549+ Whale Names (Good, Cute & Famous Naming Ideas)

Whether you’re looking for a good name for a fictional whale character, or you want to use one in a game, you need to browse the best whale names first. 

Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby-Dick was published in 1851. And the titular whale is just a starting point when it comes to nautical nicknames. 

Keep reading to learn about the names for the dwellers of cold ocean waters. We’ll share monikers for male whales, female whales, funny names, unique names, and more. 

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Best Whale Names

Below are some of the all-around best names for whales, drawing inspiration from fictional characters, wordplay, and species of whales. 

  1. The Beast 
  2. Pale Back 
  3. Vessel Slayer 
  4. Killer
  5. Orca 
  6. Moby-Dick
  7. Sea Taker 
  8. Whaley 
  9. Wally 
  10. Big Fish 
  11. Orcus 
  12. Mystic 
  13. Beluga 
  14. Sousa 
  15. Sedna 
  16. Paikea 
  17. Belugi 
  18. Humpback 
  19. Finny 
  20. Orcana 
  21. Splasher
  22. Splashy
  23. Dorsalene 
  24. Big Tail 
  25. Free Willy 
  26. The Giant 
  27. Ship Wrecker 
  28. Tillikum
  29. Shamu 
  30. Flipper 
  31. Poseidon 
  32. Amphitrite
  33. Humphrey 
  34. Triton 
  35. God of the Sea 
  36. Splasher 
  37. Ruler of the Seas 
  38. Colossus 
  39. Behemoth 
  40. Blubber 
  41. Gargantua 
  42. The Leviathan 
  43. Mammoth 
  44. Sea Giant 
  45. Goliath 
  46. Titan 
  47. Samson 
  48. Monster 
  49. The Gladiator 
  50. Alpha 
Three Killer whales with huge dorsal fins

Names For Girl Whales

When it comes to girl whale monikers, you need some options that incorporate typically feminine names.

Some of these girl names have that style to them, and others draw inspiration from folklore and fictional characters. 

  1. Bella Beluga 
  2. Behemoth Beth 
  3. Big Bertha 
  4. Queen 
  5. Sleeping Beauty 
  6. Wanda Whale
  7. Wonder Woman
  8. Queenie
  9. Gray Girl 
  10. Belle 
  11. Ariel 
  12. The Cow 
  13. Moby Doll
  14. Athena 
  15. Queen of Sheba 
  16. Cleopatra 
  17. Bailey 
  18. Aphrodite 
  19. Misses Splashy 
  20. Lady Leviathan 
  21. Pearl 
  22. Mira 
  23. Big Girl 
  24. Artemis
  25. Vesta 
  26. Delphine 
  27. Dionysus
  28. Lady Godiva 
  29. Joan of Arc 
  30. Fiona the Fish 
  31. Demeter
  32. Ophelia 
  33. Olivia the Orca 
  34. Blue Girl 
  35. Venus 
  36. Lady of the High Seas 
  37. Humpback Hannah 
  38. Bellona 
  39. Mellie Melville 
  40. Betty Bowhead 
  41. Nora Narwhal 
  42. The Bride 
  43. Bride of Shamu 
  44. Finny Fiona 
  45. Beatrice 
  46. The Big Blue 
  47. Sea Queen 
  48. Betty Blowhole 
  49. Kathy Krill-Eater 
  50. Monster Mary 
Killer whale high jump

Names For Boy Whales

The male whales need names to match their large size, too.

With more than 200 tons and a thick layer of fat, these blubber-boys have garnered tons of clever names. 

