71 Inspiring Leopard Gecko Names for Male and Female

Male, female, unisex, cool and original leopard gecko names… Our inspiring article will give you all the tips to find a perfect name for your leo.

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Leopard geckos are charming little creatures. Because of that, choosing a name for your pet leo can be an inspiring quest – there are so many interesting and original options.

On the other hand, that can make picking a name harder. The more inspiration you have, the harder it can be to actually choose a single name.

Also, if you are a first-time reptile owner, you might get a little bit confused. Since leos and other lizards are radically different from typical mammalian pets, pet names we are used to – like ‘Fluffy’, ‘Fuzzy’, ‘Whiskers’ or ‘Paws’ just won’t fly – for obvious reasons.

But fear not – we are here to help you out!

If you want to find out some good leopard gecko names, read on and discover our very own leopard gecko names list.

I will do my best to cover it all – male leopard gecko names, female leopard gecko names, as well as the unisex leopard gecko names.

Male Leopard Gecko Names

Some classic, popular and commonly encountered names for male leos include:

  • Apollo
  • Jazz
  • Leo
  • Leon
  • Prince
  • Rocky
  • Speedy
  • Tiger (good name for leos with line-dominated color patterns)
  • Zippy
  • Ziggy

Female Leopard Gecko Names

Interesting options for naming a female leopard gecko are:

  • Bella
  • Blizzie (from ‘Blizzard’ quite an obvious choice for Blizzard gecko morph)
  • Coconut
  • Dotty
  • Ginger
  • Lila (from ‘Lilac’ – ideal for Lavender morph gecko girls)
  • Princes
  • Sunny
  • Sunset
  • Zilly (from -zilla)

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Unisex Leopard Gecko Names

If you have a hatchling or a juvenile, you won’t know the sex until he or she is older. That can make picking a name a bit difficult, but don’t worry – there are plenty of cute unisex names that will suit a leo for life, regardless of its a boy or a girl.

  • Angel
  • Ash
  • Beanie
  • Bumps (because of leo’s skin texture)
  • Cookie
  • Dot
  • Goosebumps (again – because of leo’s skin texture)
  • Pea
  • Smiley
  • Spots

As you can see, many of the names are based on the classic leo physical traits – spots, bumpy skin, and that gorgeous smile.

Note that some of the names on Male and Female Names lists can also be used as unisex names (e.g. ‘Coconut’).

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Cool and Original Leopard Gecko Names

When naming an unusual pet such as reptile, you can look well beyond the constraints of typical pet names and derive new names from various inspirational sources.

Dinosaur Names

Dinosaur names are a good example of unique names.

Leopard geckos sort of look like tiny dinosaurs, right?

Well, cool and unique leopard gecko names can be derived from scientific dinosaur names – and fit them perfectly.

  • Raptor (from Velociraptor)
  • Bronto (from Brontosaurus)
  • Rex (T-Rex)
  • Spino (Spinosaurus)
  • Allo (Allosaurus)
  • Dilo (Dilophosaurus)
  • Dread (Dreadnoughtus)
  • Ankyl (Ankylosaurus)
  • Dino (general dinosaur reference)

Some of these names sound suitable for males (e.g ‘Raptor’), while others (‘Dilo’) can be considered unisex.

Perhaps a bit less original – but still cool – is the option of naming your leo after famous movie dinosaurs.

If you are looking for a though dino iteration, there is that bunch of Velociraptors from ‘Jurassic Park’:

  • Blue
  • Charlie
  • Delta
  • Echo

If you are looking for a cute dino association, there are probably not many cuter dinosaurs than the crew from ‘The Land Before Time’:

  • Cera
  • Chomper
  • Ducky
  • Littlefoot
  • Petrie
  • Ruby
  • Spike

Last but not least, if you are looking for a terrific name or have an exceptionally large leo (Giant morphs), you might want to consider the most famous dinosaur-like movie monster: Godzilla.

The Japanese Godzilla brings us to another interesting name category.

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Japanese Names

Let’s make this clear right at the start – leopard gecko’s origins don’t have anything to do with Japan.

However, because of their specific large eyes and constant smiles, they do bring to mind characters from Japanese comics (‘Manga’) and cartoons (‘Anime’).

