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Turtle Names: 500 Cool & Funny Turtle Names For Your Pet Turtle

It’s easy to find and choose the turtle that you want but the difficult part is finding the perfect turtle name for its new life. They do live long lives so finding the perfect name is important challenging and rewarding. It requires creativity, imagination, and even a bit of fun. Or you can save yourself time by taking a look at our list of the best turtle names to get you started and inspired.

The list will be divided into different categories so you can have more options to choose from.

Let’s start with the turtle’s gender.

Names for boy/male turtles

The names for boy/male turtles would usually reflect the animal’s tough shell. The name could also reflect strength and determination.

  • Alfie
  • Baldwin
  • Bert
  • Bruno
  • Burt
  • Casey
  • Cedric
  • Cooper
  • Corky
  • Duke
  • Owight
  • Eddie
  • Fergus
  • Fillmore
  • Finnegan
  • Frederick
  • George
  • Gerson
  • Gibson
  • Hank
  • Horace
  • Howard
  • Humphrey
  • Jack
  • John
  • Kenneth
  • Kurt
  • Leroy
  • Luka
  • Mack
  • Malcolm
  • Melvin
  • Murphy
  • Mustafa
  • Norbert
  • Oliver
  • Oscar
  • Ozzy
  • Paul
  • Ralph
  • Reggie
  • Ren
  • Rufus
  • Sabastian
  • Sam
  • Sammy
  • Samuel
  • Scooter
  • Sebastian
  • Sheldon
  • Sherman
  • Smith
  • Steele
  • Steven
  • Stryker
  • Sullivan
  • Tanner
  • Terrapin
  • Terry
  • Thad
  • Thaddeus
  • Thomas
  • Tim Turtle
  • Timmy
  • Timmy-Joe
  • Timothy
  • Tobias
  • Toby
  • Todd
  • Tommy
  • Tony
  • Trevor
  • Tristian
  • Tristin
  • Troy
  • Ty
  • Tyler
  • Tyson
  • Zack
Young Sea Turtle
Young Sea Turtle

Names for girl/female turtles

Under the tough exterior of its shell lies, the soft and gentle turtle and the following names can be a perfect fit for her. The names are sweet feminine and more importantly, cute.

  • April
  • August
  • Aurelia
  • Bertie
  • Bjork
  • Caroline
  • Casey
  • Cecil
  • Cherry
  • Cressida
  • Dolly
  • Doris
  • Esme
  • Gloria
  • Goldie
  • Hazel
  • Hidie
  • Holly
  • Ivy
  • Kai
  • Kenya
  • Lady Boxworthy
  • Lily
  • Marnie
  • Melanie
  • Myrtle
  • Paulie
  • Penny
  • Rosie
  • Sabrina
  • Sadie
  • Samantha
  • Sara
  • Sarah
  • Sasha
  • Selene
  • Shannon
  • Shelby
  • Sierra
  • Skye
  • Skylar
  • Sophia
  • Stella
  • Stephanie
  • Susan
  • Sylvia
  • Tahlia
  • Tammy
  • Tania
  • Tara
  • Tatianna
  • Taya
  • Tess
  • Thelma
  • Theresa
  • Tia
  • Tiffany
  • Timber
  • Tina
  • Toni
  • Tonya
  • Tricia
  • Trixie
  • Truffle
  • Tyra

Names based on the characteristics of your turtle

Observe your turtle and look for characteristics or behaviors that stand out. The most common characteristics are the presence of their shell and their speed. You can create names from those alone but why stop there. Look at the patterns on the shells or other features of that species of turtle.

  • Archy
  • Bulldozer
  • Flippers
  • Flippy
  • Hard Hat
  • Hard Top
  • Hardy
  • Hide and Seek
  • Jade
  • Leatherback
  • Madam Shell
  • Metal head
  • Mossback
  • Motley
  • Mr. Turtle
  • Mudface
  • Pokey
  • Poppin
  • Red
  • Rocky
  • Rosy
  • Sandy
  • Scooter
  • Shell-shocker
  • Shelly
  • Shyman
  • Slick
  • Slider
  • Slowpoke
  • Snapper
  • Snappy
  • Snappy Sam
  • Spike
  • Spotty
  • Steele
  • Stretch
  • Stumpy
  • Sunny
  • Swimmer
  • Tank
  • The Shell
  • Tucker
  • Woody

Different types of turtles can inspire names as well.

Box turtle
Box turtle

For box turtles, consider the following:

  • Box
  • Cardboard
  • Dome
  • Lumpy
  • Square
  • Terra
  • Woody

Have a map turtle? Try one of these monikers:

  • Globe
  • Continent
  • East-West
  • Compass
Colorful Turtle
Colorful Turtle

One of these names is great for a painted, colorful turtle:

  • Crayola
  • Crayon
  • M&M
  • Rainbow
  • Skittles
  • Stained Glass

Have a brown or mud turtle? Consider these:

  • Digs
  • Mr. Clean
  • Mud Wrestler
  • Pigpen
  • Snow White

For red-eared sliders, these are very apt:

  • Blush
  • Cherry
  • Crimson
  • Dumbo
  • Scarlet
  • Red
  • Rosy
  • Ruby
  • White Castle
Giant Turtle
Giant Turtle

Big Turtle Names

  • Bruiser
  • Bulldozer
  • Butch
  • Godzilla
  • Hammer
  • Jumbo
  • Tank
  • The Giant
Small Turtle
Small Turtle

Small Turtle Names

  • Baby
  • Boop
  • Frodo
  • Nibbles
  • Niblet
  • Peanut
  • Tiny

Names that are the opposite of their characteristics

Another choice is to invert the characteristics of your turtle. These are sure to be funny.

