Rat Names – Over 200 Great Ideas For Naming Your Pet Rat

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Choosing rat names can be hard! Pet names are a bit of a statement. They can reflect your interests and passions, and even your sense of humor.

You don’t want your rat to have a boring, everyday name. Or a name that will seem dated or that you might regret in six months time.

So, we have put together some inspiring ideas to help you choose a brilliant, original and fun name for your new pet.

You’ll find cute rat names, names inspired by movie characters and books, funny, unique, and original rat names, names for pairs of rats and much more.

Our fifteen favorite rat names:

  1. Remy
  2. Templeton
  3. Ultima
  4. Roscuro
  5. Roddy
  6. Hazel
  7. Poppy
  8. Woodrow
  9. Jupiter
  10. Bianca
  11. Ratt Damon
  12. Hendrix
  13. Hielo
  14. Zelda
  15. Hoover

Naming Your Rat

Rats in the wild might have a bit of a bad reputation. But pet rats are a different thing entirely!

Rat owners celebrate their pets as being smart, clean, affectionate, and generally fantastic pets.

They’re also the perfect size for a pet owner who doesn’t have a lot of room to dedicate to their pet. Apartment living or small houses won’t bother a pet rat!

Since there is so much to love about rats as pets, we naturally look for a name that reflects some of those qualities.

Of course, there’s a wide range, just as there are with any other type of pet. So let’s jump in by looking at cute rat names!

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Cute Rat Names

Cute names are often diminutives of more serious names, names that recognize a rat’s small size or sweet habits, or names that relate to treats! Here are some of our favorites.

  • Pixie
  • Trixie
  • Nippy
  • Nibbles
  • Cutie
  • Poppet
  • Chickpea
  • Cupcake
  • Sweetie
  • Tickle
  • Pickle
  • Popcorn
  • Bubble
  • Squeak
  • Tinkerbell

Famous Rat Names

When people think of famous rats, they’ll often immediately think of Remy, the Ratatouille rat name. He is well-known for being an admirable, intrepid character who is passionate and dedicated to his hobby in life — cooking.

His character traits are downright human!

While he is a famous character (who also happens to be a rat), he is by no means the only famous rat character out there!

  • Remy – Ratatouille
  • Samuel Whiskers – from Beatrix Potter’s stories
  • Templeton – the rat’s name in Charlotte’s Web
  • Rattie – from The Wind In The Willows
  • Scabbers – from Harry Potter
  • Roscuro – The Tale of Despereaux
  • Roddy – Flushed Away
  • Rita – Flushed Away
  • Nick – Chicken Run
  • Fletcher – Chicken Run
  • Rizzo – The Muppets
  • Splinter – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rat name

Female Rat Names

Female rat names are often drawn from plants and flowers. Here are a few more girl rat names for you to consider, including names based on herbs and spices, nature, and even rock stars.

  • Bella
  • Mercy
  • Madonna
  • Savannah
  • Venus
  • Phoebe
  • Petra
  • Katy
  • Caitlin
  • Chloe
  • Lara
  • Dill
  • Taragon
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Chilli
  • Juniper
  • Storm
  • Hurricane
  • Twister
  • Forest
  • Prairie
  • River
  • Hickory
  • Daisy
  • Apple
  • Hazel
  • Lily
  • Flower
  • Willow
  • Spruce
  • Maple
  • Poppy
  • Pansy
  • Clover
  • Bruno
  • Mars
  • Bieber
  • Jimmi
  • Hendrix
  • Malik
  • Styles

Ideas and inspiration for naming your pet rat. Over 200 rat names to choose from.

Male Rat Names

On the other hand, if you’ve got a male rat, you’re probably looking for something a tad more masculine.

These boy rat names are drawn from famous historical characters, human names, and also rock stars.

Because there just aren’t enough rats named for rock stars!

