Goldfish Names

woman looking at goldfish in tank.

Traditional goldfish names like Goldie, Skipper, Blackie and Bubbles have long been some of the more popular names chosen by fish owners. However, recent trends have started to show that many goldfish aficionados are beginninging to name their pets a little more creatively. If you need naming inspiration for your pet, consider the following suggestions.

Goldfish with Human Names

It used to be a rare occurrence to find a pet named after a human, like Roger, Fred, Myrtle or Bertha, but human names and pets go together like peanut butter and jelly these days. Pet owners used to get a kick out of introducing their goldfish as "George" or "Ebenezer," but these names are now commonplace.

Today, many goldfish owners have even started to turn to actual baby naming books to find names that they can use to identify their goldfish. For example, if a goldfish looks a little buff, he may be called Adonis. If he's a scrawny thing, Eugene may be the preferred choice. Of course, there's always the reversal, in which the tiny goldfish could be named Butch while the bigger guy could be named Lewis. With thousands of human names available, goldfish owners often take their time choosing the perfect name for their pet, much like naming a real baby.

Celebrity Goldfish Names

Some goldfish owners like to name their pets after their favorite celebrity or some other famous person. In some cases, the goldfish is named after a celebrity it reminds its owner of, like a prima donna goldfish named Paris Hilton or a rough and tumble goldfish named Charles Bronson. There are also the fictional character names for goldfish, like Little Lord Fauntleroy and Zorro.

The Goldfish and the Owner

The name of a person's goldfish can tell you something about that person. For instance, if the goldfish is named Greedo or Admiral Ackbar, you'll know the owner's most likely a Star Wars fan. If the two goldfish in the tank are named Spencer and Heidi or Brad and Angelina, you'll know the owner probably loves watching reality TV and reading celebrity gossip magazines.

Goldfish names are personal choices that usually mean a lot to the owner. While choosing goldfish names like Donut, Goober or Julep might seem a little strange, these names and others are often chosen for a reason that might be important to the owner. An example would be someone naming their fish a nickname they used to call a friend or family member who has passed on. In this way, naming the fish after the departed is a type of memorial to the person.

Choosing a Name for Your Goldfish

A goldfish can live for quite a while if it is cared for properly, so naming it a good name is important. After all, you're going to probably have it for a while, so you want to name it something cool. Here are a few good choices:

  • Ace - Whether you're a Kiss fan or your goldfish just plain rocks, you can't go wrong naming it Ace.
  • Admiral - Admirals command the oceans, and your goldfish commands its tank. Why not name it accordingly?
  • Aki - Goldfish are very important to Japanese culture, so naming one a name like Aki might seem like a natural choice.
  • Bobby - Does your goldfish bob around the tank? If so, why not name it Bobby?
  • Clyde - Clyde is an old and powerful name, which makes it perfect for that geezer of a goldfish in your tank.
  • Flim Flam - Is your goldfish a little off its rocker? Name it Flim Flam.
  • Ginger - Red-headed kids are notoriously called this name, so if your goldfish is a little more on the red side, call it Ginger.
  • Google - You can name a telescope goldfish Google not so much named after the popular search engine, but more because of its extraordinarily googely eyes.
  • Hermoine - The perfect female goldfish name for the Harry Potter fan!
  • Moby Dick - This one makes a great name for a really large goldfish, especially if it has a lot of white coloring.
  • Peepers - This is another good name for goldfish with the huge, telescope eyes.
  • Tiki - This name can be perfect for the goldfish that's kept in a Hawaiian-themed tank.
  • Victor - Here's a powerful, regal name if there ever was one.

So Many Choices

There are literally thousands of possibilities when it comes to goldfish names. If you need some more choices, pick up that baby naming book or your favorite magazine for an endless supply of choices.

Goldfish Names