Tatiana has been an online writer for over five years. Her articles focus on everything from pet care to relationship advice.
Hedgehogs are adorable little spiky balls of love! If you’ve ever held one in the palms of your hands, you understand the joy that they can bring, with those tiny, hopeful eyes and little button noses! Oh, and watching them swim and run on the little wheels, how could you ever get bored with that?
It’s so funny to watch them go into defense mode when they feel threatened, which might happen a lot for the first few weeks after you bring one home. They roll into a little ball and begin to huff and puff with their sharp quills poking outward; they basically morph into a breathing pincushion!
Naming Your Hedgehog
With the purchase of any animal comes the need for a name, and a hedgehog needs a name as sharp and cool as he is! Not many animals are as spiky as a hedgehog, so this is one factor that should be considered when thinking of hedgehog names. Here are a few other tips that may help you come up with good names:
- Color: Keeping the hedgehog’s color in mind may help you to think of a fitting name.
- Personality: What is it about that little guy that you absolutely adore? If your hedgehog has an unforgettable personality, use it in the name.
Just in case you need a little inspiration to come up with good ones, below you'll find categorized lists of many names you will love.
Ever wonder how the hedgehog got its name? It stems from their foraging nature in the wild where they eat all kinds of bugs, from caterpillars to slugs, which also means they are great to have in your garden! They won’t mess with your plants, but they sure want to eat the bugs that will ruin your plants!
Hedgehogs come in a variety of blacks, browns, beiges, and whites so if you found a blue one, it is likely a stuffed animal named Sonic. They are naturally nocturnal, but hedgehog owners can change those sleeping patterns and get the hedgehog to be a diurnal or a daytime creature. Warning: You may get pricked a few times if you attempt to change their sleep schedules.
Although there are 17 different species of hedgehogs, the most common domesticated hedgehog is the African pygmy, which is likely the ones that you will find at the pet store. They may be little and appear to be on the chubby side, but this doesn’t stop the hedgehogs because they can actually run up to an impressive six feet per second!
Hedgehog Fun Facts
Great hedgehog names are as abundant as the spines on their back, so it shouldn’t be hard to find just the right one for your little hedgie. Still need some inspiration? How about a few fun facts about hedgehogs to inspire you?
- Hedgehogs have poor eyesight but excellent hearing and a great sense of smell!
- Some hedgehogs love to swim, and it helps them go to the bathroom. If you have a hedgehog that likes swimming, make sure he has an easy way to get out of the water when he's tired and always supervise!
- There can be up to 5,000 spines on a hedgehog. Each spine lasts about a year, when it will fall out and be replaced by another spine.
- They are referred to as “hoglets” when they are born. (How is that for an adorable name?)
- They are typically solitary animals, only pairing up for mating, where the male will circle the female, mate, and then leave the female to rear the hoglets.
- A hedgehog can have up to 11 hoglets in a single litter!
- The gestation period for hoglets is only 32 days!
- Hedgehogs are lactose-intolerant.
- Their long snouts help them to forage for food, just like a regular hog.
Now that you know all about hedgehogs, you have a name for yours, right? If not, it will come to you eventually, just curl up into a little ball like a hedgehog and sleep on it!
Cute Kitten Meets Hedgehog
- Hedgehog | National Geographic
Discover how the hedgehog got its name. Learn why these garden dwellers sport their distinctive, spiny coat.
- Hedgehog Facts | Live Science
Hedgehogs are small mammals with cone-shaped faces, short legs and bodies that are covered with porcupine-like quills, but they are not closely related to porcupines.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Tatiana
Piper on July 19, 2020:
I am most likely getting a hedgehog pretty soon and I was surprised to see my name on one of the lists because it's just not that common!
Mimi on June 28, 2020:
Blizzard on May 26, 2020:
As soon as I saw it I felt like this is the one.
BTS on May 04, 2020:
I saw somewhere the name Pippie and I am in love! Just wanted to share.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG on April 20, 2020:
Hey it a hedgehog website!!!
