Hermit Crab Names 200+ Creative Ideas & Facts

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A crab, an actual crab, has a hard exoskeleton that is uniform all around its body. However, a hermit crab is characterized by having a hard shell on its front and soft on the back. Therefore, a hermit crab is not considered a true crab but is closely related to certain lobster species. Hermit crabs or classified as omnivores. Of the 800+ species of hermit crabs worldwide, humans are most familiar with semi-terrestrial hermit crabs that make up about 1.5% of the total hermit crab population; these are often kept as pets. The rest are ocean dwellers. Freshwater hermit crabs are scarce. In the world today, only one freshwater crab has been discovered: The Clibanarius fonticola. 

How to name your Hermit Crab?

Naming is a human way to show emotion for our pets. Pet names personalize the animal and give the pet owner a sense of belonging, responsibility, and friendship. The culture of keeping hermit crabs as pets have been around for a long time. Hermit crabs have various benefits over other pets. They are incredibly low-maintenance.

Additionally, the alkalinity of the water is also not a big concern, as in fish, making hermit crabs relatively cheap to look after. Naming your crab is a fun and creative activity. You should not think too deeply about it. Going with instinct is often a good idea. The best names are those you come up with after observing your little friend for some time. Animals have habits, things they usually do. Hermit crabs live in isolation, and you can use that to come up with a name. However, being open to suggestions is always harmless. This is where this article comes in and gets your creative juices flowing.

Top Hermit Crab Names

So you have recently purchased yourself a beautiful hermit crab. Maybe even received one as a gift. Lucky you! What remains in making the pet entirely yours is giving it a name. A befitting name that sits well with your crab. Here are some suggestions. 

  • Pearl
  • Sandy
  • Crabby
  • Snappy
  • Mr. Krabs
  • Bob
  • Bubbles
  • Molly
  • Homer
  • Hermit
  • Shell-by
  • Shelly
  • Scrab
  • Bait
  • Pustelnik
  • Bait
  • Kirby
  • Pinchy
  • Jojo
  • Garry
  • Kirby
  • Pinchy
  • Gabby
  • Crabella
  • Roshel
  • Hermie

Best Hermit Crab Names

Best Hermit Crab NamesKermit, as in Kermit the Hermit. You can never go wrong with “Kermit,” but is it prevalent, and one may consider it somewhat cliché. 

  • Mumpy
  • Crabby
  • Crusty
  • Shelsy
  • Poodle
  • Pearl
  • Crabette
  • Chuck
  • Jet-Li

Funny Hermit Crab Names

Humour goes a long way in displaying creativity. The same applies when naming your hermit crab. Using what is going on around us, or integrating puns with crab-like words is a great tool. Further, you can make a crab’s habit funny through its name. Some examples include;

  • Trumpy
  • Batman
  • Clawdia
  • Poops
  • Sides
  • Fish-ish
  • Moody
  • Scissors
  • Mole, since hermit crabs dig a lot
  • Grumpy

Cute Hermit Crab Names

Hermit crabs are cute creatures. Giving them a cute name is equally appropriate. Some cute names are compiled below;

Cute Hermit Crab Names

  • Kraken, a giant sea monster.
  • Dwibble
  • Squirt
  • Patchy
  • Huncho
  • Sushi
  • Q-T
  • Precious

Unique Crab Names

Various hermit crabs have features that make them stand out. This could either be a hermit crab’s color, type of claws, shape of abdomen, what they eat, and others. Application of these unique features into the naming process makes the name more personal. It is also easy to identify your crab based on its name. The best suggestions include;

  • Blue
  • Blinky
  • Chewy
  • Water
  • Sand-bender
  • Foam
  • Black
  • Teensy
  • Strawberry, from the species ‘Strawberry land hermit crab’
  • Dagger

Female Hermit Crab Names

Female Hermit Crab Names

Determining the sex of a hermit crab is no easy task. You will have to observe the creature for long periods of time until it fully extends out of its shell. A female hermit crab has two dot-like structures on both hind legs. However, it is not a rule of law that a hermit crab must have a female name. Neither is the vice-versa. You can name your hermit crab whatever you like. Go with what feels right to you. Here are some hermit crab names that have a female touch. 

  • Sandy
  • Gracie
  • Bff
  • Tweeny
  • Weeny
  • Kiki
  • Coral
  • Lexy
  • Pearly
  • Hermione, from the famous Harry Potter actress.
  • Mindy

Male Hermit Crab Name

Witty male names for your hermit crab include,

  • Abe
  • Claw
  • Diamond
  • Mr. Claws
  • Mr. Uglison
  • Ferguson
  • Hydra
  • Alex

Famous Hermit Crab Names

These name suggestions, derived from famous characters or celebrities, are gorgeously cute for hermit crabs. They can easily double as both male and female names for hermit crabs. However, some are specifically suited for one gender. 

  • Mickey
  • Kiera
  • Beyonce
  • Boogie
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Davie Jones
  • Sebastian
  • Little Beiber

Disney Hermit Crab Names

Disney World has a multitude of pet names to choose from. In fact, many pets in America and other parts of the world are named based on Disney characters. Some characters can only be referred to as “pure genius” and one cannot resist the urge to name their hermit crab after the protagonists, heroes, villains, pets, and other principal characters from Disney films and movies. Suggestions for hermit crab names from Disney include;

  • Mr. Krabs- Get It? From the famous cartoon ‘Sponge Bob Squarepants.’ This is a witty name that is very popular with children and young adults. 
  • Zippideedoodah – Or Zippy in short
  • Gus
  • Jaq
  • Alladin
  • Tinkerbell
  • Hammer
  • Pinocchio
  • Jasmin
  • Tamatoa, a name after the giant coconut crab in Disney’s animated film, Moana.

Cool Hermit Crab Names

Cool Hermit Crab Names

Cool pet names are trendy and witty. Adding a personal touch also scales highly in the cool meter. I.e., incorporating your personal traits while naming your hermit trait. You want to pick a name that makes your friends say that only you could have come up with such a name. Some people love movies, manga, physics, and medicine, among many other things. A cool hermit crab name can come from what you enjoy. Some suggestions include;

  • Quirky
  • Wiggles
  • Exos, from the exoskeleton.
  • Tide
  • Wave
  • Turf
  • Black Pearl
  • Micro
  • Savage

Crab Pokemon Names

Pokemon, derived from “Pocket Monsters,” is a Japanese media franchise that mainly displays fictional animals called “pokemon”. A number of hermit crab names are derived from crabs in this magical world. These include;

  • Kingler
  • Konquer
  • Crabupia
  • Crabominable
  • Crabupia
  • Crustle

Popular Culture Crab Names

People obsessed with pop culture do not pick a name for their pets out of the blues. They associate the name with something they love from pop culture: music, books, comics, movies, and more. 

  • Hulk
  • Googly, as in “Google” or “googly eyes”
  • Arthur
  • Tweexy, from “Twitter”
  • Avenger
  • Pokemon
  • Gollum, from Lord of the Rings.
  • Luffy, from the Japanese manga ‘One Piece’
  • Pizza, from X-men: Apocalypse.


Hermit crabs are fun pets. However, they are also wild creatures. The environment you create for your pet is crucial to its survival. Hermit crabs do not do well in captivity. Choose the right kind of water to keep your little buddy safe. 

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