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 them a fitting 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 a suitable name.

  • 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.

 

Best Names for Male Betta Fish

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Owners of a male might choose to call him a traditionally masculine name, 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 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.

AbeFrankMulder
AdamGarlandNardole
AdmiralGaryNemo
AlbertGilesNoam
AlbusGonzalezOdin
AnakinHanParker
AndyHarryPaul
ApolloHiroPeter
AresHomerPike
AtticusIndiePresley
BalderJamesReiichi
BartJamieRon
BearJemRory
BobbyJoeyRoss
BowieJoseRyan
BrianJupiterSarjan
BruceKyloSeverus
ButchLarrySirius
CaptainLelandSpike
ChandlerLeoSteve
ChargerLeonardThor
ChristianLokiTimmy
ClydeLouisTom
CohenLucianVader
ColinLuciusWalter
DaleLukeWayne
DarthLupinWilfred
DaveMalWilliam
DepakMarsWolf
DoctorMattXander
DougMaxZappa
DracoMinosZeus
FoxMoeZiggy

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Best Names for Female Betta Fish

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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.

AbigailEffieNorma
AmandaElizabethOlivia
AmeliaElsieOphelia
AngelaEmmaOrchid
AnyaEstherPadma
AstridEuphemiaParis
AthenaEvelynParvati
AudreyFleurPatience
AvaFreyaPatricia
BellaGeraldinePersephone
BelleGinnyPhoebe
BerryGracePixie
BessHannahPrincess
BettyHannahPriscilla
BlancheHarmonyQueenie
BuffyHermioneRachel
BunnyHopeRey
CamillaJosieRose
CarlyKatRuby
CherLauraSarah
ChoLaurenShelly
CocoLeiaSkyler
CoraLilySophia
CordeliaLolaSybil
CupcakeLouiseTara
DaisyLucyTatum
DianaLunaThelma
DianneLylaVeronica
DonnaMarnieViola
DorisMaryViolet
DrusillaMiyokoWendy
DuchessMollyWillow
EdithMonicaYasmin
 

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, 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 name ideas to come.

AkiDrewPretzel
AkiraEdamamePuff
AlexElevenPunk
AlfalfaEllisR2D2
AltoFalcoreRain
AlvaFenderRen
AngelFrankieRiley
AshleyHarperRiver
AubreyHaydenSalsa
AveryHollisScout
BaileyHunterShay
BongoJamieSnap
BridJavaSparky
BrookJessieSplash
C3P0JoStevie
CameronJordanStinky
CarobKarmaStorm
CaseyKelseyTanner
ChaosKennedyTiki
CharlieLaserTory
CheckersLeslieTsunami
ChewieLuckyVal
ChipperMacaroniWaverider
ChipsMagicWaves
ChutneyMicahWinter
ClemNoodleWotsit
CrackleOctoberWren
CrashPalWyn
CricketPalmerYang
DaikonParkerYin
DalePaytonYoda
DevonPepperZag
DresdenPopsicleZig

Funny Names for Betta Fish

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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 name ideas for betta fish.

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 of names that you’d usually give a fish.

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 them!

Alpha BettaFin-leyLake Skywalker
Aqua Fin-aFloaterLovely Bubbly
AquamanFluffyM. Sea Hammer
Betta MaxGeorgia O’ReefMuhammad Ali
Betta MidlerGill-bertOne True Cod
Betta WhiteGilly NelsonRocky
Captain HookHammerheadSushi
Carrie FisherHarley FinnSwedish
CujoJames PondSwim Shady
FidoJawsTuna 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 names for betta fish 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!

