40 Pretty Punny Penguin Names

Georgia Stone
Feb 16, 2024 By Georgia Stone
Originally Published on Oct 13, 2020
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Despite being able to swim, the penguin is, according to National Geographic, a flightless seabird.

There is a debate about the different kinds of penguins. National Geographic claims that 18 species exist, while other organizations claim that this is an overestimation.  

Most penguins reside in the Southern Hemisphere. Only certain species live in Antarctica, such as the Emperor.  One of the types of penguin, the Galapagos, lives on the Galapagos Islands. Penguins enjoy both land and water in their natural environments and in the local zoo within major cities.

Penguin breeding takes place throughout March and April and the incubation period lasts one to two months. The male and female birds share this responsibility, carrying their egg atop their feet. The end-result is a baby chick.

Now you know all there is to know about penguins, read on for some fantastic ideas of penguin names.

For more naming inspiration, take a look at our list of the best modern boys' names or the best fairytale names.

Baby Penguin Names

Adorable names for the “tuxedo-wearing” penguin.

1. Addy (English origin), meaning ‘noble’.

2. Blizzard (English origin), meaning ‘driving snow’.

3. Blue (Old French origin), meaning ‘pale, light-colored’.

4. Camo (French origin), meaning ‘to disguise’.

5. Emperor (Old French origin), meaning ‘leader, ruler’.

6. Fisher (Old English origin), meaning ‘fisherman’.

7. Flipper (English origin), meaning ‘limb used to swim with.’

8. Gwen (Welsh origin), meaning ‘holy’; as in ‘pen-gwen,’ pun intended.    

9. Ice Pop (English origin), meaning ‘a snack made of frozen juice'.

10. Icicle (Old English origin), meaning ‘chill ice’.

11. Mac (Greek origin), from macaroni, meaning ‘food made from barley’.

12. Mag (Portuguese origin), from the name Magellanic, who was a Portuguese navigator.

13. Parker (Old French origin), meaning ‘keeper of the park’.

14. Paulie (Roman origin), from Paul, meaning ‘small or humble’.

15. Penny (English origin), meaning ‘weaver.’

16. Peter (Greek origin), meaning ‘stone or rock’.

17. Poppy (Latin origin), meaning ‘red flower’.

18. Prince (Middle English origin), meaning ‘behaving in a regal manner’.

19. Princess (Old French origin), meaning ‘female ruler’.

20. Rocky (Middle English origin), meaning ‘full of rocks’.

21. Skate (Dutch origin), meaning ‘thing that shakes or moves fast’.

22. Snowflake (Old English origin), from the word snow, meaning ‘precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals’.  

23. Swimmer (Old English origin), meaning ‘to move in or on the water’.

24. Tundra (Russian origin), meaning ‘high-topped hill.’

Funny Penguin Names

Comical names for a penguin, whether male or female.

25. Avalanche (Old French origin), meaning ‘to descend’.

26. Marbles (German origin), children’s game played with small balls of polished alabaster.

27. Pudgy (English origin), meaning ‘anything short and thick’.

28. Salt & Pepper condiments added to meals to enhance the flavors.

29. Slip & Slide children’s outdoor mat with water streams.

30. Squeaks (Middle Swedish origin), meaning ‘to croak’.

31. Tiny (Middle English origin), meaning ‘very small’.

32. Torpedo (Latin origin), meaning ‘floating mine that blows up enemy ships’.  

33. Tuxedo (English origin), meaning ‘a man’s semi-formal evening wear’.

34. Waddles (English origin), meaning ‘to walk with short steps, swaying’.

Famous Penguins

Lovable seabirds from animated movies and television shows.

35. Chilly Willy animated penguin from The Woody Woodpecker Show.

36. Kowalski educated penguin from the Madagascar movie series and spin-off television show.

37. Mumble enchanting penguin from the children’s movie Happy Feet.

38. Private newbie in the group from the Madagascar franchise.

39. Rico silly yet resourceful penguin from the Madagascar brand.  

40. Skipper admirable penguin leader from Madagascar.

Kidadl has lots of great  names articles to inspire you. If you liked our suggestions for penguin names then take a look at these modern girl names, or for something different these non-binary names.

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Written by Georgia Stone

Bachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

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Georgia StoneBachelor of Arts specializing in French with Film Studies, Bachelor of Arts (Year Abroad) specializing in Literature, History, Language, Media, and Art

Georgia is an experienced Content Manager with a degree in French and Film Studies from King's College London and Bachelors degree from Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her passion for exploring the world and experiencing different cultures was sparked during her childhood in Switzerland and her year abroad in Paris. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys using London's excellent travel connections to explore further afield.

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