  1. Humpback Henry 
  2. Willy the Whale 
  3. Humphrey the Humpback 
  4. Big Boy 
  5. Aquaman 
  6. Samson 
  7. Strong Boy 
  8. King 
  9. Blue Boy 
  10. Bruce 
  11. Moby 
  12. Dick 
  13. Richard 
  14. Herman 
  15. Beluga Bob 
  16. Humphrey 
  17. Orville the Orca 
  18. Melville  
  19. Mr. Whale 
  20. King of the High Seas 
  21. Larry Leviathan 
  22. Ishmael 
  23. Nantucket Fish 
  24. Willie 
  25. Walter Water 
  26. Merman 
  27. Triton 
  28. Poseidon 
  29. Barry Blowhole 
  30. Ares 
  31. Behemoth Bobby 
  32. Giant George 
  33. Zeus 
  34. Large Larry 
  35. Apollo 
  36. God of the Sea 
  37. Sea Ruler 
  38. Colossal Caleb 
  39. Harry Huge 
  40. His Hugeness 
  41. His Highness 
  42. Swimmer Sam 
  43. Bowhead Bill 
  44. Bowie the Whale 
  45. Sylvester Sperm 
  46. Fineas 
  47. Finny Boy 
  48. Monstrous Mike 
  49. Monster Mathias 
  50. Blue Man 
Blue Whale

Unisex Names For Whales

It’s good to have feminine, as well as masculine, name options.

Otherwise, if you’re looking for a good whale name that defies gender norms, then consider these unisex options below. 

  1. Jumbo 
  2. Monster 
  3. Fishy 
  4. Belugite 
  5. Orcite 
  6. Drinker 
  7. Water Baby 
  8. Deep Sea Traveler 
  9. Sea Singer 
  10. Swimmy 
  11. Floater 
  12. Blower 
  13. Floatie 
  14. Blowie 
  15. Big One 
  16. Big Fish 
  17. The Creature 
  18. The Sinker 
  19. The Wrecker 
  20. Wrecking Ball 
  21. Spermie 
  22. Spermite 
  23. Killie 
  24. Killer 
  25. Shammy 
  26. Wavie 
  27. Wave Rider 
  28. The Submarine 
  29. Ocean God 
  30. Sea Ruler 
  31. Splash 
  32. Splashie 
  33. Sparky 
  34. Sea Dweller 
  35. Gray One 
  36. Blue One 
  37. The Sea Giant 
  38. Big Swimmer 
  39. Finny 
  40. Tail-Wagger 
  41. Krill-Eater 
  42. Quiet Giant 
  43. Orcus 
  44. Misty 
  45. Mystic 
  46. Sedna 
  47. Yuki 
  48. Paikea 
  49. Dorsal 
  50. Delphi 
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Cute Whale Names

There’s nothing better than a cute name or a sweet nickname. The following list of names is great for baby whales, as well as whale characters that are meant to be seen as adorable. 

These are sure to spread a smile across your face, whether you’re naming your goldfish after them or a fictional whale. 

  1. Baby Boy 
  2. Baby Girl 
  3. Baby Blowhole 
  4. Baby Bowie 
  5. Sea Baby 
  6. Oceanite 
  7. Orcy 
  8. Dorky Orcy 
  9. Baby Beluga 
  10. Itty Bitty Fishy 
  11. Scooter 
  12. Squirt 
  13. Bubba 
  14. Scoot 
  15. Bubbles 
  16. Kiddo 
  17. Chicken Nugget 
  18. Kitten 
  19. Cubby 
  20. The Pup 
  21. Sea Calf 
  22. Splashie McSplasher 
  23. Baby Shark 
  24. Baby Splash 
  25. Flushie 
  26. Stuffy 
  27. Boo 
  28. Wawa 
  29. Humpy 
  30. Thumper 
  31. Baby Cakes 
  32. Sweetie Pie 
  33. Gertie 
  34. Bertie 
  35. Shrimp 
  36. Jumper 
  37. Teeny Tail 
  38. Cutie 
  39. Sea Peanut 
  40. Mini Submarine 
  41. Little Ship 
  42. Baby-zilla 
  43. Little One 
  44. Tiny One  
  45. Puffer 
  46. Little Floater 
  47. Orca Baby 
  48. Babyfish
  49. Princess Babyfish 
  50. Prince Babyfish   
Jumping killer whale

Good Names For Whales

Finding the best whale name can be difficult, and you often feel pressured to choose based on the fish’s personality, looks, and more. 

