One of the most fun things about getting a pet is choosing a name for him or her. Even a humble goldfish deserves a great name but picking the right one can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know whether your fish is a Mister or a Missus. And your pet is an individual, so you don’t want him to be just another Goldie or Bubbles.
In this guide, we give you a monster list of no fewer than 115 brilliant ideas for funny, cute, and clever goldfish names. Dive right in and pick the one that suits your new fishy friend the best. But choose wisely; goldfish can live for up to 20 years, and that’s a long time to live with the wrong name!
How do you choose a good name for your pet goldfish?
Well, that all depends on whether you want a serious name, a cool name, a funny name, or a traditional name.
Do goldfish have personalities? Yes, they do!
Is your fish greedy or is he always the last one to rock up at the buffet? So, how about calling him Piggy or Fat Face? Maybe you have a comet that’s super-fast or a fat, bumbling fantail? What about Ferrari for the comet and Slowcoach for the fantail. Or perhaps your goldfish likes to chase his tankmates around the aquarium, so you could call him Chaser.
Color Pattern And Physical Appearance
Your goldfish’s size and overall appearance can be a great source of inspiration for some really cool names. If you have a round, fancy fish, you could call him Blimp or Balloon. What about your fish’s color? If he’s multicolored, call him Shubert (like Shubunkin), or Rouge if he’s red.
Boy Or Girl Fish?
If you want to give your goldfish a name that fits, you’ll want to know whether your pet is a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, determining the sex of your fish is tricky.
Goldfish mature at different ages, depending on the species, so sexing your pet is never straightforward.
Female fish generally have a rounder body shape than that of males. As the fish come into breeding condition, they develop roe (eggs). That causes a bulge on one side of the fish’s body.
Female goldfish have a rounder, more protruding anal opening than the male’s, and it can become more prominent as the spawning season approaches in the warmer months of the year. Also, the anal fin of the female goldfish is typically thicker than that of the male.
Male goldfish develop small white spots called tubercles on their gill shields during the breeding season. Older male fish often retain tubercles throughout the year. However, to confuse matters, sometimes female fish develop tubercles too!
Male goldfish usually have thinner, more streamlined bodies than females of the same species. The male fish’s vent is generally elongated and narrow, and it is also concave.
Observe your fish to see if it chases its tankmates. If so, then the fish is most likely male. Male goldfish tend to swim slightly underneath the female, nudging her, and following her around the tank throughout the spawning season. However, if you have two male fish, they may exhibit that behavior too!
Tips For Naming Your Goldfish
If you’re still struggling to settle on a name for your pet, here are a few more tips to help you:
Tip #1 Ask For Advice
If you can’t think of a good name for your goldfish, don’t be afraid to ask others for their advice. Everyone has an opinion, and someone that you know may have a really great idea for a goldfish name that you’ve not considered yet. So, why not involve your family and friends in choosing your fish’s name
Tip #2 Go On A Name Hunt
Try searching the web for names for your goldfish. Search by girls’ names vs. boys’ names, by color, by country, and any other categories that you can think of.
You might also want to check out a baby name book. Inside, you’ll find hundreds of names and their meanings, which could be a brilliant place to find the perfect name for your pet.
Tip #3 Name Your Goldfish After Someone
If you love a particular movie star, you could name your fish after him or her. What about famous rock or pop singers? There’s a whole lot of inspiration to be had in that category. Don’t forget about sports stars! If you love football, name your fish after your favorite player or team manager. That being said, remember that your fish could live for at least ten years, maybe even up to 30 years, and a current football star or boy-band could be long forgotten by then.
115 Funny, Cute And Clever Goldfish Names
So, there are lots of ways to find inspiration for a great name for your pet. But in case you’re still struggling for ideas, check out our mega-list of 115 suggestions for cute and funny goldfish names. You’re sure to find what you want!
