1,500+ Fish Names: The Most Popular Names

Funny Fish Names

Names are a very personal choice. They mean something different to each person which is really special.

This same idea is true for our pets. Choosing a great name takes time and energy but the end result will be worth it.

So where do you start?

Many of the best names come from movies, pop culture, and mythology.

There are hundreds of names out there and they can fit into a lot of different categories ranging from funny names to color-based fish names to cute fish names. The sky’s the limit.

Below we have compiled a list of over 1,500 most popular fish names that you will love.

Fish Names

Fish Names

Why stick to something bland and common such as Finn or Bubbles when there are hundreds of fish names out there?

Names like Barnie and Squidward are sure to put a smile on your face. They also make having a fish that much more enjoyable. Read 250+ Fin-tastic Fish Puns for more.

Or you could try giving your fish a wacky name to make sure it stands out.

Keep reading for hundreds of names that are suitable for any type of fish.

Funny Names

Funny
Spongebob Lazy Pops Cantaloupe
Nibbles Stanley Cookie Spooky
James Pond Frank Scrappy Boo
Speedy Big Boy Pork chop Bilbo Baggins
Jughead Shrimpy Leaf Giggles
Barnie Bozo Bug Kirby
Tricky Yoda Gustavo Barbie
Barbie Dale Brick Bubble Gum
Guy Boogie Woogie Peanut Banshee
Sushi Squirt Dumbo Minty
Frosted Flakes Duncan Goose Oatmeal
Taco Charles Harold Platinum
Gill Sassy Doodle
Ursula Tubby Sleepy Boom
Minnow Cuddles Nigel Piglet
Squish Scooter Johnson Turbo
Bait William Graham Cracker Spirit
Zigzag Algae Jellybean Dodo
Squidward Fish N’ Chips Sheldon Otis
Seaweed Pizza Elvis Rick
Smiley Brownie Boba Fett Bojangles
Fish Sticks Fry Beyoncé Chicken
Puff Daddy Lumpy Madonna Caesar
Soup Bean Nacho
Sticky Granny Waffle

Cute Names

Cute
Bubbles Lady Missy Fluffy
Swimmy Shake Frannie Lola
Finn Peas Shelly Louise
Coco Chip Bean Willow
Nemo Bert Egg Doris
Dory Hazel Lennie Edith
Checkers Doug Cruz Freckles
Callie Skipper Kevin Candy
Patches Fishy Biscuit Skittles
Spots Cutie Cinnamon Roll Marshmallow
Guppy Sweetie Pancake Cuddles
Sweetie Beau Stewie Dolly
Flipper Ivy Rainbow Donut
Nugget Kit Kat Lenie Sissy
Bonnie Chocolate Baby Phoebe
Belle Butter Bubba Gloria
Pip Cleo Minnie Moe
Thumper Rocket Mickey Coral
Beauty Winnie Pudgey Stitch
Fred Gary Annie Gracie
Buzz Shimmer Rosie Buddy
Squeak Charlie Franklin Oreo
Cookie Buster Jelly Munchkin
Lilo Bubby Sampson Isabella
Lily Crush Marley Nina

Unique Names

Unique
Picasso Turbo Jaguar Echo
Captain America Gatsby Wanda Hunter
Zeus Royal Sebastian Milo
Flynn Rider Shelly Poseidon Duke
Cinderella Tango Duchess Phantom
Bingo Tinkerbell Trixie Hercules
Princess Luna Dash Olympus
Onyx Tank Jupiter Rome
Jet Archer Aphrodite Titan
Mystique Rex Aurora Scully
Vixen Rider Sleeping Beauty Abe
Kermit Blade Fang Leonard
Jimbo Diesel Zombie Foxy
Flicker Flipper Dagger Loki
Apollo Firecracker Storm Spiderman
Pandora Python Jessie Ironman
Ophelia Charles Darwin Woody Maverick
Axel Forest Buzz Matches
Linus Da Vinci Gizmo Spade
Geronimo Michelangelo Sweet Pea Guiness
Phineas Donatello Queen Elizabeth Mambo
Skipper Ninja King Arthur Darth Vader
Hawkeye Moana Clover Vision
Lebron James Olive Strawberry Shortcake Gidget

