650 Betta Fish Names for All Different Types and Colors

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Now you’ve got your new betta fish home, first thing you must do is set up their tank and plan to properly care for them. Second to this? You’ve got to choose a fitting betta fish name — but how?

You can choose a name for your betta fish in several ways, drawing inspiration from your life, your interests, what particular type of betta fish you have, the appearance of your fish, or simply pick something you think sounds cool.

While classic fish names, such as bubbles, have their place, many modern aquarists prefer to be more creative when choosing a name for their fish.

Even if the fish will never know their name, you’ll be telling it to curious friends and family members for years to come, so it’s best to pick something you won’t be embarrassed by.

How to Choose a Name for Your Betta Fish

Here are some ideas of how to choose suitable betta names.

  • Pop culture names — Select a name inspired by one of your favorite movies, TV shows, books, comics, or celebrities.
  • Friend and family names — Why not name them after a loved one?
  • Appearance-based names — Choose a name based on the color or general appearance of your new betta fish.
  • Personality-based names — Observe your new betta and pick a name based on the kind of personality they have, for instance confident, shy, or funny.
  • Food names — If you’d like a cute name for your new betta, try naming them after one of your favorite foods.
  • Mythological names — Name your betta fish after your favorite characters from Greek, Roman, or Norse mythology.
  • Animal names — Why not be confusing and name your fish after a different animal?

If you still need some help after reading through these suggestions on how to pick a name for your betta fish, we’ve come up with an extensive list of names to choose from.

 

Male Betta Fish Names

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Owners of male bettas might choose to call them traditionally masculine names, though there’s no harm in subverting gender stereotypes and opting for a more feminine or unisex name. After all, your new betta has no real concept of gender.

That said, to start with we’ve put together a comprehensive list of male betta fish names you might choose to give your betta fish.

Some are taken from popular TV shows, movies, etc., where they might suit betta of a particular personality or merely have a nice fishy ring to them. Here are some of the best names for male betta fish.

Abe Frank Mulder
Adam Garland Nardole
Admiral Gary Nemo
Albert Giles Noam
Albus Gonzalez Odin
Anakin Han Parker
Andy Harry Paul
Apollo Hiro Peter
Ares Homer Pike
Atticus Indie Presley
Balder James Reiichi
Bart Jamie Ron
Bear Jem Rory
Bobby Joey Ross
Bowie Jose Ryan
Brian Jupiter Sarjan
Bruce Kylo Severus
Butch Larry Sirius
Captain Leland Spike
Chandler Leo Steve
Charger Leonard Thor
Christian Loki Timmy
Clyde Louis Tom
Cohen Lucian Vader
Colin Lucius Walter
Dale Luke Wayne
Darth Lupin Wilfred
Dave Mal William
Depak Mars Wolf
Doctor Matt Xander
Doug Max Zappa
Draco Minos Zeus
Fox Moe Ziggy

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Female Betta Fish Names

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Females are more drab and less showy than their male counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve awesome names!

You could name a female after a friend or relative, look to pop culture, or simply choose a name you like. Some people like feminine or flowery names for female bettas, whereas others prefer strong names.

Unlike males, which must be kept without another betta in their tank, females can live in groups, so you might want to choose names that go with one another.

Here’s a list of our favorite female betta fish names:

Abigail Effie Norma
Amanda Elizabeth Olivia
Amelia Elsie Ophelia
Angela Emma Orchid
Anya Esther Padma
Astrid Euphemia Paris
Athena Evelyn Parvati
Audrey Fleur Patience
Ava Freya Patricia
Bella Geraldine Persephone
Belle Ginny Phoebe
Berry Grace Pixie
Bess Hannah Princess
Betty Hannah Priscilla
Blanche Harmony Queenie
Buffy Hermione Rachel
Bunny Hope Rey
Camilla Josie Rose
Carly Kat Ruby
Cher Laura Sarah
Cho Lauren Shelly
Coco Leia Skyler
Cora Lily Sophia
Cordelia Lola Sybil
Cupcake Louise Tara
Daisy Lucy Tatum
Diana Luna Thelma
Dianne Lyla Veronica
Donna Marnie Viola
Doris Mary Violet
Drusilla Miyoko Wendy
Duchess Molly Willow
Edith Monica Yasmin
 

Unisex Names for Betta Fish

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Unisex names are suitable for both males and females.

Males and females look different from one another (males are larger with more vivid colors and long, flowing fins), so you’re unlikely to have a betta fish you don’t know the gender of, but you can still choose a unisex name.