AggieFifiPinko
AlbieFloofPixie
AllyFrecklesPops
AppleFuzzlesPosey
ArchieGizmoPuffin
BabyGlitterRainbow Brite
BambamGopherRascal
BambiGracieRoo
BerryGravyRoomba
BinkyGumdropRudy
BiscuitGwennieSausage
BlissHappyScrappy
BonsaiJazzyScrinkle
BooJeffieShortcake
Bug-BugJellySkittles
ButtersKikiSocks
ButtonsKittySoda Pop
CookieLove HeartSparkles
CrinkleLuluSparky
CrumpetMarshmallowSpoops
CuddlesMerrySquish
DinkyMonkeySuki
DipsieMr. ChipsSweetie
DixieMuffinTaco
DodoNibblesTiggy
DollyNipperTinkles
DominoOreoTiny
DonutPee WeeTofu
DoodlePennyTwinkle Toes
DoryPicklesWasabi
DweebPigletWiggle
ElliePinballWinkle Picker
FairyPine NutWinnie

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 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.

AmberClementineNacho Cheese
ApricotCopperNectarine
ArancioneCrookshanksOrangeade
AuburnDoritoPeaches
AutumnEmberPersimmon
ButternutFantaPumpkin
ButterscotchGarfieldRusty
Candy CornGingerSatsuma
CarrotGingersnapSunset
CheddarGoldieTang
Cheese PuffMandarinTangerine
CheetoMarmaladeTigger
 

Names for Red Betta Fish

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

ApplePoinsettiaRusset
BlazePoppyScarlet
CherryRedStrawberry
CoralRosellaStrawberry Shortcake
CrimsonRosieValentine
FeverRossoVermilion
FlameRuby 

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.

BarleyHoneyStar
BlondieMellowSunflower
ButterballMustardSunglow
ButtercupPikachuSunny
CustardSaffronSunshine
 

Names for Black Betta Fish

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

AniseEbonyPanther
AshEclipsePepsi
BeetleEmberRaven
BlackfishGrimmReaper
BlackjackGuinnessShadow
CharInkSmokey
CinderLicoriceSmudge
Coal/ColeMidnightSoot
CoffeeNeroTar
CrowOliveVelvet
DamienOmenVoodoo
Donnie DarkoOnyx 

Names for White Betta Fish

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

ArcticIvoryQuartz
AspenJasmineSnowball
BelugaMagnoliaSnowdrop
BlizzardMayoSnowflake
DiamondMistySnowy
DoveMoonshineSugar
GhostOpalSwan
GlacierPolarVanilla
Icicle  
 

Names for Blue Betta Fish

Blue betta / siamese fighting fish isolated on black background
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Your striking blue betta deserves an awesome name to go with their vivid color. Our favorite names for blue betta fish are listed below.

AquaCobaltRiver
AquamarineCookie MonsterSapphire
BlueCornflowerSea
Blue MoonCyanSky
BluebellMarine 
BlueberryNeptune 

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 multi-colored betta fish.

AuroraPatchesSkittles
DottyPeacockSplodge
FrecklesPicassoSpot
KingfisherPrismSprinkles
PandaRainbowZigzag
 

Betta Fish Names Based on Personality

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Sometimes the best 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 betta fish names based on personality and see if any of them suit your fish.

BanditFangPrince
BansheeFizzRaptor
BoltFlakeRocket
BrainsGaGaRowdy
ChampGenghisSabre
CharmerGooberSassy
ChiefHannibalScruffy
ChomperHappySerenity
ClogsHaughtySlick
CowboyHulkSloth
CrusherJetSpeedy
CuddlesJiffySpirit
DartKhanSting
DashKillerSweetie
DeanLibertyTizzy
DiabloLuxTurbo
DinkMonsterViper
DizzyMugsWolverine
DoofusNibblesXena
DukeOutlawYawner
EinsteinPatienceZoom

Conclusion

That’s it for this edition of the betta fish name 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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!?

  3. 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 !!!!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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!

  9. 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…

  10. 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 )

  11. 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 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.

  12. 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 ?!!!!!!??

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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.)

  20. 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…=)

  21. 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!

  22. 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!!!

    • 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!

  23. 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!

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