Tortoise names – from girl, to boy, to funny to famous


Looking for a name for your new tortoise? From girl, to boy, to funny to famous, we’ve done the research for you!

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Looking for a name for your pet tortoise? We’d love to help, so we’ve done the research for you.

We found that many pet owners are influenced by personality type, much-loved family members and childhood tv/film and gaming favourites.

Check out our list for some inspiration!

A cute personality can influence a name!

Girl tortoise names

For the little lady in your life, check out these names:


  • Analiese
  • April
  • August
  • Blossom
  • Bronwyn
  • Buttercup
  • Cherry
  • Daisy
  • Dee
  • Delilah
  • Denise
  • Doris
  • Ellie-Mae
  • Georgina
  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Hilda
  • Hollie
  • Hope
  • Imogen
  • Ivy
  • Jade
  • Kenya
  • Kiwi
  • Lady Boxworthy
  • Lilian
  • Lily
  • Mariam
  • Maureen
  • Milly
  • Mindy
  • Minnie
  • Muriel
  • Myrtle
  • Nancy
  • Opal
  • Penny
  • Petunia
  • Poppy
  • Ruby
  • Sienna
  • Sugar
  • Spice
  • Tallulah
  • Tilly


Male tortoise names

For your ‘man about the house’, how about one of these:

  • Albert
  • Apollo
  • Atlas
  • Balboa
  • Barney
  • Beethoven
  • Bernard
  • Bert
  • Bob
  • Bobby
  • Bodhi
  • Bruno
  • Cecil
  • Charlie
  • Chester
  • Chip
  • Cobbles
  • Darwin
  • Dave
  • Dennis
  • Dozer
  • Duke
  • Edwyn
  • Ernie
  • Fergus
  • Frankie
  • George
  • Gerry
  • Hercules
  • Herman
  • Houdini
  • Humphrey
  • Hummer
  • Kenny
  • Malcolm
  • Melvin
  • Molasses
  • Mortimer
  • Mungo
  • Mustafa
  • Nelson
  • Nick
  • Oscar
  • Ozzy
  • Paulie
  • Peanut
  • Percy
  • Popeye
  • Rambo
  • Ronnie
  • Rufus
  • Samson
  • Spartacus
  • Spike
  • Stomper
  • Taco
  • Tarquin
  • Thaddeus – meaning a courageous heart
  • Theodore
  • Thor
  • Tinker
  • Titan
  • Toby
  • Tonka
  • Victor
  • Winston


Funny tortoise names

We all love a name that makes us chuckle. We found some of these that will make you smile…


  • Darth Maul
  • Harry the Herman
  • Herbet Sherbert
  • Kitkat
  • Little foot
  • Mr Taco
  • Mr Waffles
  • Mrs Potato Head
  • Spud and Sprout
  • Mr Humps
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Donnashello
  • Grease lightening
  • King George
  • Lady Bertha
  • Mr. Wigglesworth
  • Poptart
  • Sexytoes
  • Sir Hides-a-lot
  • Sir Lancelot
  • Thunderdome
  • Turtle neck
  • Turtle Recall
  • Turtleneck


Famous tortoise names

Now who wouldn’t want a famous name? To be associated with a star – the glitz and the glamour. But enough of all that…

Whether you’ve got one or more tortoise’s, these are some great celebrity names!

Esio Trot: Tortoise spelt backwards – Esio Trot is the famous book turned into film, by Ronald Dahl. The story centres around Alfie the tortoise, who brings together his owner Mrs Trotter and her neighbour Mr Hopper, in an adorable love story.

Ainsley: Are you a bit of a chef at heart? Then why not name your nearest and dearest after a famous chef….

Ant and Dec: The famous comic duo, who found fame in the late 1980’s children’s drama, Byker Grove, and later I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here.

Bert and Ernie: A love/hate relationship which may sound familiar! Two of Sesame Street’s most famous characters, from the long running children’s show. Ernie would drive Bert crazy with his chatter, but they were still best of friends. Does this sound like your pair?

Bonnie and Clyde: The famous criminal couple from 1930’s America. If your tortoise duo are partners in crime, this may be the name to choose!

Bowser (or King Kooper): If you like your games, then you may remember Bowser, from Super Mario Bros.


Chip and Dale: Do you remember these adorable chipmunks from your childhood? Then you may want to name your tortoises after them!

Flash and Gordon: Were you a fan of Flash?

Florence, Dougal and Zebedee from the Magic Roundabout: Another iconic tv show from the 1970’s, featuring young and sensible Florence, her best friend Dougal the Dog, who only eats sugar lumps and the magical, jack-in-a-box Zebedee.

