit crab's name is Hermit.

I Love Hermit crabs!❤️ on June 27, 2020:

I have 7 hermits Sheldon, Scorpio, Gemini, Pebbles, and lemony Snicket, SpongeBob, Squidward, I am getting three more soon I’m not sure what my little sister wants name hers but I am going to name mine Stewie and if I get two I will name the other one Herbert.

Foodifjejfijrjfkfj on June 27, 2020:

I named my hermit crab. Niblett Cu

Hugubfhh on June 27, 2020:

How old are your heremits

No one on June 25, 2020:

I decided to name my hermit crabs 1. Crusty poop 2. Edward scissorhands. And i couldnt be happier

BeCkY on June 18, 2020:

i’m gonna name my coconut or bubbles

Emma on June 18, 2020:

I'm going to name them Coconut, Salty, and Wave

poopy on June 14, 2020:

i named one of mine leonardo depinchy (not on the list)but that is a suggestion to add to the list

Fifi on June 13, 2020:

Im gonna name my little crab pearl or bubbles

Yeet on June 12, 2020:

I named mine Moe and Hershey

The one with the crab on June 11, 2020:

Name one Hermie!

Jaylynn on June 08, 2020:

Btw you should have more than one hermit crab not one

Unknown on June 05, 2020:

I am getting two hermits tomorrow and I am so excited I can’t wait. I think I am going to name one pearl but haven’t thought of a name for the second one yet maybe spongebob.

E on June 04, 2020:

I just got two hermits one is named Claudd and the other is named Tango, although Claudd pinched me twice the first day I got him. They’re both super friendly and lovable.

Nobody knows on May 24, 2020:

Im getting a hermit crab in a month if its a girl im gonna name it coral if its a boy Mr. Crabs

Adline Fisher on May 18, 2020:

Today i will be geting 3 hermits i will get 1 girl and 2 boys the girls name will be sandy , the boys names will be bubbles,and squirt! I am so exited.

Ayda on May 14, 2020:

I asked my parents and I think there convinced I might name mine Mr.Krabs or Bob

Riley on May 05, 2020:

I have one and I am getting two more! Mine is named Ace. I am thinking of naming the others after cards.

yay on April 28, 2020:

i am thinking about getting a hermit crab i think i am going to name it salty seaweed or pootie nipper or waikiki nipper

Cheyenne Rose on April 24, 2020:

I have 9 hermits mine are Sheldon, Scorpio, SpongeBob, Squidward, Gemini, pebbals, Herbert, Oscar, and pearl.

ginger on April 24, 2020:

I have two and there names are Oliver and champ and I am getting 2 more in 3 more days

MHUKJH on April 23, 2020:

How do u care for a hermit crab? Should I own 1 or 2? I'm sorry for asking so many questions but I still have more in mind.

MEH on April 16, 2020:

I got one not that long ago my hermit crab is called ginger snap

Valeena on April 11, 2020:

I got mine a while ago...their names are Emmet, Vertigo and Zepplin

Kaya on April 06, 2020:

There is 2 dots on there belly if there are 2 dots there a girl if not a boy

Easton on March 31, 2020:

How do you know if your hermit crab is a boy or a girl

No u on March 31, 2020:

hermit crabs r weird

me on March 06, 2020:


Daddy harder on February 28, 2020:

How do I know if my hermit crab is a boy or girl

katy on February 23, 2020:

your the best

123 on February 23, 2020:

i named my hermit crab coco as a girl rooky as a boy thankyou 123

katy on February 22, 2020:


Marlen on February 14, 2020:

Today February 13, 2020 I went to the beach and found two beautiful shells but I didn’t bother to take a look I get home to find out the 2 shells have crabs in them

Isabel19 on January 26, 2020:

This helped so much!!

hermie crab on January 25, 2020:

these are great names thank you!!!!!(: mine is going to be ariel or coconut

Anonymous on November 30, 2019:

If you have multiple sizes of crabs, you can always place pebbles or a sponge in your water bowls. This ensures that the biggest crabs have enough water, and that the smallest crabs don't risk drowning.

Anonymous on November 30, 2019:

Please be aware that land hermit crabs cannot breathe underwater and can easily drown. Hermit crabs do like to keep a supply of water in their shells, though, and will sit in their water bowls to replenish it. It's a good idea to make sure your water levels aren't higher than your crabs.

