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Goldfish Names

Updated on April 2, 2016
What will you call these little guys? How about Blaze, Diamond, and Citrine?
What will you call these little guys? How about Blaze, Diamond, and Citrine? | Source

I remember the joy and excitement I felt when I got my first goldfish as a child. We already had a tank of tropical fish, but this was my very own finny friend, won from a carnival game at a block party back when people still thought it was okay to use living creatures as prizes. Against all odds, my goldfish lived a long life in a little rectangular tank on our coffee table, joined by a pet store friend before too long. I named the first one Flipper (that sounded suitably aquatic to my 10-year-old ears), and the second one Aviana, a name a friend and I coined by joining our first names together. It sounded exotic to us, and the goldfish didn't seem to mind.

But those were the days before the Internet, before we could do endless research on the most popular goldfish names (Goldie, anyone?) or the most creative (Super-cali-fragilistic-expiali-goldfish). Here are some suggestions that may help you find the perfect name for your finny friend.

Looks like a Creamsicle and a Twinkie to me. (See the cream-filled center on the goldfish on the right?)
Looks like a Creamsicle and a Twinkie to me. (See the cream-filled center on the goldfish on the right?) | Source

Names Based on Color or Pattern

Goldfish come in many different colors. Besides the stereotypical bright orange color, common goldfish also come in red, white, black, and yellow. Fancy goldfish have all these colors, but can add patterns such as dots, stripes, or even calico. Choose names based on your goldfish's color or pattern for an easy-to-remember, descriptive moniker.

  • For standard orange goldfish, choose a name that brings to mind that lucky metal: Golda or Goldie for a female (if you know the sex), or Golden for a male. If you want a classier tank, name your fish the word for "gold" in another language! (The name Zahava means "golden" in Hebrew, and sounds fairly exotic; Aureus is the same in Latin.)
  • For black goldfish, Blackie is a standard, but there are plenty of other great options. Raisin (or for a slightly larger fish, Prune) works for a wrinkly-looking fish, or Velvet for a smooth one. Night or Thunder bring darkness to mind, too. A chubby one could be Walrus or Seal.

  • If your fish is red, take a cue from its hue: a coppery fish could be Penny, while a bright reddish-orange could be Blaze or Flame. Ruby, Garnet, or just plain Red are nice descriptive names as well.
  • A white fish could be Frosty, Snowball, Marshmallow, or Pearl.
  • A fancy oranda or pearlscale fish with a bright orange hood could be Carrot Top or Ginger.
  • Give a mixed orange and white goldfish a name like Tiger or Tabby if striped, Creamsicle or Twinkie if the pattern is irregular.

Hey, Nosy, what are you looking at?
Hey, Nosy, what are you looking at? | Source

Goldfish With Personality

Some goldfish don't seem to have much going on in their tiny little heads, but other fish manage to display flashes of personality. What's your goldfish got going on?

  • For a curious fish: Nosy, Snoopy, or Hello
  • For a shy fish: Ninja or Shadow
  • For a very social fish: Party Time, Friendly, or Bubbles
  • For a smart fish: Dr. Gold
  • For a gluttonous fish: Jaws, Killer, Gator, or Greedy
  • For the boss of the fishtank: The Goldfather, Big Fish, or Alpha
  • For a really tiny-brained fish: Dory, after the blue tang in Finding Nemo.

Meet the Goldfishians.
Meet the Goldfishians. | Source

Names for Pond Goldfish

If you're lucky enough to have a goldfish pond of your own, you certainly know the joy of sitting by the edge after a long day, watching your fish dart here and there, perhaps coming up to say hello if you sprinkle a little food on the water. Your pond goldfish are individuals, but they're like a family, too. Why not choose names that work together in groups?

  • Name them after spices (according to color): Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, Paprika, Cinnamon
  • Name them after pop culture icons: The Goldfishians (e.g., Kim Goldfishian, Khloe Goldfishian, etc.)
  • Name them after characters in a favorite book or movie: With their large family and red hair, the Weasleys from the Harry Potter books would make an ideal goldfish family.

Whatever names you choose, enjoy your fish, keep them happy, and take good care of them.

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    • GoodLady profile image

      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Adorable. We called ours Flish Fish. Such a cute Hub.

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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thanks, GoodLady. Flish Fish is a great name -- it makes me picture little fins flashing through the water!

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      Janis Goad 4 years ago

      I love watching fish swim in an aquarium, but never had one. I never thought of naming them. I love going to Chinese restaurants that have a huge aquarium, with plants and rockscapes, and a variety of fish drifting up and down, fins trailing. Very peaceful.

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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Hi, Janis. I love to watch fish while I'm eating, too -- as long as I'm not eating fish! I think naming your pets is very common, even if they're not cuddly like a cat or dog. It helps people form attachments, and motivates them to care for their pets' health and safety.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Fun hub. We leave the naming of the fish to our daughter so they are always named after cartoon characters.

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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thank you, Glimmer. I think cartoon character names are great for goldfish, especially if they're undersea characters like Sponge Bob and his buddies or the Snorks. (I'm sure your daughter must not know the Snorks, but weren't they fun? Man, I miss the cartoons of my childhood!)

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      Ann1Az2 4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Cool names and really great pictures. I enjoyed it very much. I don't have any goldfish, but I named my Bala sharks Bruce and Lucy. I call Bruce Brucy. He's named after the shark in Finding Nemo - my favorite Pixar film.

      Voted up.

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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thanks, Ann. Bala sharks are beautiful -- I'm glad you found inspiration for a great name!

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      Fish friend 3 years ago

      I have 2 gold fish. I can only think of one I named it finz what would be another cool name to go with that?

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      Fish friend 3 years ago

      He is light orange with black tips on his fins

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      Brainy Bunny 3 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Hi, Fish Friend. Finz is a great name. If your other goldfish has black tips on his fins, why not call him Gloves or Socks? (You can always spell the name with a Z to match your other goldfish's name, of course!)

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