229+ Shark Names (Awesome Male & Female Naming Ideas)

There aren’t many people out there who need to name a shark. But maybe you work at an aquarium. Maybe you are writing a story that includes a shark or even adopted a shark as a pet.

Either way, there are a few scenarios in which you may need to come up with a name for a shark, but that’s not quite as easy as it sounds on the surface.

Regardless of why you need to name a shark, we understand that inspiration does not necessarily come easily at all times.

For that reason, we have compiled this list of potential names for a shark, ranging from cool to cute and funny.

If you are struggling to come up with a name, look no further.

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Best Shark Names

One could argue about what makes a name “the best,” and because that is a matter of opinion, there is technically no way for anyone to be wrong.

That said, we firmly believe that the following list contains some of the best names for sharks, period.

  1. Kenobi – “It’s over Anakin! I have the high ground!”
  2. Tsunami – A type of natural disaster that involves giant waves crashing against the shore.
  3. Coral – A marine invertebrae that are often colorful and makes up coral reefs.
  4. Naila – An Arabic name that means “attained.”
  5. Poseidon – The ancient Greek god of the sea, commonly associated with the ocean, storms, water, etc.
  6. Swim Shady – “Would the real Swim Shady please stand up?”
  7. Brutus – A fitting name for any large, beefy-looking shark.
  8. Sunbasket – A play on the way sharks often bask in warm light when it is available.
  9. Trireme – One of the earliest warships in history, fielded by Greek navies.
  10. Shredder – A reference to the destructive force of a shark, and also the main villain of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  11. Sharul – An Indian name that means shark.
  12. Nukumi – Means “queen of the ocean.”
  13. Fish Stick – A popular food item, essentially the fast food seafood equivalent to chicken nuggets.
  14. Kahuna – A Hawaiin word that denotes an expert in any particular field.
  15. Torpedo – The body of most sharks is very similar to the shape of a torpedo, an anti-ship weapon used by submarines.
  16. Wasabi – How does wasabi relate to sharks? Not at all really, other than the fact that it is often used with seafood. Still, it would be a funny name for almost any pet. It’s just fun to say.
  17. Bubbles – People most often associate bubbles with water, and bubbles is just a cute, funny name to provide to something with raw skin and lots of teeth. 
  18. Maverick – Someone who is unorthodox and recklessly independent.
  19. Riptide – A strong, offshore current that is a serious risk to many swimmers around the world.
  20. Rawhide – The skin of most sharks is extremely rough, enough that rubbing your hands along it continuously might make your skin feel raw.
  21. Kiko – A Japanese name that means “happy, rejoicing.”
  22. Thrash – To move around violently and recklessly. often in rage or pain.
  23. Rikki – An old Norse name that means “peaceful ruler.”
  24. Hannibal – A reference to Hannibal Lecter, a fictional character that ate humans.
  25. Morgan – A Welsh name that means “born of the sea.”
  26. Hutch – An Anglo-Scottish name that means “bright of mind and spirit.”
  27. Xena – A reference to Xena, Warrior Princess. An ideal name for a female shark!
  28. Neptune – A god of the ocean in ancient mythology, but also commonly used in meme reference to “oh, Neptune.”
  29. Shipwreck – There are very few, if any, cases where a ship was wrecked because of a shark, but it’s still a good name for one.
  30. Slick – A good name for a slim shark that moves through the water seemingly without effort.
  31. Typhoon – A type of oceanic storm that is similar to a hurricane, but tends to be smaller and slightly less destructive.
  32. Rebel – A rebel is someone who fights against an established system or hierarchy.
  33. Ryujin – A god of the sea in Japanese mythology.
  34. Sushi – A certain type of seafood that is very popular in Japanese cuisine and other Asian cultures.
  35. Azure – Refers to a bright, clear shade of blue.
  36. Sherman – A U.S. general in World War Two that many things were named after, including the main tank used by American forces.
  37. Bermuda – In reference to the Bermuda Triangle, where many ships have mysteriously disappeared.
  38. Menace – A menace is a danger or threat.
  39. Seafoam – The white bubbly foam that can be seen on the surface of the ocean, especially when waves are involved.
  40. Baby – A Baby Shark reference, if that is up your alley. Might be a little odd once the shark gets older.
  41. Wake – A wake is the waves created behind a boat as it travels through the water.
  42. Rig – As in the rigging of a large naval vessel, like a pirate ship or galley.
  43. Crunch – The sound a shark tends to create when it bites down on its prey.
  44. Rekin – The Polish word for shark, which will sound cool to anyone who isn’t Polish, but silly to anyone who is.
  45. Whirlpool – A rotating mass of water in the sea that draws things towards it and into the deep.
  46. Fisheye – As in a fisheye lens that would be used on a camera.
  47. Stalker – Refers to the manner in which sharks often hunt their prey, following them from a great distance.
  48. Dracula – Sharks are able to detect blood in the water from miles away, giving them energy not dissimilar from that of vampires.
  49. King Kamehameha – The name of one of Hawaii’s monarchs from the past. Also, a reference to the main attack used by Goku from the anime series Dragonball.
  50. Harbor – A location where ships can dock near the shore for repairs or for the crew to take a break.
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Names For Female Sharks