For example, if the whale is the largest of them all, you might feel like you need a name that represents its enormity. 

The following names are ideal for these creatures, regardless of their characteristics. 

  1. Dottie 
  2. Keiko 
  3. Willy Whale 
  4. Tilly 
  5. Monstro 
  6. The Hulk 
  7. She Hulk 
  8. Icee 
  9. Jaws 
  10. Flipper 
  11. Blubber 
  12. Skipper 
  13. Matey 
  14. Pirate  
  15. Wet Mammoth  
  16. The Captain  
  17. Captain Jack 
  18. Jack Morgan 
  19. Bluey 
  20. Bluesy  
  21. Hudson 
  22. Prince of Whales 
  23. Princess of Whales  
  24. Cork  
  25. The Scuttler 
  26. Stoney 
  27. Midnight 
  28. Indigo 
  29. The Fury 
  30. Lapis Lazuli 
  31. Sky 
  32. Star  
  33. Queen 
  34. King  
  35. The Royal 
  36. Bluejay  
  37. Sapphire  
  38. One in Charge  
  39. The Great Fish  
  40. Singer 
  41. Swimmer 
  42. Big Fish 
  43. Leviathan of Old 
  44. Giant Fishy 
  45. The Guzzler 
  46. Big Drinker 
  47. The Thirst 
  48. Floaty McFloater 
  49. Star of the Sea 
  50. The Great Power 
Jump humpback whale

Funny Whale Names

Whether it’s a play on words or a clever whale name for a game like Dungeons and Dragons, these are some of the funniest whale monikers.

You can play around with whale- and fish-related words to create some truly clever names for whales. 

  1. That Whale 
  2. Doby Mick 
  3. Whaley McWhaleface 
  4. Flip Flop 
  5. Flubber 
  6. The Jolly Gray Giant 
  7. The Little Mermaid 
  8. Big Gulp 
  9. Biggie Smalls 
  10. Big Man on Campus 
  11. Notorious B.I.G. 
  12. Splasher 
  13. Ship Flipper 
  14. Stormy 
  15. Flopper 
  16. Blubberer 
  17. Monster Mash 
  18. Speedy 
  19. Fishgirl 
  20. Fishboy  
  21. Baby of the Sea 
  22. Little One 
  23. Short Stacks 
  24. Shortie 
  25. Old Tom 
  26. Ye Old Sprayer 
  27. Jumbo Shrimp
  28. The Iceberg  
  29. The Glacier 
  30. The Tempest 
  31. Moby Richard 
  32. Sir Whaley 
  33. Lady Whaley 
  34. Princess Whaleface 
  35. Prince Whaleface 
  36. Whalezilla 
  37. Beo-whale 
  38. Big Belly 
  39. Jonah Eater 
  40. The Walrus 
  41. Jack Sparrow 
  42. Mr. Pirate 
  43. The Bull 
  44. Sinker 
  45. Destroyer Dave 
  46. Deadly One 
  47. Gentle Giant 
  48. Mr. Splash Head 
  49. Mrs. Splash Head 
  50. Baby Splash Head 

Cool Names For Whales

Sometimes, the best names evoke qualities that aren’t summed up in looks. Whales are super powerful, massive creatures that need no explanation, but a cool name can give you a good idea of their nature. 

These are some of the coolest whale names to choose from. We hope you like the mix of historical names, aquatic words, and more. 

