634 Goldfish Names for All Different Types and Colors

A goldfish name word cloud behind an isolated image of an orange goldfishSo, you’re the proud parent of a new goldfish? What next?!

Well, your top priority should be properly setting up their tank, settling them in and learning to care for them properly, but after that, they’re going to need a name!

Sometimes inspiration strikes and other times it doesn’t, so we’ve put together some helpful tips for picking goldfish names, along with an extensive list of possible names. No matter which color, shape or type of goldfish you have, we’re sure to have a name to suit.

If you can’t choose a name for your goldfish after reading this post, you might have to give up on names altogether!

How to Choose a Name for Your Goldfish

First, let’s talk about some of the places you could look for inspiration when selecting a name.

  • Animal names — There’s no reason why a fish can’t be can’t be called “Bear” or “” It might be a little confusing, but the animal kingdom is a suitable place to look for name inspiration.
  • Personality-based names — A name can be more than just a name; it can be an extension of personality. If you want a name that really suits your new goldfish, watch them closely for a few days, discover more about their personality, and name them accordingly.
  • Based on color — Color is one of the first things you notice, so you could go with the obvious choice and give your fish a color-related name.
  • Taken from food — From junk food to veggies, all kinds of food can make adorable names. Why not call yours after your favorite snack?
  • Pop culture — Pop culture contains a wealth of naming opportunities. Choose a name inspired by your favorite movie, TV show, book, or celebrity icon.
  • Group/Pair Names — If you’re naming more than one goldfish, consider giving them names that go together. For instance, “Fish” and “Chips” or “Alvin,” “Simon” and “”
  • Mythological names — You can find plenty of interesting and unusual names in mythology, whether Greek, Roman, Norse or other.
  • Friend and family names — Flatter your mum or your BFF by naming your new goldfish after them.

Now let’s move on to our name lists, which are sorted into a range of categories, including gender, color, and personality.

 

Best Names for Male Goldfish

Many goldfish in an aquarium with many green plants
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You may want to give your male goldfish a typically male name. Something that lets the world know, “I am a man.”

There’s something quite amusing about giving the sort of name that’s usually reserved for people. That said, there are also plenty of masculine-sounding names that aren’t generally used for humans.

Take a look at the list below and see if any of these take your fancy.

AbeGarethMichael
AdamGarlandMitchell
AdmiralGeorgeMoe
AlanGilesMulder
AlbertGrahamNiall
AlbusHagridNigel
AnakinHanOdin
AndyHarryPaolo
ApolloHenrikPaul
AresHiroPercy
AtticusHomerPeter
BarrelHoratioPluto
BartJacobRay
BasilJakeRon
BearJamesRoss
BenedictJemRyan
BobbyJimmySerge
BowieJoeySeverus
BradJoseSirius
CalJulianSpike
CaptainKyloSteven
ChandlerLelandTariq
CharlesLeonardThomas
ChristopherLokiThor
CohenLouisTim
CosmoLucasVader
DaleLucianWalter
DarthLucienWill
DavidLuciusWilliam
DiegoLukeWulfric
DonnieLupinXander
DouglasMarsZappa
DracoMatiasZeus
FoxMattZiggy
 

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Best Names for Female Goldfish

2 goldifsh swimming toward a green plant, with bubbles in the background
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Consider choosing a feminine name for your female goldfish. You can pick something dainty and girly sounding or the sort of badass female name that will make your goldfish want to swim off and smash the patriarchy.

Some of these are classic names, whereas others are more contemporary, but any one of them could be a suitable choice.

The list below features a wide range of female names for goldfish, from the sensible to the beautiful to the adorable.

AbigailEmmaMarnie
AdalynEvaMaya
AlexisEvelynMelanie
AliceFaithMelody
AlyssaFlowerMolly
AmandaFreyaMonica
AmeliaGenesisNaomi
AnnabelleGiannaNicole
AnyaGinnyOlivia
AomameHaileyOphelia
AstridHannahPadma
AthenaHarmonyParvati
AvaHermionePenelope
BellaHesterPersephone
BellaIsaPeyton
BelleIvyPhoebe
BerryJocelynPiper
BessieJosephinePixie
BlancheJuliaPrim
BriannaJulietRachel
BrielleKateRey
BuffyKatherineSarah
CamillaKylieSienna
CarlyLaurenSophia
CherLeiaTara
ChoLilyTaylor
CoraLouiseTeagan
CordeliaLunaThelma
DianaLydiaTrinity
DionLylaVeronica
DorisMacViola
DrusillaMackenzieVivian
ElizabethMadelineWillow
ElsieMalaya 
 

Unisex Names for Goldfish

Bright orange goldfish in tank with black background and gravel bottom
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It’s not always easy to tell whether your goldfish is male or female, so if you’re unsure you might want to hedge your bets and go for a unisex name.

