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What Is a Good Boat Name? 150 of the Best Boat Names

Naming your boat is one the most fun and enjoyable parts of new boat ownership. Finding that perfect name that suits your boat and you as well, isn’t always easy, and while some people have a beloved name in mind for years before they buy, for others it takes a few weeks of thought and research to pick the right one. 

There are so many different types of boat out there, and each one has its own unique personality. Just like its owner. So what makes the best boat name? Traditionally, boat names revolved around ways to bring luck to a vessel and these were often the names of gods. Today boat naming is more of an “anything goes” exercise, and you could choose an elegant, classic name, one that’s tongue-in-cheek, cool and edgy name, or even use the name of a loved one.


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Here we have chosen some of our favorite names in different categories to provide you with some inspiration for boat name ideas. 



Elegant Boat Names

Boats are beautiful creations, so using an equally beautiful or elegant name can bring a sense of romanticism to sailing. Whether it’s a delicate girls’ name, a whimsical phrase, or one of the traditional deities of yesteryear, you’ll honor the beauty of your boat and inspire yourself and others to explore the oceans. 


  • Graceful Dancer
  • Misty
  • Arabella
  • Aurora
  • Endless Summer
  • Solaris
  • Serenity
  • Pegasus
  • Bay Belle
  • White Star


Creative Boat Names

There are some seriously creative boat names out there, and if you prefer something a bit more funky and edgy then you could consider some of the names below. Playing on words works well, but so does choosing a dramatic names, such as those that inspire adventure or swashbuckling escapades. 


  • Tenacious
  • Escapade
  • The Black Pearl
  • Odyssey
  • Wanderlust
  • Comocean
  • Vitamin Sea
  • Extasea
  • Frayed Knot
  • Cast Away


Funny Boat Names

Want your boat to match your sense of humor? Consider a boat name that will raise a smile from everyone you cruise past. As you’ll see below, there is a fine line between funny and crude, so consider where you’re going to store it (a swanky marina might not appreciate anything too risqué), or the friends you’ll be entertaining. But there are many truly funny names that will make you chuckle every time you go aboard and bring you even more enjoyment from your boat. Some of our favorites include:


  • Goin’ Broke
  • Ship Happens
  • Passing Wind
  • Chicken Ship
  • That Sinking Feeling
  • I Ship You Knot
  • Miss Behavior
  • Fishful Thinkin’
  • Ship Faced
  • Usain Boat


Cool Boat Names

Let’s be honest, owning a boat is downright cool, so why not name your boat something equally hip? Or look to music lyrics or the name of your favorite movie. There are hip phrases in popular culture that would stand out, as well as cool phrases that bring a sense of cool ocean or a beach vibe. We like these ultra-cool names:


  • Time of My Life
  • Nautorious
  • Mojo
  • Wave Runner
  • Sea Dancer
  • Utopia
  • Andromeda
  • Spartacus
  • Zeus
  • The Sloop Doggy Dog


Classy Boat Names

Like the elegant boat names above, there are some classically classy boat names that will never go out of style. They can be anything from beautiful words, to words describing an emotion, or even Latin boat names. Here are some truly classy boat names:


  • Serendipity
  • Liberty
  • Escape
  • Blue Moon
  • Spirit
  • Destiny
  • Carpe Diem
  • Namaste
  • Cavatina
  • Sapphire


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Female Boat Names

In the past, boats were referred to as female, and referencing them as ‘she’ was the norm. While these days it isn’t as common, there are still those who prefer a classic female name for their boat. Using ‘Lady’ in front of a name has always been a popular choice, and elegant-sounding names are also commonly used. Here are some to get you inspired:


  • Lady Godiva
  • Angelique
  • Lady Luck
  • Sea Goddess
  • Evangeline
  • Ophelia
  • Penelope
  • Lady Belle
  • Gypsy (or Gypsea)
  • Isabelle


Witty Boat Names

Boaters are a fun bunch, and nowhere is this more evident in some of the extremely witty names they come up with for their boats. Being clever with nautical words opens a whole world of fun names. Write a list of boating words and see what you can make out of them. Alternatively, choose one from this list of witty boat names that got us laughing: 


  • Aquaholic
  • She Got the House
  • Breakin Wind
  • Pier Pressure
  • Docks Orders
  • Sea Nile
  • Bankrupt Sea
  • A Loan at Sea
  • Seas the Day
  • Jawesome


Family Boat Names

If your boat is a true family boat, then you’ll want a name that everyone likes, from the youngest members of the family up to the adults. Family boat names are usually wholesome, and they can be fun or funny, inspiring, happy, and positive. Try to avoid names from current TV series or things that will date quickly. As the kids grow up you might regret naming your boat Olaf!


