Ideas for Pet Tortoise Names

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Sometimes we need a little help finding the RIGHT name for a baby or pet. There are even books of baby, cat and dog names- but that does not always help when it comes to more unusual animals.

So, here is a list of possible names from several sources to get you started- enjoy!

- Leonardo, Raphael, and the others (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Oogway (Kung-Fu Panda)
- A'Tuin, the giant turtle that holds Discworld on its back
- Om (tortoise hero of the Discworld book 'Small Gods'
- George, the 'Lonesome' Galap
- Tom, ****, and Harry, the first Galops Darwin collected
- Moby and ****, from Rocky
- Tu'i Malila, Adwaitya, Jonathon, or Harriet, very old tortoises
- Timothy, from "Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile" by Verlyn Klinkenborg
- Aford, webcomic of the same name
- Cecil, the turtle who always raced Bugs Bunny
- Touche' Turtle- had his own 70's cartoon
- Tooter Turtle- another TV cartoon
- Yertle and Mack, Dr. Seuss
- Churchy LaFemme, Pogo comic strip
- Verne, from the Over The Hedge comic strip
- Maturin, Stephen King's Dark Tower books
- Franklin, from his own books
- Koopa and Bowser, Mario Brothers
- Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo
- Gamara (Gamera?) from Godzilla
- Squirtle and Blastoise, Pokemon
- Mr. Turtle, from old Tootsie Pop commercials (oldsters here just chuckled)
- Flor and Eddie, from the band The Turtles
- Mr. Sydney Turtle, from My Name is Earl
- Morla, the Aged One, aka The Tortoise Shell Mountain (The Neverending Story)

- Tank
- Shelly or Sheldon (ie- Dr. Sheldon Cooper, from Big Bang Theory)
- Zippy, Turbo, Speedy, Indy, Nitro, Scooter, Speedo
- Any traditional cat or dog name
- Keanu Reeves for a Reeves turtle, Woodrow Wilson for a Wood Turtle
- Tortolini

- Movies or books, like
---- Lord of the Rings (Frodo, Elrond, Shadowfax...),
---- Star Wars (Solo, Leia, Darth...),
---- Land Before Time (Littlefoot, Cera...),
---- any Disney or Pixar movie (Wall-E, Buzz, Woody...),
---- Watership Down (Blackberry, Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig...),
---- Gremlins, Star Trek, Sesame Street (Scooter, Bert, Oscar, Elmo...), Bugs Bunny...
- Place names from the animal's range. Ie- Red-footed from Venezuela area might go with Coro, Orinoco, Tovar, or Maturin.
- Common or scientific name based.
---- 'Cherry-headed' Red-footeds might be named for cherry varieties- Chelan, Atticus, Balthon, or Black Tartarian.
---- Homes Hingeback might go with 'Sherlock' (Holmes) or 'Watson', maybe even 'House MD';
---- a Hermanns might go with 'Fred Gwynne' (who played Herman Munster)
- Gods or beings from many traditions (Thor, Coyote, Behemoth, Zuni...)
- Someone famous from the region, or in science, or reptile studies, like Linnaeus, Darwin, Steve Irwin...
- Shell patterns or colors- Spot, Stripe, Pinky. You can often see vague shapes or letters in the shell as well that can inspire a name.
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