Hailey Dykstra on November 29, 2019:

Mines name is going to me shebeo.. ( she-be-o)

Rick on November 26, 2019:

My names are bubbles and claws

Cherrypepsi11001 on November 15, 2019:

Thank you i found the perfect name squishy

Sebastian on November 11, 2019:


emclark3 on October 25, 2019:

My boyfriend and I named ours Trinidad and Tobago

puffywuffy on October 21, 2019:

hey my hermit crab's name is puff. And do you have to bye salt water or can you put salt in water and call it a day i got him yesterday?.

Taylor on October 15, 2019:

I love the names shellby and sebastian for hermit crabs or molly and gill from bubble guppies

Keyara on October 15, 2019:

I love the name crabby it reminds me of myself when getting out of bed in the morning!

Jeff on October 12, 2019:

I love the name sashimi and and leoanardo Dapinchi on the list! It is HILARIOUS!

Lilly on October 10, 2019:

i like scrab

Lilly on October 10, 2019:

what should i name my boy or girl hermit crab?i would like it to be funny but not bad words!,

Macey on October 08, 2019:

What should I name my female hermit crab? I want it to match with the name Shelldon

Posie Shimko on August 24, 2019:

I love all of the creative names

Mic double on August 17, 2019:

Kermit the crab here

I on August 11, 2019:

I was thinking coral but they can have kids without a boy?!

Fuck boy on August 10, 2019:

I’m hella high so...

Leonardo DaPinchy on August 08, 2019:

I love hermit crabs

Jacob on August 06, 2019:

Love d m crabs

Katy on August 06, 2019:

I love hermit crabs

khloe on July 27, 2019:

i love hermit crabs

Maddison on July 26, 2019:

I love hermit crabs

Jaymee Spears on July 23, 2019:

If y’all ever heard of the rapper young pinch and y’all like him think about the name young pinchi

SavannahBell on July 22, 2019:

Thank you (Princess) for explaining how to tell the gender!!! I wasn’t sure how to.

Sam on July 22, 2019:

We go on vacation to the same place every year, but this year me and my sister want a hermit crab. I’ve been thinking of names, and I’m thinking of scuttle! What do you think?!?

Izzy on July 10, 2019:

I just got one but I had a hermit crab named Pinchiella!

LOL on June 28, 2019:

Anyone know a good name for a Hermit crab?

I was thinking Shellyor Coral.

... on June 20, 2019:

ya'll playin the best name is obviously Gordan Ramsey like whoever name they crab Hermie need to expand they horizons

Sydney Maple on June 11, 2019:

I like coconut,snappy,bubbles,wave, hermione,and Kerby

?? on June 10, 2019:

I’m named my crabs




Rea's Mangrove Hermits on June 06, 2019:

I have:






And Shrimpy.

I have one more female that is super feisty. I dont have a clue what to name her :P

Hdhdhdu on June 01, 2019:

This is really good. I just got 2 and one of them is Captain Hook!! Idk the others name but WE WILL FIND OUT! :) BUBA BUBA

A human on May 26, 2019:

My crab is now called Gordon Ramsay

i dunno on May 26, 2019:

what should i name my female crab

C.C on April 29, 2019:

What about the name Dwebble like the hermit crab Pokémon?

Mr Gamer12311 on April 28, 2019:

I have 1 hermit crab named coconut or “coco” for short and I’m thinking of getting him a new friend but I didn’t know what to name it so Im thinking if it should be sushi or pearl but i really like pearl.

Boi on April 26, 2019:

I will name my Pearl

kja on April 25, 2019:

i think im gonna name mine frank. but I liked gordon ramsey

Meredith on April 20, 2019:

I am going to be getting a hermit grab soon so thanks for the information and the names

Maggie on April 07, 2019:

Wow this is very helpful thanks! I have 3 hermit crabs. The first two I had for a year and I just got the 3rd one yesterday! There names are Hermin, Crusty and I’m still trying to figure out the name for the 3rd one :)

MY Hermint on April 01, 2019:

i have 4 and i am naming one Ariel and the other Seamore but i had to figure out the gender first thank u

My nan on March 25, 2019:

My Nan

thanks on March 14, 2019:

i mite be getting one so these were great names so thank you!

Madelyn on March 03, 2019:

I have two, I am naming them Bubbles, and Sam. Thank you so much!!

Sarah on February 25, 2019:

i a getting three hermit crabs this saturday and naming them henry,hector and hercules.

jaxon on February 20, 2019:

i have a hermit crab and his name is mr. crabs i think he is a boy i was going to name hem/her athens or bethaney .