233 Great and Clever Names for Any Hermit Crab

A strawberry hermit crab in profile standing on a piece of wood against a black background
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Written by Megan Martin

Published: January 31, 2024

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With the proper love and care, hermit crabs can make wonderful pets. They thrive in well-cared-for habitats that are reminiscent of their natural homes, and their unique personalities make them fascinating to care for. Plus, many hermit crabs are social and friendly, especially when they are properly handled often and carefully. Compared to other, larger pets, hermit crabs can also be a great family-friendly choice—so long as you teach younger family members to be careful with these little crustaceans’ fragile bodies! If you’ve decided to adopt hermit crabs, then you may need some help choosing the perfect names for any hermit crab!

For the most part, hermit crabs don’t hear the way they do. Instead, their main sense of “sound” comes from their ability and unique anatomy designed to pick up on vibrations. As a result, your hermit crab won’t respond to their name in the same way a dog or cat would. However, this doesn’t mean that hermit crab names aren’t equally as important! Instead, you’ll be able to have more freedom when deciding the perfect name for your new pet since you won’t need to worry about trainability.

Ready to discover dozens of clever hermit crab names? Continue reading below!

Top Names for Hermit Crabs

Some of the most popular hermit crab names are those like Shelly and Snappy.

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Hermit crab names can come from a variety of sources. For some families, a name based on popular media, such as a television show, movie, or game, is the perfect choice. Other families may choose something more simple that highlights the hermit crab’s most notable feature, such as Shelly or Pinch. Here are some of the most popular hermit crab names for some inspiration.

  • Shelly
  • Dwebble (after the hermit crab-like Pokemon)
  • Sushi
  • Pearl
  • Scuttle (after the crab-like creatures in League of Legends)
  • Gill
  • Snappy
  • Pinch
  • Mr. Krabs (from Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Shelby

Female Names

  • Claudia
  • Heidi
  • Blondie
  • Jasmine
  • Sera
  • Violet
  • Caitlyn
  • Taliyah
  • Thalia
  • Annabeth
  • Selena
  • Zoe
  • Sasha
  • Anne
  • Susan
  • Gloria
  • Hannah
  • Alexis
  • Haley
  • Mariana
  • Miley
  • Taylor
  • Debra
  • Miranda
  • Stephanie
  • Elizabeth
  • Linda
  • Ashley
  • Roxanne
  • Lucy
  • Lacey
  • Brianna
  • Bridgit
  • Beverly
  • Tabitha
  • Katniss
  • Prim
  • Amy
  • Jo
  • Meg
  • Beth
  • Elle
  • Regina
  • Emily
  • Sophia
  • Aisling (pronounced ash-leen)

Male Names

  • Baxter
  • Barny
  • Mark
  • Luke
  • Bentley
  • Blake
  • Jonathon
  • Barry
  • Bennett
  • Benjamin
  • Timothy
  • Austin
  • Houston
  • Dallas
  • Frank
  • Giovanni
  • Ace
  • Jayce
  • Martin
  • Viktor
  • Vander
  • Alexander
  • Milo
  • Otis
  • Ranger
  • Grayson
  • Fido
  • Sett
  • Max
  • Jackson
  • Shiloh
  • Charlie
  • Matthew
  • Jake
  • Ruben
  • Freddy
  • Zac
  • Noah
  • Mitch
  • Brandon
  • Dylan
  • Scott

Beach-Themed Hermit Crab Names

Hermit crab

A beach-inspired name helps represent one of the most common natural habitats for hermit crabs.


In the wild, hermit crabs inhabit tropical areas. They require land and water to survive, often resulting in them living close to the shoreline. Below, explore several different beach-themed options for your hermit crab’s name. 

  • Coral
  • Seashell
  • Wave
  • Sand
  • Salty
  • Reef
  • Sand Dollar
  • Coast
  • Tide
  • Cove
  • Palm
  • Lagoon
  • Strand
  • Riptide
  • Current
  • Shore
  • Dune
  • Sandbar
  • Seaweed
  • Tidepool
  • Anemone
  • Jellyfish
  • Marina
  • Sea Foam
  • Barnacle
  • Pier
  • Pacific
  • Atlantic
  • Surf
  • Breeze

Funny and Ironic Hermit Crab Names

  • Claws
  • Giant
  • Blitz
  • Shark
  • Fish
  • Birdie
  • Bakes
  • Lightening
  • Speedy
  • Racer
  • Mobile
  • Titan
  • Colossal

Cute Names for Hermit Crabs

From their small eyes to their little pinchers to their unique shells, hermit crabs can be cute pets if you give them a chance. Below, explore some cute name options to help highlight this characteristic of your new pet:

  • Lady
  • Sweetie
  • Handsome
  • Cutie
  • Lassie
  • Millie
  • Teddy
  • Dottie
  • Timmy
  • Baby
  • Honey
  • Dear

Nature-Inspired Hermit Crab Names

A strawberry hermit crab walking on the beach at night

Hermit crabs can inhabit many ecosystems combining land and water: choose a name that represents that!

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Although hermit crabs are most often associated with the beach, other nature-inspired names may be fitting as well. After all, many species of hermit crabs aren’t only found directly on the coastline, inhabiting various areas such as mangrove forests and marshes.

Other nature-inspired hermit crab names that you may wish to choose from include:

  • River
  • Stream
  • Cloud
  • Ocean
  • Star
  • Moon
  • Mars
  • Venus
  • Jupiter
  • Mercery
  • Saturn
  • Pluto
  • Sun
  • Leaf
  • Twig
  • Boulder
  • Cave
  • Rainbow
  • Hawk
  • Bear
  • Rock
  • Mountain
  • Summit
  • Valley
  • Snow
  • Blizzard
  • Monsoon
  • Tsunami
  • Brooke
  • Olive
  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Juniper
  • Pine
  • Oak
  • Birch
  • Tulip
  • Rose
  • Daisy
  • Lily
  • Meadow
  • Ivy
  • Fern
  • Clam
  • Oyster

Food-Inspired Hermit Crab Names


Food-inspired names can provide some silliness for your hermit crab.

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When you look to food for inspiration for hermit crab names, you’ll find that the options are endless. In some cases, food-based names provide a touch of humor to the naming process. Take a name like Surf ‘n’ Turf or Crab Legs, for instance. However, in other cases, food-inspired hermit crab names like Pot Roast offer silliness without any irony.

Here are some unique, food-inspired hermit crab names:

  • Crab Legs
  • Dumpling
  • Pot Roast
  • Fajita
  • Lobster Roll
  • Baked Bean
  • Clam Chowder
  • Fried Okra
  • Gumbo
  • Sashimi
  • Tempura
  • Charcuterie
  • Quiche
  • Ratatouille
  • Marinara
  • Spaghetti
  • Parmigiana
  • Cacio e Pepe
  • Seafood
  • Paella
  • Churros
  • Brownie
  • Cookie
  • Biscuit
  • Custard
  • Pudding
  • Fudge
  • Cupcake
  • Key Lime
  • S’more
  • Piña Colada
  • Saltwater Taffy
  • Surf ‘n’ Turf
  • Scampi
  • Penne

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About the Author

Megan is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is birds, felines, and sharks. She has been researching and writing about animals for four years, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in biology and professional and technical writing from Wingate University, which she earned in 2022. A resident of North Carolina, Megan is an avid birdwatcher that enjoys spending time with her cats and exploring local zoological parks with her husband.

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