150+ Amazing Goldfish Names for You to Steal

Today is a very special day.

I want to congratulate you on getting a new finned friend!

You have now entered the “honeymoon stage” of your goldfish relationship and are probably spending quite a few minutes gazing in adoration at your new pet.

What beautiful fins! What exquisite scales! And just look at that sweet little face!

But there is a question weighing on your mind.

A very disturbing question:

“What do I name my goldfish?”

Ah, there’s a lot in a name!

You know once you start calling your fish something, it’s bound to stick – so it better be good!

A frantic internet search has landed you on this page…

And you won’t be disappointed πŸ˜‰

Because I’m going to provide you with exactly what you are looking for – the GOLD MINE of goldfish names for your use, a priceless list acquired from countless years of experience and bribing an old Asian man with a bag of Jelly beans.

You’ll find everything from funny to cleaver – to downright amazing. Whether you’re looking for either one (or something in between) you’re guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for.

So let the names begin!

Most Popular Names for Goldfish

  • Bubbles – A good one-size-fits-all
  • Comet – Quite fitting for the slim-bodied types
  • Flash – Hopefully not due to ammonia poisoning
  • Fish – You would be surprised how many people choose this one
  • Fin Fin, Finny – Or try getting creative with “Finwick” or “Finderella”
  • Goldie – This one takes the cake for the most popular goldfish name, sometimes alternately spelled Goldy
  • Jaws – I have yet to see a goldfish truly live up to this one
  • Nemo – It means “The Man” in Oromo (go figure)
  • Splash – For the hyperactive goldfish in your life
  • Swimmy – Commonly chosen by children under the age of 5
  • Sushi – Upvoted by the family cat

Goldfish Names by Color

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Naming your fish by color is a fun way to come up with the perfect fit.

One thing to keep in mind:

Your goldfish may change colors later on in its life, due to genetics, lighting or other factors.

Orange, red and yellow are the least likely to change. Black… that’s another story.

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Black Fish Name Ideas

  • Batman
  • Bandit
  • Blackie
  • Coal
  • Ebony
  • Eclipse
  • Inky
  • Jet
  • Licorice
  • Midnight
  • Onyx
  • Pepper
  • Shade
  • Shadow

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Orange Fish Name Ideas

  • Amber
  • Cheeto
  • Clementine
  • Copper
  • Cutie
  • Dorthy (Elmo’s goldfish)
  • Ember
  • Goldie
  • Peaches
  • Penny
  • Pumpkin
  • Sherbert
  • Rusty
  • Sunset
  • Tangerine
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Yellow Fish Name Ideas

  • Brandy
  • Buttercup
  • Citrus
  • Dandelion
  • Flax
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Lightning
  • Nugget
  • Pyrite
  • Sandy
  • Summer
  • Sunny
  • Sunflower
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Red Fish Name Ideas

  • Apple
  • Autumn
  • Cinnamon
  • Cherry
  • Crimson
  • Flame
  • Poppy
  • Rose
  • Ruby
  • Russet
  • Salmon
  • Scarlet
  • Sparky
  • Valentine
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White Fish Name Ideas

  • Alabaster
  • Angel
  • Aspen
  • Birch
  • Bones
  • Diamond
  • Cloud
  • Crystal
  • Ghost
  • Luna
  • Popcorn
  • Snowy
  • Snowflake
  • Starlight
  • Vanilla
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Silver Fish Name Ideas

  • Ash
  • Bullet
  • Chrome
  • Dove
  • Dusty
  • Earl Gray
  • Gunpowder
  • Hurricane
  • Nickel
  • Mushroom
  • Pebbles
  • Platinum
  • Smokey
  • Steel
  • Sterling
  • Stormy
  • Tornado
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Brown Fish Name Ideas

  • Acorn
  • Amber
  • Chestnut
  • Chip
  • Clove
  • Cocoa
  • Cookie
  • Hazel
  • Hershy
  • Hickory
  • Kitkat
  • Nutmeg
  • Mocha
  • Muffin
  • Truffles
  • Twix
  • Walnut
  • Woody
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Variegated Patterns or Markings Name Ideas

  • Brindle
  • Camo
  • Callie (short for calico)
  • Checkers
  • Dapples
  • Dice
  • Domino
  • Dotty
  • Flake
  • Freckles
  • Kaleido
  • Marble
  • Motley
  • Oreo
  • Patches
  • Snickers
  • Speckles
  • Spot
  • Sundae

Goldfish Names by Personality

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It’s a fact that no two goldfish are the same – they all have their own interesting character.

