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Fish Name Generator

Are you getting a fish? Your new friend is going to need a name, and fortunately we have 225+ fish names you have to check out!

Our guide to fish names is packed to the gill with ideas that are popular, cool, funny, famous and more.

You’ll walk away with plenty of inspiration for finding the perfect fish name. And hopefully you’ll pick out a favorite name or two.

After all, we’re hooked on these creative fish names and think you will be, too!

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Top Fish Names

Let’s get started with the top fish names. They represent the most popular names that fish owners can’t get enough of right now.

The list is a combination of classics that have stood the test of time for decades along with emerging names that are rising the ranks.

We’ve included both the top female names and male names, if you know the gender of your fish or are simply taking your best guess.

Check these out and see if any are right for your new aquatic animal.

Top Female Fish Names

  1. Angel
  2. Ariel
  3. Baby
  4. Coral
  5. Crystal
  6. Dory
  7. Ella
  8. Elsa
  9. Goldie
  10. Jewel
  11. Luna
  12. Minnie
  13. Nala
  14. Nessie
  15. Penny
  16. Pixie
  17. Queenie
  18. Rosie
  19. Sunny
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Top Male Fish Names

  1. Blue
  2. Bubba
  3. Bubbles
  4. Captain
  5. Finley
  6. Finn
  7. Flipper
  8. Flounder
  9. Jack
  10. Jonah
  11. Louie
  12. Lucky
  13. Moby
  14. Nemo
  15. Oscar
  16. Shadow
  17. Spot
  18. Squirt
  19. Tiger
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Cute Fish Names

A cute creature like a fish is certainly deserving of a cute name. And you’re in luck because we have plenty of adorable ideas ahead.

Tiny, colorful and full of zest, a fish will melt your heart with their pretty appearance.

If you’re smitten with your sweet new pet, these cute fish names might just be the right fit for you. They’re vibrant and charming, just like your fish!

  • Addie
  • Angie
  • Annie
  • Babs
  • Beau
  • Billie
  • Buffy
  • Buttercup
  • Callie
  • Callista
  • Cassandra
  • Clementine
  • Cookie
  • Cupid
  • Dobby
  • Doc
  • Dora
  • Dorothy
  • Duchess
  • Fanta
  • Fara
  • Fiona
  • Flower
  • Frannie
  • Freckles
  • Genevieve
  • Gordy
  • Gracie
  • Guppy
  • Hattie
  • Henry
  • Houdini
  • Izzy
  • Jelly Bean
  • Kiko
  • Lady
  • Marble
  • Nellie
  • Nibbles
  • Olive
  • Ollie
  • Paulie
  • Quimby
  • Sandy
  • Snapper
  • Sprite
  • Surfer
  • Swimmer
  • Toby
  • Ziggy
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Funny Fish Names

If you like to laugh, you won’t want to miss out on these funny fish names. They’re silly, zany and packed full of puns.

Everyone needs a good laugh these days, and these fun names will surely bring a smile to the face of everyone who meets your beloved pet.

Fish owners can’t get enough of these funny names, and we think you’ll love them, too.

Are these the funniest fish names out there? You Betta believe it!

  • Alpha Betta
  • Ann Chovi
  • Bait
  • Beluga
  • Betta Midler
  • Bob Marlin
  • Bubba Gump
  • Captain Hook
  • Captain Jack
  • Captain Morgan
  • Carpe Diem
  • Catch-22
  • Darth Bait-er
  • Eddy
  • Finz Kafka
  • Floatsam
  • Genghis Karp
  • Gill
  • Gilligan
  • Guppi Goldberg
  • Happy Gillmore
  • Harley Finn
  • James Pond
  • Jaques Cousteau
  • Jenna Fish-er
  • Jetsam
  • Lake Skywalker
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Lil Yachty
  • Mackerelmore
  • Marlin Brando
  • McFish
  • Michael Phelps
  • Norman Baits
  • Plankton
  • Puff Daddy
  • Reel Beauty
  • Rin Fin Fin
  • Salty
  • Sashimi
  • Shell Gibson
  • Sushi
  • Swedish
  • Swim Shady
  • Tank Sinatra
  • Tuna Turner
  • Vince Gill
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Cool Fish Names

When you think about it, fish are pretty cool characters. They just go about their business, swimming around without a care in the world.

