160 Best Betta Fish Names For Your Fiery Friend

Does anyone else think of Dr. Suess’s “one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish” when they look at their betta? We bet you probably want a name better than one, two, red, or blue.

Since they are well known for their bright colors, fancy fins, and independent lifestyles, we have crafted a list of good pet names.

Royalty, cool, funny, color-based, and much more! We have come up with over 160 names just so you can find the best fit for your new Betta fish.

Betta Fish

Male Betta Fish Names

Just like your Betta deserves a proper tank set up; they also deserve a name to match their personality.

Male Betta’s tend to carry the same masculinity that men do: if you put two of these masculine fighters together, they are sure to get super competitive and feisty.

Bruno Leif Nigel
Shiloh Marino Ernie
Zeus Moses Jedrek
Darius Ortun Hungry
Albert Tao Morado
Anchor Thistle Barnaby
Bay Gentian Akira
Caspian Spike Gusti
Kai Clint Kumar

Female Betta Fish

Female Betta Fish Names

Some female Betta fish have less vibrant coloring and less elaborate features compared to the males.

Nonetheless, even if her fins are not as long or her colors are not as flamboyant, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve a beautiful name.

Celeste Nerissa Uma
Aiza Pearl Tabitha
Aoi Sela Ambar
Coral Donatella Luna
Cordelia Indira Violet
Doris Sarnai Aurora
Isla Ratu
Marina Saki

Names for Betta Fish

Not only does Veiltail sound ridiculously cool, but it is also one of the most common tail types of Betta fish. It is a name that rhymes and directly embodies your little fish’s key feature.

This name is inspired by the popular Crowntail Betta fish. These Bettas have spiky fins around their crown. Make your swimming pal a member of royalty with this clever and classic name.

Perhaps this choice is rather odd at first glance; you might not think about the object you detangle your hair with when naming your little fish. However, do consider it if you have adopted a Combtail Betta – it is fitting, cute, and to the point.

Double Trouble
If you have a Doubletail swimming around your fish tank, this could be a great name. Double tails are a unique Beta fish, so you should embrace their special tails.

Keeping the word tail at the end makes Spadetail sound even more electric than simply Spade. Feel free to use either name, but it is worth consideration for your spade-finned fish.

Betta Fish

As one of the most desired Betta fish, the Halfmoon deserves its tail type to be its name. With a strikingly large tail, flaring with a fin fan of about 180 degrees; this one is a show stopper.

What is the need in naming your fish Alpha when you have got a beautiful Delta? The Delta’s distinct feature tail widens near the tip of the fin and accentuates their triangular shape.

With a tail type that is a hybrid of the Crowntail and Halfmoon, what better way than to name your fish after its type?

To make the name more feminine, you could stick to just Rose, but to add a masculine flair, Rosetail is ideal. The tail is a rose-like style because it has extravagant branching that overlaps on the rays of its fins.

Think of your Feathertail like a Rosetail with mascara – the feathertail has a lot of similarities, except it is much more voluminous with extra ruffling.

The plakat betta is also known as the shortfin betta. Just because your betta has a shorter tail than the rest, does not mean it is any less mighty!

These fish are called Dumbo Ears or Elephant Ears because they have large pectoral fins, mimicking the shape of abnormally sized ears. There is no better way to name your big-eared Betta than to reference one of Disney’s most beloved characters.

Like the color red, but better. It is not uncommon to name your fish after its vibrant colors – after all, it is one of their most distinctive features. We do not think you need to settle for the generic word red, so the name ‘cardinal’ is both quintessential and original.

Like the color blue, but better. Azure will capture your blue Betta’s shade range and its eccentric features. This name is just as vibrant and as magnificent as your new pet’s flowing fins.

Blue Betta Fish Names

We know how tempting a color-coordinated name truly is.

One of the most fun ways to name your blue fish is to use the word blue translated in another language.

Bleu Aquamarine Sea
Blauw Midnight Ocean
Asul Sapphire Iris
Modrý Indigo Neptune
Polū Turquoise Topaz
Periwinkle Sky Blueberry
Baby Blue Cloud Zir

Red Betta Fish Names

Red Fish Names

Can’t relate to the Betta Blue? Maybe you have a Betta with a bit more fire, a bit more feistiness, and a whole lot more red.

Whether it is a Crowntail, Delta, or Veiltail, we are ready for the challenge. Here are some of the most popular names for your red Betta fish.

Rouge Auburn Fuego
Rood Venetian Cherry
Pula Rosewood Chili
Rooi Scarlet Velvet
Ula(ʻula) Rufous Garnet
Crimson Flame
Cerise Ruby

Betta Fish Swimming

Cool Betta Fish Names

So your Betta is not like the rest – we get it, your Betta is just as cool as you! So how about a really cool name to match?