Indeed, at the time I fell for leos, I was quite an anime fan. A coincidence?

You can use this and get a lot of inspiration from searching through Japanese pet names. They sound unusual and beautiful, and they can become suitable leopard gecko names as well.

I’ve picked ten names for leo girls and another ten for leo boys based on the way they sound, and of course, their meanings.

Girl leo Japanese names

  • Aimi (‘Lovely Beauty’)
  • Amaya (‘Night Rain’)
  • Aya (‘Colorful Design’)
  • Chika (‘Scattered Flowers’)
  • Hikari (‘Radiance’)
  • Hiromi (‘Abundant Beauty’)
  • Kabuki (‘Japanese Theatre’)
  • Kioko (‘Happy’)
  • Nami (‘Wave’ – interesting for morphs with wave-like lines/marks)
  • Yoko (‘Sunny’ – ideal for yellow and orange leo morphs)

Boy leo Japanese names:

  • Daiki (‘Great Glory’)
  • Hoshi (‘Star’ – unisex name: can be used for females too)
  • Jiro (‘Second Son’)
  • Judo (‘Fighter’)
  • Koko (‘Short’ – unisex name: can be used for females too)
  • Nao (‘Docile’)
  • Norio (‘Man of Love’)
  • Ryu (‘Dragon’)
  • Taiki (‘Large’)
  • Yukio (‘Gets what he wants’)

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Naming Your Leopard Gecko: General Advice

  • Considering the characteristics of your pets when you are picking a name can be helpful. These can be both physical traits (e.g. color) and character traits.
  • Unless you have a special reason, avoid giving your pet leo a human name typical for your region. You might get some weird looks from new acquaintances if you have to tell them: ‘Oh my, I have a lizard that has the same name as you!’… And you would probably feel bad about avoiding the topic altogether.
  • Since your leos don’t react to their own names like dogs or cats do, you can always change the name if you realize that the first one does not really suit your pet. However, this can feel a bit wrong after some time has past.
  • Unless you have a very clear idea from the start, it is better wait a bit and get to know your new pet before deciding on a name. He doesn’t need a name to get an ID, or even an official health record like other pets, so there is no need to rush.


The name suggestions from our leopard gecko name lists could be the end of your wandering or just the beginning. Besides providing concrete ideas and direct inspiration, I intended to show you that when it comes to leo names – you can really let your creativity run wild.

Did you like our leopard gecko names list? Was it helpful?

How did you name your leo?

If you have other cool leopard gecko name suggestions, let us know in the comments – we would love to hear all of your awesome leopard gecko name ideas!

Katarina Samurovic

Katarina Samurovic

Katarina is an environmental analyst and has been involved in herpetology research. She's been keeping reptiles for 20 years, mostly different species of turtles and leopard geckos. Her 2 lovely leos, Sonya and Mia are 21 and 20 years old.

70 thoughts on “71 Inspiring Leopard Gecko Names for Male and Female”

  1. My gecko was a gift from a student as a class pet, though no longer in the classroom. I gave that student the right to name her, so I have a lovely little lady named Nugget. Since my son is deaf, she now has a sign name as well! We simply sign lizard with an ‘n’ shape!

    1. Hey, Ben.
      Nugget is a great name, and we love that you allowed your son to give her a special name of his own.
      Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

        1. sam

          Hi Kendyll,

          Congratulations on getting your first gecko. Please let us know if you have any questions.

    2. My son just got Leopard Gecko lastnight and we were trying to come up with a name and I as I saw this post it was a great post and your son must love your little Nugget… But when I was showing my sim the post he jumped up and said that’s perfect name so now we have a Nugget of our own… Thankas lol

  2. I’m planning on getting a male tangerine leopard gecko today and I was planning on naming him tang.. I love that name.
    (pronounced like Aang from avatar)

    1. I have two tangerine’s, male and female, named Mango and Tango. When we breed them, the baby’s name will be Rango. 🙂

        1. Sometimes my life is really hard when your mom just won’t let you have a harmless lizard with an amazing personality and loving spice added to this wonderful dream pet of mine.though I live with my mom and she will never let me have a pet nor reptile.my dad lives STATES away, and I guess he takes care my pets I keep up there:banana ball python-name Hercules, also a Guinea Pig named Cooper,two amazing birds named Calvin,and Hobbs along with two really good well tamed Sugar Gliders names Marc and Jacob. That’s my life story of tough times.😔

          1. Just keep researching and making your mom really understand how much you love them and soon enough you will most likely get one it took me a week to make my mom and dad to understand.