  1. Marlowe 
  2. Shakespeare 
  3. Damsel in Distress 
  4. Misty 
  5. Periwinkle 
  6. Penny 
  7. Scarlet 
  8. Wisteria
  9. Bloom 
  10. Reefer 
  11. Washer 
  12. Wader 
  13. Wade 
  14. Superwoman 
  15. Superman 
  16. Diana 
  17. Orion 
  18. Kona 
  19. Telanthera 
  20. Shelley 
  21. Dione 
  22. Dionysus 
  23. Asherah 
  24. Washie 
  25. Leonora 
  26. Kauai 
  27. Keilani  
  28. Stormy 
  29. Lucia 
  30. Leilani 
  31. Diondra 
  32. Yasha 
  33. Dune
  34. Wave 
  35. Aruba 
  36. Banks 
  37. Delta 
  38. Big Mouth 
  39. Estuary 
  40. Seaward 
  41. Reef Roamer 
  42. Waver 
  43. Marina 
  44. Boatsy 
  45. Bailey 
  46. Boatrocker 
  47. Adria
  48. Dana  
  49. Davy 
  50. Lahloo 
Beluga whale

Unique Whale Names

While many of the names on this list encapsulate the features of whales – largeness, color, etc. – you also want out-of-the-box names. 

The following are some of the more unique name options when it comes to these huge creatures that roam the seas.

These use aquatic words, colors, and other marine languages to create special name options. 

  1. The Oceanographer 
  2. Sea Sam 
  3. Ultra Boy 
  4. Ultra Girl 
  5. Water Treader 
  6. Sirena 
  7. Shimmer 
  8. Ocean 
  9. TideWatcher 
  10. Beachgoer 
  11. Storm Watcher  
  12. Blue Moon 
  13. Paradise 
  14. Ophelia 
  15. Periwinkle 
  16. Adriatica 
  17. Douglas 
  18. Pearl 
  19. Lana 
  20. Anthia 
  21. Coral 
  22. Coraline 
  23. Myrtle 
  24. Aberdeen 
  25. Cod 
  26. Galia 
  27. Nautilus 
  28. Maurea 
  29. Aquamarine 
  30. Turquoise 
  31. Bondi 
  32. Mazu 
  33. Ula 
  34. Dorian 
  35. Doria 
  36. Delmare 
  37. Umiko 
  38. Aqua 
  39. Nahla 
  40. Washer 
  41. Sandy 
  42. Clarion 
  43. Harlequin 
  44. Talbot 
  45. Britney 
  46. Rudder 
  47. Eddy 
  48. Ebb 
  49. Flo 
  50. Luna 

Famous Whale Names

Whether they’re famous from the movies or have real-life fame at places like SeaWorld, there are some iconic whale names to choose from.

Take a look at these 50 ultra-famous whale monikers. You’ll notice that many of the names have Japanese influence, as whales have been deeply tied to Japanese history for a long time. 

  1. Tilly the Whale 
  2. Roxanne 
  3. Roxy 
  4. Shamu 
  5. Willy 
  6. Free Willy  
  7. Lester the Whale 
  8. Migaloo 
  9. The Whale 
  10. Orkid 
  11. Shouka 
  12. Takara 
  13. Katina 
  14. Makaio 
  15. Kalina 
  16. Corky 
  17. Kalia 
  18. Makani 
  19. Ulises 
  20. Tuar 
  21. Kyuquot 
  22. Sakari 
  23. Keet 
  24. Ikaika 
  25. Kasatka 
  26. Kamea 
  27. Malia 
  28. Nalani 
  29. Trua 
  30. Tilikum 
  31. Lolita 
  32. Ocean Sun 
  33. L-25 
  34. Namu 
  35. She-Namu 
  36. Ramu III 
  37. Winston 
  38. Kohana 
  39. Moana 
  40. Skyla 
  41. Keto 
  42. Wikie 
  43. Keijo 
  44. Inouk 
  45. Kshamenk 
  46. Bingo 
  47. Ran 
  48. Stella 
  49. Earth 
  50.  

Cartoon Whale Names

Sometimes, the best names are derived from our favorite fictional characters. Many of the following whale names come from popular Disney cartoons and their respective aquatic animal characters. 

Others come from big-name movies and other sources in the media. 