So rather than just looking “skin deep” when choosing a name, what about going with something more personal?

Take a look at these creative selections:

  • Barnacle
  • Bingo
  • Bliss
  • Brute
  • Einstein
  • Fang
  • Goofy
  • Kisses
  • Lovie
  • Lucky
  • Mischief
  • Nibbles
  • Peppy
  • Pokey
  • Precious
  • Princess
  • Scholar
  • Smoochie
  • Spaz
  • Speedy
  • Sugar
  • Sunshine
  • Sweetie
  • Viper
  • Zany
  • Zippy

Think You’re Finished? You’ve Only Just Begun!

Picking out a name for your fish is just the beginning of your goldfish journey (as I’m sure you’re finding out!).

It’s all so new and exciting…

But there’s something you should be aware of before you go.

Goldfish keeping is harder than it looks. You will want to make sure your finned friend lives a full, happy life by understanding what it takes to be successful.

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Final Tips

Names identify your fish. They serve to separate one fish from the next fish, often times goldfish that look very similar.

They also stick. Too often, someone has not taken the time to come up with the right name and end up with something unoriginal and ill-fitting, but because they have called their fish by that name so many times, they can’t change it! It becomes stuck in their brain, or in the brains of their family members. So remember, when naming your goldfish, you pretty much have one opportunity to come up with the perfect name. And goldfish can live over 40 years, so they might be stuck with it for a long time!

Suggestion#1: Ask for Advice

Getting a second opinion can be helpful when trying to name your goldfish. Ask your friends or family what name they think you should call your goldfish. If you are at a loss, don’t be too proud to ask others to help. It’s easy to get stumped, and two heads are better than one! Not only might you be able to benefit from their input, but you can also make them feel like their opinion is valued.

Suggestion #2: Go on a Name Hunt

Searching the web has often been a valuable tool in finding names for goldfish. You can search by gender (boys’ names verses girls’ names), by meaning, (color, animal, vegetable, mineral, etc.) by country (Irish names, English names, Spanish names…) and by many other categories.

I have found it useful to keep a “Baby Name Book” lying around to flip through when it comes to naming pets. They often have definitions beside the names, offer pronunciation guides and similar variations on a name you might like.

Suggestion #3: Name Your Goldfish After Someone

The name of a favorite book character, movie star, former president or king, author or someone else you like or admire might make a nice name for a goldfish.

Suggestion #4: Naming After its Physical Characteristics

Is your goldfish the color of a beautiful sunrise? A name like “Dawn” or “Rosy” might apply. Think of things that look similar to your fish and try to find synonyms to them. Special patterns and coloring can often bring to mind the perfect name. Does your fish swim a little different than the others? Maybe his fin is a funny shape? The physical characteristics of your fish are often very helpful when trying to come up with a name.

What’s YOUR Goldfish’s Name?

By now you should have some good ideas for what to call your fish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed them πŸ™‚

Now:

I’m handing it off to you.

What did you decide to name your goldfish (or goldfishes)?

Or do you have a few favorites you can’t decide between?

Let the world know what you think when you drop your comment in the box below!

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75 Comments

  1. Jacob December 6, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I have on red fish called chips AKA jaws (because it’s extremely greedy) and an orange one called gravy. Both are named in memory of my first fish (called fish)

    • Clementine
      Clementine December 6, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Awesome names, Jacob! Chips AKA Jaws and Gravy sound like super fun names πŸ™‚

  2. Catherine December 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    I have an Inspector Peepers and a Detective I.C. Moore πŸ™‚

    • Clementine
      Clementine December 15, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Great names! Love the detective theme!

  3. Sekar Ayu December 28, 2016 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    i have a baby calico butterfly named Captain Dotty (beacuse she/he have color dotspattern) and a baby black moor butterfly named Black Pepper (beacuse her/his color is black )

    • Clementine
      Clementine December 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Those are some great names, Sekar! Butterflies are awesome!

  4. Kelley March 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I have 3 goldfish. Two are orange guys and one she is all white with orange patches. Their names are Princess, Frank, and Bubbles. I didn’t have a name for my 3rd guy but I got his new name from the list! So helpful!! πŸ‘πŸ»

    • Clementine
      Clementine March 26, 2017 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      Great to hear, Kelley! Those are a great collection of names.

