Dolphin names - Two dolphins kissing

Dolphins are one of the most popular sea animals. They are known for their playful nature and intelligence. People love to watch these marine mammals swimming and playing in the ocean.

Explore our list of 150+ best dolphin names. They range from playful to sophisticated, giving you lots of options for naming your marine friend.

Best dolphin names

These are some of the best names for a dolphin:

  • Aqua
  • Ariel
  • Azure
  • Blue
  • Coral
  • Echo
  • Finley
  • Flipper
  • Indigo
  • Ocean
  • Sapphire
  • Shimmer
  • Silver
  • Star
  • Tide
  • Tropic
  • Wave

Girl dolphin names

Here are some beautiful name ideas for a female dolphin.

Adella“Noble” (German)
Adriana“From Adria” (Latin)
Aqua“Water” (Latin)
Aquamarine“Sea water” (Latin)
Coraline“Coral” (French)
Cordelia“Daughter of the sea” (Latin and Celtic)
Daniela“God is my judge” (Hebrew)
Danielle“God is my judge” (Hebrew)
Delfina“Dolphin” (Greek)
Delly“Noble kind” (German)
Delphia“Dolphin” (Greek)
Delphine“Dolphin” (Greek)
Delphinium“Dolphin” (Greek)
Delta“River-mouth” (Greek)
Denise“Follower of Dionysus” (French)
Dolly“Gift of God” (British)
Dora“Gift” (Greek)
Doris“Gift from the sea” (Greek)
EmeraldDolphins live in emerald-green oceans, so this is a fitting name for them.
Esmeralda“Emerald” (Spanish)
Fina“White, fair” (Scottish)
Fiona“Fair” (Scottish)
Isla“Island” (Spanish)
Jenny“White wave” (Cornish)
Kailani“Sea and sky” (Hawaiian)
LagunaAn Italian girl’s name that means “pond” or “lake”.
Luna“Moon” (Latin)
Maren“Star of the sea” (Latin)
Marina“Star of the sea” (Latin)
Maya“Water” (Hebrew)
Meri“Sea” in Finnish
NaiaA Hawaiian girl’s name that means “dolphin”.
Nami“Ocean wave” (Japanese)
Nereida“Sea nymph” (Greek)
Nikki”Victory” (Greek origin)
Oceana“Ocean” (Greek)
Serena“Serene” (Latin)
Vera“Faith, truth” (Slavic)

Boy dolphin names

Dolphins swimming underwater

Try these sea-themed names for a male dolphin.

Adrian“Son of Adria” (Latin)
Bardo“Water” (German, Aboriginal, Tibetan)
CaspianAssociated with the Caspian Sea.
CoveMeans “small bay” (English origin).
Daniel“God is my judge” (Hebrew)
Darwin“Dear friend” (British)
Delfino“Dolphin” (Greek)
Deniz“Sea” (Turkish)
Dennis“Follower of Dionysus” (Greek)
Dover“The waters” (Celtic origin)
Dylon“Son of the sea” (Welsh)
Finn“Fair” (Irish)
Gizmo“One who is playful” (American). This name has the perfect meaning for dolphins!
Jasper“Treasurer” (Persian)
Jonah“Dove” (Hebrew)
Kai“Sea” (Hawaiian)
Ken“Handsome” (Scottish origin)
Marinus“Of the sea” (Latin)
NeptuneThe god of the sea in Roman mythology.
OceanusA personification of water in Greek mythology.
PoseidonGod of the sea in Greek mythology.
TritonA merman in Greek mythology.
Verner“Army defender” (German)

Unisex names for dolphins

Azul“Blue” (Spanish)
Calypso“Hidden” (Greek)
Cleo“Glory” (Greek)
Delfin“Dolphin” (Greek)
Denny“Follower of Dionysus” (Scandinavian)
Domino“Lord, master” (Latin)
Dorian“From the sea” (Greek)
Finley“Fair-haired” (Irish)
Kalani“Heavens” (Hawaiian)
Kelly“Lively” (Irish)
Marin“Of the sea” (Latin)
Marlin“Sea fortress” (Welsh)
Morgan“Sea-circle” (Welsh)
Nikita“Victor” (Russian)
Nori“Seaweed” (Japanese)
Ocean“Sea” (Greek)
Opal“Precious stone” (Sanskrit)
List of dolphin names with a group of dolphins jumping in the ocean

Cute dolphin names

Dolphins are friendly animals and have been known to help humans in need. It makes sense to give cute names to these gentle creatures!