When it comes to names, focusing on the gender of the thing being named generally helps you come up with some better ideas.

If you are looking to come up with a good name for a female shark, this list should provide you with plenty of good options.

  1. Wavey
  2. Mona
  3. Fern
  4. Bubbly
  5. Luna
  6. Deb
  7. Buffy
  8. Tori
  9. Nora
  10. Amie
  11. Telly
  12. Venus
  13. Fern
  14. Lavender
  15. Flower
  16. Swan
  17. Gwen
  18. Cookie
  19. Roxy
  20. Lua
  21. Baby
  22. Anne
  23. Chamomile
  24. Candy
  25. Sandy
  26. Gail
  27. Hope
  28. Lyn
  29. Sookie
  30. Shelly
  31. Alley
  32. Tara
  33. Cleo

Names For Male Sharks

Picking a name for something based on its gender is a pretty normal thing to do.

If you are struggling to come up with a name for a male shark, this list contains many great examples that you can use or derive inspiration from.

  1. Sam
  2. Flicker
  3. Spuggle
  4. Ethan
  5. Liam
  6. Patrick
  7. Obo
  8. Morie
  9. Stewie
  10. Ed
  11. Jacob
  12. Dumbo
  13. Skippy
  14. Bosco
  15. Tabby
  16. Tricky
  17. Edmund
  18. Dean
  19. Wiggums
  20. Bevis
  21. Noah
  22. Bungie
  23. Derek
  24. Delvert
  25. Tom
  26. Matt
  27. Ripper
  28. Freddy
  29. Gavin

Unisex Names For Sharks

Picking a name by gender is all well and good, but sometimes, you want to go for something that could be used for either males or females.

Coming up with a good unisex name isn’t always easy, so here is a list of some great options.

  1. Ningaloo – Ningaloo Coast is a famous World Heritage Site.
  2. Nautilus –  A type of mollusk that often comes to mind when speaking of the sea.
  3. Kaname – A Japanese name that means “vital point.”
  4. Harper
  5. Lake
  6. Morgan – A Welsh name that means “born of the sea.”
  7. River
  8. Sydney 
  9. Avery
  10. Riley
  11. Robin
  12. Jaime

Cute Shark Names

A lot of people don’t immediately think of sharks as “cute,” but some of them really can be! There are some sharks out there that would be very fitting for a cute name.

If you are looking to provide such a name to your shark, this list will give you a varied list of options for both males and females.

  1. Dawn
  2. Derek
  3. Skor – Means “optimistic and loving.”
  4. Lettie – An English name that means “joy and gladness.”
  5. Violet
  6. Diva
  7. Rikki – An old Norse name that means “peaceful ruler.”
  8. Naila – An Arabic name that means “attainer.”
  9. Hunter
  10. Gunther
  11. Willa
  12. Umbo
  13. Rolo
  14. Jimbo
  15. Edmund
  16. Rolo
  17. Pam
  18. Mars
  19. Rikka – Refers to a ritual flower offering in Buddhism.
  20. Amaka – A Nigerian name that means “precious.”
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Good Names For Sharks

Sometimes, you just want something good. One could argue over what makes a good name or not, but we don’t think anyone will disagree with us in regards to this list and the several good names it has to offer.

Just take your pick of the best one!

  1. Blue
  2. Reef
  3. Jaws
  4. Ace
  5. Thor
  6. Gills
  7. Dorsal
  8. Spice
  9. Butch
  10. Brutus
  11. Destroyer
  12. Doom
  13. Flash
  14. Gargoyle
  15. Godzilla
  16. Grendel
  17. Hannibal
  18. Kong
  19. Leviathan
  20. Maelstrom
  21. Mongoose
  22. Nightmare
  23. Onyx
  24. Panthera
  25. Ravager
  26. Sabre
  27. Satan
  28. Slayer
  29. Sniper
  30. Solo
  31. Sorrow
  32. Spectre
  33. Stealth
  34. Tempest
  35. Titan
  36. Trapper
  37. Turmoil
  38. Typhoon
  39. Viper

Funny Names For Sharks

One of the things about animals is that you can actually give them a funny name without causing too much trouble.

