Need ideas for great hedgehog names? Well, we’ve got you covered!
It is small. And spiky. And really, really cute. What is it? Your pet hedgehog, of course!
Hedgehogs are really getting to be popular pets, despite the ongoing ban (sniff) against ownership of these exotic pets in several U.S. states.
As it turns out, these tiny nocturnal mammals are no more easy or difficult to care for than other exotic pets. They just have their own set of unique requirements, including a high protein, low fat diet, lots of exercise and frequent handling to ensure they are well socialized to humans.
Many owners describe their hedgies as “little round balls of love,” and say the extra care requirements are well worth what they receive in return!
Because there is so much demand today, you likely had a bit of a wait before you were able to bring home a hedgehog of your very own. Or maybe you are still on a wait list right now and have decided to use your extra time to think up a name for your hedgehog in advance.
To which we say – well done you, and here’s hoping this list of some really good hedgehog names will get you (um) pointed in the right direction as you brainstorm African pygmy hedgehog names for your soon-to-be spiky new family member!
Naming your hedgehog
So here you are, brainstorming pygmy hedgehog names. Only all of a sudden, your usually creative mind is drawing a complete blank.
Hedgehog names…..good hedgehog names….why can’t you think of any?
The truth is, it can be a lot harder to pick out male or female hedgehog names when you aren’t even sure which gender you will be getting! Also, deciding on hedgehog pet names can be a tall order if you and your new hedgie are still getting to know one another.
So we’d like to offer a bit of structure to help ease any anxiety you may be feeling and perhaps give you some practical categories to work from in brainstorming the perfect hedgehog names.
- Pick a name you really, really like! After all, you are likely to be saying it (and hearing others say it) many times each day.
- Avoid names that sound too much like the names of other family members or friends. Remember, not everyone might assume it is an honor to have a tiny spiky hedgie named after them!
- Gather group consensus. If you are the sole namer, you may have an easier job, but if you are deciding on a name as a family, you definitely want everyone to be happy with the new family member’s name.
- The more you learn about your new pet hedgehog, the more inspiration you will have to draw from when selecting your hedgie’s new name. So when brain freeze strikes, use the time to head to the internet to do more research. This will benefit both you and your hedgehog as well as give you more name ideas.
Girl hedgehog names
These cute female hedgehog names are unique and lovely – just like your little spiny gal!
- Yona (“Watership Down”)
- Lindsfarme Dewclaw (“Kevin & Kell”)
- Espinete (“little spine”)
- Ruby (“Saint Tail”)
- Snow White
- Hester Hedgie
- Muriel (author of “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”)
- Daisy Mae
Boy hedgehog names
These cute boy hedgehog names will bring your sweet hog’s personality to life. Try on these fun and unique male hedgehog names for size!
- McDonald (or McFlurry, as you wish)
- Tortoise (a nod to Balkan folk songs)
- Igel (the German word for hedgehog)
- Burton Silver (a cartoonist whose work features hedgehogs)
- Milkman Hedgehog (“Little Grey Rabbit”)
- Fuzzypeg (Milkman’s son)
- Needle Harry
- Alfred (“The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog”)
- White Knight
- Foggy Bottom
- Sneaky Pete
Cute hedgehog names
In the U.S., February 2 is known as “Annual Hedgehog Day.” And why not? After all, what other pet is so tiny and cute and covered in prickles?
These cute pet names for hedgehogs pay homage to the cuteness that can only be adequately explained by actually holding a petite hedgie in your own two hands!
- Crispy (yum, right?).
- Champion (in the UK, as of 2016).
- Snake Charmer (rumor has it hedgies have a natural immunity to snake venom!)
- Groundhog (the holiday that, sadly, has eclipsed its predecessor, Hedgehog Day, in modern times)
- Turnip Top
- Teacup (a reference to their size)
- Sir Lancelot
Famous hedgehog names
YouTube, anyone? How about Instagram? Or Facebook? Hedgehog celebs are no stranger to social media, and in some circles, their little spiky cute faces and names are as familiar as some homo sapiens stars we can think of!
For that matter, many people name their kiddos after superstars, so why can’t you do the same with your pet hedgehog? Check out this list of famous hedgehog names for some inspiration!
- Sir Hodge Huffington the Cricket Slayer.
Funny hedgehog names
If you like puns, the hedgehog is definitely the pet for you! There are infinitely many ways to turn popular names into punny hedgehog names – to the point where you may want to add more hedgehogs to your household just so you can make more hedgehog names puns!
Consider making a punny name out of hedgehog descriptive words such as quill, spike, pig, hog, spine, hedge, sharp, stick, needle – for inspiration, check out the examples in this list!
