Best Pet Rat Names: 150+ Ideas for Naming Your Little Rascal

Last Updated : July 18, 2022
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Trying to think of an awesome name for your pet rat?

We feel your struggle.

Deciding on the perfect name is no cakewalk!

And having to come up with all the potential name ideas by yourself makes it even more difficult and time-consuming

This is exactly why we’ve gone ahead and done all the legwork for you.

We’ve leveraged our years of experience as pet owners (plus some good old-fashioned research) to pull together a complete collection of over 150 pet rat names. One is sure to fit your interests and tastes, along with your rat’s unique personality! 🐭

This leaves you with only one task:

Run through this article and pick your favorite name or names!

To make your job even easier, we’ve broken down our list into easy-to-navigate categories (i.e., female, funny, famous). These will help you pinpoint the right name faster, so use the table of contents to jump straight to a category if you already know what you’re looking for!

If not, keep an open mind and read on — you’re sure to come across some great ideas and have a few chuckles!

Naming Your Pet Rat

Rats are fantastic companions. 👨 👩 🐁 🐀

We just had to say it.

A lot of people think otherwise because of these little guys’ lousy reputation in the wild…

But they’re completely wrong.

Pet rats are intelligent, loyal, clean, and affectionate.

They’re all one-of-a-kind thanks to their extraordinary personality…

And what’s more, they can even learn their name and respond to it!

If you ask us, that makes them more than deserving of a name that properly suits them.

So let’s find them one!

But one last naming tip before we start:

Don’t rush your decision. Holding off on a name until you get a chance to bond with your pet means you won’t regret your final choice later on.

And now here we go with our list of favorite rat names!

Best Pet Rat Names: 150+ Ideas for Naming Your Little Rascal

Famous Rat Names

Is there a better place to start than from the famous rats that have inspired and entertained millions as book, movie, television, or video game characters?


These fictional rats (just think of Remy, the ‘little rat chef’ from the movie Ratatouille) have done incredible amounts of good by helping to repair this species’ broken reputation…

So it’s worth acknowledging their hard work by naming your pet rat in their honor!

Here’s our shortlist of famous rats :

  • Django (Ratatouille)
  • Fletcher (Chicken Run)
  • Nick (Chicken Run)
  • Nigel Ratburn (Arthur)
  • Professor Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective)
  • Ratbert (Dilbert)
  • Ratty or Mr. Rat (The Wind in the Willows)
  • Remy (Ratatouille)
  • Rita (Flushed Away)
  • Rizzo (The Muppet Show)
  • Roddy (Flushed Away)
  • Chiaroscuro / Roscuro (The Tale of Despereaux)
  • Samuel Whiskers (The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding)
  • Scabbers (Harry Potter)
  • Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Templeton (Charlotte’s Web)
  • Twitch (League of Legends)

Cute Rat Names

Looking for something a tad bit cuter and more playful for your pets?

That’s completely understandable because, after all, your rats are tiny critters with precious faces, charming habits, and brilliant personalities!

One of these adorable ideas might just be the perfect cute name:

  • Bonbon
  • Bubble
  • Button
  • Cheeto
  • Chewy
  • Chickpea
  • Chip
  • Cutie (Pie)
  • Fluffy
  • Kermit
  • Luna
  • Nibbles
  • Nippy
  • Pickle
  • Pixie
  • Popcorn
  • Pudding
  • Rat-A-Boo (Boo)
  • Sweetie (Pie)
  • Tickle
  • Tux
  • Wiggles

Funny Rat Names

You should consider a hilarious, lighthearted, or silly name if either you or your rats are natural-born comedians or tricksters.

If you choose a name from this collection, you’ll be sure to raise a smile (at the very least) every time you introduce your little fellows to someone new…

And you’ll also constantly be chuckling to yourself when you call them! 🤣 🙊

  • Black Jack
  • Cheese Wiz
  • Harry Potter
  • Jeff
  • Julius Cheeser
  • Ketchup
  • Kid Rat
  • Oats
  • Pi-Rat
  • Pizza
  • Ratatat
  • Rat Man
  • Ratrick Swayze
  • Ratso
  • Rat Damon
  • Ratthew McConaughey
  • Ratticus Finch
  • Rattletale
  • Rugrat
  • Scamper
  • Sniffy
  • Squeakers (or Squeak)
  • Wormtail

Female Rat Names

Some female rats are feminine and act like total ladies. 🐭 👒

Sound like one of your cuties?

Then check out this list of our favorite girl rat names!

We’ve included a good mix of female names to help you really capture their personality — from nature-inspired names all the way to cool movie stars!

