Pet turtle names - A turtle outdoors

If you’ve just welcomed a new tortoise in your life, you’ll need to give them a name. We’ve compiled 300+ of the best turtle names for you!

From clever puns to timeless classics, these names will make your pet feel even more special and loved. Whether you’re searching for a name that reflects their playful personality or an endearing one that will stay with them forever, our list has got you covered!

Take some time to browse through our suggestions and pick the perfect name for your shelled friend today.

Female turtle names

Choosing the perfect name for your pet turtle can be a daunting task. With so many options available, it’s best to pick something that captures the personality of your beloved pet. Here are the best name ideas for a girl turtle.

April”To open” (Latin)
Bertha”Bright” (German)
Buttercup“Yellow wildflower” (English)
Dora”Gift” (Greek)
Dorothy“Gift of God” (Greek)
Emerald“Green gemstone” (English)
JadeTurtles are often green, and so is this beautiful gemstone.
KamekoMeans ”turtle child” in Japanese.
Luna“Moon” (Latin)
MichelleMichelle sounds like there’s a “shell” in it, so this is a fitting name for a turtle.
Mishell“Who is like god” (French)
Momo“Peach” (Japanese)
Olivia”Olive tree” (Latin)
Opal“Jewel” (Sanskrit)
Poppy“Red flower” (Latin)
RubyA cute name for a red-eared slider.
ShellyThis cute name is a pun about the turtle shell.
Sylvia”Spirit of the wood” (Latin)
Tamara”Date palm” (Arabic)
Tara”Star” (Sanskrit origin)
Terra“Earth” (Latin)
Thalia“To flourish” (Greek)
Thea”Goddess” (Greek origin)
Thelma”Will” (Greek)
Theresa”Late summer” (Greek)
Tilly”Mighty in battle” (German)
Tina“Follower of Christ” (Latin)
Trixie”Bringer of joy” (Latin)
Tyra”God of battle” (Scandinavian origin)
Yaffa”Beautiful” (Hebrew)

Male turtle name ideas

Whether you’re looking for something funny, classic, or unique, many great names fit every type of tortoise. To help make this process easier, we’ve compiled the best pet turtle names for boy tortoises.

Albert“Noble, bright” (German)
August”Great” (Latin)
Basil“Royal” (Greek)
Baxter”Baker” (English)
Ben”Son” (Hebrew)
Bert“Bright” (German)
Boba“Warrior” (Russian)
BoboA Ghanaian name that means “born on Tuesday”.
Bubba”Pal” (American)
Casper”Treasurer” (German)
Dexter”Fortunate” (Latin)
Duke”Leader” (Latin)
Frank”Free” (German)
Gunnar“Brave warrior” (Nordic)
Herbert”Warrior” (German)
Hermes”Messenger” (Greek)
Jasper“Treasurer” (Persian)
Jonah“Dove” (Hebrew)
Lenny“Brave as a lion” (German)
Linus”Flax” (Greek)
Oliver”Olive tree” (Latin)
Oscar“God-spear” (Irish)
Oz”Courage” (Hebrew)
Rocko”Rest” (German)
Romeo”Pilgrim to Rome” (Latin)
Rupert”Bright fame” (German)
Sylvester”Of the forest” (Latin)
Ted”Wealthy guardian” (English)
Teddy“Wealthy protector” (English)
Theo”God’s gift” (Greek)
Toby“God is good” (Hebrew)
Todd”Fox” (English origin)
Tommy“A twin” (English)
Travis”Toll collector” (French origin)
Trevor“Great settlement” (Welsh)
Best turtle names - A closeup of a sea turtle climbing on rock

Cute turtle names

  • Baby
  • Broccoli
  • Bubbles
  • Cleo
  • Dino
  • Frodo
  • Kiwi
  • Melon
  • Mint
  • Nemo
  • Nibbles
  • Peanut
  • Pebbles
  • Pickles
  • Pumpkin
  • Sunny
  • Taco
  • Teeny
  • Tiny
  • Truffle
  • Yahtzee
  • Yoda
  • Zipper
  • Zucchini

Funny pet turtle names

  • Bolt
  • Chase
  • Dash
  • Ferrari
  • Flash
  • Grumpy
  • Lightning
  • Myrtle
  • Popeye
  • Rocket
  • Shellby
  • Shelldon
  • Shellock Holmes
  • Snappy
  • Sneaky
  • Speedy
  • Squirtle
  • Tank
  • Tesla
  • Tortellini
  • Tortilla
  • Tucker
  • Turbo
  • Uber
  • Zippy
  • Zoom

Cool turtle names

  • Caesar
  • Galapagos
  • Ninja
  • Rambo
  • Rocky
  • Shadow
  • Titan
  • T-Boss
  • T-Rex
  • Zuma

Unique turtle names

  • Armour
  • Avocado
  • Da Vinci
  • Matcha
  • Mondo
  • Shellington
  • Stillman
  • Teal
  • Thyme
  • Trinidad

Good turtle names

These unisex turtle names fit most tortoises.

  • Domino
  • Merlin
  • Mo
  • Sage
  • Sam
  • Sheldon
  • Tally
  • Terry
  • Treasure

Sea turtle names

These monikers are related to the sea and ocean.

Sea turtle names - A sea turtle swimming in the ocean
Aqua“Water” (Latin)
Doris“Gift from the sea” (Greek)
Kai“Sea” (Hawaiian)
KaiaA Hawaiian girl’s name that means “rejoice the sea”.
Lana“Calm as still waters” (Hawaiian)
NeptuneThe Roman god of the sea.

