40 Pet Turtle Names

Updated on February 5, 2016

If the Ninja Turtles are cool enough to have awesome names, then any pet turtle should have an awesome name! After all, you have a pet turtle because you know they’re as cool as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, right? Right.

Types of Turtles

Turtle or Tortoise? Tomato, tomotto? I think not! Most turtles are omnivores, live in water and have webbed feet to easily navigate their habitats while tortoises are herbivore land-dwellers that have rounded feet. Here, we will focus on the most common pet turtles.

  • Red Ear Slider Turtles: These are those turtles that are most common at a pet store, and they can grow up to 11 inches long! Their name obviously comes from the bright red in the ear area.

  • African Aquatic Sideneck Turtle: Another common pet turtle that can grow up to 8 inches in length. They are names after an interesting feature that is unique to them, their cute, little neck folds.

  • Painted Turtle: This is a rather colorful breed of turtle, hence the name “painted” turtle. Their colors are quite vibrant and they can grow up to 7 inches in length!

  • Ornate Wood Turtle: Although these turtles enjoy swimming, Unlike the other turtles who need more water than land, these need more land than water so that they can bask. They can grow up to 9 inches. If you’ve ever seen these turtles before, you’re aware of the beautiful, vibrant patterns on the shells!

  • Caspian Pond Turtle: This turtle can also grow up to 9 inches and require a decent amount of space for basking. They are a gorgeous mix of browns, red and yellows, and are also a pretty common turtle to have amongst turtle fans.


Choosing a Terrific Name

Now that you are somewhat familiar with the different, common turtle breeds, it’s time to go over a few tips to come up with turtle names!

  • What kind of turtle do you have? Think about the features unique to your turtle.

  • If you have many turtles, give them names that will help you to tell which one is which.

  • What colors and patterns are on your turtle’s shell or skin? This can help you come up with a few if you pay close attention!

  • Does your turtle seem to enjoy the water or land more? Think wet or dry.

  • Think about famous turtle names: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Finding Nemo, A Turtle Tale, and so on.

  • Think about general turtle features: They live in a shell, move slowly on land but pretty fast in water, have webbed feet, and much more.

  • Consider common human names; they are members of the family, right?

Now when it comes to picking turtle names, anything really goes, but if you follow the tips above, it will probably make it a bit easier to come up with some suitable ones for your specific pet. Here’s a list of names to get you thinkin’:

Boy Turtle Names

Mr. Turtle

Girl Turtle Names


Famous Turtle Names


Funny Turtle Names


Enjoy Your Pet Turtle

Whether you already have your turtle or you are about to go to the pet store, every turtle should have a name just like you would name any other pet that you bring into your house. Turtles are a lot of fun to watch as they move about their little habitats and over time, you can really build up a loving relationship with them!

Although they may seem like a low maintenance kind of pet, they actually require quite a bit of work. You need to make sure that the home you provide them is the right temperature, you keep their tank or habitat nice and clean, you feed it the diet that it needs, and give them plenty of attention like you would any dog! Every pet needs a bit of TLC, just some need it in different ways than others.

Once you do have your turtle and a name picked out, keep a close on on it and be wary if you notice sabers or nunchucks! Turtle power!

Kitten Riding Turtle

Questions & Answers


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        Crystal 2 days ago

        I'm going to name

        mine Pepsi :)

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        Libby 12 days ago

        I’m going to name mine snappy

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        Aiden 3 weeks ago

        You know what Shelly.

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        Aiden 4 weeks ago

        I’m going to name my turtle Shelby!

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        Matt 4 weeks ago

        Isame inspired me to name my turtle Turt Cobain

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        Laci 5 weeks ago

        my turtles name is Paddles :)

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        Isame 5 weeks ago

        Better name


        Turt Reynolds

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        weronika 6 weeks ago

        i got a name for a boy turtle 'Pico'

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        Lindsy 7 weeks ago

        Little turbo could be a good fit for humorous names

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        Skylar 7 weeks ago

        Ha! Speedy!