Your Betta fish will have a lifespan of around 3 years, so you really should take your time choosing the perfect name.

If you have a Crowntail, it could be a cool idea to name him or her after some famous royalty.

  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Queen Victoria
  • Princess Pingyang
  • Alexander the Great
  • Genghis Khan
  • King Arthur
  • Damask
  • Eden
  • Sunsprite
  • Lunar
  • Moonlight

If you don’t want to name your Betta after their cool tail shape, how about some generally cool Betta fish names?

Blue Betta

  • Electric
  • Warrior
  • Nemo
  • Dory
  • Crush
  • Marlin
  • Lola
  • Lenny
  • Oscar

Funny Betta Fish Names

Betta, betta, betta, rockin’ everywhere! Hopefully, you laughed and sang the song in your head; but if not, that’s okay, we are sure to make you chuckle at some of these unavoidably laughable and witty Betta names.

We are so sure you will find the funniest fish names here, even your Betta will giggle too!

Blueface John Cena Rhythm and Blue
Ice Cube Sasha Banks Bowie
Swedish Chyna DJ Slime
Mr. Miyagi Ronda Rousey Gill-bert
Karate Kid Muhammad Ali Gill-ty
Sumo Floyd Mayweather Clownfish
Swim Shady Mike Tyson Magikarp
Moby Dick Laila Ali Salmon and Gill-funkle
Hulk Hogan Christy Martin
The Undertaker Lucia Rijker

Unique Betta Fish Names

Your fish is really unique and we want to make sure, that its eccentric essence is captured by one of these names:

Ivy: Can mean faithfulness – if you think you have the most trustworthy Betta around, this might be a top choice.

Rosaleen: In Irish, it is known to mean “little rose”. Perhaps your little red Betta is your own little rose.

Keva: Often known to mean gentle, beautiful, and precious.

Jacintha: The Greek meaning of the name is “beautiful”.

Fayre: Also has an origin meaning beautiful.

Belinda: Derived from Italian, meaning beautiful or pretty.

Betta Fish Names

Tazanna: Derived from Native American language, meaning princess.

Orabelle: Meaning beautiful seacoast.

Scout: A lookout; your personal, tiny bodyguard.

Bo: A Chinese name that means “precious”.

Afia: This name just sounded appealing and if your favorite day of the week is Friday then your little finned-friend can remind you of this. Afia means ‘born on Friday’ in Ghanaian.

Ekon: Most commonly means strength.

Bubba: An affectionate term for a sibling (usually a brother).


As a beautifully distinctive pet fish, the Betta really does deserve a name that captures all of its special qualities.

It is a difficult task to come up with a name for your new little pet. We know that along with the many responsibilities your little friend will require, such as choosing a tank, one of the most exciting responsibilities is choosing their name.

Whether your Betta is a male or female, a joke master, blue, red, or unique, we hope we have made this process swimmingly simple, enjoyable, and informative.

Comment below your favorite names from the list or any names that you think would be a good addition that we may have left out…

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Robert Woods is the creator of FishKeeping World, a third-generation fish keeper, and a graduate in animal welfare and behavior. He is also a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America, and the Nature Conservancy.


  1. Michael Lorden says:

    I love the Blue Bettas, and I always give them the same name because… Well, I guess I’m just not as creative as you. But I like to call them Blue Boy.


    • Carl Buelow says:

      You could name them aquaman,aqua,azul,or electric.

    • Mishael says:

      Here I have two blue betta fish it is male and female I named male as Aqua Ekon and female as Electric Keva
      Thank u so much I suggest this if u liked it

  2. Janice says:

    I named my Betta, Mushu. He is a beautiful dragon scale.

    • Carl Buelow says:

      I named my Betta, King. He is also a beautiful dragon scale. What color is your dragon scale? Mines Blue and Red.

  3. Margaret says:

    Our blue Beta is “Frank”. He just looks and acts like a Frank ?

  4. Marie Raney says:

    Pom Pom because she is a beautiful female dumbo ear who looks like a cheerleader always shaking her poms

  5. Gayle Colburn says:

    Years ago I had two bettas, Sugar Ray and Evander. My beautiful Snickers,who just died recently was a deep chocolate color.

    • Jarrah says:


      • Anrea says:

        I have recently got a new betta because the betta I had named Bobby has died recently and I had had him for a year and I got another bay betta and I need a new name I need help naming him pls

  6. Joann Williams says:

    I had a Betta for over three years named Hans Solo. I finally decided to get another after losing both my cat and my pygmu goat. He’s beautiful and I named him Neptune.