  • Drake
  • Jasper
  • Freddie
  • Monty
  • Zac
  • Jed
  • Theo
  • Billy
  • Josh
  • Buck
  • Lincoln
  • Nelson
  • Franklin
  • Winston
  • Churchhill
  • Custer
  • Carter
  • Bush
  • Jimmy
  • George
  • Woodrow
  • Wilson
  • Hoover
  • Napoleon
  • Wellington
  • Elton
  • Billie Joe
  • Mercury
  • Jagger
  • Tre
  • Rod
  • Eric
  • Dave

Cute rat names - hundreds of ideas

Funny Rat Names

Names that take a lighthearted look at rat behavior or are taken from the world of comedy or comics can often raise a smile.

  • Spongebob
  • Squarepants
  • Sniffy
  • Sneezie
  • Shredder
  • Gnasher
  • Basher
  • Crusher
  • Jeff
  • Joel
  • Ratunzel
  • Cheese Wiz
  • Ratt Lauer
  • Ratt Damon
  • Ratthew McConaughey

Unique Rat Names

Rats are full of unique personality. So you’ll want a unique name to match!

  • Drizzle
  • Bean
  • Levi
  • Oats
  • Zippy
  • Warrior
  • Cholmondley (pronounced Chumley)
  • Belford
  • Davies
  • Fischel

Over 200 rat names

Cool Rat Names

“Cool” is in the eye of the beholder, these days. So take a look at these monikers that reflect some cool interests and enthusiasms!

  • Pythagorus (Thaggy for short)
  • Ozone
  • Darwin
  • Crick
  • Watson
  • Gravity
  • Louis
  • Pasteur
  • Galileo
  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Zelda
  • Legend
  • Sonic
  • Nintendo

Rat Names for Girl Pairs

Rats love company and many of you are likely to have bought two at the same time. You may have found some paired names already in the lists above. But here are a few more girl names for rat pairs.

  • Lexie and Laurie
  • Buttercup and Blossom
  • Pitter and Patter
  • Mabel and Martha
  • Sally and Suzie
  • Salt and Pepper

Rat Names For Boy Pairs

The same goes for boy pairs of rats. They’re sociable animals and do well with friends.

And these names work well with a partner!

  • Ben and Jerry
  • Jeckyl and Hyde
  • Itchy and Scratchy
  • Trucker and Tracker
  • Digger and Dozer
  • Rambo and Rocky

Black Rat Names

Do you have a rat with fur as dark as night? Take a look at these dark-inspired names.

  • Ember
  • Ash
  • Ashes
  • Jupiter
  • Universe
  • Coffee
  • Cafe
  • Cibo
  • Ultima
  • Oscuro
  • Raven

White Rat Names

On the other hand, you might have a white rat, probably with red eyes. This traditional color combination lends itself to all sorts of monikers.

  • Rabbit
  • Snowball
  • Benji
  • Frankie
  • Drift
  • Hielo
  • Glacier
  • Arctic
  • Beaches
  • Tourist
  • Bianca
  • Blanca

Fictional Character Rat Names

We all have a favorite character from TV, books, comics, or elsewhere. Here are a few suggestions on some pop culture characters that may work well for your rat’s personality.

  • Cersi
  • Tyrion
  • Arya
  • Jamie
  • Harry
  • Ron
  • Weasley
  • Potter
  • Voldemort
  • Snape
  • Dumbledor
  • Minerva
  • Hermione
  • Crookshanks
  • Filch
  • Malfoy
  • Neville
  • Quidditch
  • Dobby
  • Kenny
  • Stan
  • Cartman
  • Kyle
  • Homer
  • Marge
  • Maggie
  • Lisa
  • Bart
  • Bebop
  • Rocksteady
  • Splinter
  • Celestia
  • Applejack
  • Finn
  • Jake
  • Cosmo
  • Wanda
  • Marceline
  • Bubblegum
  • Arnold
  • Sylvester
  • James
  • Bond
  • Gandalf
  • Sam
  • Frodo
  • Gollum
  • Pippin
  • Gimley
  • Legolass
  • Elrond
  • Galadriel
  • Borrowmere
  • Aragon

Rat Names Inspired By Food

Pet names of all sorts are often found by looking into things we like to eat.

We’re certain it isn’t because we want to eat our pets. It’s probably because we associate our pets with other things we like!

