Top 350+ Best Pet Turtle Names

Turtles are aquatic reptiles that come from oceans or ponds. Some species make fantastic pets because they are easy to care for and have more interesting behaviors than fish.

Choosing a turtle might be easy. But turtle names do not always come easy.

It is important you pick the perfect name as they can live for over 40 years!

Luckily there are many fictional turtles and fun ideas that you can draw inspiration from.

In our list we have 350 of the best names based on your reptile’s gender, color and species.

Pet Turtle Names

Best 50 Turtle Names

The most popular turtle names are usually a bit tongue-in-cheek.

Many are funny and can be taken from pop culture. Others can be ironic due to the fact that turtles can be slow creatures.

The most famous names are Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael from the show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Other popular choices are Shelly or Sheldon after their shell.

Below you will find a list of the 50 most popular turtle names of 2020:

NameCategoryGenderRank
DonatelloFunnyMale1
LeonardoFunnyMale2
MichelangeloFunnyMale3
RaphaelFunnyMale4
ShellyFunnyFemale5
SammyPetUnisex6
ShelbyPetUnisex7
SheldonCoolMale8
DorisPetFemale9
GloriaPetFemale10
ThaliaPetFemale11
TiffanyPetFemale12
FlippyCuteUnisex13
NibblesCuteUnisex14
NuggetCuteUnisex15
TinaPetFemale16
TriciaPetFemale17
ScooterFunnyMale18
TimmyPetMale19
BowserFunnyMale20
KoopaFunnyUnisex21
SquirtleFunnyUnisex22
TommyPetMale23
TonyPetMale24
RosieCuteFemale25
AmberCuteFemale26
GeorgeCoolMale27
PipsqueakCuteUnisex28
TinyCuteUnisex29
TippiFunnyFemale30
SpeedyFunnyUnisex31
FranklinFunnyMale32
YertleFunnyMale33
WashingtonPetMale34
CamoFunnyUnisex35
SnapperFunnyUnisex36
SabrinaPetFemale37
SagePetFemale38
ScarletPetFemale39
MishellFunnyFemale40
BrunoCuteMale41
StonePetMale42
SelenaPetFemale43
SiennaPetFemale44
SkyePetFemale45
SamiPetMale46
GoldieCuteFemale47
CloverCuteFemale48
SmithPetMale49
BoltFunnyMale50

Pet Turtle Names

Pet Turtle

There are many famous turtle mascots from literature, film and television whose names make great choices for a pet! Below is a list of the best names for a pet turtle:

  • Alderman Ptolemy
  • Blastoise
  • Bowser
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Burocracia
  • Carapad
  • Carracosta
  • Cassiopeia
  • Chewtle
  • Churchy LaFemme
  • Clothahump
  • Coco Jumbo
  • Crush
  • Crwban
  • Devan Shell
  • Dog
  • Donatello
  • Drednaw
  • Fastitocalon
  • Filburt
  • Franklin
  • Gamera
  • Gerson
  • Ghido
  • Gramps
  • Grandmaster Oogway
  • Grandpa
  • Great A’Tuin
  • Grotle
  • Howard
  • Hun
  • Iggy Koopa
  • Kamek
  • Kamoebas
  • Koopa
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Koopaling
  • Kooper
  • Koops
  • Lakitu
  • Lapras
  • Larry Koopa
  • Leatherback
  • Lemmy Koopa
  • Lenny Turteltaub
  • Leonardo
  • Lightning
  • Lion Turtle
  • Ludwig von Koopa
  • Mack
  • Maturin
  • Michelangelo
  • Mickael the Turtle
  • Minn
  • Mock Turtle
  • Morla
  • Morton Koopa Jr.
  • Motu
  • Mudface
  • Om
  • Ove
  • Plautus
  • Pong Pagong
  • Puripad
  • Raphael
  • Roy Koopa
  • Shelbow
  • Shelly
  • Shen-zin Su
  • Skalman
  • Squirt
  • Squirtle
  • Super-Turtle
  • Tank
  • Tardy Turtle
  • Terraspin
  • Terrific Whatzit
  • Testudo
  • Tetter
  • The Millennium Turtle
  • Thelma
  • Tippi
  • Tiptup
  • Tirtouga
  • Toby
  • Tooter
  • Torkal
  • Torterra
  • Tortice
  • Tortimer
  • Toto
  • Totter
  • Touché
  • Turner
  • Turtwig
  • Valluta
  • Wartortle
  • Wendy O. Koopa
  • Yertle