Alternatively, you might know the sex of your goldfish but not consider it essential for them to have a gendered name.

Whatever your reason for choosing a unisex name, you’ll find plenty of excellent options available to you.

Many of the options below are human names, but there are also some more out-there choices that we think would work for either a male or female fish.

AdiFrankiePat
AeroGerryPepper
AkiGibsonPeyton
AlexGlenPuff
AltoGraysonQuincy
AngelGrierRay
AshleyHammersmithRayne
AubreyHarperRazor
AveryHartRemi
BayHaydenRiley
BerenHunterRiver
BillieIraSage
BrookJamieSam
BrooklynJaySasha
CamdenJessieScout
CaseyJoShay
ChaosJoSnapple
CharlieJossSparky
CheckersKarmaSparrow
ChipKellySplash
ChutneyKerryStevie
ColaLaserStormy
CorlissLennoxTan
CrashLeslieTien
DaleLexTsunami
DarylLuckyVal
DevonMaddenWallace
DrewMarleyWaves
EddyMJWinn
EllisMonroeWinslow
EmeryMustangWinter
EverestNakiaWren
FallonPalmerYang
FenderParkerYin

Funny Names for Goldfish

A bubble eyed goldfish - Huge, balloon like eyes
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If you’re the sort of person who’s always cracking jokes or coming out with cringe-worthy puns, you might prefer a funny name for your goldfish.

We’ve come up with a range of names designed to tickle your funny bone, and we’ve done quite well, if we may say so ourselves.

Select a moniker for your scaled sidekick from this list and amuse your friends and family with your wit. Never mind that you lifted it from a list on the internet… We won’t tell if you don’t!

Algae B. EaterGoldie HornSid Fishous
Carrie FisherHarley FinnSushi
FinJames PondSwedish
Fin-leyJawsSwim Shady
Georgia O’ReefLake SkywalkerTank Girl
Gill-bertM. Sea HammerTank-erbell
Gill-y NelsonSea-bastianTuna Turner
Goldfinger  
 

Cute Names for Goldfish

2 multi-colored goldfish looking at eachother in front of many green aquarium plants
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Take a long, hard look at your new goldfish. Are they just too adorable for words? If so, you might want to pick a cute name them.

Foodstuffs tend to make pretty adorable goldfish names, but that’s not your only option. We’ve compiled a sizable list of below that’s so sweet they’ll give you a toothache.

Cute names aren’t for everyone, but we think they’re an excellent choice. Even if you’re not serious about the cutesy name you’ve given, you can reach a whole new level of meaning with an ironically cute name.

Check out this list to see if cute is the angle for you.

AlfieFidoPiglet
ArchieFiggyPine Nut
BabyFluffyPixie
BagelFlurryPopper
BangFrecklesPopsicle
BeetrootFuzzlePots
BiscuitGizmoPretzel
BlimpGraciePrincess
BlissGravyPuffin
BlueberryHob NobPuggle
BonsaiJazzedRadish
BooBooJeffieRaygold
BugJellyRoo
BuntingJolieRoomba
ButtonKeeksRover
ChipperKittieRudy
ChutneyLoopySausage
CookieLycheeScraps
CrumpetMacaroniSocks
CuddlesMerrySoda Pop
CupcakeMerrySparkle
Curly FryMogwaiSpoopy
DaikonMr. BonesSquishy
DapperMuffinSugarplum
DinkNemoSuper
DixieNoodleSweetie
DollieOreoTaco
DominoPallieTiggywinkle
DonutPatchworkTink
DoodlesPBJTiny
DoryPeaToast
DropplePeanutWiggles
EdamamePee WeeWinnie
FairycakesPickle 

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Goldfish Names by Color

What’s the first thing you notice about your goldfish when you look at them? Undoubtedly, one of their most noticeable features is their color. You can take advantage of this to select a name.

Whether your new fish is that classic orange hue or a more unusual color, such as black or white, we’ve got you covered.

Here are our favorite color-inspired names for you to peruse.

Names for Orange Goldfish

Orange goldfish at the surface of water, on a white background
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Orange foods, orange items from nature, and famously orange characters are all sources of inspiration for our favorite orange goldfish names.

