Today we are going to share the best rat names with you! We will give you lists of names from popular themes, along with some clever tips for choosing the right names for your clever, social pet rats.
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.
Top Rat Names
Our fifteen favorite cool rat names are:
- Ratt Damon
The Best Rat Names
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. We have put together some inspiring ideas to help you choose a brilliant, original and fun name for your new pet. You’ll find names inspired by movie characters and books, funny, unique, and original ideas, names for pairs of rats and much more. 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. 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
I think the best fit name for my rat is pepper, because that is what his fur looks like, big I am deciding on either that, or coco
Should always get two rats as any responsible rat breeder would tell you
Jasmine and willow. I did not see Jasmine on here, so please consider adding it!
My two boys are called nico and darthy
My boys are Starfire, ghost piranha mufasa scar reaper Valhalla Vladimir Jafar Clyde and skunk and my girls are banshee nugget Persephone Aphrodite calypso Minerva Ursula madussa eclipse coco snowflake rarity Bellatrix
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?
How bout Dust, like pixie-dust lol or Dixie to rhyme.
Pixie and trixie
Dixie, like Win Dixie
i had two rats named whinnie and dixie whinnie past but was inspierd by winn dixie
fairy or tink/Tinkerbell
Maybe Roxy ?
or Pixa ?
I would think pixie and Dixie would be a super cute name for a pair of rats
Pixie and Dixie
Tinker bell short name Bella
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
Hahaha my dad’s name is clifford
what about niffler-niff for short xx
We’ve had a Noel, Hannah, Abigail (Abby), Sophie, Willow and now are blessed with Autumn.
I have a willow and she is the best rat. I like Abby and Autumn:)
Should always get two rats As any rat breeder would tell you isolation shortens their lifespan and overall quality of life
My brother has a pet rat and he thought of a really great name for a girl rat. He named her Ziggy
Should always get two rats As they are social creatures any responsible rat breeder would say
Stop saying ¨any responsible rat breeder¨ they arent a rat breeder. And stop being so rude to anyone.
It is true though, rats are lonely without a pair ?
Yes, I’m some cases they can die of loneliness because they are too stressed, I personally breed rats and yes I won’t ever give one to someone who doesn’t have another one or a couple already.
She is just trying to give advice it is not rude
We got 3 girl rats we haven’t named them so can you help us lol like we need three new girl name lol help us
Serenity is my pet rats name
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
Okay we get it…most people already know this and in your case it’s not exactly true depending on how much they are handled.
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?
Maybe coke or dr.pepper, since you have Pepsi?
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.
Those are super cute. I love the name Nugget!
My pet rat died about a year ago… he was a fancy rat and I named him Orbis.
i named my cheese and cheddar
Haha! I love it!
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?
Jelly goes with Peanutty
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
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
I have; Dandelion, Clementine, Dumbo, and Nymphadora!
My boys were named Sinnoh (Sin-oh) and Lance
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 🙂
We are readying to get our rats next weekend and I am really considering Pip and Squeak
Adorable names. I’ve had a moonpie and pippy longstockings. Plus a cocoa, Remy lebeau, buddy, squeekers, ratatouille and baby fat rat.😁
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.
My names for my triplet rats (female) are Ramen Noodles and Chopstick
All in the the theme of my favourite food. ???
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?
You should name him Emile, in ratatouille Emile is Remy’s brother.
I want a white and black rat and name it Oreo.
Should always get two rats
Lily, I like your advice, but she was just saying she wants a rat named Oreo she never said she wasn’t getting another one.
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
i know this is so late. I have two female gerbils (Honey and Coco) We did the split cage method which means u put a barrier in between one cage. It must have small holes in it so that they can see and smell eachother and maybe even touch noses. Switch them twice a day to mix their smells and once they are used to each other remove the barrier but keep an eye on them for the next 20 minutes to watch for fighting. I know you are talking about rats and not gerbils but I guess gerbils could be similar. Thats just how we did it
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
I have three female rats
And the third still doesn’t have a name, it’s so hard to chose
We named our 2 new gorle pepper and bean
OMG Mine are Midnight, Princess Einstein, and Luna they are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!
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
Yes 100% it’s very important for them to be able to groom play and interact with other rats
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?
I’ve got 2 girls called Rogue and Raven, they are 2 years and 7 months!
You forgot Socrates. A male name after the character in the horror movie, Willard.
I have a white rat with tan splotches and I have no idea what to call her
Should get another rat before you decide doing that they are not supposed to be kept alone, responsible rat owners are aware that you must buy two rats minimum
Pls stop referring to yourself as a responsible rat breeder. People will google it before. Nobody really likes you “Helping them” everyone will learn in their own time.
