100+ Awesome and Fun Pet Turtle and Tortoise Names

Updated on May 17, 2020
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Layne is an animal lover and grew up in a household full of rescued critters. She is a registered veterinary technician.

Popular Pet Turtle Names
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Great Name Ideas for a Pet Turtle or Tortoise

We're all familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles, Squirtle, and sea turtles, and while these iconic characters and species offer some naming inspiration, there are a lot of names out there just waiting to be heard! Whether you have a male or female turtle, pick a name that means something special.

Tips for Choosing a Name

Here are some some leading questions to help guide you in your name selection:

  • What species of turtle do you have?
  • What does your turtle look like? Colors, patterns, behaviors?
  • What is your turtle's personality? Shy? Bold? Fast? Slow?

What Are the Most Popular Types of Pet Turtles?

Most common of all is the Red-Eared Slider, an aquatic turtle. It is very common throughout the U.S. and nonnative in some areas. They have the characteristic red stripe along the head. Other popular species include the African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle, Ornate Box Turtle, Wood Turtle, Painted Turtle, and the Russian Tortoise.

Turtle or Tortoise?

"Turtle" refers to marine turtles or sea turtles (aquatic species). Tortoises are land species. Although sea turtles may be both terrestrial and aquatic, tortoises keep to the land.

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Cute Pet Turtle Names for Girls

Roxy
Lola
Kimmy
Blink
Pebble
Peony
Arrow
Aurora
Doodle
Flower
Roberta
Sammy
June
Cleo
Zoe
Dhalia
Dori
Birdie
Chica
Bam Bam
Bonnie
Rosie
Willow
Roo
Rio
Tierra
Coco
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Cool Pet Turtle Names for Boys

Maximus
Scooter
Swimmy
Rooster
Chip
Beau
Ace
Echo
Racer
Tank
Apollo
Trix
Raptor
Rowdy
Randal
Jax
Joker
Captain
Rebel
Scout
Dude
Cody
Oliver
Clay
Ender
Danny
Texas
Dallas
Rider
Zeke

Funny Tortoise Names

Beast
Bruiser
Speedster
Champ
Speedy
Trasher
Dino
Thor
King
Wilma
Birdie
Princess
Ripley
Ninja
Warrior
Slider
Box
Crusher
Jaws
Wizard
Draco
Magic
Zippy
Shifter
Kiwi
Dragon
Saber
Orion
Falcon
Medusa
Skippy
Rabbit
Bon Bon
Kahlua
Cuddle
Missy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Name Inspiration

Name
Traits
Mask Color
Leonardo
The brave leader; two swords. Named after Leonardo da Vinci
Blue Mask
Michelangelo (Mikey or Mike)
Goofy, surfer-type; carries nunchakus
Orange Mask
Donatello (Donnie or Don)
The scientists or genius; non-violent.
Purple Mask
Raphael (Raph)
The toughest; carries sai.
Red Mask

Pokemon Turtle Name Inspiration

Name
Type
Squirtle
Water
Wartortle
Water
Raichu
Electric
Abra
Psychic
Golem
Rock, Ground

Fun Facts About Turtles and Tortoises

One of my turtles, a Red-Eared Slider, is named Squirtle—he was only 1-inch in diameter when we got him, and now he's nearly 10 inches long and 20 years old! Turtles have an amazing lifespan. The green turtle, also know as the honu in Hawaiian, has been known to live upwards of 70-100 years!

Turtles have an incredible feature called the carapace—their shell. It works to protect their vital organs and is made up of chitin. They are known ectotherms (being reptiles) which means that their temperature is regulated by their environment. As for any pet, it's important that you meet your species' husbandry needs—reptiles especially require UV light daily!

Top 10 Pet Turtle Types/Species

© 2019 Layne Holmes

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      Unknown 

      2 hours ago

      I like the names Sheldon, Apollo, and Yertle

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      Pebbles 

      2 weeks ago

      I named my pet turtle pebbles

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      Potterhead95 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a pet tortoise (not sure what species) named Tito.

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      Olivia 

      4 weeks ago

      They look so cute

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      Tsava 

      5 weeks ago

      The names are too common ,basic and boring i want a funny weird name like groot or something not max or emily

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      Wolfie Angel 

      5 weeks ago

      I like squrtle

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      Joanna Jamison 

      8 weeks ago

      I like tortellini

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      brite army 

      2 months ago

      hi everybody

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      tamihka@hotmail.com 

      2 months ago

      Not really the best names but I did like some of them

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      Adalae 

      3 months ago

      I think splash

    • Layne Holmes profile imageAUTHOR

      Layne Holmes 

      4 months ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Alexa, I agree, Tubby is adorable

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      Alexa 

      4 months ago

      I think tubby is a really cute name!!

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      Layne Holmes 

      11 months ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hannah and King, both of those names are awesome.

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      Hannah 

      11 months ago

      I want to name my turtle Shrek

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      King 

      11 months ago

      I got an pet turtle he's name is King

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      Layne Holmes 

      12 months ago from Bend, Oregon

      I like that name Aqua! Fun

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      Aqua 

      12 months ago

      Aqua is a really cute name think about it

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      Pigmy Sheep 

      12 months ago

      Foamerina

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      Bleep 

      12 months ago

      Paddington Bear

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      Random 

      15 months ago

      Oogway from Kung fu panda

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