The Best Names for a Pet Turtle

best name for a pet turtle

Did you just get a new turtle? First of all, congratulations to you on becoming a pet-parent. If you are thinking of finding the right name for your new friend, you are at the right place. We compiled and overview of the best names for a pet turtle as well as some great naming tips and tricks.

How to select the right name for a pet turtle?

Naming a pet turtle can be a hard task. Don’t choose a name in a hurry. A turtle will be with you for a very long time. Use your imagination, activate your creativity, and gather some ideas to name your little turtle.
First of all, you should:

  • Check the breed of your turtle.
  • Look at the unique features of your pet.
  • Consider the color of your pet and the patterns present on his shell.
  • Observe where your little turtle loves to be. Does it enjoy water or land? Does it spend a lot of time in the basking zone? Or rather in the cooler areas?
  • Pay close attention to your pet’s general features. See how it moves on land and swims in water? Does it hide in its shell a lot? Get inspired by its physical traits.
  • Try to find out the gender of your turtle.

These things should give you a few indications for good names. Now you may decide to give your turtle a name that reminds you of its behavior or appearance. Or you might choose a historically relevant name or just something funny. Below you can find a large selection of names for a pet turtle.

Turtle names that are inspired by behavior and characteristics

You can also play with names inspired by the characteristics of your tiny crawling pet. Look at their shells, colors, patterns on the shell, feet, etc. Choose a name that reflects your pet’s qualities.

  • Shell-shocker
  • Scooter
  • Sheller
  • Snapper
  • Snappy
  • Peek-a-boo
  • Stretch
  • Swimmer
  • Hard Top
  • Turtle neck
  • Turbo
  • Zippy
Funny names for pet turtles - peek-a-boo
He looks a lot like a Peek-a-boo to us

Get inspired by your favorite movie characters

Who doesn’t remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? You can name your little pet after their names. The names of all-time poplar ninjas were Raphael, Ronaldo, Donatello, and Michaelangelo.

More turtle characters have been featured in several movies and television series. Finding Nemo was another successful animated children’s movie. It featured a turtle character named Crush and another named Squirt. Squirtle and Wartotle were two turtles in Pokemon, Mock Turtle was in Alice in the Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. Koopa was seen in Mario Brothers games, and Mack, the rebellious turtle was introduced by Dr. Seuss in Yertle the Turtle. You can select any name depending on what character you love the most.

Choose a funny name

Do you think your pet turtle is a funny character? Or maybe it’s just you who feels like giving out funny names? Regardless of your motive, below you can find a list of funny turtle names. If you already know your pet turtle quite well, one of these may just be the perfect fit:

  • Speedy
  • Harry
  • Shyman
  • Tucker
  • Gunner
  • Quickie
  • Squeeze
  • Snapper
  • Gator
  • Pokey
  • Doorstop
  • Hard Hat

I sincerely hope the name Doorstop didn’t bring up any memories you and your pet turtle share together.

Funny turtle wordplay names

I bet your turtle would feel delighted to be called:

  • Aristurtle
  • Torque
  • Tortuga
  • Tortellini
  • Tortelli
  • Tororo

These are perfect turtle names, aren’t they?

best name for a pet tortoise
Is the tortoise the famous and wise Aristurtle?

Turtle names inspired by historical figures

You can also select a historically important name for your turtle. We are convinced that your turtle would feel honored to carry along the name of Queen Victoria, Napoleon or the likes:

  • Voltaire
  • Einstein
  • Chancellor
  • Lady Bertha
  • King George
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Napoleon
  • Wigglesworth
  • Queen Victoria
  • Charlemagne
Male Western ornate box turtle
We would call this little guy Rayzor

Best names for a girl turtle

  • Annabelle
  • Burty
  • Luna
  • Babykins
  • Bubba-diddle
  • Bitsy
  • Boop
  • Babushka
  • Babyface
  • Mia 
  • Olivia
  • Bean
  • Bear
  • Beautiful

Best names for a boy turtle

  • Blue
  • Brownie
  • Buttercup
  • Baby cheeks
  • Angels eyes
  • Archie 
  • Beck
  • Wally
  • Adam
  • Ace 
  • Abe
  • Liam
  • James
  • Oliver
  • Ninja
  • Mr.Turtle
  • Monster
  • Sluggy
  • Slider
  • She(l)ldon

Our hot picks…..

  • We absolutely love ‘Skittles‘ because it defines the vibrant colors that are found on some turtle shells.
  • You can name your little fellow ‘Yellow‘ or ‘Amber‘ because these match with the striking patterns that are there on a turtle shell.
Best names for a pet turtle
Skittles, is that you? Oh, no, it is Shelldon

Below is the list of trending turtle names for the year 2020

  • Sunny
  • Milo
  • Frodo
  • Foxe
  • Tessel
  • Mire
  • Cardboard
  • Pea
  • Bruiser
  • Ariana
  • Juliet
  • Azure
  • Rainbow
  • Guess
  • Polka
  • Godzilla
  • Backspace
  • Moon
  • Stained glass
  • Timber
  • Square 
  • Forest
  • Drum
  • Flip
  • Lucky

Final Remarks

We hope that the names that we listed down for will help you in naming your pet. Well, if it is still hard for you to choose the right one, take your time, get to know your turtle, build a healthy relationship with your newborn pet, learn about his traits and then play with the words, and trust your gut. You will surely select a unique name for your pet.

Give us your feedback if you have found the ONE for your shelled pet or give us some suggestions. We will be glad to update our list.

The Best Names for a Pet Turtle
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