AmberClementineMandarin
ApricotCopperMarmalade
AutumnCrookshanksNacho
Butter BallEmberOrangeade
ButternutFallPeach
ButterscotchFantaPeachy
CarrotGarfieldPersimmon
CheddarGingerPumpkin Pie
Cheese BallGinger NutRust
Cheese DoritoGingersnapTang
CheetoGoldieTiger
Clem  
 

Names for Red Goldfish

A rd goldfish gulping air from the surface with a blurred background
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When you think of the color red, you think of heat, fire, and flames, not to mention various tasty red foods. If you need a fitting name for your red goldfish, this is the place to look!

ApplePhoenixRuby
BlazePoppyRuss
CherryRedScarlett
CoralRedStrawberry
CrimsonRoseValentina
FeverRosellaValentine
FlameRosieValentino

Names for Yellow Goldfish

Isolated side view image of a yellow goldfish on white background
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Your striking yellow goldfish needs a name that complements their cheerful shade. Any one of the following names would be perfect.

BlondieMustardSun
ButtercupPikachuSunflower
CustardSaffronSunglow
HoneyStarSunny
Mellow YellowSummerSunshine

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Names for Black Goldfish

Image of a black moor goldfish isolated on white background
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Dark and mysterious names are perfect for a black goldfish. As are those that relate to nighttime or black objects. We love each and every one of these in the following list.

AniseEspressoPanther
AshGothPepsi
BlackfishGrimoireRaven
BleakGuinnessShadow
CharMidnightSmoke
CoalNeroSmudge
Coca-ColaNightfallSooty
CrowNightmareVelvet
DamienNyxVoodoo
EbonyOmenWarlock
EclipseOnyxWitch
 

Names for White Goldfish

A white goldfish with a red head isolated on white
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White makes you think of frosty landscapes, delicate white blossoms, and the pale moonlight. We’ve come up with a fitting collection of names suitable for white goldfish.

AlpJasmineQuartz
ArcticMagnoliaSnow
BlossomMayoSnowball
BoneMistSnowdrop
DaisyMoonlightSnowflake
DiamondMoonySpirit
DoveOpalStorm
GhostOrchidSwan
IcePolar BearVanilla
IvoryPowder 

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Names for Multi-Colored Goldfish

A calico goldfish isolated on a black background
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What should you call a tri-colored, bi-colored, or other multi-colored goldfish? We’ve got a range of names here that might suit your new tank-dwelling pal.

Aurora BorealisPicassoSkittles
DottyPrismSmudge
KingfisherRainbowSpot
PatchesRainbow BriteSprinkles
PeacockRainbow FishZigzag
 

Goldfish Names Based on Personality

A red and white goldfish swimming toward camera with bubbles in the water
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Some goldfish have a lot of personality, if you bother to observe their behavior. Some are sprightly and always on the go, whereas others have a more laidback approach to life. Some seem super smart, whereas others belong in the remedial tank.

If you want to select a name that suits their personality, you’ll first need to think about what sort of personality traits they have. Once you’ve figured this out, you can select the perfect name to go along with it.

BanditFangPatience
BoltFizzPrince
BrainFlakyRocket
ChampionGenghisRowdy
CharmerGooberSaber
CheersGraceSass
ChompHannibalScruff
ClogsHappySerenity
CowboyHarpySilly
CrusherHaughtSloth
CuddlesHopeStinger
DartHulkSweetheart
DarwinIndieTizz
DashJetTurbo
DiabloJiffyViper
DinkieLibertyWolverine
DitsyLuxiXena
DoofusMonsterYawnz
DukeNibblesZoom
EinsteinOutlaw 

Conclusion

And that about sums up our lists and ideas for naming your goldfish, and with it this is the end of our goldfish names game.

If you’re still stuck though, we do have a beast of an article with over 600 names we picked for betta fish. Many of these would also be suitable for goldfish, so it might be worth you taking a look? You can check it out here: The best names for betta fish.

Also, if you have a name we’ve not included in our lists, either one of your own pets, or simply a suggestion based on the traits we’ve selected, please do let us know in the comments in the below, we’d love to hear from you.

Happy fish keeping!

Wendy Kathryn

Hi, I'm Wendy, the owner and creator of this website, an experienced fish keeper and avid student of the art since 2010. My aim is to help beginners avoid the many possible mistakes when getting started in this wonderful hobby.

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