100+ Clever and Adorable Goldfish Pet Names

Written by Nixza Gonzalez
Published: February 29, 2024
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Goldfish are one of the most underrated pets you can have. They are calm fish that can live for over ten years with the proper care. Although considered easy animals, there are a few key things you should keep in mind before getting one. Sadly, although goldfish can live for more than a decade, they are prone to health issues and are sensitive to water changes. If you don’t use the right water or neglect your pet’s bowl/tank, this can be detrimental. If you’re okay with this, and decide to get a goldfish, the most fun parts come after; naming your goldfish. So, what are some good names for these vibrant fish? Follow along to discover over 100 clever and adorable goldfish pet names.

Red and white Tamasaba goldfish from Japan

Goldfish are a lot of fun to name. There are so many names to choose from.


To make this list easier to read, we’re breaking the names down by section. The first section lists out some of the more popular goldfish names to exist. These names can also fit on other lists, but for the sake of this article, each name will only be mentioned once. So, have you met goldfish, or other fish species with names like Goldy, Fin, or Pumpkin? If not, what about the other names on this list?

  • Lily
  • Alexander
  • Bubbles
  • Sweetheart
  • Swedish
  • Chips
  • Cleo
  • Miso
  • Sushi
  • Bud
  • Silver
  • Orca
  • Golden
  • Shimmer
  • Sparkle
  • Bubba
  • Hydra
  • Aqua
  • River
  • Skipper

Cute Goldfish Pet Names

The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing a name for your goldfish. Not only can you name your pet after food, colors, or their looks, but also their personalities. Is your goldfish hyper? Are they constantly swimming around at fast speeds, or are they relaxed and mellow? Think about your pet’s appearance. Does your goldfish have larger-than-life eyes, or marks on their skin that look like eyebrows or spots? 

Regardless of the direction in which you want to name your pet, most people want a cute name. If you’re running out of ideas, we have your back. Listed below are some of the cutest goldfish pet names that are sure to make you go “aw.”

  • Spots
  • Racecar
  • Cat
  • Tiger
  • Freckles
  • Twinkle
  • Locks
  • Ruby
  • Hubba
  • Ava
  • Gage
  • Lila
  • Swims
  • Rose
  • Rosita
  • Wave
  • Zay
  • Twinkie
  • Gilligan
  • Bubbles
  • Speedster
  • Speedzilla
  • Scaredy-Cat
  • Beluga
  • Tropicana
  • Sharky
  • Nibbles
  • Popeye
  • Moon
  • Small Fry
  • Sammy
  • Marble

Perfect Orange Pet Names

Continuing our categories, are orange pet fish names. Sometimes, it’s easy to just choose to name your goldfish after their unique colors and markings. Most goldfish are orange, but did you know not all goldfish are orange or white? Some goldfish are also brown, grey-blue, black, yellow, and multi-colored. The numbers vary depending on the source, but there may be as many as 200 different types of goldfish in the world. Keep reading to learn about some orange and adorable goldfish pet names. Some are on the nose, while others take a more creative approach. 

  • Fire
  • Orange
  • Mandarin
  • Ginger
  • Garfield
  • Rosy
  • Mango
  • Honey
  • Cheddar
  • Habanero
  • Carrot
  • Apricot
  • Peach
  • Spark
  • Mai Tai
  • Mimosa
  • Cheers
  • Joy
  • Mari
  • Melon
  • Marigold
  • Oro (The Spanish word for gold)
  • Flame
  • Pepper
  • Sunset
  • Starlight
  • Sunrise
  • Sunny
  • Nacho
  • Ariel
  • Cantelope

Clever and Adorable Blue Goldfish Names

Since not all goldfish are orange or have orange markings, sometimes orange names don’t make sense. Honestly, though, you are free to name your sweet goldfish friend anything you’d like, even if it sounds a little silly. Still, if you want to focus on the shimmering beautiful appearance of your pet, here are some blue goldfish pet name ideas. Not all the names on this list are shades of blue, some names are blue-related, meaning they are blue items or things that resemble something blue. Blue can also refer to someone’s mood.

  • Ocean
  • Topaz
  • Indigo
  • Lavender
  • Haze
  • Marina
  • Azul
  • Iris
  • Cobalt
  • Sky
  • Lapis
  • Slate
  • Denim
  • Violet
  • Oxford
  • Sadie
  • Gloom
  • Aden
  • Aalin
  • River
  • Azure
  • Mist
  • Bell
  • Jay
  • Birdie
  • Sea

Black Goldfish Names

Goldfish commonly Oranda Panda Tricolor in an aquarium with bubbles in the water, Blurred Noise Black Background

Not all goldfish are entirely orange or white.

