With over 30,000 different species of fish out there, it seems like coming up with names just for the species would be a tricky task.
Did you know there are fish out there with names like a thicklip grey mullet or lumpsucker? So, it’s easy to imagine that giving a unique name to your little fishy-friend might be a struggle.
Here’s our list of 13 incredibly clever names to give your fish to make your life easier.
If Sushi is too aggressive for your comedic tastes, consider a less, controversial Japanese delicacy for your nautical namesake like Miso. I bet your fish is swimming around that little bowl like chunk of tofu, which makes this the perfect name.
3. Yin Yang
It’s one of the most iconic symbols of any traditional culture. This Chinese philosophy of how opposites or opposing forces are actually interconnected is a great reason for a fun, fish name. Fun Fact: Did you know that the Yin Yang symbol is sometimes associated with the Japanese koi fish based off it's shape and color?
5. Ariel, Flounder, or Sebastian
6. Nemo, Crush, or Dory
Let’s be honest, there’s no way you didn’t think about Pixar’s 2003 Finding Nemo, when naming your fish friend. The entire animated feature roster is perfect for a for a great fish name— or for a pet turtle, octopus, whale, jellyfish etc. You have an entire Pixar ocean to choose from. ♫Just keep naming. Just keep naming. ♫
7. Aqua & Fina
Get it? It’s funny because it’s water in a bottle, and a fish swims in water? Ok sure, maybe it’s a little cheesy, but Aquafina separated into two names is perfect for any pair of goldfish. These names basically describe any fish’s fabulous lifestyle.
8. Tuna Turner
Celebrity-name puns are prime, pet-naming material. Give your fish an homage to one of the greatest female rock-n-roll artists of all time. Now every time you see her whipping and rolling around the tank, you’ll know you have a real starfish on your hands. Ba-dum-tshh.
Do the words “sweet." “unique," or “gummy” best describe your new friend? Swedish Fish are probably one of the most-original flavored candy treats out there which makes it a suitable name for your one-of-a-kind underwater companion. Ten extra points if you give this name to a red fish.
Fish come in many so colors, and shades. This iridescent mineral is a treasured beauty in the jewelry community because of its unique appearance. Give your unique fish the same luxurious appreciation of natural beauty.
11. James Pond
The name’s Pond, James Pond. Is your secret agent fish good at hiding in plastic castles and guarding treasure boxes? Pay compliment to your clever wits with a funny twist on one of literature and film's most-famous names.
12. Mr. Limpet
Remember the 1964 live-action/animated classic The Incredible Mr. Limpet? Probably not. Anyhow, the bespectacled Don Knotts fish is a clever, and cute name to perfectly describe your vision-impaired, bug-eyed guppy. Now imagine what he would look like if he were human.