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 😉
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
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.
Black Fish Name Ideas
Orange Fish Name Ideas
Dorthy (Elmo’s goldfish)
Yellow Fish Name Ideas
Red Fish Name Ideas
White Fish Name Ideas
Silver Fish Name Ideas
Brown Fish Name Ideas
Variegated Patterns or Markings Name Ideas
Callie (short for calico)
Goldfish Names by Personality
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:
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.
It’s all in my book, The Truth About Goldfish.
You can be sure you’re off to the best start with all of the answers at your fingertips.
Check it out!
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 🙂
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!
An avid goldfish breeder and keeper for nearly 20 years, Meredith Clawson is the founder of the Pure Goldfish website and author of the book The Truth About Goldfish. Pure Goldfish has been featured in Wikihow, Wikipedia, The Aquarium Guide and more.