Best Turtle Names

  • Lady Boxworth
  • Tamale
  • Tropicana
  • Miss Shellington
  • Trixie
  • Sir Wiggleston
  • Sir Hides-a-lot
  • Roll
  • Scuttle
  • Globe
  • Ninja
  • Crayola
  • Muddy
  • Crayon
  • Doorstop
  • Torti
  • Sandy
  • Backtrack
  • Tortuga
  • Tortilla

Female Turtle Names

Maybe you want to give your turtle a gender-specific name? It will certainly help to stop your friends and family from asking about your pet’s gender! Find some great names for girl turtles below:

  • Doris
  • Taya
  • Shelly T. Turtle
  • Toni
  • Venus
  • Sydney
  • Sapphire
  • Skye
  • Truffle
  • Stephanie
  • Sarah
  • Skylar
  • Tonya
  • Sylvia
  • Sophia
  • Cecil
  • Stella
  • Tammy
  • Gloria
  • Caroline
  • Flower
  • Lily
  • Shelby
  • Sierra
  • Susan
  • Sadie
  • Tatianna
  • Tia
  • Treasure
  • Tahlia
  • Peanut
  • Selene
  • Dolly
  • Savannah
  • Tara
  • Tess
  • Theresa
  • Tiffany
  • Petunia
  • Sabrina
  • Serenity
  • Summer
  • Tina
  • Timber
  • Tania
  • Samantha
  • Sara
  • Tricia
  • Tyra
  • Shannon

Male Turtle Names

  • Tyler
  • Snapper
  • Fillmore
  • Slash
  • Ty
  • Corky
  • Trevor
  • Timmy-Joe Terrapin
  • Todd
  • Thaddeus
  • Stryker
  • Timothy
  • Samuel
  • Thomas
  • Sabastian
  • Tristian
  • Scout
  • Bentley
  • Sam
  • Tony
  • Tobias
  • Verne
  • Burt
  • Steven
  • John the Turtle
  • Tanner
  • Tristin
  • Snappy Sam
  • Sullivan
  • Smith
  • Tommy
  • Timmy
  • Jack
  • Tim Turtle
  • Titan
  • Troy
  • Tyson
  • Toby
  • Scooter
  • Steele
  • Horace
  • Elvis
  • Sheldon
  • Bert
  • Speed
  • Washington
  • Alfie
  • George
  • Sammy
  • Aesop

Cute Turtle Names

Beautiful Turtle

Turtles are very cute pet reptiles.

Many cute ideas can originate from your turtle’s size, color, species or the foods they like to eat.

It is only natural to want to give them a cute name to match their appearance.