Needless to say, this is not something you can usually do with humans unless you want to be mean to them, so if you want to give your shark a funny name, take inspiration from this list!

  1. Wavy – A simple name referring to either the waves of the ocean or the undulating motion sharks make while swimming. 
  2. Neptune – A god of the ocean in ancient mythology, but also commonly used in meme reference to “oh, Neptune.”
  3. Goldie – There’s a small amount of cheeky irony in giving a shark a name that would be more befitting of a goldfish, isn’t there?
  4. Mr. Fish – Sometimes, providing an uncreative name on purpose can actually be funny, rather than representing a lack of creativity.
  5. Wasabi – How does wasabi relate to sharks? Not at all really, other than the fact that it is often used with seafood. Still, it would be a funny name for almost any pet. It’s just fun to say.
  6. Hulk – If the shark you are naming is of the bigger variety, naming it after the huge mass that is the Incredible Hulk can be a good idea.
  7. Diver – A simple but good enough name playing with the idea that sharks are a lot like divers, and also tend to be the main focus of diver documentaries and stories.
  8. Bubbles – People most often associate bubbles with water, and bubbles is just a cute, funny name to provide to something with raw skin and lots of teeth. 
  9. Tin Fin – The fins are some of the most important parts of a shark’s body. Why not focus on that for an interesting name?
  10. Merlin – Merlin is a wizard from old fairy tales, but the name is also a play on “Marlin,” another type of fish that can be found at sea.
  11. Diner – Most people associate sharks with their eating habits, so why not pick a name that brings such a thing to mind?
  12. Tuna Turner – We’re not sure how important tuna is to the diet of most sharks, but we don’t think anyone would question you on this name regardless.
  13. Shipwreck – There are very few, if any, cases where a ship was wrecked because of a shark, but it’s still a good name for one.
  14. Caviar – Caviar is derived from sturgeon, not shark, but it is still a funny, fish-based name you could provide to your shark.
  15. Bait – Most fish are caught with bait, and sharks are indeed a type of fish, even if they are bigger and meaner than most.
  16. Soy Sauce – A type of sauce that is often served alongside seafood dishes.
  17. Skipper – Skipper is a term often used to refer to the captain of a seafaring vessel.
  18. Floaty – In reference to floaties, small flotation devices that are often worn by children to help them learn how to swim.
  19. Bermuda – In reference to the Bermuda Triangle, where many ships have mysteriously disappeared.

Badass And Cool Shark Names

For many people, sharks are cool creatures. That being the case, it seems only fitting to give them a cool name, in most cases.

Thankfully, since sharks are just naturally cool creatures, it’s not hard to come up with a great name for them in this category.

Got a cool shark? Check out this list!

  1. Torpedo – The body of most sharks is very similar to the shape of a torpedo, an anti-ship weapon used by submarines.
  2. Rawhide – The skin of most sharks is extremely rough, enough that rubbing your hands along it continuously might make your skin feel raw.
  3. Sharknado – The name of the intentionally ridiculous movie series about sharks coming out of tornados to wreak havoc on the world.
  4. Poseidon – The ancient Greek god of the sea, commonly associated with the ocean, storms, water, etc.
  5. Harpoon – A type of spear often used to hunt large sea creatures such as whales.
  6. Aegir – The name of the Norse god of the ocean.
  7. Sergeant Sam – The name of a tough guy shark character in the show Spongebob Squarepants.
  8. Oceanus – One of the Greek titans, Oceanus was the titan of the ocean.
  9. Marina – A play on both the words “marine” and “Mariana,” such as in Mariana trench.
  10. Ryujin – A god of the sea in Japanese mythology.

Unique Shark Names

We’re not sure how many people you are competing with when it comes to naming a shark, or how many sharks you are comparing the name of your shark to.

Either way, you may be invested in the most unique shark name you can get your hands on.

This list offers some unique choices.

  1. Smiles – A play on the vast array of teeth that sharks possess.
  2. Hobgoblin – A fantasy creature that often possesses a sharp nose or snout like a shark.
  3. Kahuna – A Hawaiin word that denotes an expert in any particular field.
  4. Sharul – An Indian name that means shark.
  5. Sunbasket –  A play on the way sharks often bask in warm light when it is available.
  6. Nukumi – Means “queen of the ocean.”
  7. Seabiscuit – Was actually the name of a famous racehorse, but it definitely sounds like it could be the name of an aquatic animal too.
  8. Siren – A mythological creature that lured sailors to an untimely demise with beauty and song.