  5. Hannah March 25, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    I named my goldfish Viola and Cesario xD
    I’m such a nerd lol

    • Clementine
      Clementine March 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Creative names, Hannah!

  6. Tiffany March 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Our fantail is named Huriko, from Japanese mythology.

    • Clementine
      Clementine March 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Very unique!

    • Tiffany March 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

      I misspelled that. It’s Hiruko not huriko πŸ™‚

  7. Jacob April 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I have an Oranda with a red patch on its head. I was going to call it Testarossa (which is Italian for “red head”) but I called it Curiosity as in the Curiosity Rover on Mars. This is because I had a Telescope Oranda called Hubble and decided to keep the space theme running.

    • Clementine
      Clementine April 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      I’ve never thought of using a space theme! Cool ideas.

  8. Shera April 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    My Orandas names are Goldie, rosie, pearl and splash. I just got splash. I love my fish. I have 5 tanks 2-60 gallons, 2-55 gallons and a 20 gallon which was my first. I enjoy coming home after a long day of work, watching them.

    • Clementine
      Clementine April 30, 2017 at 12:58 am - Reply

      Good for you! Those are super cute names πŸ˜€

  9. El April 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    i have 3 goldfish one is black and orange,orange,white and orange.i need to more names for two goldfish i named the black and orange fin

    • Clementine
      Clementine April 30, 2017 at 1:00 am - Reply

      Sherbert might be good for the orange and white one πŸ™‚

  10. AsDe Lovee April 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Peaches is the name I picked

  11. Rebecca May 21, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I have four fantails called eenie meenie minnie and mo πŸ˜‚πŸŸ

    • Clementine
      Clementine May 23, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Very creative and cute names, Rebecca! Fantails are awesome <3

  12. Ella Sills May 25, 2017 at 8:24 am - Reply

    i have a comet named Dakoi because they look like a mini koi carp and a black moor named Coal.

    • Clementine
      Clementine May 29, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Very fitting names, Ella! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Christian Dunne June 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I win two Goldfish. They’re both orange. One it’s called Archy because he has a black tipped arch fin and the other is carried Willow because she has a light yellow/green streak in her tail!

    • Clementine
      Clementine June 17, 2017 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Those are some fitting names for those fish, Christian. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Hannah June 11, 2017 at 1:36 am - Reply

    I just got a fish today and named it Sushi!!

    • Clementine
      Clementine June 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Adorable name, Hannah!

  15. Goldfish Fantasy June 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    My fantail goldfish is named Seabear. Heres a video of him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU3vtdGE07k

    • Clementine
      Clementine June 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Seabear looks like quite the perky fish! Unique name too. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Millie June 23, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    My goldfish are all named after flavors of crisps; Salt, Vinegar, Cheese, Onion, Pawn, Cocktail, Smokey, Bacon & Pickle (as in pickled onion) πŸ™‚

    • Clementine
      Clementine June 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Love the flavor theme! Making me hungry…

  17. Carly July 25, 2017 at 2:04 am - Reply

    I’m considering getting a comet goldfish, and I’m thinking of naming him/her Crimson or Waffles.

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine July 30, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Either one sounds great πŸ˜€ But I like Crimson if the fish is red and Waffles if it is more golden.

  18. Jo crazy fish lady July 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I have Pepsi and Max (although I sometimes call Pepsi, Peppy, Pep. Max gets called Maxi a lot too

    • Clementine
      Clementine July 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

      Nicknames are always so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Olivia July 31, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I have a butterfly telescope called batman and recently got a new orange and white butterfly telescope and was stuck for names.I asked my brother(who is obsessed with comics)and he said the joker….I didn’t really like that name but my brother says it all the time so it’s stuck! Oh well.

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine August 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Haha that happens sometimes. Butterfly telescopes are the bomb.

  20. lucas August 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    I named mine hook as he has one eye and a dodgy fin πŸ˜‚

    • Clementine
      Clementine August 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Lol that’s great!

  21. Frankie August 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I’ve decided to name my fish nibbles because although he eats a lot he savers it an takes a nibble from the flakes I feed him

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine August 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Adorable! <3

  22. April Pilchard August 4, 2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    I have a comet goldfish who is a silvery white with patches of Orange. Her face is white with a thin Orange “lipstick” like marking around her mouth. She zips back and forth in front of the tank Every time I’m in front of it and she seems to really adore me. I named her Pi. Either short for the word piebald which is her facial markings or the mathematical equation.

