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:

Name Category Gender Rank
Donatello Funny Male 1
Leonardo Funny Male 2
Michelangelo Funny Male 3
Raphael Funny Male 4
Shelly Funny Female 5
Sammy Pet Unisex 6
Shelby Pet Unisex 7
Sheldon Cool Male 8
Doris Pet Female 9
Gloria Pet Female 10
Thalia Pet Female 11
Tiffany Pet Female 12
Flippy Cute Unisex 13
Nibbles Cute Unisex 14
Nugget Cute Unisex 15
Tina Pet Female 16
Tricia Pet Female 17
Scooter Funny Male 18
Timmy Pet Male 19
Bowser Funny Male 20
Koopa Funny Unisex 21
Squirtle Funny Unisex 22
Tommy Pet Male 23
Tony Pet Male 24
Rosie Cute Female 25
Amber Cute Female 26
George Cool Male 27
Pipsqueak Cute Unisex 28
Tiny Cute Unisex 29
Tippi Funny Female 30
Speedy Funny Unisex 31
Franklin Funny Male 32
Yertle Funny Male 33
Washington Pet Male 34
Camo Funny Unisex 35
Snapper Funny Unisex 36
Sabrina Pet Female 37
Sage Pet Female 38
Scarlet Pet Female 39
Mishell Funny Female 40
Bruno Cute Male 41
Stone Pet Male 42
Selena Pet Female 43
Sienna Pet Female 44
Skye Pet Female 45
Sami Pet Male 46
Goldie Cute Female 47
Clover Cute Female 48
Smith Pet Male 49
Bolt Funny Male 50

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…

Name Gender Name Gender
Amber Female Hari Male
Apple Unisex Hazel Female
Aslan Male Honeyberry Unisex
Auburn Female Hunter Unisex
Aurelia Female Jackfruit Unisex
Aurelius Male Jade Female
Banana Unisex Jet Male
Bean Unisex Juane Unisex
Beryl Unisex Kale Unisex
Bruno Male Kelly Female
Buttercup Female Kiwi Unisex
Cantaloupe Unisex Mango Unisex
Carmine Female Marigold Female
Carnation Unisex Melanie Female
Carrot Unisex Nibbles Unisex
Cerise Female Nugget Unisex
Chartreuse Female Olive Female
Cherry Female Onyx Unisex
Clementine Female Oriana Female
Cloudberry Unisex Orla Female
Clover Female Orville Male
Coco Female Pea Unisex
Coconut Unisex Peach Female
Cole Male Pineapple Unisex
Cranberry Unisex Pipsqueak Unisex
Cressida Female Plum Unisex
Damson Male Poppy Female
Dandelion Unisex Primrose Female
Date Unisex Raven Unisex
Dior Unisex Rose Female
Dragonfruit Unisex Rosie Female
Durian Unisex Ruby Female
Ebony Female Russell Male
Elderberry Unisex Rusty Unisex
Emerald Female Sable Unisex
Esme Female Saffron Female
Esmeralda Female Sage Female
Fawn Female Scarlet Female
Flannery Male Sienna Female
Flippy Unisex Spinach Unisex
Forest Unisex Strawberry Unisex
Garnet Male Sunny Female
Gilda Female Tart Unisex
Ginger Female Tawny Female
Goji Unisex Tiny Unisex
Golden Unisex Titian Male
Goldie Female Tomato Unisex
Gooseberry Unisex Umber Unisex
Grape Unisex Xanthe Male
Grapefruit Unisex Xanthus Male

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.


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.

Johnathan David Author Bio Picture
Johnathan David leads the editorial team at Everything Reptiles as our Editor in Chief. He brings decades worth of publishing experience. A reptile hobbyist since childhood, he has years' of experience in herpetoculture and has cared for Geckos, Skinks and a Poison Dart Frog.

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