Tortoise names that start with the letter T

  • Taco
  • Taffy
  • Tag
  • Tahiti
  • Tahoe
  • Tai
  • Taj
  • Takao
  • Takara
  • Takeo
  • Tako
  • Talisman
  • Tally
  • Tam
  • Tamara
  • Tammy
  • Tango
  • Tank
  • Tanker
  • Tanya
  • Tao
  • Tara
  • Taro
  • Tarot
  • Taru
  • Tarzan
  • Tasha
  • Tashi
  • Tate
  • Tatum
  • Tauna
  • Taylor
  • Taz
  • Tea
  • Teal
  • Ted
  • Teddy
  • Teeny
  • Teller
  • Tellervo
  • Temper
  • Tempeste
  • Temple
  • Tennessee
  • Tepa
  • Tequila
  • Tero
  • Terra
  • Terrace
  • Terry
  • Tesla
  • Tessa
  • Tetra
  • Tevin
  • Tex
  • Texas
  • Thalia
  • Thang
  • Thanos
  • Thea
  • Thelma
  • Theo
  • Theodore
  • Theresa
  • Thomas
  • Thunder
  • Thyme
  • Tia
  • Tilda
  • Tiki
  • Tilly
  • Tim
  • Timber
  • Timon
  • Timothy
  • Tina
  • Tino
  • Tiny
  • Titan
  • Titania
  • Titanic
  • Titus
  • Thor
  • Tobias
  • Toby
  • Todd
  • Toffee
  • Togo
  • Tokio
  • Tom
  • Tommy
  • Tonga
  • Toni
  • Tony
  • Topaz
  • Torbert
  • Tornado
  • Torpedo
  • Tortilla
  • Tortuga
  • Tory
  • Toto
  • Totoro
  • Touko
  • Trace
  • Tracy
  • Travis
  • Treasure
  • Trevor
  • Tricky
  • Trinidad
  • Trip
  • Tristan
  • Trixie
  • Trojan
  • Tropic
  • True
  • Truffle
  • Tsunami
  • Tucker
  • Tulip
  • Tuna
  • Turbo
  • Turiel
  • Turner
  • Turo
  • Turquoise
  • Tutie
  • Tutti
  • Twister
  • Ty
  • Tyra
  • Tyrell
  • Tyrone
  • Tyson

Turtle pair names

Here are some matching name pairs for a tortoise couple or duo.

Turtle pair names - Two turtles walking on a log above water
  • Alfa and Romeo
  • April and August
  • Bert and Bertha
  • Crush and Cupid
  • Dash and Ferrari
  • Donatello and Leonardo
  • Emma and Emmett
  • Fred and George
  • Ginger and Ruby
  • Jade and Jasper
  • Kiwi and Melon
  • Luke and Leia
  • Mars and Venus
  • Ninja and Rambo
  • Oliver and Olivia
  • Raphael and Michelangelo
  • Ron and Hermione
  • Sylvia and Sylvester
  • Taco and Tortilla
  • Tahiti and Tonga
  • Teeny and Tiny
  • Terra and Terrace
  • Tex and Mex
  • Thea and Theo
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Yoda and Yolanda

Famous turtle names

Advisor GromitA royal turtle advisor in the Sunny Beach realm in the video game Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
Advisor MoppetA royal advisor of Sunny Beach in Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
Bev GilturtleA female box turtle in Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own.
BowserMario’s villain in the Super Mario video games.
CassiopeiaA turtle character in Michael Ende’s fantasy novel Momo.
Cecil TurtleAn animated character in Looney Tunes.
CrushA sea turtle in the animated film Finding Nemo and the sequel.
FranklinFranklin the Turtle is an animated TV series based on the books of Paulette Bourgeoise.
JonathanThe world’s oldest land animal, Seychelles giant tortoise Jonathan lives on Saint Helena island. His official birthday is December 4th, 1832.
KappaA turtle-like kami (god) in Japanese mythology.
King FromitThe turtle king in the Sunny Beach realm in Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
KongweA female African spurred tortoise in Disney’s The Lion Guard.
MaturinA guardian turtle in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series and the novel It.
Mayor JohnA desert turtle and antagonist in the 2011 animated film Rango.
Mock TurtleA character in Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
OogwayKung fu Grand Master in Kung Fu Panda.
Prince TortissA turtle prince of Sunny Beach in Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!
ShelbowA sea turtle that plays the drums in The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.
ShelleyShelley the Turtle was a character on Sesame Street.
SquirtCrush’s son in Finding Nemo and its sequel.
SquirtleA water turtle Pokémon.
Super-TurtleA superhero character from DC Comics.
TankRainbow Dash’s pet turtle in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
TokkaA mutant alligator snapping turtle. An enemy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
UmigameA sea turtle in Dragon Ball. Literally means ”sea turtle” in Japanese.
VenusA female mutant turtle in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
VerneA box turtle in the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge.
World TurtleA giant turtle in Hindu, Chinese, and Native American mythology that supports the world. Also known as the Cosmic Turtle.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle names and colors

I was obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was around 8 years old. They were super popular in my childhood in the 90s. But I still had trouble remembering their unique colors! Even now, I couldn’t remember them. 

Well, I did some research and refreshed my memory. So, here are the ninja turtle names and their mask colors:


How to choose a pet turtle name

Two pet turtles eating lettuce

The best inspiration for choosing a turtle name is your pet turtle itself. Think of your beloved pet’s color and markings. And, of course, consider your tortoise’s personality.

Picking the perfect name is still not easy. You may need to read through several lists like this one. Even if you didn’t find the perfect name yet, exploring tortoise names boosts your creativity. You may discover a cool moniker that inspires you to make up your own version.

Sometimes it’s also helpful to explore name ideas intended for other animals. For example, you might like our post on the best snail names. Or try our list of sloth names!

You only get to name your pet turtle once, so take your time and have fun with it. Happy naming!

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