57 Great Names for Your Pet Fish

Even Fish Deserve a Name That Suits Its Personality

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Picking a name for your pet fish can be a lot of fun but it can also be really tricky (especially if you have a tank full of similar looking fish)! Whether it's a betta, a clownfish, or a guppy, you'll be sure to find a unique, funny, cute, or plain fish name for your scaled, aquatic friend in this list. Now you'll just need to be able to tell who is who in that school of fish.

Fictional Fish Names

Want to name your fish in honor of a make-believe fish? There are plenty of options!

  1. Cleo: Geppetto's goldfish in the Disney movie Pinnochio
  2. Larry: a Shark from the movie Shark Tales
  3. Bruce: a "friendly" shark from the movie Finding Nemo
  4. Don Lino: a not-so-friendly shark from the movie Shark Tales
  5. Dory: a little blue fish played by Ellen DeGeneres in the movie Finding Nemo and Finding Dory
  6. Nemo: a little clownfish from the movie Finding Nemo
  7. Marlin: Nemo's clownfish dad
  8. Mr. Limpet: a man-turned-fish, played by Don Knotts in The Incredible Mr. Limpet
  9. Mrs. Puff: Sponge Bob's hapless driving teacher
  10. Otto: a goldfish that grows to tremendous size in the Dr. Seuss book A Fish Out of Water
  11. Swimmy: the protagonist in the children's book of the same time
  12. Rainbow Fish: the fish who gives away all her rainbow scales in the children's book The Rainbow Fish
  13. Flounder: Ariel the Mermaid's close fish friend from the movie Little Mermaid
  14. Jaws: the terrifying shark from the movie Jaws
  15. Wanda: the luckless fish from the movie A Fish Called Wanda
  16. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, or Blue Fish: from the Dr. Seuss book of the same name

    Not Technically Fish But Close Enough for Fun

    While a purist may feel that fish should only get fish names, these other ocean-going creatures have some pretty great names too:

    1. Leviathan: a gigantic mythical sea creature
    2. Flipper: everyone's favorite dolphin (which is technically a mammal)
    3. Sponge Bob: he's a sponge, but he lives under the sea
    4. Squidward: Sponge Bob's best frenemy
    5. Sebastian: a crab, from the movie Little Mermaid
    6. Ariel: The Little Mermaid
    7. Poseidon: Ariel's father the King
    8. Willie: a famous whale (another mammal) from the movie Free Willie

    Fun and Silly Fish Names

    If you're looking for a giggle, these fish names may be perfect for your pet.

    1. Algae
    2. Algae B Eater
    3. Alpha
    4. Angel
    5. Atlantic
    6. Atlantis
    7. Bait
    8. BigFish
    9. Bubbles
    10. Bubbly
    11. Calypso
    12. Fin
    13. Finley
    14. Fish
    15. Fish N' Chips
    16. Fishy
    17. Flash
    18. Flip
    19. Flotsam
    20. General Finn
    21. Goldie
    22. Hydra
    23. Jaques Cousteau
    24. Jetsam
    25. Jonah
    26. Kraken
    27. Mahi Mahi
    28. Mr. Bubbles
    29. Mr. Nibbles
    30. Pacific
    31. Sushi
    32. Tetra
    33. Walleye

    More About Fish Names

    While the names above are great for any fish, you'll want to know much more about the specific species of fish living in your aquarium. Not only will you want to choose an appropriate name, but you'll also want to find out more about how to care for your fish. Each species needs something a little different to live a long, healthy life.