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Funny Pet Names for Fish

Updated on November 6, 2008
Who names their pet fish? You will be surprised that many actually do. 

One of the reasons many cite is that fishes are pets too and it deserves a name. Some claim that people tend to treat pets better when they have been named. Others consider them part of the family and worthy of names. Whatever the reason, funny pet names for fish can be a great conversation starter. Naming fishes can also be quite fun! Here are some categories to start you off in search of the most suitable name for your pet fish.

Movie, TV show, Cartoon or Book-Inspired Names

Famous movies such as Free Willy, Finding Nemo and Fish called Wanda can inspire you to name your fish, Willy, Nemo, Dory or Wanda. You can also name your fish based on the characters in cartoons featuring underwater creatures such as Spongebob Squarepants. Examples of suitable names include Spongebob, Patrick (starfish), Mr Krabbs, Squidward or even Sandy (squirrel). Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid can lead you to names such as Ariel or Sebastian (the crab). You can also name your fish Dorothy, after Elmo's pet goldfish. But the most famous book-inspired name for your fish will have to be Moby Dick. If you have two fishes to name, you can name one Moby and the other Dick. If you don't like these names, you can name them after the author, Herman and Melville.

Appearance-related Names

Many people name their pets based on their appearance. You can do that too for your pet fish. You can name your fish Spot when it doesn't have any. If your fish has big eyes, you may want to name it Goggles or even Googles, after the search engine, just for fun!

Behavior-related Names

The trick to naming your fish based on their behavior is to choose a behavior opposite to the behavior of your fish! For instance, you can name your small and timid guppy Jaws, Sharky or Piranha. You can also name your fish Fly. How many fish you know can do that? Or you can state the obvious such as Float for a fish name. However some behavior-related names lend itself quite well too. For example, you can name your Archerfish Squirt or your Pufferfish Puff. I know someone who has two Pufferfishes and named them Puff Daddy and Puffy the Vampire Slayer. She said it gave them character!

Food-inspired Names

There are many funny pet names for fish that is related to food. It is especially fun when you have to name two fishes. Some popular funny pet fish names include the famous Japanese food, Sushi and Sashimi. You can name them Fish and Chips or Ben and Jerry. What about Peanut and Butter? Or Catsnip and Tuna? If you' re tired of and hungry from thinking of food-related names, you can just call them Lunch and Dinner!

Clever Names

If you are a copyeditor, you will find selecting clever names for your fish a breeze. But here are some examples to start you off, even if you're not one. You can name your fish Stick. You get to introduce your fish in this way, "This is my fish, Stick!" It works well with Stock too. You can also call your fish Small Fry or Bait. Or Alpha for your betta.

Human Names

You can also choose common human names for your fish, but it must be cleverly chosen to have a hilarious impact. You can name your Archerfish Archie, your Angelfish Angela or your Salmon Sally. You can name your goldfish Goldie or Goldwin. You can also name them Finnigan or Gillian in general.

Pronunciation Names

Some people name their fish Bob or Tom and tell others that their fish can pronounce its own name. Try to find other names with a single syllable that can also garner the same effect.

Triplets and Quadruplets

If you have three fish, you can name them Larry, Curly and Moe based on the classic comedy series The Three Stooges. What if you have four fishes to name? Then, you can call them Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Mo.

It's really fun finding a suitable name for your pet fish. Knowing the fact that your fish cannot come and bite you for giving it a funny name, often unleashes your creativity and comedy side in you. So, have fun inventing funny pet names for your fish!


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      3 years ago

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      6 years ago

      I want to name a starfish Herman.

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      6 years ago

      Well…I just wanted a list of names nt a couple of paragraphs bt this waz cute, Ben & Jarry! LOL

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      6 years ago

      That was very boring

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      7 years ago

      dude ur just listin tha names of my fish CUT IT OUT LOL just kidding i have two goldfish one is named moby dick cuz he's huge and the other is named nemo cuz he has a little fin that we call his lucky fin and i cud go on and on but i've got sumthin to ask u wat shud i name my brand new tetris (he's black if that helps any) and i want his name to go in the same category as my other fish and he's kinda big to (my category = fish frum movies) i could really use ur help if u can provide it


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