Sam knows from experience that no pet is as nonjudgmental as the fish in your tank. Here is a list of names for your beloved aquatics.
To some people, fish are just nameless animals floating in a tank for entertainment, but you are better than that. Fish deserve entertainment, quality of life, and (of course) a good name. Because you won’t be calling them very often (or at all), it’s okay to pick a longer name and get creative. Sometimes fish have first names, last names, and even middle names.
Whatever you pick, make sure that you'll be happy and proud of it. It’s also important that the name fits the fish’s physical appearance and personality. I hope these funny and creative name ideas will inspire you come up with your own ideas.
Without further ado, here is a comprehensive list of fish names for every swimmer in your tank.
The Most Popular Boy and Girl Fish Names
- Magikarp: Name of a classic Pokémon that later evolves into a dragon
- Sushi: A name dripping with irony . . . and maybe soy sauce
- Nemo: The young fish in the classic children's film Finding Nemo
- Delta: The fertile land where a river meets the ocean
- Dory: The main character in the children's film Finding Dory
- Bait: Another ironic name (hopefully)
- Long John Silver: Pirate in the the classic story Treasure Island
- Neptune: Roman god of the sea
- Atlantis: Mythical city, swallowed by the sea
- Taco: Total power move
- Flipper: Name of a famous dolphin
- Nugget: Great name for a goldfish
- Salty: Like the oceans
- Bubbly: Cute name for a cute fish
- Aquaman: King of Atlantis, and by extension, of the seas
- Stew: Perfect for a fish on a Friday
- Goldie: Classic name for a goldfish
- Cici: Pronounced "SeaSea", it names the ocean twice!
- Ariel: Name of the Little Mermaid
- Rainbow: Great name for a colorful fish, and a reminder about sharing
Punny Names for Pairs of Fish
- Tic and Tac
- Splish and Splash
- Ebb and Flow
- Han Solo and Chewbacca
- Phineas and Ferb
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Beyoncé and Jay-Z
- Mary Kate and Ashley Ocean
- Aqua and Fina
- Sea and Weed
- High Tide and Low Tide
- Rocket and Man
- Oopsy and Daisy
Funny Names for Fish
- Guppi Goldberg
- Ann Chovy
- James Pond (a.k.a. James Bond)
- Genghis Karp
- Phish Styx
- Uncle Salmon
- Salmon and Gillfunkel
- Gill Clinton
- Bill Nye the Science Fry
- Happy Gillmore
- Bubble Fett
- Tarter Sauce
- Swim Shady
- Swedish (after the candy Swedish Fish)
- Tuna Turner
- Marlin Monroe
- Alpha Betta
- Nat Kingfish Cod
- Mr. Fish
- Goldie Hawn
- Tiny Fin
- Fish Fieri
Clever Fish Names
Sir Francis Drake
Stream or Streamer
Aegir (Old Norse god of the sea)
Little Blue Fish
Chicken of the Tank
Creative Name Ideas
Famous Names for Male Fish
- Elvis Fishley
- Johnny Dash
- Jack Sparrow
- Willy Wonka
- Han Solo
- Brad Pitt
- Channing Tatum
- Stephen Curry
- Lebron Waves
- Johnny Depth
Famous Names for Female Fish
- Wonder Woman
- Princess Leia
- Lara Croft
- Meryl Stream
Betta Fish Names
- Betta White
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- Lil’ Finsta
- Fancy Pants
Tiger Pleco Names
- Frosted Flakes
- Black Panther
How to Come Up With Names of Your Own
Physical Appearance: What does your fish look like? You can think of some really creative things associated with its color or its size. Is it red? Name it Fire Engine or Sriracha. Is it colorful? Name it Unicorn or Skittles. What if it's a fat fish? Name it Balloon or Blimp.
Personality: Fish have personalities too! Is your guy a fighter or a chill fish who just likes hanging out? If he or she is feisty, name them Fiesta or Ruckus. If the fish is calm, name it Pacific or Serenity. How about a fish that is really fast? Name it Rocket or Racer.
T.V. or Movie Characters: You can name your pet after a character on T.V. or the big screen that you really love. How about Indiana Jones or Rey from Star Wars? You can even think of a sports star you admire, such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, or Lionel Messi. Think outside the box and you’ll be sure to find the perfect moniker.
Lexie on September 01, 2020:
Hi im looking to find 11 names for my nans baby fish so i just write them down and my nan is choosing some but bye xxx
By:Liyla's fun toys channel on August 26, 2020:
Well i got my fish just yesterday shes so butilful and her fins almost look like rainbow
Fishies on August 22, 2020:
Here are some ideas for pairs
Pepper and Pumpkin
Amber and Tiger
Jet and Bandit
Astro and Flash
Ace and Astro / Astra
Comet and Luna
Hope Y'all Enjoyed!