Cartoon Shark Names

Sharks are pretty popular in cartoons, and some of the names they get in those cartoons are pretty awesome.

There’s definitely nothing wrong with picking a name for your shark based on a cartoon shark.

Here’s a list of some well-known cartoon sharks.

  1. Bruce, Anchor, and Chum – The name of the three sharks encountered in Finding Nemo; the Great White, Hammerhead, and Mako shark respectively.
  2. Lenny – The name of the protagonist’s shark friend from Shark Tale.
  3. Sharpedo – A shark Pokemon from the Pokemon franchise.
  4. Don Lino – Another shark from the movie Shark Tale.
  5. Kisame – The name of a shark-like character from the anime series Naruto.
  6. Jabberjaw – Name of the main character of the show Jabberjaw.
  7. Kenny – Name of the main character from the TV show Kenny the Shark.
  8. Megalo – A shark that appears in the anime series One Piece.
  9. Captain Mako – From the series City of Heroes.
  10. Misterjaw – From the cartoon series of the same name.

Famous Shark Names From Movies And Pop Culture

Here are some famous shark monikers used in pop culture:

  1. Garchomp – Pokémon
  2. SharpedoPokémon
  3. Sharky and George
  4. Meg – Film (short for Megalodon)
  5. Jaws
  6. Ripster – Street Sharks
  7. Big Slammu – Street Sharks
  8. Bobby Bolton – Street Sharks
  9. Streex – Street Sharks
  10. Bruce – Finding Nemo
  11. Destiny – Finding Dory
  12. Lenny – Shark Tale
  13. Don Lino – Shark Tale
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Name Inspiration

There are many places you can look to for inspiration when it comes to names. You can look at any form of media, including movies, games, books, and TV.

You can focus on appropriate oceanic names, perhaps based on features of the ocean or ancient gods associated with oceans.

If you don’t want to go that route, there is also nothing wrong with naming a shark something obvious based on its traits, such as what breed of shark it is, what color scheme it has, or the kind of personality it displays.

And of course, you can always ask your friends and family what ideas they have in mind!

Help Choosing The Perfect Name

Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect name for your shark.

  • Think about your shark’s species – If your shark is a great white shark, you may want to consider a name that emphasizes its size or ferocity. If it’s a hammerhead shark, you may want to focus on its unique head shape. If it’s a Mako shark, you may want to focus on its speed. If it’s a Tiger shark you might look at its unique patterns.
  • Think about your shark’s personality – Is your shark calm and gentle? Playful and mischievous? Aggressive and intimidating? Its personality can help guide you toward the perfect name.
  • Think about your shark’s appearance – Does it have any distinct markings or coloration? Is it a small or large shark?
  • If you can, try to find a name that is unique, but not too difficult to pronounce or spell.
  • Make sure the name you choose is something you’re comfortable with, as it’s likely you’ll be saying it often.
  • Try to avoid names that are too similar to other sharks in your tank, or that might be confused with other animals in the same environment.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or family members if you’re struggling to come up with ideas.
  • If you have multiple sharks, try to find names that go well together. For example, you could name a pair of sharks after two famous people or fictional characters.

With these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to finding the perfect name for your shark!

Conclusion

At the end of the day, it can be a little difficult to come up with a good name for a shark. But it doesn’t have to be up to you alone.

Whether it is the lists provided in this article or any other source of inspiration you can find, there are many great pet shark names out there, and you just have to find them. 

The internet is your friend! Search around and you will definitely find something you like.

There are name generators and many lists of names that you can find online.

FAQs

If you just have a quick question that you need the answer to, consider this FAQ to make things easier on yourself.

What is the Shark’s Name in Jaws?

We wouldn’t blame you for assuming that the shark in Jaws was actually named “Jaws,” but this is not actually the case.

Technically, the shark in Jaws has no actual name, at least not in the movie. It is never referred to by a name. However, the robotic shark prop used for the movie had a nickname with the crew, that being “Bruce.”

What are the Sharks’ names in Finding Nemo?

Everyone who watched Finding Nemo remembers the shark trio: “fish are friends, not food.” But what actually were their names?

Coincidentally enough, the Great White was named Bruce, just like the shark from Jaws. The hammerhead was called Anchor, and the mako shark was called Chum.

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