Which character is your tortoise?

George Clooney: Why leave George Clooney in Hollywood, when he can be roaming around in your back garden?

Hermoine: Harry Potter fan’s will love this name.

Harry Potter: ….And you can’t have Hermoine without Harry

Harry and Meghan: Which brings us onto a famous couple within the Royal family. The very gorgeous Harry and Meghan.

Indiana and Jones: As hero’s go, Indiana Jones is up there with the best. Is your tortoise fit for a hero’s name?

Jasmine from Aladdin: If you love Disney, this could be the name for your tortoise.

Laurel and Hardy: You may not remember this duo, but some of of here at ExoticDirect do! In the era of silent and black and white TV, they were the accident prone duo, getting into scrapes. Does this remind your of your tort?

Leonard, Penny, Sheldon and Amy from The Big Bang Theory: Need we say more?

Mercury: Could your tortoise carry the name of the legendary lead singer of Queen?

Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello: The story of four teenage mutant ninja turtles, who protected the citizens of New York from criminals and alien invaders. As superhero’s go, these were legendary.

Patsy and Eddie: The best friends from Absolutely Fabulous. Do your tortoises take after them?

Pebbles and Bam Bam: The two cute children featuring in the Flintstones.

Romeo and Juliette: The star crossed lovers from the play by Shakespeare. Are your tortoises’ a love story?

Sherlock, Watson and Moriarty: Another very popular choice for tortoise names, from on the private detective stories based era Edwardian and Victorian England.

Thelma and Louise: Are your tortoises’ feisty, adventurous females? Then Thelma and Louise may be the names for them.

Thomas Shelby: Peaky Blinders – the gangster from the Peaky Blinders, Thomas Shelby. Not only is his name a play on words, but his notoriety will mean your tortoise won’t be left in the shadows.

Tinkerbell: If your tortoise is dainty enough, then Tinkerbell maybe the right name for her.

Tom and Jerry: We all love a classic, and what’s more classic than Tom and Jerry. You’ll just need to decide which tortoise is which…. Tom, the determined, tenacious one, or Jerry, the mischievous, ‘mouse/tortoise with 9 lives’.

Mork and Mindy: Remember these? Featuring the fantastic Robin Williams

Gender neutral

If you’ve bought a new baby tortoise, you won’t be able to tell its gender until it’s larger, and a few years old Therefore you may opt for a more gender neutral name. Check out some of these….


  • Cariad meaning ‘love’ in Welsh
  • Crwban which is Welsh for ‘tortoise’
  • Esiotrot – tortoise spelt backwards
  • Dandelion and Burdock
  • Flash
  • Fluffy
  • Freckles
  • Hinge and Bracket
  • Itsy and Bitsy
  • Mambo
  • Mortje – (pronounced Morty)
  • Nubbin
  • Ramon
  • Rompy
  • Fleetfoot
  • Peanut
  • Shelly
  • Shimmer
  • Shine
  • Sixpence
  • Sparkles
  • Speedy
  • Stompy
  • Thunder and Lightening
  • Tic and Tak
  • Tiddles
  • Trigger
  • Truffle
  • Turbo
  • Twix
  • Zippy
  • Zoom


ExoticDirect tortoise names

We see some fantastic names here at ExoticDirect. Here are some our tortoise owners have given their pets!


  • Jose, Mourinho and Quasi
  • Indie
  • Myrtle
  • Tortie
  • Raffi
  • Jose
  • Pistachio
  • Sheldon
  • Toby
  • Twinkle and Flash
  • Elizabeth
  • Floss
  • Kiwi
  • Bugsy and Bitsy
  • Bill
  • Tommy
  • Percy
  • Nelson
  • Stevie
  • Crispy
  • Spyro
  • Leggs, Ruby-May and Pebbles
  • Tortellini
  • Rocky
  • Turnip and Cabbage
  • Titan
  • Billy
  • Kenny
  • Marley and Mollie
  • Petal and Dobby
  • Tommy


We hope you’ve found a suitable name for your new pet here. If not, try joining Tortoise Facebook groups. They’re a great way to make new friends, get tortoise tips, and other name suggestions. Although remember – for care advice, you should always speak to your vet.

Is your tortoise insured? Get a quote for £2,500 of vet fees, death and theft cover. Vet fee cover only also available | We’ve been insuring exotic pets since 1996 | Check out our customer reviews on Feefo.

Tamara Labelle
15 January 2021

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