• Norabloom

    I can’t believe I’m turning over one of my favorite names but, for Leta, here it is:

    Octavius (or Octavia, if it’s a girl)

  • StefanieLCR

    Once when I was in 10th grade I wrote a psychology paper that was completely sarcastic and totally tongue-in-cheek about my fake baby named Penelope. I don’t even remember it being on topic. I hated that class and didn’t even care.

    So I’m going with Penelope.

    I got an A on that project. Fuck high school.

  • brenintx

    our last betta’s name was Fishstick

  • Jeca51601

    Well, my 10 year old daughter Ana says:

    -Tommy if it’s a boy, because apparently this is a nickname for a great white shark, and Leta’s fish kind of looks like the great white shark (don’t ask…)

    -Shimmer if it’s a girl, because she’s so sparkly…

  • sarah.wilson

    I got a betta fish when I was a freshman in college, because it was the only pet we could have in our dorms. I named him Jeeter Pogginbonski and he lived for nearly four years. I loved that stupid little fish…

    Now I have a dog (Splinter) and two cats (Chairman Meow and Khat). You can steal any of my pet names for this fish.

    Oh, also, past pet names: Cotton Candy (cat), Pepper (dog, and also cat – I wasn’t very creative), Sunflower (lizard).

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  • luv and kiwi

    Cracking UP over Miss Havisham. I say his name should be Bartholomew (the Beta)

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  • iam3footjeep

    Pete Marino (after a character in the Patricia Cornwell books).

  • mirenis

    He’s cute..Francis or Snowball.

  • subjectivitis

    I like the idea of naming a fish Harry. You could probably call him Harry Potter since he lives in a pot kind of thing. Another name I always try to get people to name their pets? Tuba. I don’t know why but I really want to know a pet named Tuba. Although, I think that’s because I have a lot of fun saying the word “tuba”. Tu-BAH!

  • kate the great

    Clearly, his name is Percival. I don’t know how this is even a question.

  • deidreb

    it’s sort of obvious that he’s a mr. bojangles.

  • Sabine

    Princess Penelope Ponderosa Peachfuzz.

    (Polly for short.)

  • gerri

    He’s a Gator for sure.

  • owensmama

    Well, since a Betta is a Siamese Fighting Fish, and Siam is now Thailand, then maybe you can go with the Thai word for Turtle, which I think (well Google tells me) is Tao.

    But you should probably double check that, because I would have for you to name your turtle the Thai word for butt. Or steak. Or something else inappropriate.

  • melanie

    If I were a little girl, I’d probably go with Sunset, because of those pretty pretty sunset colors. And then I would pop my Bubblicious and try to find my favorite doll’s missing rollerskate again. Her name was Kimberley – how about Kimberley?

  • debramac

    Okay. Stay with me here. This is so funny because I saw a guy today with a T-Shirt on that had this city name on it. And I thought, damn, that is funny, but where will I ever use that joke?

    And then Dooce asks, whadoinameafish?

    Since beta fish apparently originate from what is now Thailand, I vote we name it after a city in Thailand.



    Damn, that is cracking me up.

    Which of your children would be the funniest saying it. Ohhh I can’t decide!

    Leta: Show and Tell. Priceless
    Marlo: Phuket lets go phwimming!

  • Jules K.

    You’ll get no help from me. Two years ago we let the boys name the three goldfish our 3 year-old won at a festival (who knew he had such an arm?) and that’s why we are the proud parents of G.I. Joe, Georgie-Boy, and Isaac. We bought a Pleco last week to help keep the tank clean, and my now 5 year-old, he of the mighty arm and dubious naming skills, decided to call him Dev. Dev! I have a hipster bottom feeder.

  • colemic

    NewLou. Or Lou2.

  • rebeccacdm

    I saw that fish and my first thought was Lola – she’s pink, fluttery, and girly. I have never seen a fish look more like a “Lola” in my life!

  • debramac

    juwel said: Claus. Then buy another fish and name him Santa.

    But then when you have to tell Leta that there is no Santa Claus she’ll think her fish died.

  • cassidy.stockton

    Since we can’t know really if it’s a boy or a girl, I’d go with Jorge because this fish reminds me of a flamenco dancer.

    I also liked “turtle” quite a bit. Good luck to Leta and her new pet!

    Also, smart parenting on getting her to hold it first… genius!

  • Sophia

    I think Turtle would be perfect. Here are a few other ideas:


  • girlfriday

    I would also go with “Turtle” or, if not, then I second @brookelusby’s suggestion of “Poppy”.

  • kate_lucy

    We have a Betta fish in my office, and it’s named Tidy. He’s meant to remind us to keep the space tidy, and I’ll be damned, but it works! (plus, Tidy rolls off the tongue nicely…)

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  • juwel

    debramac, good point. So then, name the fish Sam and buy another fish and name her Ella.

  • missmeggg

    I had a beta fish that lived for 6 years. His name was Fernando. My current beta’s name is Alejandro.

  • REB64

    I say Swimmy after the wonderful eponymous book. My son says Rufus.

  • mcTMaster

    One commenter mentioned this is probably a male fish you should name him MISOGYNIST

  • trxiliann

    I say sedrick!

  • meg3311

    About 5 years ago, before Miley Cyrus got addicted to drugs and sluttiness, my daughter’s fish was named Hannah Fish-tana. Brilliant, I know.

  • Bannod

    Alpha :-D

  • TigerLily

    Several years ago my kids convinced me to get a betta fish for my office. I relented, figuring a fish in a bowl would be no big deal, right? W.R.O.N.G. That damn fish kept getting sick and I was constantly trying to figure out what was wrong with him and how to treat him. Bettas are not meant to live in a filter-less bowl. They are meant to be in a temperature controlled tank with a filter, with water that is monitored continuously for proper pH levels. I’m not trying to get preach-y on you, just trying to prevent you from having to deal with the hassle I went through by not putting my fish in the proper type of tank.

    And the name — mine was named Sushi. IMO there is no other name for a fish!!!

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  • jannie

    How abut Rapunzel? This fish has pretty ‘hair’.

  • Syveril

    How about “Sergeant”?

  • quiltingdaisy

    I Love Chrysanthemum because her classmates will be impressed that only she knows how to spell it.

    Or Miss (insert favorite flower name here) for example; Miss Buttercup, Miss Petunia etc.

  • ashley.shepard

    I used to have a beta named Fluffy.

  • chickpea024

    What about Lavender?

  • Aristotle was not Belgian

    He’s kind of a rust color. You should name him Rusty James after the character from Rumble Fish.

  • meganroth

    Opal… this fish looks the color of an opal to me.

  • dinah

    Leta’s beautiful fish reminds me of a lovely frothy, creamy…….


  • tissylu

    Admiral McFluffyboots

  • Colgate

    I like the suggestion of Pajamas.

    Zuzu(‘s petals!)

  • denamc

    My daughter, Eva, will turn 8 in June and she says he looks like Calvin or Flynn.

  • jeanneb67

    The absolute best pet name I’ve ever heard was a canary named Johnny 5-0 (pronounced Johnny Five Oh). I think it could work for a fish too.

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