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15 Classic Goldfish Names

With the right tank, care, and attention, your goldfish can live well over ten years. You want to make sure you pick a name that you like because hopefully you will use it for a long time.

If you’re struggling, we’ve put together a list of classic and a few left-hand fields with suggestions for goldfish names that we hope will inspire you.

Oh, and when we say classics, we’ve still avoided the old believers like Goldie, Flipper, and Bubbles.


If you want to be a bit intellectual when it comes to naming your goldfish, why not go with the name Cara or even Aura? The scientific name for this species is Carassius auratus.


If you’re a fan of old Disney movies, you may already know that Geppetto had a pet goldfish named Chloe in Pinocchio. She was sweet, loyal, and loved tickling.

Just don’t expect your goldfish to get along with local cats like Cleo does with Figaro in the movie.


If you have young children in the house, they are welcome to watch ‘Elmo’s World’ Sesame Street. Elmo has a curious pet goldfish named Dorothy.

Dorothy lives in a bowl, as do many on-screen goldfish. Don’t forget that it is much better to have a larger, appropriately equipped tank for your goldfish so that they can live a long and happy life.


This should definitely be listed as a classic as it is often on lists of popular names for fish. It works especially well if you have a breed of goldfish that have a dorsal fin. Not all goldfish have this fin on the top of the body. If you want to choose something a little more unusual, you can even name your fish dorsal.

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Fish out of the water

Okay, it might be a bit chunky, but you could always shorten it to FOW. This name is inspired by the title character’s best friend in the Disney movie Little chicken.

Although he may not understand much of what he is trying to say, he is a great character – upbeat, fun, and friendly.

Just don’t let your kids try to recreate his character so they can get out of his tank!


Consider naming your goldfish George as a tribute to one of the oldest recorded pet goldfish. George was listed in the Guinness Record Books for having reached the age of 44 before passing away in 2019.

George’s owner won it together with his companion Fred in 1974 at a fair. Fred also lived to be an impressive 42 years old.


If you are looking for something unique you should name your goldfish Goudvis. This is the Dutch translation of the word and it is unlikely that many other people would have chosen this name.


Okay, we know this is a bit of a cliché and a name that many other goldfish will have adopted over the years. Still, it’s humorous, cool, and makes you smile when you relate to your little gentle fish. You’ll be the exact opposite of the far-fetched, yet somehow terrifying giant great white shark in the blockbuster movie Kiefer.


This is another unusual name that comes from the translation of the word goldfish. This time it’s the Chinese translation. This is all the more meaningful as the goldfish was first selectively bred in China over a thousand years ago. They still have great cultural significance in the country, and the species is said to bring good luck.

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If you’ve seen the black and white animated sitcom american father, You will be familiar with the families who talk to the goldfish Klaus Heissler. Klaus used to be a German Olympic ski jumper until his brain was turned into the body of a goldfish.

Naming your fish after this hilarious, wacky character would be great entertainment for any visitor for sure!


If you want to name your goldfish after one of the most famous marine life in the world, you can’t be much more famous than the figure of Moby Dick, in the novel of the same name. The fact that Moby Dick is a sperm whale that is completely different in size and type makes it an attractive name.


It could be an inspiring idea to name your fish Michael, Mick, Mickey or Mike after the famous swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps is the most successful Olympic champion of all time and is considered the best swimmer of all time.


Okay, we know Nemo was a clownfish in the hugely successful film Found Nemo, but that doesn’t stop this name from being one of the most popular for pet goldfish.


This may seem a bit off the beaten track, but naming your fish after the popular American institution – the cheese-flavored goldfish cracker snacks – could be a fun option.


Another popular classic, this is a great option if you have young children who want to encourage you to read more.

The book Swimmy by Leo Lionni is a highly respected story with great illustrations and educational points for children that is told in a heartwarming and engaging manner.

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Swimmy is a black fish, so this works well if you have a black bog goldfish, also known as a black telescope.