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.
Let’s start with those irresistible cute 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
Rats love their food! And expanding on the food theme a little we have
I’m sure you’ll figure out a load more appealing names by taking a look in your kitchen cupboards or refrigerator!
Rat names beginning 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 rat names beginning with R
Famous rat names – from literature
Rats are often cast as the ‘bad guys’ in literature but there are a few stories where rats are characters we can empathise with. They include
- Samuel Whiskers – from Beatrix Potter’s stories
- Templeton – from Charlotte’s Web
- Rattie – from The Wind In The Willows
- Scabbers – from Harry Potter
Or you might like the idea of naming your rat after a celebrity. Think of your favorite TV show and some of the characters in them.
Here are some ideas to get you started
Famous rat names – movies and TV
Celebrity names can be amusing and can also be split for pairs of rats. Arnold and Schwarzenegger for example, or Donald and Trump! The possibilities are endless
Here are some more names taken from film and TV
Characters from Game of Thrones
From Harry Potter
From the Simpsons
From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
From my little pony
From adventure time
From the big screen
- Arnold (Schwarzenneger)
- Sylvester (Stallone)
As you can see, there’s a bit of a Lord Of The Rings theme going on here! But don’t forget to jot down ideas from your own favorite movies
Sometimes, a glimpse into the past is a great way to find an original or interesting name. How about naming your rat after some famous folk from history.
Some of these names are great conversations starters!
Famous rat names – presidents and generals, home and abroad
You can see that some of these famous names would be great for pairs of rats too.
Male rat names
Most of those figures from history are male. Here are some more male rat name ideas
Rat Names from trees and flowers
Female Rat Names
Girl rats are often named after plants and flowers. Here are a few more girl rat names for you to consider
The names of herbs and spices can often be used for either male or female rats.
Then there are names based on nature and the wilderness
Plus your favorite rock stars of course! Surnames can often make unique rat names. How many people have a rat called Malik or Styles?
Unique rat names
Here are a few more rat names you might not have heard of or thought of
- Cholmondley (pronounced Chumley)
Cool names for rats
Choosing a cool name can be tough. Funny names can be cool, names that reflect current trends can be cool too if you are one of the first to use them, and so can original names that no-one else is likely to think of.
Try some from the following groups
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.
Weird rat names
Are you a bit of a science nerd or a maths freak? If so, these names might appeal to you
- Pythagorus (Thaggy for short)
- Crick and Watson
- Louis and Pasteur
And don’t forget your favorite video game characters and consoles. Try
Add your own to the list!
Rat names – female pair ideas
Rats love company and many of you are likely to have bought two rats at the same time. We have arranged the lists above so that names that go well together are paired. 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 – male pair ideas
- Ben and Jerry
- Jeckyl and Hyde
- Itchy and Scratchy
- Trucker and Tracker
- Digger and Dozer
- Rambo and Rocky
Okay – that’s over two hundred name ideas to get you started.
By giving you a range of different themes, I 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).
You can make suggestions in the comments box below to help other readers!
Good rat names – your shortlist
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
Don’t forget to let us know which name you decided on! Use the comments box below to tell us your pet rat’s name.