51 Best Names for a Canoe (+ Tips for Creating Your Own)

Man and woman paddling a canoe

Did you know the oldest boat ever discovered was a canoe? The Posse canoe was found in the Netherlands in 1955 and is believed to be around 10,000 years old![1]

Historically, the most common way of making a canoe was hollowing out a tree trunk or gluing together tree bark.

They were often used by islanders for basic travel and transport and have even been used in war.[2]

Today, canoeing is a popular leisure activity people enjoy doing together or on their own.

There’s still one thing many boats have that canoes are missing out on, though — a proper name!

Below, we have the list of over 50 super names for a canoe. If you don’t find the right name for your boat in the list, scroll past the list to find tips for creating your own.

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    [Your Name]'s Ark

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    Greatest Row-man on Earth

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    Pirate Puncher

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    Happy as a Clam

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    Mermaizing

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    The Seven Deadly Fins

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    Gondolanoe

    gondola + canoe

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    Reel Deal

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    Hydro-Tide

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    Marine Lounger

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    Wild Seahorse

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    Hooked on Life

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    Rinse and Repeat

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    River Monster

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    The Salty Barnacle

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    Minnow-Lisa

    play on Mona Lisa

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    Liquid Nitrous

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    Get Whale Soon

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    Gentle Glider

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    Crystal Wave

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    Sweet and Salty

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    Raving Rapids

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    On Angelfish Wings

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    Sandra Pollock

    play on Sandra Bullock

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    Good Ship Ice Cream Pop

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    Serenity

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    Wee Viking

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    Rainbow Trout Racer

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    Wet Jet

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    Midnight Monsoon

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    Treasure Seeker

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    Mellow Fellow

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    Sapphire Sprinkles

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    Hydro-Launcher

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    Sailing Crest

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    [Favorite Color] Seashell

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    Mermaid Magic

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    Lazy Islander

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    Drenched to the Bone

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    Aquatic Life

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    Tranquility

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    Jingle Shells

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    Drizzling Wonder

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    Bubbler

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    Foam Charger

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    Holy Carp

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    Lazy River Rider

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    Cast Away

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    Hammerhead

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    Grand Galley

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    Whimsical Whaler

How to Choose the Perfect Canoe Name

If none of our ideas are right for you, here are a few tips and tricks to help you create the perfect name for your canoe.

  • Use “wet” words side by side with any sort of watercraft. A good print or online thesaurus will have tons of words associated with water, such as soak, aqua, flood, and moist, to name a few. There’s an equally long list of words to describe the vast world of watercraft. Make a list of the ones you like on both accounts, then mix and match until you find a name you love!
  • Put your favorite color in front of a sea creature. Write down all the coolest, prettiest, or toughest kinds of marine life you can find, theming your search based on what you’re into. Add your favorite color (or colors) in front of these creatures to create cool name options. Try different combinations and pick your favorite. Examples might be “Violet Tang” or “Silver Swordfish.”
  • Get together for inspiration. Sometimes others know you better than you know yourself. You could get a couple of your closest friends together to brainstorm words that describe you, then find a cool water-related word to tie it all together, like “Captain of Chaos” or “Diva’s Barge.”

Additionally, you may find some of our other ideas and tips helpful. See our lists of boat names with colors and fishing boat names.