I’m sure you’ll figure out lots more appealing names just by taking a look in your kitchen cupboards or refrigerator!

  • Cookie
  • Crumbs
  • Noodles
  • Cornflake
  • Pretzel
  • Bagel
  • Poptart
  • Cheerio
  • Oreo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Pizza
  • Biscuit

Rat Names That Start With R

Names beginning with R always roll nicely off the tongue when it comes to pet rats.

Rat names beginning with R

In the UK we have a TV character called Roland Rat. Here are a few more suggestions that also start with R, for the always alliterative among us.

  • Roland
  • Ronnie
  • Ralph
  • Rufus
  • Rachael
  • Rebecca
  • Remy
  • Rebel
  • Rizzo
  • Rosie
  • Reese
  • Ricky
  • Roxanne
  • Renee
  • Robbie
  • Ruby
  • Rambo
  • Roger

Good Rat Names

Well, those tidy little lists above give you well over 200 names to think about!

Good rat names

That’s quite a lot! And the odds are that these names have inspired you to think of others, as well.

Are you overwhelmed with name choices?

A great way to choose a name is to make a shortlist of your favorites and pin it up on your refrigerator or bedroom mirror for a few days.

Say the names out loud each time you look at them. You’ll soon find out which are the ones you can live with and which are the ones you’ll need to discard.

If you just can’t decide between your two or three favorites, get members of your family and friends to give each name a vote out of ten, and choose the name that gets the highest score.

More Rat Name Options

If you’re still looking for inspiration, don’t give up!

There are always other sources of possible names.

Take a look at these lists of other name ideas for small pets.

Best Rat Names

By giving you a range of different themes, we hope we have inspired you to create many more names to add to the lists above. You can create your own themes depending on your own interests. Try your sporting heroes, or your hobbies.

If you are into rock climbing, for example, you might call your rat “Crampon.” And if you like knitting you could use the name “Stitch.”

The possibilities go on and on. Once you get going, you won’t be able to stop. In fact you may need to get some more rats to use all the great names you come up with (only partly joking).

The best rat names will be the ones that truly reflect the unique, individual personality of your beloved pet.

What’s your rat called? We’d love to hear the story of how you chose their name!

Let us know your favorite rat names in the comments below!

References And Further Reading

This article has been extensively revised and updated for 2019.


  1. I have 2 eight week old rat girls. Ones name is Pixie and her sister was named Maisy but I have to change Maisy name. Could any one leave a suggestion as what female name could go well with Pixie?

  2. I want to add two names I had for male rats: Horatio and Clifford <3
    that I couldnt use cause I got two girls (called Parker and Agatha)
    I also wanted to called one of the girls Prudence but my mom said nope

    • Rats should never be housed without at least one more rat to keep them company they are social creatures unlike hamsters who can be housed singularly as they tend to be solitary animals

  3. I have an albino rat called Iris and a black rat called Pepsi. Soon we’re getting a female brown rat. Does anyone have any name suggestions?

  4. I just saved my baby girl from a reptile expo a few weeks ago (she was so not going to be snake lunch!) I named her Nugget. Last night I adopted two more girls from a rescue so she’s not alone and I named them Bean and Donut.

  5. We have 9 rats, 4 boys, and 5 girls. Their names are cupcake, lay low, spunk, King, digger, Dozer, cinnamon, sugar, and peanut. / peanutty but with thinking about adopting one more to make it five boys and five girls what do you think will match peanutty for a boy?

    • No that’s a terrible name I’ve got 10 boys and 11 girls make a mistake
      Mars , Jupiter , Uranus , earth , Neptune, Saturn , Pluto , Gravity , planet , Mark
      GIRLS :
      Bella , Victoria , rose , Maddie , demi , Mia , Ellie , Lola , lana , dollee , pheobe , jess
      Granted It’s so annoying that I have 11 girls and 10 boys but u just have to go with it and u don’t want to nanny as they can fight all the time

  6. I currently have 10 ratlings. Edgar, Allan & Poe. Tripod (because when I saved him from being snake food, he had lost his front leg. It was just a big scab.) I also have 3 young boys that I’m working on names for. Those are the males. The females are named Anita, Button and Fern. All of them were saved from being snake food at our local pet shop! I love rats! I’ve had rats as pets for 27 years 🙂

  7. I recently bought two gorgeous little girls, one with a white body, a black head, and a descending black stripe to the base of her tail. the other one a black one with a white star on her forehead and a white tummy. the first one’s name is Luna and the black one’s name is Shadow.