You may always prefer unisex names to specifically male or female names, or you might just like a particular unisex name or think that it suits your new fish.

Below you’ll find a wide selection of unisex names for fish, some of which are cute, others of which are more serious. Either way, you’re likely to find something that catches your eye. And, if not, we’ve still got many more fish name ideas to come.

Aki Drew Pretzel
Akira Edamame Puff
Alex Eleven Punk
Alfalfa Ellis R2D2
Alto Falcore Rain
Alva Fender Ren
Angel Frankie Riley
Ashley Harper River
Aubrey Hayden Salsa
Avery Hollis Scout
Bailey Hunter Shay
Bongo Jamie Snap
Brid Java Sparky
Brook Jessie Splash
C3P0 Jo Stevie
Cameron Jordan Stinky
Carob Karma Storm
Casey Kelsey Tanner
Chaos Kennedy Tiki
Charlie Laser Tory
Checkers Leslie Tsunami
Chewie Lucky Val
Chipper Macaroni Waverider
Chips Magic Waves
Chutney Micah Winter
Clem Noodle Wotsit
Crackle October Wren
Crash Pal Wyn
Cricket Palmer Yang
Daikon Parker Yin
Dale Payton Yoda
Devon Pepper Zag
Dresden Popsicle Zig

Funny Betta Fish Names

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Humor is important in life, and if you can’t have fun when you’re naming your fish, when can you? So we’ve come up with a range of funny betta fish names.

Some are puns, some are referring to the fact betta fish are also known as Siamese fighting fish, and others are humorous because they’re not the sort you’d normally find in a list of fish names.

So, if you’re always cracking jokes or you’re known as the class clown, choosing a funny name just makes sense. We can’t guarantee that each and every one will put a smile on your face, but we’re sure at least a few will make you chuckle.

We certainly had fun coming up with these funny names for betta fish!

Alpha Betta Fin-ley Lake Skywalker
Aqua Fin-a Floater Lovely Bubbly
Aquaman Fluffy M. Sea Hammer
Betta Max Georgia O’Reef Muhammad Ali
Betta Midler Gill-bert One True Cod
Betta White Gilly Nelson Rocky
Captain Hook Hammerhead Sushi
Carrie Fisher Harley Finn Swedish
Cujo James Pond Swim Shady
Fido Jaws Tuna Turner
 

Cute Names for Betta Fish

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Betta fish aren’t exactly as cute and cuddly as a fluffy puppy or a tiny baby pony, but we can’t see why you shouldn’t give yours an adorable name, anyway. These cute betta fish names will have you squealing with joy!

Food names are generally a good bet when coming up with cute name ideas, but any name that screams “adorbs” has made it onto this list.

These sickly-sweet names might not be for everybody, but if you’re a fan of the cute and kawaii, pay close attention!

Aggie Fifi Pinko
Albie Floof Pixie
Ally Freckles Pops
Apple Fuzzles Posey
Archie Gizmo Puffin
Baby Glitter Rainbow Brite
Bambam Gopher Rascal
Bambi Gracie Roo
Berry Gravy Roomba
Binky Gumdrop Rudy
Biscuit Gwennie Sausage
Bliss Happy Scrappy
Bonsai Jazzy Scrinkle
Boo Jeffie Shortcake
Bug-Bug Jelly Skittles
Butters Kiki Socks
Buttons Kitty Soda Pop
Cookie Love Heart Sparkles
Crinkle Lulu Sparky
Crumpet Marshmallow Spoops
Cuddles Merry Squish
Dinky Monkey Suki
Dipsie Mr. Chips Sweetie
Dixie Muffin Taco
Dodo Nibbles Tiggy
Dolly Nipper Tinkles
Domino Oreo Tiny
Donut Pee Wee Tofu
Doodle Penny Twinkle Toes
Dory Pickles Wasabi
Dweeb Piglet Wiggle
Ellie Pinball Winkle Picker
Fairy Pine Nut Winnie

Betta Fish Names by Color

What’s the first thing most people will notice about your betta fish? We bet it’s their color, so why not give your new friend a name based on their hue?

We’ve collected several lists of names, sorted by color, so you can easily find the relevant color and search for a name.

Whether your new betta is orange, red, yellow, black, white, blue, or multi-colored, we’ve got a name for you. Some are obvious, whereas others are more creative, but either way, you’ll find some cracking names here.

So, check out these fish names by color and prepare to find that perfect moniker.

Names for Orange Betta Fish

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The following names are best suited to orange betta fish. We’ve got names inspired by famous orange characters, orange items, orange foodstuffs, and basically anything related to the color orange.