We love Amber and Apple, pick your favorite from the list below…

NameGenderNameGender
AmberFemaleHariMale
AppleUnisexHazelFemale
AslanMaleHoneyberryUnisex
AuburnFemaleHunterUnisex
AureliaFemaleJackfruitUnisex
AureliusMaleJadeFemale
BananaUnisexJetMale
BeanUnisexJuaneUnisex
BerylUnisexKaleUnisex
BrunoMaleKellyFemale
ButtercupFemaleKiwiUnisex
CantaloupeUnisexMangoUnisex
CarmineFemaleMarigoldFemale
CarnationUnisexMelanieFemale
CarrotUnisexNibblesUnisex
CeriseFemaleNuggetUnisex
ChartreuseFemaleOliveFemale
CherryFemaleOnyxUnisex
ClementineFemaleOrianaFemale
CloudberryUnisexOrlaFemale
CloverFemaleOrvilleMale
CocoFemalePeaUnisex
CoconutUnisexPeachFemale
ColeMalePineappleUnisex
CranberryUnisexPipsqueakUnisex
CressidaFemalePlumUnisex
DamsonMalePoppyFemale
DandelionUnisexPrimroseFemale
DateUnisexRavenUnisex
DiorUnisexRoseFemale
DragonfruitUnisexRosieFemale
DurianUnisexRubyFemale
EbonyFemaleRussellMale
ElderberryUnisexRustyUnisex
EmeraldFemaleSableUnisex
EsmeFemaleSaffronFemale
EsmeraldaFemaleSageFemale
FawnFemaleScarletFemale
FlanneryMaleSiennaFemale
FlippyUnisexSpinachUnisex
ForestUnisexStrawberryUnisex
GarnetMaleSunnyFemale
GildaFemaleTartUnisex
GingerFemaleTawnyFemale
GojiUnisexTinyUnisex
GoldenUnisexTitianMale
GoldieFemaleTomatoUnisex
GooseberryUnisexUmberUnisex
GrapeUnisexXantheMale
GrapefruitUnisexXanthusMale

Funny Turtle Names

If you don’t want to take naming your turtle too seriously then the list of names below is perfect for you. These ideas will definitely make you and your friends smile!

Between the pun-able species, slow moving jokes and badass ideas below there are over 100 funny names:

  • Speedy Gonzales
  • Lightning McQueen
  • The Flash
  • Fastback
  • Slowpoke
  • The Shell
  • Racer
  • Slaking
  • Lightning
  • Speedster
  • Slowbro
  • Sloth
  • Turbo
  • Bolt
  • Zippy
  • Tic Tac Turtle
  • Rotten Robbie
  • Speedy
  • Zoomy
  • Snail

Turtle Pun Names

  • Miss Tortington
  • Sir Tort
  • Madam Shell
  • Turtianna
  • Spotty
  • Marshell
  • Dumbletort
  • Robinson Cruise-Slow
  • Sulcatticus Finch
  • Waddles
  • Hare
  • Sammy
  • Tuck
  • Mossback
  • Shell-ibration
  • Vettel
  • Mary Shelley
  • Peakaboo
  • Shellshock
  • Caveman

Badass Turtle Names

  • Arrow
  • Axelle
  • Baxter
  • Bomber
  • Boss
  • Boxer Boy
  • Bruce
  • Bruiser
  • Godzilla
  • Hulk
  • Raptor
  • Rocky
  • Roxy
  • Shellington
  • Stone
  • Tank
  • Thaddeus
  • Tipsy
  • Tuck
  • Turtonator

How To Choose A Turtle Name

Choosing A Turtle

When it comes to naming a pet turtle there is no right answer.

The most important thing is to have fun and pick an idea that you like.

Every turtle is unique so the best place to start is by their appearance. A red-eared slider could be named Ruby, an eastern boxed turtle could be Ginger or a snapping turtle could be Snappy.

If their appearance isn’t very unique then alliteration is a great idea. Names like Timmy the turtle or Sheldon the slider are very fun.

It is also common for owners to name their pets after famous film characters and mascots. Maybe a name from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or one of the Koopas in Super Mario?!

Finally, if you want an original title then think about what aspects of your reptile you like. For example a pet who likes to hide could be named Globe.

Summary

Remember the name your pick is going to stick with your turtle for life.

Put some thought into this process and make sure it is one you want!

In the end trust your instinct and select one that you like, whether that is cute, funny, or cool.

If you have recently named a pet turtle or have a choice that you would like to share please comment below and let us know.

About Johnathan David 215 Articles
Johnathan leads the Everything Reptiles’ editorial team as our Editor in Chief. He has been a reptile hobbyist since childhood and after years in herpetoculture he has cared for many Geckos and Frogs.

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