Goldfish Names - Popular and Cool Ideas

Does my fish recognize me?

Yes. We now know that common goldfish have such a powerful visual acuity that they can see and do learn to recognize their owners. In fact, tests with blind goldfish demonstrate that they were able to recognize the voices of their owners! They were able to distinguish 2 distinct voices out of a group of 7 people. Check out the cool goldfish names below.

After a while, you may notice that fish getting excited or appearing to "beg" you for food by approaching you at the tank. They learn to recognize their owners, stop associating them as a threat (as they would do in the wild) and will eventually be happy to be fed by hand.

What Are The 5 Most Popular Goldfish Names?

Over the years, there have been many trends in naming goldfish. Amongst the most popular names are:

  1. Angel
  2. Goldie
  3. Queen
  4. Sissy
  5. Bubbles

What are some off-the-wall names?

  • Aquarius
  • Splash

Goldfish names inspired from the movies:

  • Nemo
  • E.T.
  • Wanda
  • Flipper

Cool names of pairs of fish:

  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Buffy and Angel
  • Sunshine and Moonlight
  • Scooby-Doo and Shaggy
  • Beauty and The Beast
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Daisy and Tim
  • Gavin and Stacey

Some more cool goldfish names:

  • Jaws
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Champagne
  • Marmalade
  • Sunny
  • Orange
  • Orangina
  • Pumpkin

More Naming Tips

Naming a goldfish is the perfect job to give to a young child. Naming your dog "Doggy" would get you some funny looks when you call him to come inside but "Fishy" is a perfectly acceptable name for a goldfish. And if today your kid wants to call him Fishy and tomorrow he wants to rename him to Bob, the goldfish won't mind a bit.

You can also get pretty creative with your fish name too. For example, if you're a big fan of the Battlestar space games, maybe you'd want to name your fish Star Commander Sid. Fantasy games and space games often have really cool names for their characters, like Duke Nukem or Crash Bandicoot. And if you're totally stumped, do a search for space games name generator and you'll find programs that will create fun names for you! Of course, if you don't name your fish, that's okay too. They'll be just as happy to be called "the orange one" or "the black one with the googley eyes" as they would to be called Captain Soggy Britches.

Getting to Know Your Fish

If you’re the kind of person that gets very attached to your goldfish, and you do your best not to see them get sick, then you are like me.

You see, goldfish are very smart pets. Not smart enough to recognize their name, but they can get to recognize you. Some of your goldfish may be timid and some can become very outgoing sometimes. Every fish has it's own personality.

As for sleeping, gold fish do like to rest periodically through the day. They have no eyelids and can’t close their eyes. It is very important that you turn off the lights at night. I always wish my goldfish a good nite and call their names loudly: "Good nite Bubbles, Splash, Nemo, Jaws..."

Love to you,

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