Most Popular Names For Goldfish
If you’re a traditionalist, you might want to stick to one of the most common goldfish names that have stood the test of time. Here’s a list of ten goldfish names that have always been big favorites.
|1. Bubbles||2. Finny|
|3. Goldie||4. Jaws|
|5. Nemo||6. Splash|
|7. Sushi||8. Flash|
|9. Fin Fin||10. Comet|
Funny Names For Goldfish
Goldfish can be funny creatures, and they can always bring a smile to your face. If your pet is amusing and tickles your funny bone, you might want to give him or her one of these amusing names that just don’t date!
|11. Algae B. Eater||12. Lake Skywalker|
|13. Agent Cody Tanks||14. Tuna Turner|
|15. Sea-bastian||16. Gill-y Nelson|
|17. Tank-erbell||18. Swim Shady|
|19. Gerogia O'Reef||20. James Pond|
Best Names For Male Goldfish
Here are some great names you might like if your fish is a boy.
|21. Adonis||22. Swedish|
|23. Joe||24. Stew|
|25. Lewis||26. Ace|
|27. Butch||28. Long John Silver|
|29. Bait||30. Aquaman|
Best Names For Female Goldfish
If your fish is a lady, here are a few girly names that you might like to consider.
|31. Abigail||32. Evelyn|
|33. Monica||34. Genesis|
|35. Belle||36. Peyton|
|37. Ivy||38. Dory|
|39. Diana||40. Bessie|
Some fish just look plain mysterious and a mythological name seems perfect for these enigmatic creatures. Here are a few names you might like.
|41. Athena||42. Persephone|
|43. Zeus||44. Poseidon|
|45. Artemis||46. Aphrodite|
|47. Demeter||48. Hera|
|49. Apollo||50. Hades|
Cute Names For Goldfish
Many goldfish are really cute, and any of these super-sweet names are sure to fit perfectly.
|51. Cleo||52. Dorthy|
|53. Yum Yum||54. Mentos|
|55. Copper||56. Lolly|
|57. Munch||58. Cheesy|
|59. Cutie||60. Durango|
Names Based On Personality
Even a goldfish has its own unique personality. Take a close look at your pet and see if any of these great names match your fish’s persona.
|61. Aragog||62. Brainic|
|63. Trickster||64. Zippy|
|65. Sunshine||66. Princess|
|67. Nibbles||68. Sweetie|
|69. Sugar||70. Precious|
Names that are taken from popular culture can make the ideal choice for your pet. Check out these super-cool suggestions.
|71. Dexter||72. Annalise|
|73. Billie/Billy||74. Adele|
|75. Bear||76. Dixon|
|77. Arya/ Aria||78. Grey/Gray|
|79. Everly/ Everleigh||80. Harper|
Goldfish Names By Color
Goldfish come in many different color variations, and that can be a wonderful source of inspiration for name ideas.
Orange Fish Name Ideas
If your fish is orange, one of these glowing names might take your fancy.
|85. Mac (and Cheese)|
Red Fish Name Ideas
Red goldfish are striking and always catch admiring glances from visitors to your home. So, why not give your pet one of these great names?
Black Fish Name Ideas
Black goldfish are beautiful, and your gorgeous fishy friend deserves a name to match his or her good looks. Check out these suggestions.
Yellow Fish Name Ideas
Yellow goldfish are quite unusual and have an enigmatic beauty all their own. Here’s a selection of golden names for a golden yellow fish.
White Fish Name Ideas
There are lots of names that would suit a white goldfish. Here are our favorites.
Silver Fish Name Ideas
Silver goldfish make a glittering, sparkling sight in the aquarium, especially when set against a dark substrate. One of my two fantails started off with orange and silver, but as he got older, he gradually lost his orange markings, and now he’s completely silver! Luckily, I didn’t base his name on color. He’s called “Walt!”
Here are some perfect names for silver fishes.
Brown Fish Name Ideas
It’s not unusual for juvenile goldies to be a brownish color before they mature. One of these names for a brown fish would suit your baby pet and be a quirky conversation starter when your pet grows up to be … well, gold!
Every pet deserves a great name, and we think that fishes are no exception. So, if you were struggling to think of a good name for your pet, we reckon that we have you covered!
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