Amber Clementine Nacho Cheese
Apricot Copper Nectarine
Arancione Crookshanks Orangeade
Auburn Dorito Peaches
Autumn Ember Persimmon
Butternut Fanta Pumpkin
Butterscotch Garfield Rusty
Candy Corn Ginger Satsuma
Carrot Gingersnap Sunset
Cheddar Goldie Tang
Cheese Puff Mandarin Tangerine
Cheeto Marmalade Tigger
 

Red Betta Fish Names

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Does your betta fish have a beautiful red hue? Well, why not try one of these excellent red betta fish names?

Apple Poinsettia Russet
Blaze Poppy Scarlet
Cherry Red Strawberry
Coral Rosella Strawberry Shortcake
Crimson Rosie Valentine
Fever Rosso Vermilion
Flame Ruby  

Names for Yellow Betta Fish

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Yellow appears a lot in nature, so we’ve got a selection of nature-inspired names for yellow betta fish, as well as some cute and funny options.

Check out these betta fish names for our yellow friends:

Barley Honey Star
Blondie Mellow Sunflower
Butterball Mustard Sunglow
Buttercup Pikachu Sunny
Custard Saffron Sunshine
 

Names for Black Betta Fish

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You can find plenty of excellent black betta fish names. Some come from black objects or foods, whereas the darker side of life inspires others.

Anise Ebony Panther
Ash Eclipse Pepsi
Beetle Ember Raven
Blackfish Grimm Reaper
Blackjack Guinness Shadow
Char Ink Smokey
Cinder Licorice Smudge
Coal/Cole Midnight Soot
Coffee Nero Tar
Crow Olive Velvet
Damien Omen Voodoo
Donnie Darko Onyx  

Names for White Betta Fish

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If you’re searching out betta fish names for your white betta, you can turn to all things white and wintery for inspiration. Or, if that’s too obvious for you, there are subtler choices, too.

Arctic Ivory Quartz
Aspen Jasmine Snowball
Beluga Magnolia Snowdrop
Blizzard Mayo Snowflake
Diamond Misty Snowy
Dove Moonshine Sugar
Ghost Opal Swan
Glacier Polar Vanilla
Icicle    
 

Blue Betta Fish Names

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Your striking blue betta deserves an awesome name to go with their vivid color. Our favorite blue betta fish names are listed below.

Aqua Cobalt River
Aquamarine Cookie Monster Sapphire
Blue Cornflower Sea
Blue Moon Cyan Sky
Bluebell Marine  
Blueberry Neptune  

Names for Multi-Colored Betta Fish

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Many betta aren’t just one solid color. Instead they have multiple hues adorning their bodies. Here are some great names for betta fish or multi-colors.

Aurora Patches Skittles
Dotty Peacock Splodge
Freckles Picasso Spot
Kingfisher Prism Sprinkles
Panda Rainbow Zigzag
 

Cool Betta Fish Names Based on Personality

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Sometimes the best fish names are based on your fish’s personality. Think about your fish and what they’re like.

Are they shy or confident? Aggressive or passive? Clever or a little bit slow? Any of these personality traits (and more) could be the inspiration for a fitting name.

You can be quite obvious with personality-based names, or you can choose a subtler approach. Either way, you may come up with a name that suits your fish to a tee.

Check out these cool betta fish names based on personality and see if any of them suit your fish.

 

Bandit Fang Prince
Banshee Fizz Raptor
Bolt Flake Rocket
Brains GaGa Rowdy
Champ Genghis Sabre
Charmer Goober Sassy
Chief Hannibal Scruffy
Chomper Happy Serenity
Clogs Haughty Slick
Cowboy Hulk Sloth
Crusher Jet Speedy
Cuddles Jiffy Spirit
Dart Khan Sting
Dash Killer Sweetie
Dean Liberty Tizzy
Diablo Lux Turbo
Dink Monster Viper
Dizzy Mugs Wolverine
Doofus Nibbles Xena
Duke Outlaw Yawner
Einstein Patience Zoom

Do Betta Fish Know Their Name?

Many owners will claim they do, but to be honest this is very unlikely!

Bettas do respond to human approach, and potentially learn to recognise their owners, as can be observed by them coming to the surface as if to meet their owners when they approach.

There may well be some vibrations caused in water when you call your bettas name, but the same vibrations will be caused when you utter almost any word close to your bettas tank.

Betta approaching their owners is more likely due to just ANY sound being sensed by them that’s recognisable as being from a human, rather than them truly recognising their name though.

