100+ Pet Names for Turtles, Tortoises, & Terrapins

Last Updated: August 27, 2020

Choosing the right name for your brand new pet can be just as exciting as bringing them home. While turtles live for the water and spend their days splashing away in their ponds, tortoises adore the land, roaming freely and eating as they may. Fun fact: the terrapin thrives in both the water and on land.

For whichever species and breed you have selected, we hope to give you the right name inspiration to shell-abrate their arrival! So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to find the perfect name!

Female Tortoise and Turtle Names

Flirty, quirky and cute – below we have some of the most popular female turtle and tortoise names:

  • Myrtle
  • Starla
  • Ruby
  • Monet
  • Cherry
  • Lady
  • Shelby
  • Mishell
  • Peanut
  • Opal
  • Jade
  • Ms. Turt
  • Ivy
  • Skittles
  • Terra

Male Tortoise and Turtle Names

Male turtles and tortoises may have a few distinct traits such as long tails, curved shells, or even brighter eyes! Below are our top male turtle and tortoise names.

  • Melvin
  • Balboa
  • Popeye
  • Snappy
  • Oscar
  • Apollo
  • Mozart
  • Duke
  • Slow-Poke
  • Rufus
  • Jet
  • Tank
  • Picassa
  • Sneak
  • Hard Top
  • Atlas
turtle and lettuce
Ivabalk from Pixabay

Funny Turtle and Tortoise Names

Often described as shy and laidback, turtles and tortoises can also be quite comical, when they’re comfortable enough to “come out of their shell”, so to speak. For with the goofiest of personalities, we have compiled a list of the funniest names:

  • Sir Hides-A-Lot
  • Tank
  • Turtle Recall
  • Zoom
  • Turtleneck
  • Donnashello
  • Sneak
  • Speedster
  • The Flash
  • Lightning
  • Tortellini
  • Peeping Tom
  • Houdini
  • Sally Monella
  • Speedy
  • Bolt
  • Taco
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Ninja
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Daisy Brust from Pixabay

Cute Turtle & Tortoise Names

For the sweet and innocent, here are a few of our favorite cute names for turtles!

  • Waddles
  • Puddles
  • Wobble
  • Peep
  • Sport
  • Jinx
  • Flip
  • Merp
  • Stretch
  • Luna
  • Kiwi
  • Darling
  • Steady
  • Lulu
  • Dino
  • Tiny
  • Cosmo
  • Zip

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Names

GO NINJA GO NINJA GO NINJA GO! If you haven’t heard of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you are totally missing out dude! With the cartoon originating in the ’80s, this cultural phenomenon has stood the test of time as we still see feature films being created today. We have compiled a list of the most iconic TMNT personalities below. COWABUNGA, man!

  • Armaggon
  • Splinter
  • Michelangelo
  • April
  • Venus de Milo
  • Hothead
  • Venus
  • Leonardo
  • Donatello
  • Klunk
  • Ninjara
  • Raphael
  • Metalhead
  • O’Neil
  • Shredder
  • Tokka

Famous Turtle & Tortoise Character Names

Turtles and tortoises have also frequently been cast as supporting characters in the film and gaming world. So below are a few other famous turtles and tortoises we couldn’t go without mentioning:

  • Blastoise (Pokemon)
  • Mudface (Dr. Doolittle)
  • Fillman (Shermans Lagoon)
  • Verne (Over the Hedge)
  • Wartortle (Pokemon)
  • Koopa (Mario Brothers)
  • Squirtle (Pokemon)
  • Howard (Razzel Dazzel)
  • Franklin (TV Series)
  • Morla (Never Ending Story)
  • Bowser (Mario Brothers)
  • Yertle (Dr. Seuss)
  • Mock (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
  • Lenny Turteltaub (Bojack Horseman)
  • Tuck (Wonder Pets)
  • Crush (Finding Nemo)
  • Squirt (Finding Nemo)
  • Tardy (Greg the Bunny)

Finding the Right Name for your Turtle or Tortoise

With such a great shell-ection of names, we hope that you were able to lock in the perfect one for your new little four-legged slider. We’re sure they will be turtally shell shocked by your awesome choice!

If you’re still in the market for a name for your new pet and want to explore a few more options, we’ve got some other pet name posts for you to browse through! They may not be exactly for turtles, tortoises, or terrapins, but you never know what might pop out at you.

Feature Photo Credit: Pixabay