  • Basil
  • Bella
  • Chilli
  • Chutney
  • Clover
  • Cookie
  • Cuddles
  • Daenerys
  • Daisy
  • Dot
  • Girl
  • Hazel
  • Henna
  • Hugs
  • Juniper
  • Katy
  • Lily
  • Madonna
  • Maggie
  • Maisy
  • Marbles
  • Olivia
  • Penny
  • River
  • Rosemary (or Rosie)
  • Venus
  • Willow

Male Rat Names

Macho rats deserve macho names, right? 💪 🐭 😈

Jokes aside, it’s a great idea to pick a masculine name for your male pet rat if it suits their personality.

The following names are inspired by male rock stars, historical figures, foods, or simply cool human names. There’s bound to be something that tickles your fancy!

  • Allen
  • Captain
  • Churro
  • Clifford
  • Drake
  • Dude
  • Edgar
  • Elton
  • Einstein
  • Flint
  • General
  • Horatio
  • Jagger
  • Lucky
  • Meatball
  • Monty
  • Napoleon
  • Pietro
  • Poe
  • Ragnar
  • Reggie
  • Rollo
  • Sirius
  • Sir Rat
  • Theo
  • Winston
  • Xavier

White Rat Names

Rats come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, but there’s none quite as distinctive as the white, pink-eyed Albino rat.

Honor their beautiful genetic mutation with a pet rat name that plays on the fact that they’re completely colorless!

Here are our favorite white rat names:

  • Artic
  • Beaches
  • Bianca (or Bianco)
  • Blanca (or Blanco)
  • Freeze
  • Glacier
  • Hielo
  • Pebbles
  • Pink Eye
  • Snowball
  • Snow White
  • Tundra
  • Winter

Black Rat Names

What about if your rat’s fur coat is as black as the night itself?

Then get inspired by one of these ‘dark’ pet rat names:

  • Ash
  • Black Berry
  • Coffee
  • Ember
  • Espresso
  • Hello Darkness
  • Knight
  • Oscura (or Oscuro)
  • Pitch
  • Raven
  • Shadow
  • Storm (or Storm Cloud)
  • Brownie

Names for Pairs of Rats

Best Pet Rat Names: 150+ Ideas for Naming Your Little Rascal

Pet rats really love company and are astonishingly social. This means you should never house them alone — or else they might get depressed and sad, and maybe even die from loneliness! 😔

But don’t take it as an offense though, they love you too!

It’s just that a pet rat needs a partner to spend time together with when you’re at work or out and about dealing with your busy daily life.

If you own (or are planning to get) a pair of rats, it’s a super cute idea to give them a ‘tandem rat name’ that’ll bond them together forever!

Take a look at the following names (broken down by the gender of the pair) for some creative direction:


  • Batman and Robin
  • Ben and Jerry
  • Calvin and Hobbes
  • Itchy and Scratchy
  • Nacho and Cheese
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Tom and Jerry


  • Bella and Ella
  • Buttercup and Blossom
  • Dandelion and Tulip
  • Pixie and Dixie
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sugar and Spice
  • Cute and Cuddly

Mixed Pairs

  • Beans and Toast
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Mars and Venus
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Rita and Roddy
  • Cookie and Brownie
  • Chocolate and Vanilla

Names for Three or More Rats

Last up, let’s help you name your mischief.

By the way, a ‘mischief’ is the ridiculously cute (and appropriate) name for a group of rats. 🐭 😈 🐭

Given how social rats are, your pets are bound to have a fantastic time together: cuddling, napping, climbing, eating, running, and jumping!

You can have even more fun by selecting a coherent theme for all your pets, i.e., use characters from your favorite author, or think of a silly group pun!

Here are a few ideas to get your mind rolling:

  • Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan
  • Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion
  • Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion
  • Edgar, Allen, and Poe
  • Liberté, Égalité, and Fraternité
  • Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund
  • Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello
  • Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Benny
  • Ramen, Chopsticks, and Noodles
  • Remy, Django, Emile, and Git
  • Shadow, Ghost, Spirit, and Dark
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll

Finals Thoughts on Naming Your Rat

Rats make for genuinely amazing pets — the effort of figuring out the perfect name for each of them is definitely worth it!

We hope our organized lists of over 150 rat names have helped you find the best possible name for your pets, and all your rats are happily named by now!

But what if you’re overwhelmed by the enormous amount of choices or simply stuck between a couple of rat names?

Take it slow.

Make yourself a shortlist of your 5-10 favorites and pin it up somewhere you frequently spend time, like on your fridge or your desk.

Next, read out the names each time you find yourself looking at the piece of paper — you’ll quickly discover which rat names you love and which ones you can discard.

If you’re stuck between just two or three final candidates, then either:

  • Ask friends and family for help, or
  • Get yourself another lovely pet rat (or two) — the more, the merrier! 🐭 🐭 ☺️

P.S. Feel free to come up with your own rat names based on your hobbies, interests, experiences, or personal heroes. Just don’t forget to let us know what you’ve called your rats and what inspired you!

Have other pet animials, such as Hamsters or Guinea Pigs? Check out our other lists for some great name ideas.

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