  7. Jen says:

    I have two bettas my first one is yellow and black I named him Lawliet and my other betta is a king betta and his name is Gucci

  8. Adriana Guajardo says:

    I named mine a very off the wall Japanese name . . Hiku mai which means to push and pull

  9. Wei says:

    I named my Plakat, FieryBerry. His body shines blue, his body is black and his fins are red! He’s also really aggressive. I was thinking about how could I combine BlueBerry and Fiery and I got………………… FieryBerry!

  10. Kay North says:

    I have a koi named Miko and just got two females, a blue and a light green but I’m having trouble coming up with names for them any suggestions?

    • Chloe says:

      Loki ( thor’s brother)
      Bruno (marz)
      Shark bait (from finding nemo)

    • DizzyIzzy says:

      Miley and Masha

    • Jenny says:

      You could name them Patrick (for the green one) and Indigo or Twilight (for the blue one)

    • Hungyaqua the betta says:

      how about Lilikoi (get it? ?) and Azula (for the blue one)?

  11. Brittany says:

    I have a black mustard beata cant figure out a name plz help

    • Abigail says:

      I named my Black Mustard Betta Kernel

    • Nitorious Nightshade says:

      lightning, plasma, shadow, ombre, foudre, beau, bakugou, ground zero, crispy, bee, bumble, hornet, lunch.
      these are just a few of my ideas!

    • Jenny says:

      How about Bumblebee

  12. J. Slate says:

    I have a black mustard betta…his name is Dijon

  13. Kim says:

    We had one named Mo Betta, and Dewey. Because he was dewey.

  14. jessica butler says:

    I have a white Betta and I named it Luna!? Thank you so much for the suggestion.

  15. Shea says:

    I named my fish Rufous he is a blue and red betta with a beautiful tail. Thank you for some suggestions!

  16. Jen says:

    I have two blue bettas each with his own personal mystery snail. Finnick and Sheldon hang out in one tank and Star Blue and Snickers are in the other. They both make me so happy. The fish are now 16 months old. Just got the snails to help with the algae. Both have live plants as well. Love spoiling them. 🙂

  17. Katrina Charles says:

    I just got my first betta…I named him Saturn.

  18. Jolie says:

    I have a blue and purple betta and Idk what to name him! Please help

  19. Savannah says:

    I named mine Cora(she was blue), and Shelly (she was white and red.)

  20. ella says:

    i have a read and blue beta and cant find a name for him plz help i was thinking about Zeus

  21. Faith says:

    I just got my first Betta. It’s a female. Shes a beautiful dark blue with streaks of purple and teal. In her face, she has spots that are almost freckle-like. I would name her Blue but i have a dog named Blue… please help! 🙂

  22. Tessa says:

    I just got a red white and blue Betta, does anybody have any suggestions?

    • Ronna says:


  23. Sarita McGuinness says:

    Dexter as he is handsome but has that murderous nature, Sinatra as he has blue eyes and very layed back, Selene also blue eyes from the character in underworld, Pete as he’s a big boy ☺️ then Galaxy also a big girl, Casa Blanco and Ally who are both white ☺️

  24. Shabna says:

    I recently bought 2 bettas and named them Cherry – red one and Berry – blue and red combination

  25. Lovebetta says:

    I’m considering getting a betta which I will name Supernova.

  26. Lily says:

    I named my red Halfmoon Betta Crimson-

  27. Michelle says:

    I have a blue half moon betta. I named him Danny. It’s short for the Blue Danube River:

  28. Nope says:

    This site would actually be cool if I could look at it for 5 seconds without an add popping up

  29. Unknown says:

    My friend’s betta is named Blaze, he is a dragon tail

  30. Dayleen Garza says:

    I have a blue and red betta idk what its gender is does anyone have any unisex names.

  31. sophie says:

    ive got two betta ones red and his name is Rango, and ones rainbow and his name is Quest
    also, here’s a list of names i have come up with for any pet’s 😉
    flo or flow
    max or Maximillian
    king or queen
    and the last one means a lot to me it was the name of my cat who passed here recently
    hope you enjoy these names and stay safe

  32. Lexi says:

    I named my betta fish Kia he is a boy

  33. No name says:

    I had a red, white, and blue fish. His name was rocket. I now have a orange fish. I named him Gimli (from lord of the rings)

  34. Bella says:

    I just got a new male blue butterfly betta and i am having a hard time finding a name for him. Please leave some name suggestions in a reply. Thank you

  35. Taylor says:

    I have a lunar flare beta. He has a red tail, indigo body, and brown/orange head. Not sure what to name him. Suggestions?

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