Clever Names

Clever
Finderella Long John Silver Michael Phelps Betta Cooper
Swim Shady Tic Tac Mrs. Puff Finland
Captain Hook Rocketman Pearl Jelly Belly
Bubble Fett Uncle Salmon Aqua Bottom Jeans Gilbert
Swedish Fish Gillfriend Alicia Seas Hook
Sharkira Guppy Goldberg Lionel Messea DJ Fish
Gill Clinton Happy Gillmore Stefin Curry Scavenger
Tank Sinatra Gill Nye Bobby Filet Quentin Taranemo
Johnny Depth Marlin Monroe Filet Scuba Doo
Fish Pratt Mackerelmore Fisher Price Mishell Obama
Aqua Fin-a Fish Fieri McFish Finsta
Ann Chovy Goldie Hawn Peewee Bubbles
Betta White Jacques Cousteau Gordon Ramsea Wavey
Rocky Lady Blub Boat Megan Mackerel
M Sea Hammer Shark Bait Fin Carrey Nessie
Barnacle Boy Floater Al Shore Harry Water
Phish Stix Aurora Borealis Nemo Fish Boy
Bait Lebron Waves Shellen Degeneres Billie Eifish
Blue Moon The Loch Ness Monster Jaws Puffer
Bluemerang Gillary Clinton Great White Sebastian
Bug a Blue Miss Fishy Carpe Diem Harley Finn
Harley Finn Mr. Fish Mr. Dar-Sea Commander Fin
Swim Shady Blue fish Smurf Pisces
Jack Frost Leonardo Di-carp-rio Aries Tank Ocean
Tina Tuna Darth Baiter Bettaface Filet

Saltwater Fish Names

The ocean is a beautiful place with so many amazing creatures including fish.

A lot of great saltwater names are related to the ocean but your name does not have to be. Names like Sailor, Malibu and Caspian are some of the best but others such as Percy, Moon and Boots work just as well.

Read our extensive list of awesome saltwater fish names below…

  • Salty
  • Ocean
  • Maddie
  • Scout
  • Rascal
  • Murphy
  • Louie
  • Corky
  • Percy
  • Roxy
  • Breezy
  • Atlantis
  • Lana
  • Island
  • Wavey
  • Tide
  • Sailor
  • Maui
  • Caspian
  • Hurricane
  • Malibu
  • Rio
  • Aquarius
  • Bahama
  • Scuba
  • Marlin
  • Orca
  • Jelly
  • Dominic
  • Brit
  • St. Thomas
  • Rico
  • Typhoon
  • Knot
  • Ocean
  • Morgan
  • Brooke
  • Bass
  • Captain
  • Reef
  • Dylan
  • Black Beard
  • Maya
  • Jordan
  • Daytona
  • Sydney
  • Surf
  • Drifter
  • Atlas
  • Scuttles
  • Explorer
  • Blue
  • Ray
  • Poseidon
  • Fisher
  • Roger
  • Tempest
  • Davy
  • Red
  • Blackbeard
  • Meg
  • Gilligan
  • Gulliver
  • Tackle
  • Jet
  • Breezey
  • Coral
  • Kai
  • Ariel
  • Shellington
  • Crab
  • Journey
  • Trip
  • Flip
  • Mary
  • Flounder
  • Shore
  • Aqua
  • Turtle
  • Hawk
  • Plank
  • Timber
  • Ferdinand
  • Moon
  • Hank
  • Cruise
  • Splash
  • Pirate
  • Oakley
  • Woody
  • Beacon
  • Dora
  • Boots
  • Minnow
  • Admiral
  • Hook
  • Anchor
  • Bell
  • Corporal
  • Diver

Freshwater Fish Names

Freshwater fish are a popular choice for aquariums. There are so many incredible species out there such as Angelfish, Bettas, or Cichlids.

These species have their own unique colors, markings and behaviors which makes finding a name a lot of fun.

You can go the simple route with names such as Angel or Oscar, or you can go a little goofier with names such as Priscilla or Marshmallow.

