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Rat Names: 250+ Unique & Cute Names for a Rat

By Eddie Chevrel


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Fancy rats are one of the best small pets you can get. They are small and cuddly, smart and lovable, and make great companions both for kids and adults alike. And rats are just so cute! No wonder they are becoming so popular as new household pets around the world!

Are you looking for a name for your new ratty friends? In this post, you will find the best rat names for your furry friends. Rat names for girls, boys, cute rat names, funny rat names, cool and unique rat names for one, two, or even a trio of rats! You name it, we’ve got it! So without further ado, let’s find a name for your pet rat!

Best Rat Names

Let’s start with the best rat names that are most given around the globe. We’ve gathered here the best and most popular names for male rats and also for female rats, so if you fancy having a very ratty name, this is the place to start!

Best Male Rat Names

  • Wiley
  • Sherman
  • Budge
  • Oscar
  • Buddy
  • Winston
  • Rex
  • Slam
  • Whiskers
  • Sparky

Best Female Rat Names

  • Melissa
  • Pixie
  • Allie
  • Muffin
  • Vixen
  • Lily
  • Lulu
  • Pepper
  • Cookie
  • Pandora

Girl Rat Names (Name for a Female Rat)

Female rats are amazingly cute and an impressive feat of nature. Did you know that in just 3 years, a pair of rats is able to produce half a billion offspring? That’s because female rats can have up to 22 babies at a time and can go into heat again just a few hours after birth!

Are you looking for a female rat name that will describe perfectly your little princess? Here are 20 great girl rat names for you to choose from.

  • Layla
  • Daisy
  • Skye
  • Peaches
  • Chantelle
  • Jazzy
  • Baby
  • Kitty
  • Lucy
  • Tootsie
  • Doris
  • Sherry
  • Opal
  • Sammy
  • Tilly
  • Gypsy
  • Nelly
  • Lara
  • Apple
  • Chloe

Boy Rat Names (Name For a Male Rat)

Male rats are very loving and bond to their owner in no time. They are also very clever and can learn tricks in no time. They are actually so clever that they can play hide and seek! If you are looking for a name for a male rat, here are 20 great boy rat names to choose from:

  • Remy
  • Max
  • Oliver
  • Lazy
  • Milo
  • Sherlock
  • Bobby
  • Paddy
  • Barney
  • Grover
  • Snowy
  • PJ
  • Buzz
  • Cheesy
  • Smokey
  • Ziggy
  • Rocky
  • Bucky
  • Ludwig
  • Rod

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Funny Rat Names

funny rat in wooden crown

Your new ratty friend will make your days happier and you might want to reflect this in your rat name. Here are 20 funny male and female rat names that will make both you and your guests laugh. Have your friends got used to your new furry friends by the way?

Funny male rat names

  • Daniel Rat-Cliffe (a rat from another world)
  • Julius Cheeser (King of the rat empire)
  • Rascal
  • Buddha-Pest (quite revered in Hungary)
  • Bonkers
  • Soc-rat-es (a very wise rat)
  • Buster
  • Jim Rat (for a rat that likes to exercise)
  • Pi-Rat (for a mischievous little rat)
  • Sniffy

Funny female rat names

  • Bubbles
  • Peanut
  • Tiny
  • Lum-Lum
  • Princess
  • Star
  • Blossom
  • Rat-Woman
  • Missy
  • Carrot

Cute rat names

baby rats sleeping together

Rats are so cute that you want to squish them all day long. You can’t help but melt when they look at you with their tiny eyes and messy whiskers – not even mentioning their big dumbo ears that are just so amazingly cute! If you want to reflect that cuteness in their name, you can choose from these 20 cute male and female rat names.

Cute male rat names

  • Joey
  • Cody
  • Tiger
  • Colin
  • Cuddles
  • Chiq
  • Pango
  • Popcorn
  • Squeak
  • Drizzle

Cute female rat names

  • Roo
  • Pippy
  • Belle
  • Molly
  • Dotty
  • Sushi
  • Bonbon
  • Honey
  • Pie
  • Candy

Cool Rat Names

Now having a couple of rats in your house might be one of the coolest things ever! And what might be even cooler than that is if you teach your rats some tricks that will baffle friends and neighbors alike. Did you know that rats can learn to jump through hoops and shake paws? If that’s not cool then we don’t know what is!

Cool female rat names

  • Margot
  • Sparkles
  • Squeaky
  • Dora
  • Gertie
  • Alice
  • Bessie
  • Bailey
  • Reese
  • Pearl

Cool male rat names

  • Kreez
  • Hoss
  • Scruffy
  • Dapper
  • Ringo
  • Axel
  • Drumbo
  • Hooscka
  • Grizzly
  • Napoleon

Unique and Original Rat Names

rat at open door of cage

You might want a rat name that is both unique and original – after all, owning a rat is original enough, so you might want to go all the way by choosing a name that no other rat will bear. So here are 20 unique and original rat names for both a male and a female rat.

