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Trying to think of a good name for your octopus can be tough. But don't worry, we've got you covered!
Here are 90 wonderful octopus names, each with its own special meaning.
90 Great Octupus Names
- Ahab: The name of the captain in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, a novel about a whale.
- Ahtu: In mythology, this was the name of a god of the underworld.
- Ariel: The name of the main character in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, as well as the name of a spirit in Jewish mythology.
- Babylon: The capital of ancient Mesopotamia, this was one of the largest and most influential cities of its time.
- Bakar: A strong and powerful octopus name.
- Bluebeard: An unusual octopus name for a blue-colored octopus.
- Calamari: A popular seafood dish made from squid, which is closely related to the octopus.
- Calypso: In Greek mythology, this was the name of a nymph who held Odysseus captive for seven years.
- Circe: In Greek mythology, this was the name of a witch who turned Odysseus’s men into pigs.
- Cleopatra: The last pharaoh of Egypt, she is one of the most famous women in history.
- Dagon: In Semitic mythology, this was the name of a god of fertility and agriculture.
- Delilah: In the Bible, this is the name of the woman who betrayed Samson by cutting his hair, which was the source of his strength.
- Diana: In Roman mythology, this was the name of the goddess of hunting, the moon, and nature.
- Eight: A nickname for the octopus, based on its number of tentacles.
- Eight Ball: A simple yet appropriate octopus name.
- Esther: The heroine of the Biblical book of Esther, she is best known for her part in saving her people from extermination.
- Europa: In Greek mythology, this was the name of a princess who was abducted by Zeus and taken to Crete, where she became the first queen of that island.
- Eve: In the Bible, this is the name of the first woman, who was created from Adam’s rib.
- Gaia: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the goddess of the earth.
- Googly: Another nickname for the octopus, based on its large eyes.
- Grampus: A large dolphin or whale.
- Hades: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the god of the underworld.
- Helen: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the most beautiful woman in the world, whose abduction by Paris sparked the Trojan War.
- Hera: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the queen of the gods, the wife of Zeus.
- Hermione: The daughter of Helen and Menelaus in Greek mythology, she was betrothed to Orestes but married Pyrrhus instead.
- Inkblot: A black spot left behind by an octopus or squid when it emits ink.
- Isis: In Egyptian mythology, this was the name of the goddess of motherhood and nature.
- Jacqueline: A French feminine form of Jacques, this name was borne by the wife of John F. Kennedy.
- Jasmine: A plant name, it is also the name of a princess in Disney’s Aladdin.
- Jennifer: A Cornish form of Guinevere, this name has been used in the English-speaking world since the 20th century.
- Jessica: The feminine form of Jesse, this name was popularized by Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice.
- Juno: In Roman mythology, this was the name of the goddess of marriage and childbirth.
- Kraken: A mythical sea monster said to resemble an octopus or squid.
- Leviathan: Another mythical sea monster, this one from the Bible.
- Loligo: A type of squid.
- Lorelei: In Germanic mythology, this was the name of a mermaid who lured sailors to their death with her singing.
- Medusa: In Greek mythology, this was the name of a Gorgon whose hair was made of snakes. Anyone who looked upon her was turned to stone.
- Mollusc: A soft-bodied creature, such as an octopus, squid, or clam.
- Nautilus: A type of sea creature related to the octopus.
- Nematode: A type of parasitic worm.
- Nemo: The main character in the popular Pixar movie Finding Nemo.
- Octane: From the Latin word for “eight.”
- Octave: A musical interval of eight notes.
- Octavia: A Latin name meaning “eighth,” this would be a great name for an octopus born in October.
- Octet: A group of eight people or things.
- Octopod: An octopus or a related creature, such as a nautilus.
- Octopus: The Latin name for the octopus, from which the English word is derived.
- Ocypode: A type of crab that lives in the ocean.
- Oligocene: The eighth epoch of the Cenozoic Era.
- Olympia: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the goddess of marriage and childbirth.
- Onyx: A type of stone with bands of color, from the Greek word for “eight.”
- Ophelia: A Shakespearean name meaning “help”, this could be a good name for an octopus that is particularly friendly or helpful.
- Orca: The scientific name for the killer whale, which is actually a type of dolphin.
- Orion: A constellation containing the stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.
- Osmium: The eighth element on the periodic table.
- Otto: A Germanic name meaning “eight,” it is also the name of a type of engine.
- Pegasus: A mythical flying horse.
- Phoebe: A moon of Saturn, it is also the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet.
- Pluto: The ninth planet from the sun, it was formerly considered the eighth planet.
- Polyphemus: A giant in Greek mythology with only one eye.
- Pontius Pilate: The Roman governor who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
- Poseidon: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the god of the sea.
- Procyon: The eighth brightest star in the sky.
- Prometheus: A Titan in Greek mythology who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans.
- Pyrimidine: A type of organic compound that contains nitrogen.
- Quasar: A type of astronomical object that is extremely bright.
- Quidnunc: A Latin name meaning “what now,” this would be a good name for an octopus that is always curious and exploring.
- Quintet: A group of five people or things.
- Rhea: The wife of Cronus and the mother of Zeus in Greek mythology.
- Robert: A Germanic name meaning “bright fame, ” it is also the name of several kings of France.
- Ronald: A Scottish name meaning “world ruler,” it is also the name of several kings of Denmark.
- Sagittarius: A constellation of the zodiac, it is represented by an Archer.
- Sahara: A desert octopus name.
- Saturn: The sixth planet from the sun, it is the second-largest planet in the solar system.
- Scylla: In Greek mythology, this was the name of a sea monster with six heads and twelve tentacles.
- Septet: A group of seven people or things.
- Siren: In Greek mythology, this was the name of a type of creature that lured sailors to their death with their singing.
- Taurus: A constellation of the zodiac, it is represented by a bull.
- Tempest: A good name for an octopus that is particularly active or lively.
- Thalassa: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the goddess of the sea.
- Titania: In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this was the name of the queen of the fairies.
- Ursa Major: A constellation that contains the stars Polaris and Dubhe.
- Ursula: In Disney’s The Little Mermaid, this was the name of the sea witch who turned Ariel into a human.
- Vesper: The Latin word for “evening,” this would be a good name for an octopus that is most active at night.
- Vortex: A whirling or spiral shape, this would be a good name for an octopus with particularly distinctive markings.
- Willow: A water-dwelling tree, this would be a good name for an octopus that lives in a freshwater habitat.
- Yamamoto: A Japanese name meaning “base of the mountain,” this would be a good name for an octopus that is particularly strong or powerful.
- Yin: In Chinese philosophy, this is the feminine principle, representing darkness, stillness, and the moon.
- Ymir: In Norse mythology, this was the name of the first being, a giant born from the drops of water that formed when the ice of Niflheim met the heat of Muspelheim.
- Zeus: In Greek mythology, this was the name of the king of the gods.
How to Come Up With Octopus Names?
If you're looking for octopus names, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, since these creatures are so unique, you'll want to choose a name that reflects their one-of-a-kind nature.
Additionally, since they're often associated with the ocean, you may want to consider names with maritime themes. Finally, since they're known for their intelligence, you may want to choose a name that implies cleverness or cunning.
There you have it—a list of 100 octopus names to choose from. Whether you're looking for a name for your pet octopus or you're just curious about these fascinating creatures, we hope this list has been helpful. Do you have any favorite octopus names that didn't make our list? Feel free to share them in the comments below!
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