100 Names for Pet Crabs

Hermit Crabs, Fiddler Crabs, and More

Name ideas for hermit crabs

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Popular pet crabs include hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, and a few other varieties of freshwater crabs. Depending on the species you get, you may have that crab for up to 30 years. Make sure you pick a name that can go the distance with your pet. Take a look at 100 names—male, female, silly, and unique—for your pincer pal.

Top Crab Names

  • Bait
  • Claude
  • Claudia
  • Claws
  • Crabcake
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Groucho
  • Heidi
  • Herman
  • Hermione
  • Kermit
  • Sebastian
  • Shelby
  • Shelldon
  • Shelly

Tips for Naming Your Crab

Hermit crabs and fiddler crabs are the most popular types of pet crabs you will encounter in the pet trade. If you are looking at getting a hermit crab, they can live for up to 30 years. Pick a classic name that will not lose its luster after a couple of years. You should be safe giving a trendy name to a fiddler crab as the average lifespan of those creatures is 2 years. You might want to wait a few days before naming your pet. Observing the new pet's personality or characteristics before landing on a name. Also, if you get two, look at names for pairs of pets to get inspiration for your duo.

Fun Fact

Many people are not aware that hermit crabs are not crabs. They are similar to true crabs in that they are decapod crustaceans, but they do not make their external hard shell. To protect their soft body, they must find a discarded shell to inhabit.

Girl Crab Names

It can be very difficult to tell if you have a male or female hermit crab. If your crab naturally extends out of its shell a lot (very rare), you might notice two tell-tale dots in the back pair of walking legs. If you want a feminine name for your crab, take a look at a few that might work.

  • Abby
  • Angelica
  • Aphrodite
  • Blondie
  • Brittany
  • Carolina
  • Cherry
  • Claudia
  • Coco
  • Coral
  • Gabby
  • Heidi
  • Hermilia
  • Hermione
  • Hydra
  • Jade
  • Marina
  • Molly
  • Sandy
  • Zoe

Boy Crab Names

It is usually easy to tell if you have a male fiddler crab, it will have one claw that is significantly larger than the other. Take a look at a list of male names for your crabby guy.

  • Apollo
  • Arnold
  • Billy Bob Joe
  • Blaze
  • Bob
  • Bruce
  • Brutus
  • Buddy
  • Burt
  • Chuck
  • Claude
  • Dudley
  • Elmo
  • Elvis
  • Harold
  • Henry
  • Herbert
  • Herman
  • Kermit
  • Nigel

Pop Culture Crab Names

You can always turn to pop culture, literary references, or memorable movies for a fitting name for your aquatic or land-dwelling friend. Sebastian from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is perhaps one of the most popular crabs of all time, although Edward Scissorhands gets extra points for its humor factor.

  • Ariel
  • Bubba Gump
  • Cancer
  • Captain Ahab
  • Captain Hook
  • Charmander
  • Dory
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Kraken
  • Mr. Krabs
  • Mr. Limpett
  • Nemo
  • Poseidon
  • Quasimodo
  • Seabiscuit
  • Sebastian
  • SpongeBob
  • Squirtle
  • Tamatoa

Unique Crab Names

What makes your crab unique is its own mannerisms or the way it carries itself (literally). You might observe that your crab like to hideout in it shell. Perhaps your sideways walker scuttles or digs a lot. These descriptions can easily yield a name unique to your pet.

  • Bashful
  • Bubbles
  • Claws
  • Copper
  • Crabby
  • Crabette
  • Crabina
  • Crabmeister
  • Crusty
  • Digger
  • Nipper
  • Pincer
  • Pinchy
  • Poopsie
  • Recluse
  • Salty
  • Scuttle
  • Sideways
  • Snappy
  • Squirt

Funny Crab Names

Do you have a cantankerous crab? It just might make a suitable Groucho, Peeves, or Prickle. You can go for a play on words like Lenny Krabitz. Or, get an easy chuckle with a pun referring to its shell or alluding to crab on the menu.

  • Backhoe
  • Backspace
  • Bait
  • Big Mac
  • Biggie
  • Crabcake
  • Groucho
  • Grumpy
  • Lenny Krabitz
  • Leonardo DaPinchy
  • Peeves
  • Penny Pincher
  • Prickle
  • Rocky
  • Sashimi
  • Seamore
  • Shelby
  • Shelldon
  • Shelly
  • Sushi

A to Z Crab Names

AB

  • Abby
  • Angelica
  • Aphrodite
  • Apollo
  • Ariel
  • Arnold
  • Backhoe
  • Backspace
  • Bait
  • Bashful
  • Big Mac
  • Biggie
  • Billy Bob Joe
  • Blaze
  • Blondie
  • Bob
  • Brittany
  • Bruce
  • Brutus
  • Bubba Gump
  • Bubbles
  • Buddy
  • Burt

C

  • Cancer
  • Captain Ahab
  • Captain Hook
  • Carolina
  • Charmander
  • Cherry
  • Chuck
  • Claude
  • Claudia
  • Claws
  • Coco
  • Copper
  • Coral
  • Crabby
  • Crabcake
  • Crabette
  • Crabina
  • Crabmeister
  • Crusty

DH

  • Digger
  • Dory
  • Dudley
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Elmo
  • Elvis
  • Gabby
  • Groucho
  • Grumpy
  • Harold
  • Heidi
  • Henry
  • Herbert
  • Herman
  • Hermilia
  • Hermione
  • Hydra

JN

  • Jack Sparrow
  • Jade
  • Kermit
  • Kraken
  • Lenny Krabitz
  • Leonardo DaPinchy
  • Marina
  • Molly
  • Mr. Krabs
  • Mr. Limpett
  • Nemo
  • Nigel
  • Nipper

PR

  • Peeves
  • Penny Pincher
  • Pincer
  • Pinchy
  • Poopsie
  • Poseidon
  • Prickle
  • Quasimodo
  • Recluse
  • Rocky

SZ

  • Salty
  • Sandy
  • Sashimi
  • Scuttle
  • Seabiscuit
  • Seamore
  • Sebastian
  • Shelby
  • Shelldon
  • Shelly
  • Sideways
  • Snappy
  • SpongeBob
  • Squirt
  • Squirtle
  • Sushi
  • Tamatoa
  • Zoe