  • The Good Life
  • Cloud Nine
  • Dream Catcher
  • Positive Vibes
  • Family Affair
  • Sunshine
  • Anchored in Love
  • Seabound Memories
  • Family Tides
  • Free Spirit


Nature-Inspired Boat Names

Nature has long inspired boat names and the list of strong, elegant, or beautiful nature-based boat names is endless. The ocean provides a huge amount of inspiration, but so does the sky and space, wildlife and birds, and even the weather. While nature-inspired names are often pretty and delicate, you could also opt for stronger names if they suit your style of boat. Here are some to consider;


  • Blue Moon 
  • Breeze
  • Sunshine
  • Tornado
  • Wave Dancer
  • Oasis
  • Venus
  • Osprey
  • Moonbeam
  • Firefly


Fishing Boat Names

Now when it comes to fishing boats, the world is your oyster for boat names. You can go with witty and clever, laugh-out-loud funny, naughty, optimistic, or cool. Plays on words work well for fishing boat names and particularly bass boat names, and there is a wealth of material to use. We found it hard to choose 10 of the best, but these are the ones our team liked the best;


  • Fish and Chicks
  • Fishful Thinking
  • Fish Tales
  • Reel Naughty
  • The Codfather
  • Kingfisher
  • Off the Hook
  • Castaway
  • Debaitable
  • Get Your Fish On


Italian Boat Names

Italian is the language of love, and every word sounds romantic and beautiful. So it’s no surprise that people have used Italian names for their boats for centuries. When choosing an Italian (or any foreign word) for your boat name, be sure to check with several sources the exact meaning so you don’t end up with a name that doesn’t mean quite what you thought it did. Here are some truly beautiful Italian boat names;


  • Vita Bella (Beautiful Life)
  • Pura Vida (Pure Life)
  • Bella Luna (Beautiful Moon)
  • Azzuro (Blue/Azure)
  • Fortuna (Fortune)
  • Silencio (Silence)
  • Allegria (Happiness)
  • Amore Mio (My Love)
  • Mare Nostrum (Our Sea)
  • La Perla (The Pearl)


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Sailing Boat Names

Sailboats harness the true power of the ocean and the wind, and therefore popular boat names often include the word ‘wind’ or a reference to the waves. There are so many beautiful names you can choose for your sailboat; these are a few of the ones we love:


  • Sloop the Loop
  • Come Sail Away
  • Journey
  • North Star
  • Second Wind
  • Wind Breaker
  • Summer Wind
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Star Gazer
  • Wind Dancer


River or Lake Boat Names

If your boat is going to spend most or all of its life on a lake or river, then you might want to honor that in its name. By adding the word ‘river’ or ‘lake’ there is an infinite amount of pretty, fun, or clever names you can come up with that will suit the style of boat and your family. Try something along these lines:


  • Moon River
  • River Bee
  • River Rose
  • River Gypsy
  • Pearl River
  • Better Lake Than Never
  • Lake A Wish
  • Lake Runner
  • Lake Escape
  • Lake Dancer


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Hawaiian Boat Names

In the same way that Italian names make for beautiful boat names, so too do Hawaiian words or phrases. Everything about Hawaii is linked to the sea, and its people have always been mariners and seafarers. In addition, the islands themselves offer an abundance of natural beauty, and the language is simply beautiful. Combine all that and you have the recipe for some memorable boat names:


  • Manu Ihu (Bird of the Waves) 
  • Lele Kawa (Waters of Joy)
  • Kaiona (Victorious Sea)
  • Nā Pali (The Cliffs) 
  • Wai Nani (Beautiful Waters)
  • Nā Hōkū (The Stars) 
  • Holo Nalu (Wave Rider)
  • Kai Lani (Heavenly Sea)
  • Kikoa (Brave One)
  • Hōkū Nui (Great Star)  


Banned Boat Names

According to the US Coast Guard the name of your boat “may not be identical, actually or phonetically, to any word or words used to solicit assistance at sea; may not contain or be phonetically identical to obscene, indecent, or profane language, or to racial or ethnic epithets.”  While the rule is strict when it comes to emergency words such as those in the list below, it is easier to get around some of the more profane names by using clever play-on words – if that’s your thing!


  • Help
  • Mayday
  • Coast Guard
  • Emergency
  • Police
  • Fire
  • Sinking
  • Send Help
  • SOS
  • Man Overboard


Written By: Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson has spent her entire life on and around boats, from tiny sailing dinghies all the way up to superyachts. She writes for many boating and yachting publications, top charter agencies, and some of the largest travel businesses in the industry, combining her knowledge and passion of boating, travel and writing to create topical, useful and engaging content.

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