Below are some normal, silly and downright cool names inspired by freshwater fish…

  • Tiny
  • George
  • Bailey
  • Morgan
  • Ship
  • Bubbly
  • Cleo
  • Rainbow
  • Marshmallow
  • Pretzel
  • Toby
  • Steel
  • Presley
  • Plum
  • Amelia
  • Benny
  • Alpha
  • Hannah
  • Jamie
  • Priscilla
  • Ron
  • Killian
  • Russel
  • Diamond
  • Opal
  • Swan
  • Angel
  • Gups
  • Neon
  • Cherry
  • Cory
  • Goldie
  • Cool Cat
  • Kilo
  • Betty
  • Simon
  • Beauty
  • Blink
  • Barb
  • Oscar
  • Brittany
  • Zebra
  • Molly
  • Plato
  • Disco
  • Pearl
  • Hydra
  • Venom
  • Peace
  • Sword
  • Trigger
  • Adolfo
  • Africa
  • Red
  • Skate
  • Gail
  • America
  • Greeny
  • Moby
  • Finley
  • Bubba Gump
  • Bruce
  • Brad
  • Chad
  • Jewel
  • Crystal
  • Astra
  • Beau
  • Buffy
  • Caspian
  • Comet
  • Eclipse
  • Dexter
  • Cay
  • Einstein
  • Fiona
  • Fabian
  • Henry
  • Jenny
  • Peaches
  • Jasper
  • Fresh
  • Magnolia
  • Misty
  • Orion
  • Plankton
  • Penelope
  • Riley
  • Sampson
  • Sydney
  • Gordon
  • Houdini
  • Otter
  • Snapper
  • Sassy
  • Surfer
  • Caramel
  • Foxy
  • Ginger
  • Nala
  • Tigress

Betta Fish Names

These little guys are actually known as Siamese fighting fish and they come in a rainbow of colors. Their distinctive colors means there are a lot of possibilities for names…

Betta Fish Names
Abby Latte
Alex Lavender
Annabelle Leila
Apple jack Lisa
Babe Lucky
Bay Lucy
Becca Luigi
Bessie Luke
Blush Maple
Bruno Marina
Brutus Mario
Bunny Max
Butterscotch Mistletoe
Camilla Molly
Cammie Murphy
Candy Nancy
Cane Natalie
Carli Natasha
Cheerio Nutmeg
Chester Olivia
Chestnut Oprah
Cloudy Orchid
Corn Oscar
Cory Paris
Daphne Peanut
Denver Peppa
Destiny Pink Panther
Diva Piper
Doll Punch
Dottie Ruby
Earl Rudolph
Eden Sadoe
Ellie Sally
Emily Sandra
Evie Seth
Ferb Sherman
Freeze Sparky
George Spike
Golden Starlight
Heather Taffy
Hero Ted
Isla Teddy
Jade Tiny
Java Tofu
Jess Tomato
Joy Topaz
Kendall Trudy
Kiki Violet
Killer Willie
Lagoon Yeller

Names By Color

Orange Fish Names

Fish come in a lot of different colors.

Are you thinking of getting a bright addition to your tank? Or maybe you already have one but do not know what to name them. Either way we have you covered.

Black fish provide lots of opportunities for dark names such as Bear and Midnight. You can even consider spooky names too.

Yellow fish can be named after foods, pop culture and even nature. Lemon, Star and Poppy are just a few examples.

White fish can thrive with names such as Orchid, Athena and Pearl.

If these names are not doing it for you, then check out the list below for more ideas for blue, red, white, black, orange and yellow fish.