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        Tracy 2 months ago

        We have one at the nursing home I work at named Cornflake.

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        Anna 2 months ago

        I have 2 turtle they are amazing luckycharm and sammy my two babies

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        Daniyela Hensterston 2 months ago

        My turtles name is YahYah

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        yogithamosa@gmail.com 3 months ago

        i call it torti

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        Tessa 3 months ago

        My turtles name is bubbles and my other turtles name is nubs

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        Ariana Grande 3 months ago


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        Rachel 4 months ago

        I recommend Darwin as a boy turtle name!

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        harry 4 months ago

        my turtle is called coco and cosmo

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        max 4 months ago

        I currently have 8 tortoises and there names are ( bulldozer, Gucci, peaches,shell shocker, tulip, negrito , ebony, ivory .

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        Francisco Hernandez 4 months ago

        My to pets turtles names are Logan and lily

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        Emma 4 months ago

        Pickle is a really good names for female turtle.

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        Ace 5 months ago


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        michael 5 months ago

        Marshall is my pet penny turtle, he is called that because, Ma-shell.

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        bri 5 months ago

        mickey & skyler

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        Zara 5 months ago

        My to turtles called leafy and planty leafy is a girl and planty is a boy and they are so cute

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        Harley 5 months ago


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        Sarah 5 months ago

        Barry and Allen!

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        Oliver 6 months ago

        my two pet turtles names are SHELBY and SLIDER. Shelby is a girl and Slider is a boy

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        Foxx 6 months ago

        My turtles name is tafiti

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        Adeel 6 months ago

        Helpful and easy to find a great name for my pet turtle

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        Luna 6 months ago

        This website is very help ful now my turtles name is Luna

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        anonymous. 6 months ago

        jimmy shimmy

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        Someone . 6 months ago


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        brianna mendez 7 months ago

        my turles name is angelo

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        Chloe 7 months ago

        Turtles name is squirt and nickname is snapper

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        Madyson 7 months ago

        Dewy the turtle

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        Toni and holly 8 months ago


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        Jaimee 8 months ago

        Good and very funny I love it

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        Heather 8 months ago

        cool, very helpful:):):)

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        DayDay 8 months ago

        Wurdle the turtle

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        Berdie 8 months ago

        Arizona is also a nice name

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        arielle 9 months ago

        i like the name potolemy

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        Maggie 9 months ago

        What about the name sumo? Or slowpoke?

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        Peyton 10 months ago


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        April 11 months ago

        How about ironic names, like "Barry Allen" or "Sloth"?

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        Rose 11 months ago

        Because rose is a pretty name and. My turtle is a rose

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        skyfoster 11 months ago

        speedy is my new turtles name lol

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        Future Turtle Owner 12 months ago

        Hey, I have my list of names which include:




        Thanks! I'm hoping to add more on different sites...

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        Kimberly 12 months ago

        I don't know what to name my 2 month old baby turtle

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        Turtle 12 months ago

        What if you don't know if your turtle is a girl or a boy?

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        Jordan 12 months ago

        These names are cute

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        TurtleFacts101 13 months ago


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        Ell 13 months ago

        The names are good

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        Taylor 13 months ago

        I have a pet turtle and I named it Lily

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        Hi 13 months ago

        I named her Toppy


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        BJRP 13 months ago

        What about the name gladiator

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        Abigail wilson 14 months ago

        These r bad names they need good ones bad

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        TurtleLover 15 months ago

        My turtles name is Lucy but we don't know what breed of turtle Lucy is or gender

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        Yo 15 months ago


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        TURTLE LOVER21 17 months ago

        what about scooter or napoleon

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        Anna 22 months ago

        How about the name "slo-moe?" You could shorten it to moe

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        poo 2 years ago

        lol so bad names

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        mr.wigggles 2 years ago

        or ms/mrs.wiggles

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        TSAD 4 years ago from https:// www.consumeraffairs.com/ online/ hubpages. html

        Cool turtle hubs! Like you I like to educate people about turtles too!


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