Shark Names

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Shark names are a perfect fit for pet sharks in an aquarium, but they also sound great on shark-like fish species too. Keeping a shark in a tank can be tricky, but they make great pets for experienced owners with lots of space. Some of the best pet shark breeds include the Epaulette, Catshark, Wobbegong and Bamboo shark. And today we’re going to share some awesome shark names that’d suit any shark, or animal with shark traits!


Yes, it is true most of us won’t ever keep a large shark as a pet, nor are these wild creatures really suited to life in captivity. But you can certainly sponsor a shark in the name of conservation! And you can have fun at your local aquarium giving the sharks names. From smart sharks to stealthy sharks, sleek sharks to celebrity sharks, you will find all the best shark names here.

In that spirit, these names also offer some great ideas if you decide to sponsor or adopt a wild shark as part of your local zoo, wildlife association or rescue organization.

Boy Shark Names

If you lived in the ocean, what marine species would you want to be? Probably a shark, right? In this list, consider which one of these boy shark names you would want for yourself! These boy shark names also make awesome picks for pet fish of any species – especially the ones derived from ancient mythology.

  • Pete
  • Phillip
  • Alexios
  • Ali
  • Hirtle
  • Bob
  • Scot
  • Nehsi
  • Nomad
  • Cabot
  • Breton
  • Poseidon (sea god in ancient Olympian mythology)
  • Lusunzi (Kongo god of waters)
  • Neptune (Roman sea god)
  • Oceanus (Titan god)
  • Hydros (primal Greek god of water)
  • Glaucus (another Greek god of water)
  • Varuna (Hindu water god)
  • Llyr (Celtic sea god)
  • Njǫrd (Norse sea god)
  • Aegir (Norse god of the ocean)
  • Nu (ancient Egyptian water god)
  • Ryujin (Japanese sea god)
  • Tangaroa (Polynesian and Maori sea god)
  • Tlaloc (Aztec god of water and storms)

Girl Shark Names

A female wild shark has a lot on her plate. Girl sharks are fully responsible for raising their young (adorably called “pups”) alone while also fending off unwelcome suitors, potential predators and other natural threats. To be a girl shark is to be a brave shark for sure! Find your perfect name in this inspiring list of girl shark names.

  • Laureen
  • Perla
  • Zula
  • Kate
  • Chloe
  • Isla
  • Bella
  • Keji
  • Sable
  • Miss Costa
  • Zozo
  • Maple
  • Junonia
  • Freya
  • Coral
  • Harlequin (or Harley Quinn!)
  • Azure
  • Marina
  • Oceana
  • Ariel
  • Aqua
  • Amphitrite (Queen of the sea and mate of the sea god Poseidon)
  • Eirene (daughter of sea god Poseidon)
  • Doris (daughter of Titan god Oceanus)
  • Pasiphaë (Minoan goddess of nature)

Celebrity Shark Names

JAWS. It is the one shark name we all know by heart (even if we haven’t watched the movie by the same name). But are there other celebrity names you could consider to name your pet shark, adopted shark, sponsored shark, plushie shark or real life lookalike shark? There sure are! Which of these celebrity shark names are your favorites?

  • Jaws (JAWS)
  • Land Shark (SNL character)
  • Left Shark (yes, the same from Katy Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl halftime show)
  • Sharknado
  • Sharktopus
  • Ghost Shark
  • Misunderstood Shark (the meme)
  • Sharkboy (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl)
  • Mako Shark (Deep Blue)
  • Mega Shark (Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus)
  • Dharma Shark (Lost)
  • Laser Beam Shark (Austin Powers)
  • Lydia Shark (OCEARCH)
  • Katharine the Shark (OCEARCH)
  • Maroochy Barambah
  • Hammerhead Buddy
  • Hammerhead Einstein
  • Chessie the Tiger Shark
  • Finley the Shark (OCEARCH)
  • Fast Ball (OCEARCH)
  • Alexios (OCEARCH)
  • Tancook (OCEARCH)
  • Z-River (OCEARCH)
  • Ironbound (OCEARCH)
  • Andromache (OCEARCH)

