Its true betta fish don’t recognize their names like a dog or cat can.
But naming your betta is still an essential way to bond with them!
We’ve covered you whether you’re looking for something unique, popular, feminine, or masculine.
Here are our picks for the best names for betta fish organized by gender, ethnicity, color, and more fun categories.
Betta Fish Name Generator
Most Common Betta Fish Names
While they’ve definitely been used a lot, I love the names, Scout and Penny.
They’re both cute and short but tell you something about the fish, too, whether their color or their personality.
Male Betta Fish Names
There are loads of great names for males, but my favorites are Sonny and Naruto.
Sonny is nice and simple, which is why I find it so charming!
Female Betta Fish Names
One of my favorite betta names of all time is a great one for females: Curie.
Not only is it a beautiful French name, but your female fish gets to have Marie Curie as her namesake!
This is a great pick for your highly intelligent fish… or a fish which acts like they were exposed to a little too much radiation. Too soon?
Gender Neutral Betta Fish Names
These names are for your nonbinary siamese fighting fish or the one whose gender you still don’t know.
My favorites in this section are Thimble and Punk, but honestly, I would use every one of these names.
Betta Fish Names by Color
Of all fish species, the betta is a great one to name by color since they come in a huge variety of patterns and shades.
My favorite name for a blue betta is Spritz because it’s so darn cute!
If red is your betta’s dominant color, I highly suggest naming them Swiftie.
Taylor did release an album called Red, after all.
Not a Taylor fan? Hades is my next favorite.
Black betta fish are such beauties! I like the name Somnus, which is Latin for sleep.
Marceline is a great one, too, especially if you’re a fan of Adventure Time.
Your yellow betta is brightening up the room, no doubt. Sunshine and Cheese Curd are my favorites for them!
It’s rare to find an all-white betta. If you do, I’m jealous, and I formally request you name them Ghost.
Turquoise is about as close as betta fish ever get to being fully green. So I would use one of the earthy names like Moss or Mint.
Matcha and Jade are both super cute too!
As a kid, I loved Calvin & Hobbes, so I would definitely name my cynical orange betta Hobbes.
But Cheeto and Rusty are close runners-up!
Gold skin makes for a beautiful betta fish, but I still couldn’t resist a cutesy name like Nugget.
If cutesy isn’t your style, Moxie is a much cooler option!
Miscellaneous Color Names
My favorite from the miscellaneous box has got to be Sprinkle. It’s just so adorable!
Betta Fish Names by Type
It’s a little silly to name a fish Bride, but I think I’d do it anyway.
There are many historical figures to name your fish after and keep with the theme of royalty.
Elizabeth or Louis IX are two famous options. Otherwise, scroll through the Disney catalog and you’ll find plenty of princess names.
I can’t stop snickering at the idea of calling a fish Rapunzel. The irony is beautiful.
Doubletake and Doppelganger are my top picks here! But if you’re looking for something a bit cuter, Clone is my suggestion.
Almost every name here is a winner in my book. But my favorite has to be either Rummy or Gamble.
Crater is my favorite lunar-themed name. But if you get a blue betta with a half-moon tail, Blue Moon is the way to go.
When I hear “Delta,” I think of the John Mulaney routine about Delta Airlines.
So, of course, I would pick either Mulaney or Nightmare.
If you’re not a big stand-up fan, consider Chiffon, which is in reference to the appearance of the delta tail.
Eos is a beautiful word literally meaning dawn. It also just feels like a suitable fish name.
On the other hand, Brillo is a lovely Spanish name meaning bright.
The rosetail is aptly named and always reminds me of a flower. I like Tulip and Thorn as rosetail betta names.
But Fantasy is a lovely one speaking to the almost romantic look this fish has.
Sparrow is an amazing fish name. For a feathertail, it’s both fitting and cute!
Depending on your fish’s character, though, you might prefer something like Penguin or Tweety.
Plakat bettas have shorter fins, so I like the names Opie and Runt for them.
But if you want something more elegant, Van Gogh references the famous painter.
It’s an especially nice name for a fish with a similar pattern to one of his paintings like Starry Night.
Strong listeners make the best Therapy Fish.
Of course, Pompom is a much cuter name if you’re not looking for a funny one.
Betta Fish Names by Pattern
The common red and blue Cambodian betta always made me think Popsicle.
But their pattern often has kind of a splotchy appearance, so Splotch is a close second.
The dragonscale betta makes for a stunningly beautiful betta fish. Names like Folklore and Dream are fitting!
Then again, the name Scale is awesome and is definitely a better name for bettas who are rougher around the edges.
Morph is a cool name and is loosely connected to the phases of a butterfly’s life.
I also like Papillon, which is French and translates to mean butterfly literally.
My sister-in-law once had a rabbit called Cookie, and I’ve loved the name ever since. It’s just so simple and sweet!
Dotty is another favorite of mine, though.
Drama is my favorite off this list! Depending on the fish, it might be a good personality name and fit their pattern.
