You canâ€™t exactly play with a fish or take it on a walk, but you can proudly tell your guests all of the clever fish names youâ€™ve pinned to your sea-going friends. We have fictional fish names, hilarious fish names, mythical fish names, and more.
When you buy a fish, youâ€™re not just getting a pet: youâ€™re also picking up a wall decoration that could last a long while. Everyone who comes into your home is going to ask what your fish is called, and this problem can only magnify if you bought an entire fish ecosystem with multiple little swimmers.
Hereâ€™s a list of fun fish names to get you started.
Fictional Fish Names
Wanda â€“ The eponymous fish with very bad luck from the comedy â€œA Fish Called Wanda.â€
Destiny â€“ The almost-blind whale shark that Dory hangs out within â€œFinding Dory.â€
Edward Bloom â€“ Technically the name of the dad in â€œBig Fish,â€ but he does turn into a huge fish at the end, spoiler alert.
Jonah â€“ Technically Jonah is the name of the guy who gets stuck in the whale, but it works.
Klaus â€“ The German-accented, smart-aleck fish from â€œAmerican Dad.â€
Jabberjaw â€“ Jabberjaw is the name of the grinning shark from that old Hannah Barbera cartoon.
Muddy Mudskipper â€“ The name of the angry fish from the â€œRen & Stimpyâ€ cartoon.
Bruce â€“ The behind-the-scenes name for the giant shark puppet they used in â€œJaws.â€
Nemo â€“ Canâ€™t forget Nemo, though it also works as a reference to Captain Nemo of literature.
Blinky â€“ Remember that adorable, three-eyed mutant fish from â€œThe Simpsons?â€ Thatâ€™s Blinky.
Water-Based Fish Names
Caspian â€“ Not only a dashing name in its own right, it invokes the Caspian Sea.
Adrian â€“ Another â€œseaâ€ name, this one evokes the Adriatic Sea.
Jack â€“ Like â€œCaptain Jack Sparrow.â€ Make sure you call him â€œcaptain,â€ though, or heâ€™ll get upset.
Mariner â€“ An old term for sailor or fisherman, it makes a strong fish name as well.
Isla â€“ Pronounced â€œEYE-lah,â€ it means â€œislandâ€ and is a pretty name on its own.
Coburn â€“ Coburn means â€œwhere streams meet,â€ and works as a nice fish name, too.
Sandy â€“ Sandy is a catchy name for a bottom-dweller fish.
Cerulean â€“ A cool shade of blue with a tinge of light green,
Keel â€“ Like the bottom of a ship, Keel works for a big, round fish or one that just clings to the bottom of the tank.
Coral â€“ A great female fish name that also points to the gorgeous habitat.
Hilarious Fish Names
Gill â€“ Obvious, of course, but â€œGillâ€ is short, sweet, and will get a laugh.
Sashimi â€“ It sounds exotic, but itâ€™s really just the name for sushi without rice.
Bait â€“ Have a tiny fish that seems like it would work great on a hook?
Mr. Fisher â€“ Mr. Fisher is great because itâ€™s so formal.
Chum â€“ Another classic fish name, especially if the fish isnâ€™t very smart.
Finley â€“ What else do you name a creature who has a bunch of fins?
Captain Scalebeard â€“ For the fish who fancies himself a pirate.
Belly-Up â€“ A good name for a fish that doesnâ€™t look super healthy.
Fish flakes â€“ Does your fish get a little too excited during meal times? This is the name for them.
Fisher Price â€“ A first name and a last name, for the fish looking to make a name for himself.
Names that Mean Fish
Hina â€“ A girlâ€™s name that refers to a goddess of fishing.
Sibeta â€“ Another girls name, this means â€œwhite sucker fish,â€ and would work great for a bottom feeder.
Pisces â€“ A great call out to the water sign, itâ€™s also a name from Latin-America meaning â€œfish.â€
Anthia â€“ Anthia is a Greek girls name meaning â€œlady of flowers.â€
Devisser -Â Devisser means â€œthe fisherman,â€ and might be a good name for a predatory fish.
Meenakshi â€“ Perhaps a little strange, but this name means â€œhaving fish-shaped eyes.â€
Fiske â€“ An English name, it can mean â€œfishâ€ or â€œFisherman,â€ depending on the context.
Timin â€“ Timin means â€œlarge fish.â€
Minali â€“ Minali means â€œfish catcher,â€ and would suit a carnivore fish.
Pat â€“ Pat is a Native American boys name that means â€œfish.â€
Fish Names from Ancient Myth
Nessy â€“ Named for the Loch Ness monster, it might be a good name for a fish that hides behind the kelp.
Ika-Roa â€“ Ika-Roa is the fish that created the entire galaxy in the Maori religion.
Leviathan â€“ Appropriate for a huge fish or a small one, Leviathan is an ancient Biblical fish monster.
Afanc â€“ A monster from Welsh mythology who dwells in lakes.
Cthulhu â€“ A horrifying name for a scary-looking fish, it comes from an ancient god in the Lovecraft mythos.
Hippocampus â€“ Technically the name of a magical seahorse from Greek mythology, but still relatively fishy.
Makara â€“ Makara is basically the Hindu version of a mermaid.
Abaia â€“ Abaia comes from the mythology of Melanesia. Abaia is an enormous mystical eel that could create powerful waves.
Bradan â€“ From â€œbradan feasa,â€ an old Celtic myth about the â€œsalmon of knowledge.â€
Bunyip â€“ A strange little beast, the Bunyip comes from Aboriginal mythology and can scream and cry to make predators run away.
Fishing for Fish Names
Whether youâ€™ve got a tiny freshwater tank with a single goldfish or a huge saltwater aquarium with its own ecosystem of fish, youâ€™re going to need a name or names that stand out to you, that makes you laugh or reminds you of something you love.Â So donâ€™t skimp on your fishes new moniker, and give him or her a name youâ€™ll always remember.