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:
- Ratt Damon
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!
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.
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.
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!
- Billie Joe
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.
- 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!
- Cholmondley (pronounced Chumley)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
Rat Names That Start With R
Names beginning with R always roll nicely off the tongue when it comes to pet rats.
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.
Good Rat Names
Well, those tidy little lists above give you well over 200 names to think about!
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
- Borkfelt, S. 2011. What’s In A Name? MDPI
- Hess, L, et al. 2019. Owning A Pet Rat. VCA
- Vrba, C. 2015. The Naming of Rats. American Fancy Rat and Mice Association
- 2009. Rats Capable of Reflecting on Mental Processes. University of Georgia
This article has been extensively revised and updated for 2019.