Names for Pet Turtles

Pet turtle

Coming up with just the right name for your pet turtle can be a challenge. However, with a little bit of imagination, a lot of creativity and a list of ideas to get you started, you can choose the perfect name for your shelled pet.

List of Pet Turtle Names

Some clever themes can help you come up with great names. Here are dozens of choices.

Use Word Play

Using words associated in any way with a turtle can be a fun way to come up with a unique name for your pet.

  • Shell Shock
  • MiSHELL
  • Tuck and Roll
  • Sneak
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Caramel Turtles
  • Sally Monella (Salmonella - you may or may not find this funny, depending upon your sense of humor)

Famous Turtles

There are a few famous turtles that you could name your own pet after. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles provide inspiration. There are the four main characters.

  • Leonardo
  • Raphael
  • Michelangelo
  • Donatello

You could also name the turtle after other characters in the series, even though they were not actually turtles. Consider:

  • Shredder
  • Splinter
  • Casey Jones

Other famous turtles include:

  • Franklin from the Canadian television series
  • Koopa from the Mario Brothers games
  • Mock Turtle from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
  • Crush from Finding Nemo
  • Squirt from Finding Nemo
  • Squirtle from Pokemon
  • Yertle by Dr. Seuss

Funny Names

Turtle in the grass
  • Shelly
  • Speedy
  • Zoom
  • Rocky
  • Doorstop
  • Mario Andretti
  • The Flash
  • Scooter
  • Jet
  • Flippy
  • Hard Hat

Serious Names

Dignified names seem to suit some turtles, particularly large box turtles or snappers. Serious names can be based on famous historical figures, leaders, actors and actresses, literary characters or made up.

  • Queen Victoria
  • Mr. Wigglesworth
  • Napoleon
  • Charlemagne
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • King George
  • Chancellor
  • Lady Bertha
  • Sir Lancelot
  • Chester

Personality-Based Names

Watch your turtle for a while and you're certain to come up with a nickname or two. Each turtle has a distinct personality. Some are shy and some are outgoing. Some move faster and more often than others. You could even name your turtle the opposite of what he is, such as Zippy for a slow-moving turtle.

  • Sunny for a turtle that enjoys bathing on a warm rock
  • Tank for a large sluggish turtle
  • Hide and Seek for a turtle that goes in and out of his shell a lot
  • Backspace for a turtle that likes to backup

Appearance-Based Names

Different types of turtles can inspire names as well. A red-eared slider might be called "Blush", for example. Here are some other ideas that will suit different turtle types.

Pet red-eared slider

Box Turtle

  • Cardboard
  • Square
  • Lumpy
  • Dome
  • Terra

Map Turtle

  • Globe
  • Continent
  • East/West
  • Compass

Painted Turtle

  • Rainbow (Because of their multiple colors)
  • Stained Glass
  • Crayon
  • Skittles

Mud Turtle

  • Pigpen
  • Mud Wrestler
  • Digs
  • Snow White
  • Mr. Clean

Red-Eared Slider

  • Dumbo
  • Scarlet
  • Ruby
  • White Castle (Sliders!)

Coming Up with Additional Names

The sky is the limit when naming your new pet. You'll likely find inspiration in things like favorite foods your turtle likes to eat and your favorite television shows and books. Don't rush into a name because you will have to live with your final choice for years to come. Once you feel you've found the perfect nickname for your pet, you'll be ready to dub him Sir Creep Along or whatever else suits your fancy.

Names for Pet Turtles