Cartoon Shark Names

Some of these classic cartoon shark names come courtesy of ‘toons from previous decades. They don’t make ‘em (or name ‘em) like that anymore! Other cartoon sharks on this list hail from more recent fare, including instant classics like the animated movie Finding Nemo. Do you have a favorite cartoon shark? Did your fav set of fangs make this list? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Lenny the Shark (Shark Tale, 2004)
  • Don Lino (Shark Tale, 2004)
  • Chum (2003’s Finding Nemo, mako shark)
  • Bruce (2003’s Finding Nemo, great white shark)
  • Anchor (2003’s Finding Nemo, hammerhead shark)
  • Jabberjaw (Sunday morning cartoons shark from 1976)
  • The Shark (Batman & Robin, 1958)
  • Sharkticon (Transformers, 1986)
  • Sherman (Sherman’s Lagoon Sunday paper comic strip, 1991)
  • King Shark (1994’s Superboy)
  • Ripster (1996’s Street Sharks)
  • Jab (1996’s Street Sharks)
  • Streex (1996’s Street Sharks)
  • Big Slammu (1996’s Street Sharks)
  • Bulette (Dungeons & Dragons, 1970)
  • Sharpedo (Pokemon)
  • Donald the Shark (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Sergeant Sam Roderick (Spongebob Squarepants)
  • Kenny the Shark (Kenny the Shark, 2005)
  • Misterjaw (Misterjaw, 1976)
  • Captain Mako (City of Heroes)
  • Megalo (One Piece)
  • Bigger Jaws (Family Guy)
  • Mechanical Shark (Bob’s Burgers)
  • Sharky (Eek! the Cat)

Funny Shark Names

Sure, sharks have a reputation as being fanged and ferocious. But the truth is, sharks come in all shapes and sizes. Many shark species are shy and some don’t even have any teeth! These funny shark names remind us that even the biggest, baddest sharks in the sea probably had cute baby pictures!

  • Fang
  • Nugget
  • Bob
  • Chet
  • Toothless
  • Cheeky
  • Jack
  • Crazy Charlie
  • Wally
  • Baby
  • Ranger Rick
  • Tuna
  • Tastes Like Chicken
  • Finn
  • Snapper
  • Harpoon
  • Sharkskin
  • Big Mouth
  • Jawbone
  • Buffet
  • Big Boy
  • Filet
  • Gums
  • Echo
  • Splash

Cool Shark Species Names

Did you know that there are more than 400 documented species of sharks around the world? And sharks have some very cool species names! In this list of cool shark names by species, you may discover your perfect shark name by learning about other species names for modern sharks.

  • Sharpnose
  • Hammerhead
  • Silky
  • Spinner
  • Pyjama (yes, with a “y”)
  • Tiger
  • Mako
  • Goblin
  • Porbeagle
  • Salmon (yup, like that other tasty fish….but not)
  • Wobbegong
  • Tawny
  • Carpet
  • Bamboo
  • Zebra
  • Sawshark
  • Bramble
  • Gulper
  • Cookiecutter
  • Sleeper
  • Kitefin
  • Dogfish
  • Lanternshark
  • Pygmy
  • Angel

Creative Shark Names By Scientists

Imagine you are a marine biologist who is studying sharks. You might have to keep track of several or several hundred individuals at any given time. How would you do it? One time-honored way is to give the wild sharks names! Enjoy this awesome selection of names researchers have given to members of different shark species – all in the name of science.

  • Megalodon (circa the Cenozoic era, 26 million years ago!)
  • Biteface
  • Tzitzimitl (“Air Demon”)
  • Shredder
  • Deep Blue
  • Gianna
  • The Legend
  • Dotty
  • Screaming Mimi
  • Drogin
  • Heracles
  • Scarboard
  • Bullet
  • Geoff Nuttall
  • Slashfin
  • Madame X
  • Ninja
  • Little Lumpy
  • Flap
  • Anarchy
  • Crazy
  • Lucky
  • Mary Lee
  • Nukumi (“Queen of the Ocean”)
  • Titanic

Shark Names Around the World

Sharks are a universal source of fascination for people around the world. This must be why every language and culture has their own word for sharks. You might just find your perfect name in this list of interesting names from around the world.

  • Apukohai (Hawaiian)
  • Kamohoali’l (Hawaiian)
  • Ukanipo (Hawaiian)
  • Mano (Hawaiian)
  • Moaalii (Hawaiian)
  • Sharul (Indian)
  • Tantun (Hindi)
  • Tiburon (Spanish)
  • Haai (Dutch)
  • Cá mập (Vietnamese)
  • Rechin (Romanian)
  • Tubarão (Portuguese)
  • Hai (Finnish, German)
  • Haj (Danish)
  • Rekin (Polish)
  • Squalo (Italian)
  • Aкула (Russian, Ukranian)
  • Köpek balığı (Turkish)
  • Shāyú (Chinese)
  • Same (Japanese)
  • Peshkaqen (Albanian)
  • Žralok (Czechoslovakian)
  • Cápa (Hungarian)
  • Siorc (Irish)
  • Morski Pes (Slovenian)

Best Shark Names

Did you find the name you’ve been searching for on one of these lists of names? Which of these shark monikers made it to your short list?

We’d love to hear! Do post a comment below and let us know which name you selected and the lucky shark you chose it for!

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