With this in mind, you could explore cool fish names that are sleek and stylish.

We love these names because they’re sophisticated and distinct and will help your fish stand out from the pack. Or should we say school?

As you continue to explore ideas, take a look at these cool fish names and see what you think.

  • Ace
  • Ajax
  • Aldo
  • Aqua
  • Astra
  • Astro
  • Atlantis
  • Azure
  • Batman
  • Bayou
  • Blue
  • Brook
  • Buffy
  • Calypso
  • Casper
  • Caspian
  • Cayman
  • Celeste
  • Cleopatra
  • Comet
  • Cordelia
  • Crimson
  • Delta
  • Dexter
  • Diana
  • Diva
  • Draco
  • Drake
  • Einstein
  • Electra
  • Fabian
  • Fiona
  • Glimmer
  • Great White
  • Grouper
  • Harley
  • Harlowe
  • Haven
  • Hunter
  • Hydra
  • Isabella
  • Jacques
  • Jasper
  • Juliet
  • Jupiter
  • Kai
  • Kraken
  • Leilani
  • Magnolia
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Marina
  • Misty
  • Moana
  • Morgan
  • Murphy
  • Neptune
  • Orca
  • Orion
  • Penelope
  • Poseidon
  • Rex
  • Ripley
  • River
  • Rocky
  • Romeo
  • Roxy
  • Sebastian
  • Shadow
  • Silver
  • Starlight
  • Sydney
  • Tallulah
  • Tetra
  • Tidal
  • Tsunami
  • Ursula
  • Veiltail
  • Whale
  • Xena
  • Zeus

Famous Fish Names

Pop culture is full of famous fish. They’re featured in movies, cartoons, literature and more.

As you search for fish names, why not take a look at these famous ideas and see if any are a fit for your new pet.

You could go with the name of cartoon you remember and love, or simply select a moniker you like.

Either way, we think these names will provide plenty of inspiration. (Or should we say fin-spiration?)

  • Cleo – Geppeto’s goldfish in Pinnochio
  • Dory – Finding Nemo
  • Flounder – The Little Mermaid
  • Jabberjaw – Jabberjaw
  • Lenny – Shark Tale
  • Mr. Limpet – The Incredible Mr. Limpet
  • Marlin – Finding Nemo, Nemo’s dad
  • Nemo – Finding Nemo
  • Otto – Dr. Seuss book A Fish Out of Water, goldfish
  • Mrs. Puff – SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Rainbow Fish – children’s book The Rainbow Fish
  • Swimmy – children’s book Swimmy
  • Wanda – A Fish Called Wanda

Final Thoughts

What did you think of these names? Did any fit your fancy for your new fish?

We hope you found this guide to fish names inspiring, and hopefully you found at least a few ideas you like.

When naming any pet, it’s always a good idea to write down any idea that interests you and then narrow it down from there.

Once you have a list, gradually narrow it down one by one until you find the one that’s right.

Sometimes, though, it’s tough to narrow down the list when you have so many good ideas. In that case, these tips can help you quickly find the right option from your list of fish names.

How Do You Pick The Right Name?

Here’s an important question: how do you know if you’ve picked the right name for your fish?

These tips can help narrow down your search:

  • Is it easy to say? Some names are great on paper but tough to pronounce in everyday life. Before you become set on a name, make sure it rolls off the tongue because after all, you’ll be saying it many times once the fish joins your family!
  • Does it fit your fish? Check to see if the name matches your fish’s personality and appearance before committing to a name.
  • Say it out loud. Can you imagine saying the name out loud? If not, then it’s not the right choice. Move on and select something more appropriate.
  • And finally, trust your gut. Ask any new pet owner: when you find the right name, you’ll know it!