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine August 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      I really like that name, April! She’s probably a smart fish too πŸ™‚

  23. Chloe August 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    I called my fish ben because my mum said that if I don’t look after it she will flush it down the toilet but my brothers name is ben so she can’t do anything!

    Rating: 4.5
    • Clementine
      Clementine August 19, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Well that’s a strategy I’ve never heard before to keep a goldfish alive! Very smart πŸ˜€

  24. Riley August 25, 2017 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I am pretty set on the name Scuttle for my goldfish (name from the seagull in The Little Mermaid).

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine August 27, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      Very cute, goldfish kind of do that when they swim.

  25. Paige September 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I won a fish but it died so I’m getting two new ones tonight but I don’t know what to name them.

    Rating: 4
    • Clementine
      Clementine September 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Hope you can find one you like on our list for them! πŸ™‚

  26. ya boi September 11, 2017 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Won two comet fish at a festival today, they look very similar and I’m thinking of calling them Fred and George from Harry Potter<3

    Rating: 4.5
    • Clementine
      Clementine September 25, 2017 at 1:37 am - Reply

      Memorable names! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

  27. Lori September 17, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

    I had pumpkin (aka bubbles because it nlows bubbles all the time) and peaches but peaches died and I got another and named it patches.

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine September 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      Sorry to hear about peaches πŸ™ But patches is a cute name too!

  28. Queenielia September 20, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I really liked bandit and peaches for my two fish

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine September 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      Very nice names, Queenielia! πŸ˜€

  29. Brigette September 26, 2017 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Daughter won 2 common goldfish: Ricky=solid orange, Lucy=white with orange bun and orange lipstick. They are quite a pair. Now I have goldfish…

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine October 1, 2017 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      Those are creative names! Very adorable, thanks for sharing!

  30. Alberta October 3, 2017 at 5:21 am - Reply

    today me and my brother got a fish each. mine is a comet so i am going to call it comet i was surprised to see the name comet was 2nd on the list. my brother called his bruce i am not sure why i think it was the first name that came to his head. love this website vey helpful:):)

    Rating: 5
    • Alberta October 3, 2017 at 5:55 am - Reply

      i just changed my fish’s name to butter chicken

      Rating: 5
      • Clementine
        Clementine October 22, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

        That’s quite a change in names! I assume you like butter chicken? πŸ˜‰

  31. Missi October 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    I have 6 goldfish (2 going to a pond soon). Their names are: Venus, Norman, Spartacus, Prince, Luna and Dotty. (Oranda, Ranchu, common, fantail, and 2 ryukins.)

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine October 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing your collection of names, Missi!

  32. Ella October 19, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

    I have a goldfish named fair (we got him from the fair) but we secretly call him jaws because he ate at least three fish he is a comet goldfish but we still love him 🐟

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine October 22, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Wow, Fair/Jaws sounds like quite the personality! Thanks for sharing Ella!

  33. Hayley October 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    I have a yellow and white pearlscale named Sol and just got a solid white Ranchu named Luna

    Rating: 4
    • Clementine
      Clementine October 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Really like that combo, Hayley! I’ve never thought of using an “outer space” theme for names!

  34. Aaron Edwards October 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I named my calico fantail Beta, my koi Omega, my black moor Alpha, and my goldfish Gamma. Are they good names?

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine October 22, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

      Since you asked my opinion… super names, Aaron πŸ˜€ I’ve never heard anyone use them before but that makes them all the more unique!

  35. Melody October 23, 2017 at 3:43 am - Reply

    I am getting a fancy goldfish for my birthday and I am thinking of naming her/him Ari (air-e) Clide or Cheeto. Ari is my favorite tbh.

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine October 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Ari is my favorite of those three too πŸ™‚

  36. Empoleon November 3, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Tomorrow I might be getting a calico fantail a comet and a red cap (these r my thoughts of names) redcap Toki, comet Asteroid, and calico Taikou (Tiy-Koo)

    Rating: 5
    • Clementine
      Clementine November 4, 2017 at 11:04 pm - Reply

      Fun sounding names, Empoleon! Asteroid is a fitting name for a comet! πŸ™‚

  37. Valencia November 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    My telescope goldfish are named Jaws (white and gray) Cheeto (Orange), And Barnacle (Pure white)

    Rating: 4.5
    • Clementine
      Clementine November 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Barnacle is a super fun name, Valencia! Good job naming all your fish!

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