Blue Red White
Bluey Rose Whitey
Skye Berry Snowball
Blue Blaze Ice
Blueberry Watermelon Winter
Neptune Cherry Casper
River Apple Ghost
Aqua Copper Moon
Ocean Miss. Scarlet Glacier
Wave Strawberry Athena
Winter Ariel Orchid
Rain Elmo Daisy
Raindrop Red Elsa
Jay Clifford Angel
Dory Flame Polar
Splash Rusty Great White
Azul Ruby Salty
Violet Rosy Bones
Ice Cube Coralline Icicle
Aquaman Flower Coconut
Sapphire Robin Vanilla Bean
Lapis lazuli Phoenix Sugar
Peacock Ginger Dove
King Merida Milky
Clammy Lava Blizzard
Indigo Mars Pearl
Plum Chili Jaws
Lupine Pepper Pearly white
Iris Ketchup Diamond
Jeannie Sienna Quicksilver
Jean Santa Shimmer
Galaxy Chestnut Tornado
Squirtle Dragon Domino
Aquamarine Holly Frosting
Mermaid Ladybug Sundae
Blue moon Lipstick Bear
Cookie Monster Poppy Cream
Puddle Chrysanthemum Frost
Navy Saffron Cotton
Royal Big Red Mayo
King Crabby Beluga
Bailey Newt Luna
Memphis Crimson Igloo
Buster Tomato Mayo
Joy Rhubarb Misty
Levi Camellia Snowflake
Denim Lovebug Frosty
Eeyore Bloom Whale
Dolphin Petunia Blanco
Blue Moon Maple Eskimo
Smurfette Autumn
Black Orange Yellow
Shadow Orangey Star
Night Pumpkin Sunny
Twilight Penny Sunshine
Midnight Citrus Poppy
Coal Sweet Potato Happy
Black Bear Cheesey Banana
Black hole Tiger Goldie
Batman Dorito Goldilocks
Eclipse Peaches Noodle
Blacky Charmander Cheeseball
Sirius Black Carrot Lemon
Bear Apricot Butter
Astro Bronze Daisy
Licorice Fiery Mellow Yellow
Panther Goldenrod Popcorn
Ash Cider Kernel
Blackjack Mango Eggs
Gloomy Savannah Dandelion
Grim Cheeto Lightning
Smokey Sherbert Ducky
Raven Candy Corn Pikachu
Hazelnut Sunset Omlet
Coffee Sunrise French Fry
Inky Fanta Butterscotch
Squid Clementine Honey
Soot Ember Sandy
Halloween Amber Crackers
Quinn Nevada Stella
Black Beauty Creamsicle Cheddar
Dr. Pepper Desert Simba
Fudge Blossom Flounder
Tux Curry Buttercup
Slate Penny Corny
Diesel Muffin Flash
Wolf Cinnamon R2-D2
Checkers Falcon Pikachu
Bolt Cheetah Mustard
Noir Cupcake Neon
Pepsi Coral Electric
Soda Flash Blondie
Smokey Gingersnap Big Bird
Pepper Goldfish Comet
Stella Pumpkin Pie Summer
Dakota Garfield Sunflower
Rocky Lantern Tang
Puma Mimosa Chips
Ebony Juice Saffron
Mickey Mouse Paprika Giallo
Espresso Ms. Frizzle Sol
Dusty Ron Lemonade

How To Pick The Perfect Fish Name

Picking the perfect fish name is not easy.

There are millions of names out there, so where do you start?

Break out a pen and paper and start brainstorming the first names that come to your mind. This will help you to get the ideas flowing. Figuring out what you like and do not like will make it so much easier to narrow down your list of names.

You can base your ideas off of your fish’s appearance or their personality. Maybe your fish has black spots that remind you of pepper, or, maybe they are red like a rose.

Looking at behavior and personality is a great way to find a name that really represents who your fish is.

Observe them for a few days and take note of any specific behaviors such as swimming speed, aggressiveness, how much they eat, etc. For example if they like to float in one place they could be named Floaty.

Is your fish kept with another fish? If so, you could give them names that go together such as Romeo and Juliet or SpongeBob and Patrick.

Additional name ideas could come from books, movies, hobbies, famous people, holidays etc. The list really is endless.

Hopefully this list helps you on your naming journey!

Summary

To pick the perfect name for your fish you should spend some time watching them.

Do they have any special markings? What color are they? Do they behave a certain way? What kind of fish are they? All of these questions can help point you in a good direction.

Once you have narrowed down your list, you can always try out a few names until you find one that works for you and your fish.

There really is no right or wrong way, so do not worry. It is completely up to you.

We hope this compilation of fish names helped to spark some inspiration within you and helped you to find a name for your new friend.

Let us know in the comments section below the name you chose for your fish…

David Thomas Author Bio Picture
David Thomas leads the team at Everything Fishkeeping as the Editor-in-Chief. David has been keeping fish since he was a child. In his first tank he kept goldfish and since then he has kept over 30 different species. Now he has 4 separate tanks and his favorite is a 100 gallon freshwater tank with a school of Rasboras, Tetras and Loaches.