Um, what? “Learning in their own time” could mean sacrificing a living being’s health, happiness, and possibly even life. And if Lilly is a responsible rat breeder, she is allowed to call herself that.
Tammy rymes with tanny as in tan oooor
pach or pachy
Name it dobber!
What do u name a dead rat
Nachiket u r sick
Sleepy because it’s sleeping ( forever )
Why would you name a rat, if it’s already dead ? ..
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
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??
I’m getting 3 boys in a few weeks, I’ve already decided on the names remy, rizzo and mochi ?
My nephew’s pet rat is… Hamster. Hammy for short.
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!
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.
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!! 🤗💕 👁💧👄💧👁
I’m thinking about cookie and lexxie
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
Evil snowball. Snow ball for short
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 🙁
my rat name mas da das
I am not joking
I have a male and a female rat named Splinter and Winter
I too have a couple white rats with Wonderful Name Remy and Rebel ,wooooow is it so sweet na
I have a Halloween clip of rats.
their names are: Shadow, Spirit, Ghost, Dark, Night.
And all names can also be put together.
I have a black female rat, the name storm on here gave me the idea of Storm Cloud.
I have Fudge, Sugar, Cinnamon, Bean and Cream. I now that 6 baby boys and 5 baby girls. I haven’t named them all but out of the boys I have Bear, Sarge, Apollo, Gus, Levi and Orion. And the girls I have Penny, Quinn, Oreo, Artemis and Squeakers.
I’m getting rats as soon as I get my own place and I’m really excited about it!!
My girl rat named Lillian died after having babies. And I got one of her sons. I think I am going to name him splinter. Or Theo. Or many Lucifer.
What do you think
scratch and squeak and cuddles cupcakes
My friend is getting a male rat and I don’t know what should name it ( there is two rats)
Maybe Splash & Plush?
I have 2 rats (Maybe soon 3),Their names are Rat and Ratatouille (i cant spell)Rat is a fawn rat,Very beautiful,My other rat Ratatoulille being a dumbo.The name i think i may name my 3rd rat will be Ratatat,sticking with the theme of the rats having rat in their names.My family thinks when we get a bigger cage for our rats we can have more rats.
When I was thinking of names for the two boys I was getting (I ended up with 3), I was going to name them Tat and Tuey. Short for Rat-a-tat-tat and Ratatouille.
I have 3 boys named Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. I am thinking of getting 2 more and I like the names Hodge and Podge.
I don’t know if anyone wants any idea but I named my 2 boys fritz and fratz ill tell you what I’m a first time owner and I love my 2 boys fritz loves to sleep on my chest and nap with me was shocked took a 3 hour nap with me didn’t care to try and leave was surprised not what I thought of rats at first
I have 1 female called Splish and 1 male called Splash. I don’t see those on here though, could you please add?
My sisters name is Abby (Abigal) but i had 10 Rat’s named Honey, Hickory, Jack, Milo, Bella, Hodge, Nat, Ali, Patt, And lodge
My rat’s name is Chance. This story starts a year prior. My fiancee told me rats are the perfect pet to have. I told him they were nasty and filthy. He was adamant and steadstrong when he said they were smart, clean and affectionate animals each one having a different personality. they were nasty and filthy creatures. When he stand by what he says I tend to pay attention
So the seed of maybe there’s something to.what he says is true so a month later I bought my first rat named Buddy. I had him for over a year until he passed away unexpectedly due to a seizure on 10/24/21 a week before my 33rd birthday. I miss him and it still hurts like mad crazy that hes gone.At the time i got Chance which was 11/12/21 I wasn’t quite ready to have another rat. Well on November 12 my fiancee surprised me with this adorable baby male rat that looked eerily identical to Buddy. So I named this rat Chance. It’s short for the phrase second chances… Well little did I know a day or 2 later the name Chance would fit this little guy perfectly. It just so happens he was born blind. So taking care of him is a little different than it was when Buddy was alive. Everything has to be in the same spot in his cage. But other than that it’s no big deal. I couldn’t see my life in any other way now since I’ve became a rat mama lol
Btw I need help coming up with a name for a male rat that goes great with Chance. Im getting one of his litter mates this weekend.
My teacher has 4 rats, Bixby is the oldest. The other three are 4 months old that she just got after her other rat flint died. She said i get to name one and i dont know what to name her! All four are females
My 2 boy rats are blackjack and fonzie. Gotta love em.
I think a good name for a pair of rats would be spoony and forky
Or just plain spoon 🥄 and 🍴
what to name my goat? is a hazelnut brown with light caramel undertones and beautiful emerald green eyes. HELP!!!!!
I love rats