However, naming your fish is more for our pleasure, rather than for our fish. it’s a bit of good natured fun!

Conclusion

That’s it for this edition of the betta fish names game. We’re sure you will have found something suitable in our lists above, though of course we also know we’ve scratched the surface.

However, we have another extensive article on the best names for goldfish you might like to look at for further inspiration? Although another species, many of the names would still be suitable for a betta. Take a look, there might be something that floats your boat? You can check it out here: Best names for goldfish.

And if your bettas name isn’t on the list, or you know an interesting, funny, cute or plain weird name that would be apt for a betta fish that we haven’t mentioned please do let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

Happy fish keeping!

B Hamilton

Hey there! I'm Brian, a lifelong enthusiast and fish keeper with a wealth of knowledge and experience on freshwater aquariums, that I love to share on this site. If you have any questions or need any help, please do ask in the comments section below, I'd love to hear from you and will help where I can.

67 thoughts on “650 Betta Fish Names for All Different Types and Colors”

  1. A wonderful list! I see almost all the names I’ve ever used, and some great new ideas. Thanks you.

    • Thank you Jenae 🙂

    • what do you think of prezle

    • I have a female beta fish is black, blue and orange

    • Thank you 🙂

  2. Mine Betta is a Half-Moon Betta, Blue and black, I gave him the blue diamond name, Saphire 😀

    • Sounds very appropriate and is a great name! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have a blue and aqua crown tail and his name is Mr. Freeze, an Aqua body with white fins crown tail and his name is Cirrus for the cloud formations and a dumbo butterfly opaque with an opal sheen named Casper.

    • Love the Mr Freeze, sounds very apt for that coloring 🙂

  4. I’m getting a Betta half moon that’s white and purple this weekend and I’m planning on naming him nibbles, thanks for the great idea!?

  5. I love this list!!!!!!!! I got a Veiltail male Betta. he is mainly blue , but many other colurs too. So I named him Neptune and call him Nepy ! Again love this list !!!!!

    • Hi Payton,

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it. And hey cool name, Neptune, a Roman God no less!

  6. I bought a gorgeous crimson red Beta at the beginning of the Chinese year of the Rooster. I called him Rooster and it suited him. When he got excited to see me, he would dart around flaring his lovely red combs. Sadly, I lost Rooster last night. I finally figured out he had swim bladder disease and brought home medication for him but it was too late. I will definitely recognize the signs if it ever happens again.

    • Sorry to hear of your loss, that’s very sad Nancy 🙁

  7. All of the names that you have suggested where wonderful and unique! Today I got a new beta that is brown and aqua and I loved the name Ryan that you put on the list so I chose that one.

    • Thank yo McKenzie, I’m glad it was useful. And good name choice 🙂

  8. I got a female vailtail today. I want to either name her Sapphire, Neptune or aqua. With would you use?

    • Hard to say as it’s a very personal thing, but Sapphire sounds a bit more unique, different and stands out to me.

  9. I have a red one named Venus and a white and red, almost has an iridescence about him, named ghost. Thank you for the post it was very well thought out!

    • Thanks, Ashley.

  10. Very helpful name list. My Double-Tail is blue, lavender, and aquamarine. Neptune is a great choice. Thanks.

    • Thanks Steve, nice to hear it’s been helpful!

  11. im getting a water garden for christmas what can i do

    • Hi Ayden, could you be more specific?

  12. I’ve just brought home my first betta ever. He is a half moon betta dark blue and teal with white tips on his lower fins…. Do you have a name suggestion for him by any chance?

    • Hi Jessica,

      Do none of the blue, or perhaps multicolored names above suit?

    • I have a Male betta his body is white but his fine tail and head are red what’s a good name

  13. I ended up naming him upon color and personality,Prince is shy,sweet,somewhat stubborn,and colorful at the same time. Thank you so much!

    • Sounds great 🙂

  14. Ive had my fishie for a few weeks now and ive just now decided to name him Sevin. Thats my favorite number and I always thought it would be a cool name…

  15. Thanks for this list! I have had three male bettas and plan to get another one tomorrow. The first one is a black and turquoise half moon named Ninja, the next is a pinkish white Dalmatian veiltial named Lavender/ Shark Bait, and the last is a watered down pink and blue named Samurai. Ninja died the day before National Ninja day. I was sad.