Unique male rat names

  • Tuxedo
  • Ozzie
  • Biscuit
  • Zeppelin
  • Paws
  • Munchkin
  • Peanut
  • Warrior
  • Dinkan
  • Yuzu

Original female rat names

  • Snuggles
  • Fudge
  • Wiggle
  • Hobo
  • Trixie
  • Petra
  • Taragon
  • Ajay
  • Emerald
  • Krispies

Rat Names for a Pair of Rats

two rats being handled

Rats are extremely social animals and they need to be kept in pairs to be really happy. Actually, most rat breeders won’t sell you a single rat unless you have some at home already! So if you are buying two rats at the same time, we’ve gathered here some great rat name ideas, both for a pair of male rats as well as for a pair of female rats.

Rat Names For a Pair of Males

  • Jack & Coke
  • Jack & Jive
  • Johnny & Cash
  • Romeo & Jonny
  • Chuckles & Chatterbox
  • Shake & Bake
  • Tonto and the Lone Ranger
  • Maverick and Goose
  • Huff & Puff
  • Al and Jerry

Rat Names For a Pair of Females

  • Lorelei & Tina
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Gertrude & Alice
  • Monica & Rachel
  • Bubbles & Boo
  • Lucy & Ethal
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • Sisqo and Dru
  • Pompom and Poppy
  • Strawberry and Cherry

Rat Names For Three Rats

three small rats in cage

Many rat owners will tell you: Rat magic starts at three! Pick a name from your trio if you want to make your mischief sound like a happy one. By the way, did you know that a “mischief” is what you call a group of rats?

  • Patches, Sparky, and Brownie
  • Maggie, Muffin, and Lolly
  • Peanut, Nutmeg, and Neva
  • Sylvester, Tweety and Taz
  • Bob, Larry, and Curly
  • Buster, Clyde, and Ethel
  • Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles
  • Raquel, Sophia, and Ginger
  • Cosmo, Wanda & Moonraker
  • Skippy, Cappadocia & Tippy

Disney Rat Names

Disney is just so good at making our little furballs look like little humans that you might want to borrow a name from a Disney rat that you like.

Rat Names by Color

rat breeds

Rats come in an amazing diversity of breeds and colors. They also have different patterns so no two rats look alike, even though there are millions around the globe being kept as pets! If your rats have a very distinctive fur coat and you want to reflect this in their names, here are 40 different rat names for brown, white, black, and black & white rats.

Brown rat names

  • Cocoa
  • Moose
  • Snickers
  • Brandy
  • Nutella
  • Mocha
  • Cinnamon
  • Chewbacca
  • Cedar
  • Guinness

White rat names

  • Sugar
  • Winter
  • Yogurt
  • Q-Tip
  • Everest
  • Milky
  • Brie
  • Coconut
  • Blizzard
  • Ghost

Black rat names

  • Shadow
  • Espresso
  • Velvet
  • Nero
  • Storm
  • Midnight
  • Zoro
  • Knight
  • Inky
  • Smoky

Black and white rat names

  • Dot
  • Pongo
  • Figaro
  • Freckles
  • Harlequin
  • Pepper
  • Magpie
  • Snoopy
  • Truffles
  • Orca

Rat Names Ideas From Other Languages

Do you love languages? If so, you might fancy calling your rat with a name that means “rat” in another language. It’s amazing to see the diversity in the translation of the word “rat”, and if you fancy one from the list below, feel free to pick one for your furry friend!

  • Al-far (Arabic)
  • Indur (Bengali
  • Pacov (Bosnian)
  • Gondol (Cambodian)
  • Lao-shu (Chinese)
  • Krysa (Czech)
  • Radan (Gaelic)
  • Nezumi (Japanese)
  • Beleban (Kurdish)
  • Zurka (Latvian)
  • Tikus (Malay)
  • Kiore (Maori)
  • Musa (Nepali)
  • Mooshe (Persian)
  • Cuha (Punjabi)
  • Sobolan (Romanian)
  • Mysh (Russian)
  • Pacov (Serbo-Croat)
  • Tweba (Sesotho)
  • Podgana (Slovene)
  • Miya (Sinhali)
  • Dagâ (Tagalog)
  • Tsi-tsi (Tibetan)
  • Kuma (Tongan)
  • Impuku (Zulu)

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About Eddie Chevrel

Eddie Chevrel is an animal journalist and the founder of ThePetSavvy. He's very passionate about exotic pets and spends most of his free time doing research, meeting, and interviewing people working with animals. Learn more about The Pet Savvy's Editorial Process.