    Luna and Shadow.

  8. My names for my triplet rats (female) are Ramen Noodles and Chopstick
    All in the the theme of my favourite food. ???

  9. I’m 15 almost 16 and I’ve been wanting a rat for like forever. Well my mom works at a vet and 2 males just came in. My moms thinking about letting me get both. I was thinking of names and I thought of venus when I thought I was gonna get a girl rat. But now I’m probably getting 2 males. I picked out Remy for one of them but does anyone else have any suggestions for the 2nd rat?

  10. I would do Splinter. I got two amazing girl rats. One was named Zelda and was dark grey. The other was named willow and was white with a black strip down his back. Willow died within the first 4 weeks I had her…
    I got a new one named pepper but it has been really hard introducing them! any advice?

    • Keep them in separate cages at first if possible one and allow them to interact outside the cage in a secure area such as your room or bathroom etc to allow them to become acquainted and so you can watch them

  11. My two where called pookie and malcolm
    Pookie was rex albino and my malcolm looked like a really rat like the one you would find in the wild

  12. I got a rat a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was a girl so I named it Sabrina and it turned out to be a boy is I was thinking Remy or Tornado also should I get another rat
    for him??

    • you should NEVER get one rat

      I had 3 but sadly the last one got put down a couple of weeks ago but I am getting 5!!!!!!! new ones and I have pictures of them and the big black one is going to be called Rolo

      is it a good name??? do you have any other ideas?

  13. I have 6 male rats called Bucky, Loki, Captain, Pietro, Jarvis and Vision.
    Jarvis and vision are dumbo hairless and the others are standard dumbos.
    Bucky is the smallest and super shy and all the other rats really look after him.
    Loki is very adventurous but is beginning to be quite cuddly
    Jarvis is the grumpy old man of the group haha
    Vision is super gentle and loves curling up in the weirdest of places
    Captain and Pietro are the most cuddly and playful out of the group and Cap is definetly the group leader.
    they are all so sweet and are only 4/5 months old. Loki will bite your toes when you are standing so you sit down and give him a treat and Pietro will climb up the back of your leg to get a cuddle

  14. What about names for a Siamese rat? im thinking of naming my Siamese rat Mocha i have another rat named country, but i need to decide on what i should name my Siamese rat. Any suggestions??

  15. We have Rosie, Rolo, Scout, Chicken (hairless albino), Inky, Badge, Mischief, Bella, Romeo, and Doddle Bob (female lol my 17 year old named her!) Plus a few male and females that don’t have names. We thought we bought 3 male rats a few months ago….turned out to be one male and two females…..both females had kittens a week apart and both had 12 babies!!!! We are busy busy!

  16. I have a lot of rats. my girls are named Coco, Juniper, Luna, Hazel, Dandelion, Tulip, Sky. and my boys are Nacho, Cheese, Remy and Lucky. Lucky was the only on that survived a litter so I think lucky suits him he was born May 5th.

  17. If you see this Please reply with which name you think is best…..

    Girl: Flower, or Phoebe

    Boy: Ridder of Templeton

    • My parents are deciding if I can get a rat from my sisters best friends dad, i’d probably name it Chili. If I can even get it but I hope so!! 🤗💕 👁💧👄💧👁

  18. I just got two more rats they are white with red eyes my dad is naming one Leo but I can’t pick a name for the second one. My other two rats are Sunken and Monty

  19. My to not rats are named Harry and Potter. Harry is a black hooded rat with a scar from his previous home . potter is a white rat with red eyes. Sadly my rat Harry died of old age 😢😭😫😖🐀🐁 now I am planning to get a friend for my other rat 🙁


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