    • Great names, Keira. And sorry to hear about your loss…such bad timing too! (not that there’s ever a good time of course :-s )

  16. Mr Limpet

  17. Just got a new Betta fish, and named it dorrito! Your list was so helpful?! Thanks!

  18. I was looking for a name for my new Betta and have two names I have used in the past I didn’t see on your extensive list you might like. Blue Beard and Fanfare

    • Hi Nancy, sounds good thank you. I will add to the list when I get a chance 🙂

  19. Hey I have a white and red betta he’s a half moon
    and I don’t know what to name him.

    • Hi Emma,

      Have you been through the lists above? Tyr writing down a few of your favorites, a short list. Leave it a couple of days and then read it again to see which jumps out at you.

  20. i think sirius black is a good name for a black betta

  21. How can I make a betta that lives in a classroom live a long life?

  22. Love the list it was a cute list with cute names on it it was my birthday March 1 on Friday of this week we had a party ? on Saturday and my cousin bought me a beta fish so I was looking up names for the beta fish and saw this website love it ?!!!!!!??

    • Thnaks, Sasha! I’m glad you’re enjoying it 🙂

  23. I just got a new batte fish, he is this beautiful white and icy blue. But I can’t think of a name for him. Any ideas? I was manly think Winnie, Ah-Boo, Fin-ly, Or Mac. But im not quite sure. He zippes around a lot

  24. I got a betta fish today for the first time since I was a kindergartner. He’s a little grey thing who was marked down from $20 like all the others to $3… felt bad for him. Named him Dr. T.J. Eckleburg after the billboard in the great gatsby. I’m calling him Doc and TJ for short

    • A very unique name, love it 🙂

  25. I am geting a red and black dragon betta and i don’t know what to name it

  26. maybe taco or Eclipse or Pepsi?

  27. I got a male Black Orchid Beta and he’s black and white with a blue tint when he’s in certain light and he has a red little strip on his top fin. I decided to name him Diablo.

  28. I had a betta that was crimson red and royal blue. I named him Mushu after the dragon character in Mulan. It fit him great: he was flamboyant and very comical. He and my lovebird, Ice Crystal (who’s also gone), were best buds. She liked to sit on the edge of his tank, and he’d come up to the surface and start “blowing kisses” at her.

  29. I love the list my friend and I have been searching for a name for a while, thank you!

  30. I love the name Esther. Unfortuanatley, I have a boy betta. I was going to name mine Sapphire, but instead I though of Dolak. It is a name from one of my favorite shows. Doctor who. Great names, though!

  31. I named my blue betta fish male and I named him ? rocket

  32. i think you should add river to the blue fish names thats what i named mine after looking at this website because it is on the top picture

    • Hi Jas,

      Thank you, have updated it just now. Good name choice by the way 🙂

  33. My daughter named her red and blue betta Ironman and we had a pink dumbo named Kirby. I’ve been having a tough time naming our girl right now, she’s got a lot of spunk and personality and she’s a pretty koi that’s turning blue, I’m thinking about naming her Xena.

    • LOVE the name ironman for a red and blue. My son named a hamster blue power ranger many years ago!. (No, the hamster wasn’t blue, lol.)

  34. I have a solid blue giant plakat & I called him Krishna (or Kris), If you googling with the key word Krishna you’ll know why…=)

  35. I’ve has my royal blue Betta for a week now and still cant think of a name. Her face is masked with black and her lips are royal blue too. She likes to zoom around the fish tank. She’s Spirites, if one of my three tetras swims in her way she will stop for them to go first! What manners! I like the name Ellie but she doest look like an Ellie. I also like the name Sapphire Shadows. Because in different lights she looks black and purple!

  36. the name fluffy is very cute hey!!!!!

  37. I had a red which I named Cinnamon and a blue one I named China! Just bought another red one and have not named him yet, I would like to add that the red betta’s if you have patience have a personality that is great , in couple days he watch’s me in kitchen, knows his feeding time! Even comes to top and almost takes from my fingers, such a joy!!!

  38. i have a blue female beta and non of the names really fit you know what i mean

    • I know how you feel, it can be very hard to find just the right one. Try checking out baby name lists, there are endless ones online, with many tens of thousands of names. Hopefully something will pop out to you!

  39. We got a rescue fish that was found in the shipping box for 7 days. Water almost gone and of course had not been fed. He is doing great in his new tank and seems to be thriving. He is a darkish blue body with mustard color plumage. There was a scrap of paper inside the box that said he is a rare Yellow Mustard Betta. Having trouble naming him. What something not cutsy since he survived so much, but easy to remember and say. I have looked through the names and nothing jumps out. Never had a Betta before so learning quickly!

  40. After reading all the comments and your name suggestions, I got a name for my Betta fish…. Krishna. Thanks a lot.

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