  • Fastback
  • Flash
  • Jet
  • Jumbo (for a tiny turtle)
  • Lightning
  • Mighty
  • Quickie
  • Racer
  • Speed
Couple turtles
Couple turtles

Couple names for turtles

Certain pairs of names just roll off the tongue like butter. If you are buying a pair of turtles, you might want to name them with familiar couple names. Your naming options can include:

  • Adam and Eve
  • Ben and Jerry
  • Bert and Ernie
  • Donald and Daisy
  • East and West
  • Ebony and Ivory
  • Hugs and Kisses
  • Jack and Jill
  • Lightning and McQueen
  • Mickey and Minnie
  • North and South
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Rock and Roll
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sugar and Spice
  • Tortoise and the Hare
  • Yin and Yang
Cute Turtle
Cute Turtle

Names that sound cute

Cute names are always very popular for these cute creatures.

  • Ahbo
  • Auburn
  • Aurelius
  • Beryl
  • Buddy
  • Butters
  • Caramel
  • Carmine
  • Cerise
  • Chubs
  • Cloudberry
  • Coco
  • Colby
  • Cole
  • Damson
  • Elderberry
  • Ella
  • Fawn
  • Fergus
  • Flannery
  • Flippy
  • Gilda
  • Gimpy
  • Goldie
  • Hari
  • Herk
  • Honeyberry
  • Indy
  • Juane
  • Kelly
  • Meep
  • Motu
  • Nemo
  • Nubs
  • Om
  • Oriana
  • Orla
  • Ove
  • Ozzy
  • Pipsqueak
  • Pong Pagong
  • Ponyo
  • Roschi
  • Russell

Names based on verbs and adjectives

Crack open a dictionary and you might find an appropriate verb or adjective for your new favorite pet. Its name could be the most common or funny act he is currently doing. Observe your turtle and it might just tell you its name through a game of Charade.

  • Corky
  • Crimson
  • Flip
  • Flippy
  • Mills
  • Muddy
  • Nibbles
  • Peep
  • Roll
  • Scout
  • Scuttle
  • Skipper
  • Slash
  • Slider
  • Slimer
  • Smiles
  • Snatch
  • Sneak
  • Spicy
  • Squeeze
  • Squiggles
  • Squirt
  • Sunny
  • Tanner
  • Tipsy
  • Tooter
  • Tuck
  • Tumble
  • Waddles
  • Wiggles
  • Wobbles
  • Zip

Names that sound tunny

Silly names are always great. It reflects the owner’s wit and it’s a good topic of conversation. Puns are the most common sources of funny names. Here are creative names that can tickle your funny bones.

  • Aristurtle
  • Axelle
  • Backspace
  • Baxter
  • Beakers
  • Bomber
  • Bruce
  • Bruiser
  • Burocracia
  • Carapad
  • Carracosta
  • Caveman
  • Chewde
  • Churchy LaFemme
  • Clothahump
  • Coco Jumbo
  • Crewban
  • Devan Shell
  • Donnashello
  • Doorstop
  • Drednaw
  • Dumbletort
  • Fastback
  • Filburt
  • Gamera
  • Gator
  • Ghido
  • Glona in exc-shell-sis Deo
  • Gramps
  • Grandpa
  • Grease Lightening
  • Great A’Tuin
  • Grotle
  • Harry
  • Houdin
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Kamoebas
  • Lakitu
  • Lenny Turteltaub
  • Lickety Split
  • Lightning McQueen
  • Madam Shell
  • Mano Andrett
  • Marshell
  • Mary Shelley/Shelly Maturin
  • Michael Shellps
  • Minn
  • Mishell
  • Miss Shellington
  • Miss Tortington
  • Moby
  • Mock Turtle
  • Mori a
  • Mossback
  • Mr. Wigglesworth
  • Ninjara
  • Peakaboo
  • Peek-a-Boo
  • Poptart
  • Puripad
  • Raptor
  • Robinson Cruise-Slow
  • Rotten Robbie

Names from history and literature

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the first names of four historical figures from the Rennaisance Period: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Raffaello Sanzio, and Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi. History and literature are full of names of famous people and characters that your turtle can adopt.

Open a history book and a literary work and start digging. You can settle with just one name or the complete name.

  • Achilles
  • Aesop
  • Alderman Ptolemy
  • Apollo
  • Archimedes
  • Ardha
  • Aslan
  • Atlas
  • Bentley
  • Br’er Turtle
  • Caesar
  • Casanova
  • Cassiopeia
  • Churchy LeFemme
  • Crush
  • Cupid
  • Dior
  • Donatello
  • Einstein
  • Elvis
  • Esmeralda
  • Feng
  • Franklin
  • Fudukazi
  • Gamera
  • Hamato
  • Hercules
  • Hermes
  • Hudson
Close up Turtle Photo
Close up Turtle Photo

Names from fiction, animation, video games

Time to geek out! Recognize any of the names below? Fiction, animation, and video games are full of turtles you can choose from.

  • Alfie
  • Balboa
  • Blastoise
  • Bowser
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Cartman
  • Fastitocalon
  • Flapjack
  • Fugitoid
  • Godzilla
  • Grandmaster Oogway Hulk
  • Iggy Koopa
  • Kamek
  • Koopa
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Koopaling
  • Koopor
  • Koops
  • Lapras
  • Larry Koopa
  • Lemmy Koopa
  • Lion Turtle
  • Ludwig von Koopa
  • Morton Koopa Jr
  • Mutagen Man
  • Onyx
  • Pop eye
  • Roy Koopa
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