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Top 200 Unique And Funny Kayak Names & Name Generator


by Thomas Moore

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Naming your kayak can be fun; you get to put all your good memories into a word or few words and call it up every time you go kayaking. But sometimes giving a kayak a name is difficult because you want to find a good one that you like and won’t want to change in the future. But don’t worry; I’m going to share with you 200 unique kayak names.

Additionally, I hope these names will inspire you to come up with your own unique, funny, and creative kayak names. Or you can come up with an awesome kayak name by thinking about your own aqua-based adventures.

As I’ve already written, I’m going to provide you with a list of free names to choose from. And also, at the end of this article, you can find instructions on how to use a name generator to help you find a name.

After all I’ve written, let’s dive into how we get the most unique kayak name and enjoy our adventures.

Part of the boat with its name

Why should we name our kayak?

Why do we feel a need to name things? It’s really quite simple; psychology studies point to certain reasons why we do such things.

I won’t get into all the things happening in our minds when we give silly or serious names to our toys and objects.  

First, we name things for control. Basically, to say this is mine, we name things for intimacy. If you share your adventures with loved ones, you need to remember them to get close with your community. 

Psychologists also talk about our need to understand things, and our spiritually oriented readers may relate to this feeling. Especially if you kayak to be “one” with nature.

Tips on how to choose a name for your kayak

Now that you have an idea of why you may be naming your kayak, let’s get into the fun part of naming it. 

How can you do this? First, let me say that names can change, so it’s not a do-or-die thing if you feel you may get it wrong. Start with what you know. Use obvious things—the color of the kayak, for example.

If you want to go further, you can start with the origin of the kayak itself: Native Arctic peoples: the Aleut, Inuit, and Yupik. Essentially, they are the natives of Greenland, Alaska, and Siberia.

You could follow the traditions of the British or Americans in naming their boats and yachts. These are usually feminine names, but they can be funny or clever as well.

You can use your own culture and experiences to name your kayak. If you think your culture is too bland (which is not true), use another culture you relate to. It could be from movies, animation, politics, or Greek or Roman mythology.

Also, you can try using tales from different regions, from Arabic Africa and the Middle East to Far East Asia, India, South America, Mesoamerica, modern or ancient Europe, Russia, etc. The most important thing is that, whatever it is, your only job is to enjoy the process.

So let’s not take too long and move on to the kayak names.

40 of the best and most famous kayak names

Now, there are some kayak names that are the most famous; some may consider them the best, but as I said earlier, they can be a starting point.

A list of famous names

  1. White water
  2. Adventure time
  3. Rapide
  4. Blue
  5. Little red
  6. The Red challenger
  7. Explorer
  8. Pelican
  9. Sunset
  10. Wilderness
  11. Yellow duckie
  12. Watercraft
  13. Mirage
  14. Bering Strait
  15. Compass
  16. Rippler
  17. Sea Explorer
  18. Green beast
  19. Aquamarine
  20. The Hudson
  21. The Mississippi
  22. The Cayman
  23. Whiskey
  24. Tango
  25. Bright Blue
  26. River Gorge
  27. Glide
  28. Wilderness 
  29. The Wanderer
  30. Flying Fish
  31. Toledo
  32. River Styx
  33. Thor
  34. Odin
  35. Freya
  36. Mercury
  37. Athena
  38. Calypso
  39. Electra
  40. Orion

Some of these names are brand names of kayak manufacturers like Pelican, Challenger, Explorer, etc., while others are the colors of the kayak. Many sea-going vessels are given mythological names, and the ones above are from Norse and Greek mythologies.

If that excites you, you can easily go through a quick search to find mythologies like those or ones that are closer to your ancestry. Almost every culture has its own stories that it holds dear.

Therefore, your culture can be tapped for many names. Don’t be shy!  

40 Funny Kayak Names

You can go in several directions when it comes to funny names. It will all depend on your sense of humor. To demonstrate, here I have listed “family-friendly” names.

If you are a male in your college or university years, you may prefer juvenile “R-rated” humor. That’s okay! Just make certain that whatever you choose is acceptable in your community.