Kayla on March 29, 2020:
I think I am going to name my hedgehog cocoa or pixie
Yamiyo on March 26, 2020:
omg sonic is the best name a hedgehog could have XD
madi on March 11, 2020:
I am actually naming him Sonic Prickle pants instead of Russel Prickle pants
Indra. on March 09, 2020:
This website is adorable
madi on March 05, 2020:
How should I convince my dad to get me a hedgehog sooner instead of in 3 months? I need da ideas plz.
madi on March 04, 2020:
I don't have a hedgehog yet, but I will get one soon and I am going to name him Russel Prickle Pants. It has taken me awhile to figure his out.
DA BOY FROM DA HOOD on March 03, 2020:
Fernando is my dad's name this offensive
rachel on March 01, 2020:
i think coco or coca like coca-cola
Ave on February 28, 2020:
I really like :
But then again I don’t even have a hedge hog yet so I’m not sure what gender it will be
Madi on February 27, 2020:
My options are
which do I choose?
RobloxQueen on December 29, 2019:
What about spickey or spike ball
Bristol on October 17, 2019:
My pet hedgehogs’s name is Blade
Greta on September 06, 2019:
So glad my name was on the girls name I adore hedgehogs
Lanie on August 22, 2019:
My sis loves pepper
Star on July 28, 2019:
i need more ideas
Kylie on July 08, 2019:
Skippers a cute name
Lawnmower 101( aka Quinn ) on June 23, 2019:
Girl: unique , angel , sassy,
Boy: blizzard , mr spike, sonic
Hedgehoglvr on June 12, 2019:
Briar, maybe Millicent is
Sarah on May 19, 2019:
I love hedgehogs I have one this app helped me a lot
The animal lover on May 17, 2019:
His name is Thor
James on May 10, 2019:
Names mine as Belisarius. Cause he be re-uniting the Great Roman empire by the Orders of his great emperor Justinian
briar on May 10, 2019:
i am thinking of a middle name for my hedgehog millie do you have any suggestions
Meaghan on May 02, 2019:
I'm getting my daughter a hedgehog. She's been brainstorming names ever since I told her. She narrowed it down to her top 5 favourites. For boys it's 1-Bruno 2-Quilliam 3-Ezra 4-Ace 5-Toby. For girls it's 1-Flora 2-Hazel 3-Evie 4-Pixie and 5 is well nothing yet she can't think of one so I'm helping her. This helped a little.
001RHTG on March 29, 2019:
Agave, aloevera, and prickly poppy are cute names.
Bluegirl82 on March 26, 2019:
I've had my new little guy almost two weeks as soon as i saw his face i thought why so serious and he was named Joker
Ethan Smith on March 18, 2019:
When i get my hedgehog, if its a girl im going to name her kara
Pam Carroll on March 17, 2019:
My Hedgehog's name is Poppi. I just brought her home about a week ago. She is a year old, and is very timid, she rolls up in a ball, and pops up, and down when I bring my hand near her. She has sniffed my hand a couple of times. I have a lot of patients, and I am sure she will warm up to me in time.
Maddi on March 16, 2019:
If i get a hedgehog im naming it (if its a girl) Hermione and if its a boy Hedwig from harry potter
Angel on March 15, 2019:
I really love hedgehogs! I want one but my mom and dad don't!
Macey on March 04, 2019:
Im getting a hedgehog yay
caty on March 03, 2019:
i love hedgehog. i want one!
Sara on February 25, 2019:
I cant wait to get one soon
Kara on February 25, 2019:
more names please.