- Quill-helmina (play on Wilhelmina)
- Quilliam or Quilly Willy (play on William)
- The Notorious P.I.G. (play on B.I.G.)
- Pig-nic (play on picnic)
- Hound-hog (play on hound dog)
- Spine-dex (play on spandex)
- Amy Spine-house (play on Amy Winehouse)
- Spine-dau Ballet (play on Spandou Ballet)
- Marie Hedgie (play on Marie Curie)
- Cutting-hedge (play on cutting edge)
- The Original Sharp-ee (play on the Sharpie pen)
- Sharp Kent (play on Clark Kent)
- Sir Sticks-a-lot (play on Sir Mixalot)
- Stick-silver (play on quicksilver)
- Spiny Stickleback (actually a type of fish!)
- Prickly Pear
- Stickly Prickly (thanks, Rudyard Kipling)
- Spiny the Elder (play on Pliny)
- Spiny Norman (of Monty Python fame)
- Spine Cone (play on pine cone)
Unique hedgehog names
Choosing unique and clever hedgehog names is sometimes as easy as learning what makes these small spiked pets so special – and so uniquely endearing.
For example, did you know that archeologists discovered a tiny carved hedgehog in a child’s grave in Stonehenge, and that it dated back 3,000 years? Wow!
Here’s another one – guess which mammal was named “UK’s favorite mammal” in 2016? You guessed it – the hedgehog!
This is the rich pot of gold at the end of the rainbow material of which awesome hedgehog names are named! Speaking of which, check out these unique hedgehog other names ideas from literature and art!
- Urchin (name given to hedgies in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream”)
- Hedgepig (name given to hedgies in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”)
- Anabelle (“The Tale of Anabelle Hedgehog”)
- Max (“The Hodgeheg”)
- Hadrian (“The Adventures of Hadrian Hedgehog”)
- Hazel (“Hazel the Hedgehog”)
- Hodge (“Hodge the Hedgehog”)
- Howdedo (“Hedgehog Howdedo”)
- Harriet (“Harriet Dancing”)
- Little Hedgehog (“One Winter’s Day”)
- Hedgie (“The Hat”)
- Isaac (“The Very Helpful Hedgehog”)
- Earl (“Buddy and Earl”)
- Horace and Hattie (“Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar”)
- Herbie (“Herbie’s Big Adventure”)
- Sami (“Don’t Turn the Page”)
- C.R. Mudgeon (“C.R. Mudgeon”)
- Herodotus (“Herodotus the Hedgehog”)
- Jasper (“Jasper Hedgehog Meets the Major”)
- Hogart (“Hogart the Hedgehog Turns Nink”)
- Sam (“The New Arrival”)
- Horatio (“Horatio’s One Wish”)
- Stuffy (“Stuffy the Hedgehog”)
- Henley (“Henley the Hedgehog”)
- Hedgemond the Hunter (“Hedgehog’s Home”)
Albino hedgehog names
If you think a regular hedgehog is cute, wait until you see a tiny albino hedgehog! These albino hedgehog names might be just perfect for your little guy or gal!
- White Wizard
- Blanco (or Blanca)
- Pale Rider
- Powder Puff
- Anjo (or Angel)
- Cloudy (with a side of spines)
- Chilly Quilly
- Salty Hog
- Cool Whip
- Great White
Cool hedgehog names
Hedgehogs were popular in movies long before they became truly popular as pets. What does this mean for you? It means films have a wealth of cute boy hedgehog names and cute girl hedgehog names to draw inspiration from.
- Mrs. Tiggy-Winkles
- Mr. Pricklepants
- Amy Rose
- Durry Quill
- Kipi Ben Kipod
- Spiny Norman
- Stickly Prickly
- Una, Dos, Tres, Cuatro
Best hedgehog names
We sure hope you have had fun reading through this great list of hedgehog names for inspiration!
Are your own creative juices flowing now? Have you thought up (or discovered here) the perfect name for your prickly cutie?
Please drop us a comment to let us know if your new hedgie is a boy or a girl and which name you picked out!
Resources and Further Reading
- Breyer, M (2017). 22 things you didn’t know about hedgehogs. Mother Nature Network, 2017.
- Weaver, D. et al (2014). African Hedgehog Care Sheet. Hedgehog Welfare Society.
- Beers, H. (2017). Hedgehog Pets Cute But Challenging. Veterinary Medicine/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Miller, G. (2016). Hedgehog Information. Millermeade’s Critter Connection Breeder.
- Warwick, H. (2014). The prickly issue of pet hedgehogs. The Guardian..
- Macdonald, D. (2016). Hedgehog Wins Favourite UK Mammal Poll. Royal Society of Biology.