The piebald betta has such a distinct appearance, it’s hard not to name them for their looks!
Pinkie, Beanie, and Sangria are great names if you want an appearance-based name.
Going from the word “piebald,” I love the names Tarte and Cherry Pie.
Solid-color betta fish are pretty hard to come by. But they’re stunning, which is why I think Glory and Serendipity are great names for them.
Uno and Solo are two more fun choices referring to this betta’s single body color.
Unique Betta Fish Names
|Hyperactive Betta||Angry/Aggressive Betta||Sweet/Cute Betta|
I love the names Blaire and Rooster for the betta with a fiery temper.
But for a much sweeter pet, Tatertot and Sweetpea are just too cute to pass up.
My absolute favorites here are Espresso and Chai, two of my favorite caffeinated beverages.
It’s hard to go wrong naming your pet after coffee!
|Lazy Betta||Intelligent Betta||Shy Betta|
|Dopey||Dr. Spencer Reid||Beatle|
My favorite from these names are Sole and Dr. Spencer Reid because I’m an introverted Criminal Minds fan.
But I also love Sloth and Bunny, which are great names for peaceful and calm bettas.
What’s great about personality names is they’re easy to combine! If you’ve got an equally smart and angry betta, Doc Spur captures both traits.
Use Snooze Rooster for the lazy alpha male in your aquarium.
The possibilities are endless with punny fish names. Choose a TV character or a common baby name and add fin, fish, gill, or sea to it.
Seamore, Gillian, Fishabelle… It’s low-hanging fruit, but these are all sure to get a chuckle from your friends and family.
|Little Lad||Berries & Cream||Croissant|
|Hurricane Tortilla||Fre-Sha-Vac-Ado||John Cena|
|Jake From State Farm||Shalissa||Yodel Boy|
My favorite funny name is Little Lad, which I picked from the TikTok sound we saw trending last year around this time.
Fam and Yeet are nice and chill, which is exactly what you need sometimes.
Millennials and older Gen-Zers will recognize a few Vine-inspired names here too. These are fun because whether your friends get the joke or not, their reaction will be awesome.
|Larry||Old Man Jenkins||Rubble|
These are all great if the betta is mainly your child’s pet or if you’re a sucker for a good animated movie.
I know my nieces would name a fish after one of the Paw Patrol pups or a character from Bluey.
But maybe your kiddo is a Spongebob Squarepants or Toy Story fan and wants to take inspiration from them.
So many kids’ shows include characters with creative and unique names, and they’re all fair game for naming your pets!
|Mr Peanut Butter||Diane||Mr. Meeseeks|
I’m biased toward my favorite shows, but I like the names Castiel, Crowley, and Sarah Lynn.
When I was eleven, I definitely would have gone for Little Joe or Cartwright, though.
There are some other fun names based on old westerns I didn’t even include. Maverick is a cool example.
For something more universal and classic, Lucille and Ricky are cute. They work especially well if your fish has something of an easygoing and goofy personality!
I only wrote a few ideas from some of the most popular movies of this century. Don’t be afraid to pick something more obscure from a movie you love.
When someone asks how you picked your betta’s name, you’ll get to make them watch your favorite film!
As far as these popular franchises go, my favorites are Groot and Draco.
But if I got to pick something lesser known, I’d name a fish Nadine after Hailee Steinfeld’s character in The Edge of Seventeen.
|Baby Spice||Scary Spice||Sporty Spice|
Celine and Aretha are lovely names for female pet fish, while MJ and Conan are great for males.
If you want something more fun, though, make your fish a spice girl!
Out of all our musical names, I like Glenda and Mimi the best.
But when I was thirteen and hooked on Hamilton, I definitely would have chosen Angelica.
Bechdel is my favorite author name to give a pet fish. But Fitzgerald has a nice, so-fish-ticated sound to it.
Lit names are loads of fun! My top picks are Gatsby, Sonnet, and Allegory.
I also love the name Lit because it’s so cute and short.
Video Game Inspired
Being a vault-dweller myself, I have to make Sheepsquatch and Nuka-Cola my favorite game-inspired names.
But almost any name from Apex Legends is also creative and full of personality. For example, Octane and Lifeline are unique and work for fish of either gender.
Ethnic Betta Fish Names
My favorite names in languages other than English are the Japanese name Don-Don, Spanish name Pez (fish), and Greek name Poseidon.
Off-Beat Names for Fish
My favorites are Prozac and John/Jane Doe. But if you’re willing to go even farther off the map, some people like to name their pets after random appliances.
Have you ever met a fish named Toaster? You don’t want it to be cute, I know. But it is.
Ironic Betta Names
These aren’t the most popular names, but they do have a lot of personality. My favorite here is Scruffy.
Land–Dweller is a wacky and hilarious name for a fish, though.
Picking Your Favorite Name
We’ve given you nearly 1,000 names to choose from, including masculine and feminine names, names for your fish with a fiery temper, and plenty more.
But at the end of the day, your choice should reflect who you are and your pet.
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