  • Bubbles
  • Cleo
  • Coral
  • Dilly
  • Dippy
  • Flippy
  • Glimmer
  • Melody
  • Nemo
  • Pearl
  • Pebbles
  • Sandy
  • Sparkle
  • Splashy
  • Starshine
  • Sunny
  • Twinkle

Funny dolphin names 

  • Bottle
  • Clicky
  • Dilly Dally
  • Dorsal Delight
  • Einstein
  • Fintastic Fanny
  • Fisher
  • Flapjack
  • Flip Flop
  • Hopper
  • Jumpy
  • Pirate
  • Smiley
  • Snorkel
  • Speedy
  • Splash
  • Squeaky
  • Squirt
  • Tidal Teaser
  • Tuna
  • Whistle

Famous dolphin names in movies and TV

Two dolphins jumping

These are the names of dolphin and orca characters in movies and television. We’ve included orcas, or killer whales, in the list because orcas are classified as dolphins. 

AmethystA dolphin character in the animated film Barbie Dolphin Magic.
BasilA dolphin in the Disney Channel film A Ring of Endless Light.
BernieA dolphin that befriends a brother and a sister in the movies Bernie the Dolphin and Bernie the Dolphin 2.
BetaA female dolphin with the nickname “Bea” in the 1973 science fiction thriller The Day of the Dolphin.
BubblesA magical bottlenose dolphin in the animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
EchoA young bottlenose dolphin in the documentary film Dolphin Reef.
EmeraldA dolphin in Barbie Dolphin Magic.
FlipperFlipper is probably the most famous of all dolphins. He appeared in the 1963 film Flipper and its sequel and remakes.
HopeA rescued bottlenose dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. She starred in the movie Dolphin Tale 2 along with Winter.
KeikoKeiko was the first captive orca fully released into the ocean. He starred in the film Free Willy and its sequels. The documentary film Keiko: The Untold Story was released in 2010. 
KumuThe mother of Echo in the documentary film Dolphin Reef.
LunaThe killer whale Luna was the subject of the 2011 documentary film The Whale.
MitzyThe pet dolphin of an orphaned teenager in the movie Dolphin Island.
RoxanneA dolphin who befriends a dog in the 1997 film Zeus and Roxanne.
RubyOne of the dolphin characters in Barbie Dolphin Magic.
TilikumOrca Tilikum, nicknamed Tilly, was the subject of the documentary film Blackfish. It was about the controversy of keeping orcas in captivity.
TopazA dolphin in Barbie Dolphin Magic.
WillyA captive orca in the 1993 film Free Willy.
WinterAn injured bottlenose dolphin Winter lost her tail and was housed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. She received a prosthetic tail. The movie Dolphin Tale is based on Winter’s story. 
ZumaA dolphin in the animated film Barbie in a Mermaid Tale.
A dolphin jumping in the ocean

How to choose a dolphin name

You probably don’t have a pet dolphin. Actually, I hope you don’t. That’s because these marine mammals are highly intelligent and don’t do well in captivity. Dolphins are better off living in the ocean where they belong.

However, you might be looking for a name for a dolphin stuffed animal or a fictional dolphin character. Dolphin names are also a good option for a pet fish or a mermaid.

Since dolphins are sea creatures, ocean names are the perfect fit for them. There are also a few names that mean dolphin. Naturally, they’re optimal for these animals.

Do dolphins have unique names?

When it comes to real dolphins, we don’t even need to come up with names for them. That’s because, according to research, dolphins name each other! 

Scientists discovered that dolphins use unique whistles to address each other. That’s the equivalent of having a name.

As humans, we’re not skilled at using whistles for communication. Real dolphins may not think much of the names we give them, but we’ll just have to think of monikers that sound as dolphin-like as possible.

I hope you’ve found some good name ideas in this post. For more oceanic inspiration, you might also like our list of whale names. Or try our post on amazing narwhal names!

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