©Wisnu Bangun Saputro/Shutterstock.com

So, now we have blue and orange goldfish names, so what about black goldfish names? What if you have a goldfish that is as dark as the night sky or reminds you of the deep abyss? Black goldfish are unique. One of the most well-known types of black goldfish is the black moor, a variant of the telescope fish, known for having massive protruding eyes. Black moor fish have been around for hundreds of years, maybe since at least the 1400s. They may originate from China. Interestingly, although known for their striking velvety appearance and color, these fish are born orange/bronze and develop their black coloration as they age. Now that we know a little more about black moor fish, let’s dive into some fun and adorable goldfish pet name ideas.

  • Twilight
  • Dark
  • Nyx
  • Inky
  • Jet
  • Coal
  • Raven
  • Skyler
  • Nova
  • Forest
  • Blackberry
  • Cola
  • Ghost
  • Ebony
  • Mystic
  • Mystery
  • Olive
  • Bear 
  • Wolf
  • Domino
  • Opal
  • Midnight
  • Luna
  • Charcoal
  • Dakota
  • Ace
  • Sable

Multi-Colored Adorable Goldfish Pet Names

For colorful fish friends with many markings, we can name them after something with a lot of colors. The most obvious name is Rainbow, although you aren’t limited to this adorable name. The fun thing about pet names too is that they aren’t forever. You can also come up with nicknames based on the long name. For instance, instead of calling your pet Rainbow, you can stick to “Rain” or “Bow”. So, what other multi-colored goldfish names are there?

  • Reflection
  • Viby
  • Vibrant
  • Shine
  • Stripes
  • Splatters
  • Guppy
  • Coral
  • Iridescent
  • Scales
  • Scaley
  • Koi
  • Betta
  • Hope
  • Akiko
  • Iria
  • Happy
  • Hannah
  • Light
  • Crayola

Silly Fish Names

Sometimes, the best goldfish names are the ones that can make us laugh out loud or put a smile on our faces. So, instead of a serious name, why not consider naming your new fishy and scaly family member something silly and funny? Listed below are some funny, catchy, and clever goldfish names. Some are puns, while others are strange names you probably won’t hear someone call their fish. These names can also work for other fish species.

  • Snake
  • Monkeyface
  • Big Eye
  • Little Wart
  • Orange Slice
  • Tunip
  • Anchovy
  • Ashley Ocean
  • Bob
  • Stinky Fish
  • Splish Splash
  • Hermit
  • Salmon
  • Stranger
  • Coddy the Codfish
  • Doby
  • Stink
  • Sarcastic Fringehead
  • Jeffery
  • Llama
  • Buffet
  • Crusty
  • Papa Smurf
  • Salty
  • Guppie Goldberg
Comet Goldfish (Carassius aurastus comet)

Goldfish do not have three second memories.


Food-Inspired Pet Names

Some of the best goldfish and pet names in general, are connected to food. Some foods have some cute names, like Berry or Twinkie. Imagine coming home from a long day at work and calling out to your best friend, your goldfish named Twinkie. You can name your pet after a fresh food or something that is cooked, like a Cupcake. Listed below are some other great food-inspired goldfish names to consider when naming your pet.

  • Oreo
  • Mochi
  • Peanut
  • Starburst
  • Skittles
  • Choco
  • Coconut
  • Coco
  • Razzy
  • Taco
  • Lemon
  • Biscuit
  • Alfredo
  • Walnut
  • Croissant
  • Pasta
  • Tomat
  • Grapes
  • Chopstick
  • Munchies
  • Chai
  • Cocoa
  • Cherry
  • Gazpacho
  • Fritter
  • Fry
  • Pear
  • Pecan
  • Rice
  • Pretzel
  • Meatball

Fun Goldfish Facts

Multicolor goldfish

A great name for a multi-colored goldfish is Rainbow, or Rain for short.


If you aren’t tired of hearing about goldfish, but don’t want to see any more name ideas, here we have some fun facts that can help you think of a name.

  • There is no one single type of goldfish
  • Goldfish are one of the most common pets in the United States.
  • A goldfish can grow up to 6 pounds and as long as 14 inches.
  • The more space you provide your goldfish, the more room they have to grow
  • Although goldfish are known for their terrible memories, they can remember far longer than just what happened three seconds ago.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © dien/Shutterstock.com

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About the Author

Nixza Gonzalez is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering topics like travel, geography, plants, and marine animals. She has over six years of experience as a content writer and holds an Associate of Arts Degree. A resident of Florida, Nixza loves spending time outdoors exploring state parks and tending to her container garden.

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