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100+ Goldfish Names: Ideas for Friendly & Classic Fish

Nicole Cosgrove

Goldfish are some of the most well-known fish around and are, in fact, the most popular aquarium fish in the world! Notorious goldfish features include their pouty lips, bulging eyes, and gleaming yellow scales. You might even remember the age-old tale that the memory of a goldfish only lasts a whopping 3 seconds. Nowadays, we know this is not true, and it is becoming more apparent that your buddy may actually recognize your face and voice. And, if proper care is taken, your Goldfish can live for decades! 

When it comes to naming your new little swimmer, we know you’ll want some just as iconic and classic as they are. We have compiled our favorite female and male names, as well as a few cute, funny, and unique for those looking for something a little extra! 


Female Goldfish Names

  • Goldilocks
  • Pumpkin
  • Spice
  • Nibbles
  • Cocoa
  • Marble
  • Sugar
  • Dotty
  • Bliss
  • Ember
  • Trudy
  • Lucy
  • Tropicana
  • Cherry
  • Peppy
  • Clementine
  • Goldie
  • Freckles
  • Sherbert
  • Ginger
  • Amber
  • Sunny

Male Goldfish Names

  • Eugene
  • George
  • Hickory
  • Bullet
  • Spot
  • Junior
  • Rusty
  • Swat
  • Jet
  • Lewis
  • Sterling
  • Goofy
  • Elanzo
  • Dirk
  • Sunset
  • Harry
  • Copper
  • Einstein
  • Rick
  • Flamer
  • Bones
  • Nemo
  • Swimmy
  • Rusty
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Shutterstock by C N Elliott

Funny Goldfish Names 

Why not go with a fun and silly name for your Goldfish – a simple play on words, or something ironic? After all, they are a fairly lighthearted and silly breed! With a great sense of humor, you may even be able to teach them a trick or two. 

  • Phelps
  • Cheddar
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Peepers
  • Sushi
  • Dorito
  • Goldeen
  • Spicy
  • Salmon
  • Jaws
  • Fang
  • Bulge
  • Wasabi
  • Cheeto
  • Gulp
  • Lip
  • Magikarp
  • Bubbles 
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Shutterstock | dien

Cute Goldfish Names 

Goldfish are just so dang adorable because of their goofy features and aloof personality. So naturally, a cute name would be a great choice. Below we have listed a few of our favs:

  • Sweetie 
  • Dolly
  • Guppie
  • Clove
  • Chip
  • Lunar 
  • Citrus
  • Pebbles
  • Chive
  • Barnacle
  • Swift
  • Patch 
  • Peanut
  • Nickle
  • Nugget
  • Luna
  • Lemon

 Unique Goldfish Names 

For those swimmers who are simply individuals and tread water to the beat of their own drum – perhaps you’ll want a special and unique name. Aside from their distinct appearance, Goldfish are also vastly different from others because they have no scales on their heads or tastebuds! Check out our list of unique Goldfish name below:

  • Flax 
  • Otto
  • Zoro
  • Gus 
  • Tito
  • Tonto
  • Mush
  • Bingo
  • Brute
  • Paco
  • Prints
  • Enzo
  • Zazu
  • Viper
  • Yallo
  • Nero
  • Olep
  • Kelp

Famous Goldfish Names 

There are a few notable mentions that we had to include: some of the top Goldfish characters from film and television.

  • Cleo (Pinocchio)
  • Dorothy (Elmo’s Fish)
  • Darwin Watterson (The Amazing World of Gumball)
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Shutterstock | luckypic

Finding the Right Name for Your Goldfish

Sorting through Goldfish names may leave you endlessly fishing for the perfect one. We hope that you have found some inspiration in reading our favorite Goldfish names. Luckily with cute names like Nugget and Polly, or clever options like Wasabi or Goldie Hawn, we know that we have offered up some great insight. However, we know this list may not have what it is you are searching for – in that case, please check out one of our other fish name lists below:

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.