Funny Pet Names for Fish


Are you looking for inspiration for pet fish names that will make your friends and family laugh? Although humor is in the eye of the beholder, these names should get you started and give you some ideas on which you can build. Get inspired!

Funny Names for Any Fish

There are some names that would be funny for almost any type of fish you can purchase. Depending on your sense of humor, you might find some of these more amusing than others.

  • Swedish (after the candy)
  • Aqua Bob Squarepants
  • Ying Yang
  • Sushi (a little twisted, but humorous if you don't mean it)
  • Bait (same as above)
  • Fish Sticks
  • Puff Daddy (perfect for a puffer)
  • Floater
  • Wave
  • Chips
  • Bob
  • Flotsam
  • Miso

Funny Names by Fish Type

Certain types of fish are known for their appearance or behaviors. For example, the betta is also known as the Siamese fighting fish because of its aggressive nature. Naming a betta after a famous boxer is fitting. Alternately, you could name him Sweet Pea, which is the opposite name you'd expect based on the betta's reputation. Goldfish easily lend themselves to names like Goldie, but try to think outside the box to find a name that strikes a chord.


  • Rocky
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Cuddles (even though a betta is the furthest thing from it)
  • Clifford (for a red Betta)
  • Papa Smurf (for a blue Betta)


  • Tropicana
  • Wasabi
  • Pumpkin
  • Goldilocks


  • Eclipse
  • Phantom
  • Kosher
  • Speckles (for a black and white molly)


Red Oscar
  • Glow
  • Squirt (because of their small size and related to water)
  • Gnome
  • Jaws


  • Godfather
  • PeeWee
  • Poseidon
  • Cujo


  • Diva
  • Gabriele
  • Lucifer (angel of darkness)
  • Wings


  • Garfield
  • Orange Slice (after the candy)
  • Nemo
  • Bozo


  • Coral
  • Sunny (yellow Damsel)
  • Morose (for a blue fish)
  • In Distress

Based on Personality

One of the best ways to name your fish is by his personality. If you have a fish that moves slowly or likes the bottom of the tank, you might give him an ironic name like Zippy. By contrast, a hyper fish could be named Turtle or Snail. Try to consider opposites for a humorous name that will make your friends laugh as they observe your fish's actual behavior. Here are some other personality-based names:

  • Snapper
  • Einstein
  • Rocket
  • Marshmallow
  • Hydra
  • Turbo

Famous Fish Names

If you're looking for a famous fish to name your own swimming friend after, look no further than Hollywood. Thanks to the children's movie industry, films like Finding Nemo and Shark Tale have provided a nice selection of names from which to choose.

  • Moby Dick
  • Orca
  • Oscar
  • Lenny
  • Don Lino
  • Sykes
  • Katie Current
  • Mr. Limpet (from the movie with Don Knotts called The Incredible Mr. Limpet)
  • Flipper
  • Dory
  • Ariel
  • Flounder

Fish Pairs

Angelfish in love

Although you could spend countless hours searching the Internet for names for your pair of goldfish or neon tetras, there is no need. We've gathered some funny fish pair names here to get you started:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Peek and Boo
  • Aqua and Fina
  • Tic and Tac
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Jane and Doe
  • Splish and Splash
  • Zig and Zag
  • One Fish and Two Fish

Come Up with Your Own Name

There are hundreds of species of fish that can be purchased for your aquarium. If your fish is not one of the common types listed above, you may still find a name that appeals to you on this list. To come up with your own name, consider factors like the reputation that type of fish has, unique markings or behavior.

Funny Pet Names for Fish