    1. That’s a great choice Evvie. Note that in Japanese the pronunciation is Ryuu (long u) and the dragon kanji is like this 竜. Happy we could help you find a name for you leo.

      1. Kaitlyn Shipman

        My gecko is only a few months so I don’t now the gender first I called it M&Ms now if its a boy I’m going to call it Leo and and if its a girl ill call it Blue and since i want it to be a girl im going to call it blue

  3. when i get a little leo, im probably naming it nao-ryu because it means docile dragon so i think its an amazing name

  4. You forgot the cutest one: Gizmo.
    Thats mine. Now that I found out its a girl, I renamed my giz to Gizzy along with so many nicknames I had to make a list adding up to 36 names for her. And hey, go ahead and put Ziggy on the unisex list. My little baby who I got 2 months ago I gave the funniest name ever- Zigmo. Yep, you read it right. But I call her Ziggy 90% of the time. Gizzy/ Gizmo Ziggy/ Zigmo. And I do not have to change the name if its a boy.

  5. I thought of a new name you could add to japanese names. the name is ‘yammy’ from the japanese word that means gecko

    1. my first leo was named dot until i found out it was a boy so i named him critter. sadly he passed away only a few months after i could tell that he was a boy. but my current one i’ve had for almost 7 years since then and her name is Tyger. So i would agree that dot is a great name!

  6. I got my leopard gecko today and her name is Raptor even if it seems like its a boy name I like it for her.

    1. sam

      Hi Brynlee,

      Leopard geckos are awesome and you chose a great name, enjoy your new leo and please let me know if you have any questions.

      1. I have a leopard gecko he is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE, his name is spike

  7. i have three geckos!!! one i’ve had for a couple months name Yoshi (yes from mario). and then i just rescued two geckos that i’ve renamed to petrie and Yoko (from this list) Petrie LOVES to screech during her shed and Yoko is a fancy tail morph, so hes bright yellow and orange all over with a black and white tail! love all my babies~

  8. Acacia McTague

    I want a leopard gecko really badly, and I’ve asked for one for like 3 years. And my parents still won’t buy one. Idk how to convince them to haha I need help🥺

  9. I have a yellow leopard gecko named Cylvester Clyde (Sil-vest-er)! It’s yellow and when he was little it had teal spots above its eyes, which is why I chose it. I got it on November 16th, 2020, it was a birthday present. The reason I am calling him/her is because I originally wanted it to be a boy, but I honestly think that she/he’s a girl now! I have no idea.

    1. sam

      Hi Taylor,

      The best way to tell if your gecko is a boy or girl is by looking closely at the areas before and after its vent (bum). Males have pre-anal pores which are small dots that start before the vent and run down the underside of the back legs. They also have two bulges after their vent (on the tail side) where the hemipenes are located.

    2. My Leo’s name is Millie she is a normal Leopard gecko, and my other leo is named hope, but I am looking to change his name. He is a Halloween mask leopard gecko. Any suggestions would by awesome!

  10. I love leopard geckos they are the cutest thing ever. mine is named bronze, and she has a derpy smile. she is 15 to 17 years old. I blow her a good night kiss every day and I say “happy hunting. see you in the morning, my little bundle of love.” I also compliment her every day because geckos deserve all that love. I will ALWAYS find time for her. see ya!

    1. katarina

      Hi Sophie,
      That’s an awesome one! I love the fact it could have a double meaning – one for Top Gun fans, and completely another for the rest (stirring up some confusion by naming one type of animal after another is always amusing; although I haven’t done it myself, a leo rescued by Snake Discovery crew was named Cat after rehoming and I think it’s so cool!). Congrats!

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Katarina Samurovic
Katarina Samurovic
Katarina is an environmental analyst and has been involved in herpetology research. She's been keeping reptiles for 20 years, mostly different species of turtles and leopard geckos. Her 2 lovely leos, Sonya and Mia are 21 and 20 years old.