A list of funny kayak names

  1. ‘Yak Ahoy
  2. Man Overboard
  3. Poop deck
  4. Skeg Dynamite
  5. Superstarboard
  6. Port Quay
  7. Cowabunga
  8. Skippi
  9. Flopper
  10. Sashimi
  11. Kurt Angle
  12. Sea Turd
  13. Rudderless Dragon
  14. Don’t give a ship
  15. Sharkira
  16. Cap’n Jack Halibut
  17. Squid Games
  18. Tuna Thurman
  19. Salmon Kane
  20. Jawsome
  21. James Bondi Beach
  22. Sofishticated
  23. Vitamin Sea
  24. Seas the day
  25. Beeracuda
  26. Hydrotherapy
  27. Bow Movement
  28. Pier Pressure
  29. The Codfather
  30. Aquaholic
  31. Bad Buoy
  32. Sea Zebra
  33. Smooth like Marlin Gaye
  34. The Bail Out
  35. Sushi Roll
  36. Nautibuoy
  37. Kissed by a Rose
  38. Sea crit of the lake
  39. Pepperoni Pie-rates
  40. Don’t tell me shark tales and fins

The trick with funny names is to use puns and references related to your experience and possibly relating to the sea, fish, and other elements.

40 Unique Kayak Names

A boat with its own name, an example for kayak names

Coming up with unique names can be tough. Sometimes it may seem like every good name is taken. But don’t worry about it; I can show you how to find a unique kayak name.

Kayaking is a water activity, and most kayakers will look to use aqua themes to name their kayaks. So, one trick would be to look at names outside of the boating culture.

You can start by looking at names from your culture. If you are English or have maritime traditions in your culture, you may have to look for traditions that are maritime-free.

After all that was said, below you will find a list of unique names.

A list of unique names

  1. Balogun
  2. Horus
  3. Anansi
  4. Ashanti
  5. Zulu
  6. Kitsune
  7. Osiris
  8. Pharaoh
  9. Anubis
  10. Lancelot
  11. Merlin
  12. The Conan
  13. El Diablo
  14. Sango
  15. Ibeji
  16. Ginger Rocket
  17. Saddle Paddle
  18. Child of Ymir
  19. Stupid Ogre
  20. Caspian Rider
  21. Ilych Adventurer 
  22. Seine Explorer
  23. Adventurer of Esla
  24. Nightshade
  25. Night Marcher
  26. Sea Serpent
  27. Sierra Sailor
  28. The Greenlander
  29. Nunavut paddler
  30. The Aurora
  31. Lake Pirate
  32. Mercury the Messenger
  33. Tipsy Wagon
  34. Long tale Joe
  35. Hornet Explorer
  36. Columbus Explorer
  37. Mermaid Magnet
  38. Cod Captain
  39. Angler One
  40. Howard Sternside 

For many of the names listed above, I ventured to cultures such as Egyptian, Norse, Yoruba, European, and American. Some word play can help push things further. 

Another way to get unique names is to think about your kayaking experience from an adventurer or explorer’s perspective. So use your imagination to imagine yourself as an explorer, as they did in the old world.

Also, if your kayak already has some traits like turning over, being hard to turn, or being a little bit small, you can mention them. You can play with those traits.

Long tale Joe is also another play on words. In this case, it portrays Joe as someone who tells “long tales,” implying that he lies a lot. It could also be given to a longer kayak, like a sea kayak. 

40 Creative Kayak Names

Again, being creative is up to you, but there are a few approaches you can take that will get you a name each time. Look carefully at the names below.

A list of creative names

  1. Skeg Trek
  2. Under the sea
  3. Nessie Vs King Kong
  4. Paddle Amulet
  5. Jewel of the Rapids
  6. Indiana and the Fishing Ark
  7. Mississippi Skipper
  8. Rhine Gold
  9. Sea Mobile
  10. ‘Yak attack
  11. Canaan Surfer
  12. Highland river skid
  13. A Hare’s Breath
  14. Harry Pothead and the Prisoner of River Smoke
  15. Tom’s Plough Jones
  16. Barbie and Ken (couples’ tandem kayak)
  17. Sole Trader
  18. Straight over Dover
  19. Thames Bond
  20. Upon Type 
  21. Shannon Dingy
  22. Siamese (couples’ tandem kayak)
  23. The Danube Twins
  24. Silvertone Surfer
  25. Northshore
  26. Siberian Slicer
  27. Ice Crusher
  28. USS Paddle Along
  29. Black Pearl River 
  30. Steak knife 
  31. Potato Peeler
  32. The Cat’s Eye slit
  33. Lozenge One
  34. Sausage Carrier 
  35. Lady and Me
  36. Skeg Games
  37. Can’t turn Ship
  38. Crocodile skin
  39. Rudderless [your name]
  40. Rec Buoy

To get these names, you have to blend all of your experiences together in a way that stays true to boating. For example, “Siamese twins” refers to the Thai twins that were joined at the waist for their entire lives and can also be used to name a tandem kayak.

