What’s in a name?
It seems as though a lot of people have a hard time coming up with betta fish names. After all, many people will tell you that a betta is “just a fish”. This makes it easy to feel a little silly bothering with a name. I have found in my experience that my bettas have really owned up to their names. As soon as you give a creature a name you’ve already personalized your experience and personified your new pal. This gives you a feeling of closeness, making it more likely that you’ll properly care for your new friend.
So what to name your betta fish? Whatever comes to mind! Make it original to you. If you like sandwiches you could name your betta “Hoagie” or “Reuben”. You could also use the color theory. If your betta fish is blue name him “Blue” or “Sky” or anything else in reference to the color of his body or fins. Color can also depict emotion.
Another way to come up with a unique name for your fighting fish is to use other languages. This works especially well when using your betta‘s colors in the naming process. Blue in spanish is “Azul” and yellow is “Amarillo”. Boom, you have an instant awesome sounding name!
You can also use public figures or even people you have a crush on. Do you like Johnny Depp? Name your betta “JD” or “Depp-charge” or some other fun variation. I’m thinking my next betta fish will be called “MaSheen” because Charlie Sheen is crazy and hilarious. Besides celebrities you can use characters from folk-lore or mythology or cartoons. The possibilities are endless.
Alright so there are the tools on how to create betta fish names. If you are still having a hard time with coming up with the right name for your betta fish, use the following lists to get a good idea. Now that you have learned how to name your betta, click here for a guide on how to be prepared when your beta fish falls ill: Betta First Aid Kit
Here’s an example of betta fish names I’ve used and how I came up with them:
Leo – I’m a leo (zodiac) and he struts around like a little lion.
DJ Sickle – I’m a dj, he’s colored like an oragescicle and was constantly sick at the store. So i bought him, healed him, and named him DJ Sickle.
James Caan – James Caan rocks.
Karma – Pink colored and even keeled. Always laid back and never confrontational.
Cheeto – He’s bright orange.
Gabriel – I couldn’t think of anything so my friend named him that.
Sir Swish – Baseketball is an awesome movie and was relevant back then.
Here is the Top 10 Betta Fish names in America
Jaws, Killer, Nemo, Dory, Rocky, Tyson, Ninja, Beast, Flash, Laser
A few examples of betta fish names based on color
Blue, Azul (spanish), Blao (german), Gorm (irish), Aqua, Agua (spanish), Sea Gill, Mr. Freeze, Icicle, Periwinkle, Sky
Fire, Flame, Gala (apple), Fuji (apple), Cinnamon, Cherry, Kisser, Rojo (spanish), Rouge (french), Rosso (italian), Mars, Rose, Tapatio
Amarillo (spanish), Gelb (german), Giallo (italian), Gult (icelandic), Sunflower, Dandy or Dandelion, Yield, Spongebob
Lila (german), Lilac, Amethyst, Violet, Lavender, Orchid, Prince, Jimi, Hope
Naranja (spanish), Sunny, Sunkist, OJ, Tanner, Cheeto, Mac, Tic Tac, Cholula
Grun (german), Verde (italian and spanish), Booger, Dill, Ivy, Limey, Green Giant, Hulk, Turf, Kermit, Squidward, Limestone, Olive, Mint Condition, Fern, Margarita
Bleikur (icelandic), Walter Melon, Rose (french, or the flower), Rosa (german and italian), Charmin (blow pop company), Bazooka Joe, Berry, Fuscia, Peony, Sweet Pea, Patrick, Carnation, Piggy
[If I can think of any more names I'll update these lists]
If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
Want to inspire other readers? Comment and tell us what betta fish names you’ve used.