Avery on August 22, 2020:
Beyoncé yassssss I’m gonna name my fishie Beyoncé
Samantha on August 20, 2020:
i just got 6 new fish
one named Ozzy the other don't know yet
Adrian on August 02, 2020:
I personaly like the name cooper
gdcxbdggfgdgv on June 29, 2020:
this site was sooooo helpful! my favorite one were dinner, weed, and mr.fish
Caroline R. on June 28, 2020:
I’m naming one Stark and the other Iron. ((Marvel reference, lol don’t kill me-))
??? on June 19, 2020:
Do harley finn for a fish with different coloured eyes
Addison on June 13, 2020:
Have 2 new goldfish called Bubbles and nugget
Laney on June 04, 2020:
I have 4 fancy goldfish named: kelpy G.(shubunkin) , Swim shady, mega mind (both Orandas) and beyonkay (I don’t know the breed), I also have a tire track eel named: Ghini (short for Lamborghini) and I have two rainbow barbs: bob and Stuart. And I also have two freshwater shrimp named ketchup and mustard.
FishJess on June 03, 2020:
Fountry on May 31, 2020:
Ally on May 28, 2020:
I have three fish. Now named bubbles, pearl, and flipper.
Layla on May 17, 2020:
This name means black beauty this name is is most likely for a black girl fish
Beatrix on May 16, 2020:
this really helped when naming our guppies
b on May 05, 2020:
shoulda named em phineas and ferb
S on April 15, 2020:
Thanks got 2 black Molly's sushi and slushy
John gosbell on April 11, 2020:
Female name calypso Annabelle
Hunter on March 30, 2020:
Thank you I have named my guppy goldy
Rille on March 13, 2020:
Thanks now I have a name for my beta its crown
monica on March 09, 2020:
a little bit of monica in my life
twin finns on March 03, 2020:
I got two identical Goldfish and I think I'm gonna name them Phineas and Ferb or tweedle dum and tweedle dee
Rhonan on February 11, 2020:
i need help naming my Big-headed goldfish.
Autumn on February 04, 2020:
My fish just passed away today, his name was swim shady..
Luna on February 01, 2020:
Hi my fish name is Luna
FISH GOD on January 31, 2020:
FOR A GOLDFISH CHEWBACCA OR SUSHI
ZOMBIE CAT on January 23, 2020:
i got a new pleco fish today and im either thinking of magikarp,black panther,chevy,dodge,atlantis
. on December 30, 2019:
I got 3 fish at first, two mollies and a platie. My mollies were Sushi, and Luna and my platie is Crimson. Then sushi and Luna Died so I got a rainbow shark, a emrald bottom feeder, and a dwarf flame gourami. Rainbow shark is Leo, bottoms feeder is Jumbo(cause he’s so small) and I have yet to name my gourami! Crimson, Leo, jumbo, and the gourami get along perfect!
Ann chovy on December 08, 2019:
Ann chovy. That’s perfect
Unknown on December 06, 2019:
I rote down a whole of names and after did process of elimination
CJ on November 27, 2019:
Well I have 6 babies guppies and I don't know which one is wich after naming them. Lol :)
Your mom on November 21, 2019:
Imagine introducing your fish named "Weed"
Kayden on November 01, 2019:
I just got a betta fish for my birthday which is tomorrow and I can’t Think of a name it he is red and blue
Grace/Ocean on October 26, 2019:
i like Grace because it is cute and Ocean because it is cool
Killer on October 17, 2019:
Me and my friend love Black Panther
Abigail on October 13, 2019:
This was SO helpful! Thank you so much, now all my fish have cute names!
Jeff on October 10, 2019:
It’s a good name
Please help! on October 09, 2019:
I’m getting a new fish tomorrow I have no idea what to name it!
Troubled on October 01, 2019:
I am having heaps of trouble choosing can anyone help me? I am buying 2 fish and I have no idea what they will look like!
Joel on September 22, 2019:
Called my fish obie
Maddie on August 12, 2019:
I’m getting an adorable little gold fish and I have no idea what I want to call it I want the cutest name ever please help me
lovemesomecatfish on July 28, 2019:
this is so helpful, we found very successful names. thank you pethelpful, you saved my Monday!!
Reese on July 07, 2019:
I think bay bay is a good idea. I’m getting a fish tomorrow and I’m naming her bay bay.
Sophie on July 01, 2019:
Very good names.But I think u should add more names for for other breeds too like angel fish.Also best fish name site by far!
Annabeth on June 06, 2019:
Why isn't there Percy Jackson names?
Valerie on May 22, 2019:
Elvira be funny my new crowntail fish female beta
Lebron Waves on May 15, 2019:
Nice names. Lot of them had me laughing.
coby on April 12, 2019:
this is a good site but it needs a little more names your the best site out of all the ones Ive looked at l
Theresa on April 08, 2019:
I like how one of them is floate but to me I think it is a little mean
Fishopoly on April 01, 2019:
The names on this list are amazing.there is some weird ones though,like Bill Nye the science fry but other than that it’s amazing.i even came up with my own name for my fish.
dave 2 on March 25, 2019:
I Like fish fish good
Dave on March 17, 2019:
This was good. I like much good. Names for fish also good. Good good.
Ryan Vardoulis on March 07, 2019:
Gill Clinton had me laughing and I’m not a Democrat
Privacy on March 06, 2019:
Balloon bread: crunchy and easy to make!
Hailee on February 12, 2019:
Me too and they not bad names but some are not very good for a fish
Ana Hannum on December 02, 2018:
I love these names! They give me some ideas on what to name my fish! Thank you!