Skeg games play on the popular Korean Netflix series, Squid Games. For their navy vessels, USS stands for United States Ships. This naming style can be used to name your kayak.

Because navy ships are massive, this can be both fun and silly, especially if you have a small recreational kayak. The contrast in size can surprise people when you announce that you are bringing USS [your name] on a kayak trip.

Similarly, HMS can be used if you come from Britain or are part of the Commonwealth. HMS stands for Her or His Majesty’s Ship. The Her or His refers to the Queen or King of England.

40 Cool Kayak Names

It depends on what you think is cool, but cool tends to be along the lines of action-hero movies. These are names that could be in spy thrillers like James Bond or Jason Bourne movies. 

Those traditions tend to draw on ancient Greek or Roman culture. After all that was said, take a look at the names below.

A list of cool names

  1. Arcadia
  2. Kraken
  3. Spartan
  4. Neptune
  5. Jupiter
  6. Gemini
  7. Scorpio
  8. Aquarius
  9. Rex
  10. Valhalla
  11. Cobra
  12. Artemis
  13. Magic carpet
  14. Sinbad
  15. Atlantis
  16. Persephone
  17. The Intrepid
  18. Crusader
  19. Excalibur
  20. Dolphin
  21. The Falcon
  22. Millenium Falcon
  23. Lamba Class Shuttle
  24. Fireball
  25. Ranger
  26. Interceptor
  27. Wave Slinger
  28. Firebird
  29. Phoenix
  30. Jet Pack
  31. The Bengal
  32. The Stingray
  33. Discovery Pod
  34. Frankenstein
  35. Icarus
  36. Nemo
  37. Nautilus
  38. Argo
  39. Triton
  40. Rambo 4

If we look at names like Icarus, Artemis, Persephone, Triton, etc., we can easily see them as code names in a movie like the Mission Impossible series. Captain Nemo, a character in Jules Verne’s books, inspired the name Nautilus.

The Nautilus is a submarine that is made similar to Batman’s batmobile, suit, and other gadgets. manufactured in parts and assembled in a secret location.

Again, it depends on what you find cool. Cars maybe? The Stingray definitely follows that tradition. And things with names of birds in them, like Falcon or Firebird, seem cool.

Looking toward sci-fi can help a great deal in finding cool names. For example, George Lucas famously got the name for the droid characters from gadgets like vacuum cleaners he saw in advertisements.

Get creative kayak names with the name generator

There are numerous name generators out there. Some are meant for other things, such as fake names for characters. Others are fun tools made by developers trying to test their logic skills. However, don’t be scared off by their primary use. 

The results can be adapted to get creative. For example, Reedsy’s Character Name Generator provides you with a database of over two million names.

Reedsy Character Name Generator to get ideas for kayak names

There, you can sort by a variety of categories, such as languages, medieval names, or even generate archetype names.

You can obtain names in different countries
You can obtain names in different countries
You can obtain names from the Middle Ages
You can obtain names from the Middle Ages

The names found there may inspire you, and you can come up with your own names based on the names from this generator. You can also combine the names that are there, for example, with the color of the kayak; that way, you can get a unique name for the kayak.

Also, as a little bonus, I found a boat name generator for you. There are a lot of examples out there of how you can name your kayak.

You can get ideas for kayak names by using a boat name generator
You can get ideas for kayak names by using a boat name generator

But remember that the point is that there are no bad ideas when brainstorming because a so-called bad idea can lead to a breakthrough or a lightbulb idea that you will enjoy.


Remember, there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to naming your kayak. And the whole point of naming can be for practical reasons. 

But you can go further with the ideas here and choose something that lasts in your memory. Fun and beautiful moments can get attached to that memory and build a bank of good times.

When you recall that name, good feelings can flood back to you almost anywhere you are. This can allow you to keep the love of kayaking alive and go on multiple adventures. In the long run, you have a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.

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Hi, my name is Thomas, and I am a kayaker with over a decade of experience. I enjoy this outdoor water activity and also enjoy writing posts for this blog that help people learn more about kayaking.