  1. Aquaman 
  2. Spot the Killer Whale 
  3. Ariel 
  4. Baby Whale 
  5. Godzilla 
  6. King Kong 
  7. Papa Whale 
  8. Ursula 
  9. Nemo 
  10. Pearl Krabs 
  11. Momma Whale 
  12. Big Dory 
  13. Marlin 
  14. Fudgie the Whale 
  15. Fluke  
  16. Spongebob the Whale 
  17. Mr. Krabs 
  18. Plankton Eater 
  19. Foghorn 
  20. Blinky 
  21. Bruce 
  22. Cleo 
  23. Flounder 
  24. Bikini Bottomite 
  25. Destiny the Whaleshark 
  26. Oscar 
  27. Fishtronaut 
  28. Bea Goldfishberg 
  29. Luna 
  30. The Killer Whale (Orca) 
  31. Cosmo 
  32. Wanda 
  33. The Whale  
  34. Bailey 
  35. Willie the Whale 
  36. Finwithit 
  37. Monstro 
  38. Orcus Galacticus 
  39. Lester the Whale 
  40. Lucky 
  41. Benjamin 
  42. Chum 
  43. Sandy 
  44. Flow 
  45. The Kraken 
  46. Squidward 
  47. Patrick 
  48. Darwin 
  49. Kenny 
  50. Milo 
Whale tail

Name Inspiration

At this point, you may be wondering how we came up with this extensive list of whale monikers. The truth is that inspiration for these names comes from many sources, including Greek mythology, Roman mythology, cartoons, the movie industry, whales in captivity, and more. 

Additionally, we’ve selected and created certain whale name options based on whale species, such as the Blue whale, Beluga whale, Humpback whale, and Orca whale. A lot of these names are simply wordplay for the species names. 

But there is also a lot of inspiration that comes from human names. You’ll notice that some of the female and male names for whales on this list feature basic names like Harry, Barry, Mary, Mike, and Betty. 

Overall, there are nearly endless options when it comes to naming these fishy friends. From aquatic names like beaches, other marine life, and coral to goddesses and gods, hopefully, our lists have inspired you. 

Help Choosing The Perfect Name

When it comes to choosing the name for your whale, you should consider several factors. These include the size of the whale, the species, the color, the personality, and any sort of mythology or history you want to imbue onto it.  

For example, if you’ve come to love the classic whale novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, then you might be keen on naming a whale after Moby-Dick. Or, you might name it after the primary character in that book – Ishmael. 

But if your preferences lie in Greek or Roman gods and goddesses, then it would be ideal to name your whale Venus or Aphrodite. 

Otherwise, lots of great whale names come from cute cartoon whale names in the movies and on television. And you can also find some great choices from colors of the sea – blue, gray, etc. 

And last but not least, if you’re planning to name a whale that will be a fictional character, it’s important that its name aligns with its personality. You can imbue deeper meaning into the character by giving it a name that represents big concepts. 

Conclusion

When it comes to whales – the leviathans of the world’s seas – choosing a name can be a difficult task. 

These gigantic creatures are some of the biggest living things on our planet, and thus, they deserve amazing names that mirror their size, power, and beauty. 

That’s why we’ve created these lists of the best cute, funny, unique, famous, cartoon, male, female, and unisex names for whales. Get inspired by some of the world’s most famous whales, as well as the fictional ones in books and movies throughout history. 

Whether you are naming a whale character in a book you’re writing or you simply want a whale-esque name for a pet fish, our list should give you some great ideas. 

Good luck with your whale-naming endeavors, and make sure to keep these suggestions in mind!

FAQs

What is the whale’s name in Finding Dory?

The whale in Finding Dory is a beluga whale named Bailey (Bailey the beluga whale). 

What is the whale’s name in Pinocchio?

The gigantic sperm whale in Pinocchio is named Monstro. This same whale ends up eating several of the characters. 

What is the whale’s name in Spongebob?

In Spongebob Squarepants, the whale character (Mr. Krabs’ daughter) is named Pearl Krabs. 

What was the name of the whale in Free Willy?

In Free Willy, the name of the whale is Willy, played by an orca whale in real life named Keiko.

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