40 Totally Radical Turtle Names With Meanings

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Feb 29, 2024 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Nov 06, 2020
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Turtles are the most adorable creatures on planet Earth.

They have slowly and steadily crept into our animal-loving hearts. Turtles, no matter how big or small, are loved by all and sundry.

Despite being the most lovable animals in nature, certain turtle species also make great pets. They are highly intelligent and sentient beings who can easily learn their names. Here's a list of the top 40 names for turtles that put the "rad" in "radical."

For more animal names, check out Goat Names and Super Fresh Fish Names.

Cute And Funny Turtle Names For Girls

Eggs of African spurred tortoise

Turtles make the sweetest pets. Here's a list of female turtle names.

1. Annabel (English origin) meaning "grace"; from 'Annabel and Turtle.'

2. Bertie (German origin) meaning "bright,"; a famous race turtle.

3. Colby (Norse origin) meaning "swarthy place."

4. Ella (Greek origin) meaning "beautiful,"; a turtle from 'Sammy.'

5. Lily (Hebrew origin) meaning "pure,"; a famous sea turtle.

6. Luna (Latin origin) meaning "moon." A great name for a girl turtle.

7. Myrtle (English origin) meaning "evergreen shrub"; rhymes with "turtle."

8. Shelby (English origin) meaning "from the town in the hollow"; a good name.

9. Shelly (English origin), meaning  "meadow's edge."

10. Starla (American origin) meaning "star."

11. Yertle (Fictional origin) meaning unknown; from 'Yertle, the turtle.'

Rad Turtle Names For Boys

Loggerhead sea turtle

Here's a rad list of male names of turtles to make the owners swoon.

12. Blastoise (Fictional origin), meaning "water blasting tortoise"; from 'Pokemon.'

13. Donatello (Italian origin) meaning "gift"; from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.'

14. Leonardo (Italian origin) meaning "strong as a lion"; from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.'

15. Michelangelo (Italian origin) meaning "Michael, God's messenger"; from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.'

16. Nemo (Greek origin) meaning "from the valley"; from 'Finding Nemo.'

17. Ninja (Japanese origin) meaning "persevere"; from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.'

18. Raphael (Hebrew origin) meaning "he has healed"; from 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.'

19. Sammy (Hebrew origin) meaning "God heard"; from 'Sammy.'

20. Sheldon (English origin) meaning "town in the valley"; cute name for a male turtle.

21. Slider (English origin) meaning "one who slides"; great name for a red-eared slider.

22. Sluggy (English origin) meaning "slow"; one of the fitting names of pet turtles.

23. Squirtle (Fictional origin) meaning "water squirting Turtle"; from 'Pokemon.'

24. Wartortle (Fictional origin) meaning "war turtle"; from 'Pokemon.'

Quirky Gender-Neutral Turtle Names

Here's a list of funny names for your turtle, which are gender-neutral.

25. Crush (English origin) meaning "to smash"; from 'Finding Nemo.'

26. Flip (Dutch origin) meaning "turn upside down."

27. Flippers (English origin) meaning "a broad, flat limb used to swim."

28. Gator (American origin) meaning "alligator."

29. Molasses (Portuguese origin) meaning "uncrystallized sugar syrup."

30. Monster (English origin) meaning "terrifying creature."

31. Puddles (English origin) meaning "small pool of water."

32. Quickie (English origin) meaning "fast."

33. Slick (English origin) meaning "smooth and glossy."

34. Slimer (English origin) meaning "slime producing."

35. Snapper (English origin) meaning "one who snaps"; a good name for a snapping turtle.

36. Speedy (English Origin), meaning "fast-paced."

37. Squiggles (English Origin) meaning "to wiggle."

38. Squirt (English Origin) meaning "spurt of liquid"; from "Finding Nemo'.

39. Star (English Origin), meaning "luminous cosmic object."

40. Waddles (English Origin), meaning "a clumsy gait."

Kidadl has lots of great names articles to inspire you. If you liked our suggestions for Turtle Names then why not take a look at Lizard Names, or for something different take a look at Mythical Horse Names.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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