4 on February 15, 2019:
Vanessa on February 06, 2019:
I really really want a hedgehog I want a girl and boy if I do get them what do I name them I need help
Kyla on January 24, 2019:
Pls help me what should I say, I really want a hedgehog but my family doesn’t really
Danniell on January 21, 2019:
Where do you find hedge hogs lol
Ava on January 19, 2019:
October 8th is my birthday so in 9 months for my birthday i could get a hedgehog possibly. If I get a boy his name will be Loki or Milo and if its a girl then her name will be Rosie or Willow
HAYLEE on January 17, 2019:
I am getting a hedge today. I’m gonna mane her hoglet
nnghh on December 27, 2018:
taytum on December 27, 2018:
I think phoebe is a funny name. phoebe is a person off of F.R.I.E.N.D.S
kristin mcdow on December 09, 2018:
Sonic the hedgehog
Brianna on December 07, 2018:
I think snickers because to me they look like a prickly snickers i think that’s a really cute name
brooklynn hoover on December 04, 2018:
im about to get one and im thinking of the name NEEDILES I don't know if im getting a girl of a boy.
Aurora the hedgehog on December 03, 2018:
Sonic... This is the perfect name for a hedgehog... I have a hedgehog but i don't know how i should call him... Thank you for the information!
Hazel on November 25, 2018:
What about Spike eyes
Cobu on November 23, 2018:
A so cute
Rene Liebenberg on November 23, 2018:
I have a boy and girl and named them Pippa and Peanut :)
Memphis on November 15, 2018:
I’m getting a hedgehog next month and I’m not sure what I want a girl or a boy and idk what I should name it could u plz help wth some names!
Hedgie on November 13, 2018:
Im probably getting one in january im nameibg it either willow, pokie, or penny if its a girl
hello on October 14, 2018:
Kristen on October 12, 2018:
Great name for a hedgehog: Sonic
bobby on October 08, 2018:
i am getting a hedgehog and naming it ida
Alexis on October 08, 2018:
what is a good middle name for a hedgehog have four hedgehogs there names are huffington,leonard,leslie,howard
Anon on October 05, 2018:
Mine's named Lenny Briscoe after a Law & Order character
Sophie on September 09, 2018:
I have no clue what to name my soon to be hegehog I want something very cute
Eiona on September 09, 2018:
I have 4 hedgies. 2 females named Willow and Pippin and 2 males named Teasle and Thistle
Jake on September 09, 2018:
My hedge is named pixie
??? on September 05, 2018:
I named mine Fudgeball
sally on September 03, 2018:
i have a female one and her name is buttons
penny on September 02, 2018:
I dont have a hedgehog YET BUT I WILL!! Im actually saving money for one they are just so darn cute! ~w~
Jack on August 12, 2018:
Phoenix is my hedgehog
Kayli on August 11, 2018:
My male is named Blaze
Dreamer on August 05, 2018:
Why do you separate the girls names and the boys names day just wrong
Alonzo on August 04, 2018:
my hedgehogs name is mr.prickles
Lexie on July 31, 2018:
What is the baddest thing they can do?
Are they a good pet to have? why/why not
What do they eat?
Alison on July 28, 2018:
I have a nap hegdie named Milo
ella brooke wydemon on July 27, 2018:
i think pom pom would be a cute nickname
Maisy on July 27, 2018:
I have a girl and I want to name her Bean but I feel like that's a "boys" name.
Rebecca on July 22, 2018:
IDK WHAT TO NAME IT
Hubpages on July 20, 2018:
I am geting a hedgehog i do not know what to name him or her
tatum on July 17, 2018:
I like periwinkle or hazel
Cloclo on July 16, 2018:
i caled mine peanut
Karyn on July 15, 2018:
I named my hedgehog harlequill
jazzy on July 12, 2018:
I'm naming my hedgehog loki
Lindsey freeman on July 12, 2018:
I’m naming my hedgehog Button ❤️
callie on July 10, 2018:
I named my hedgehog Daisy!!! She is so cute!
Galagahero101 on July 04, 2018:
Maybe add twitch to the list of names
Seresha on June 30, 2018:
I named my hegehog
Mila on June 28, 2018:
I'll name my hedgehog Fuzzy
Ella on June 21, 2018:
Edgar Allen Poke
lola on June 09, 2018:
abby or gretta... or maybe hazel or buttercup...idk
Fartknocker on June 08, 2018:
HAHA LOOVE "Shakespeare" and "Quilliam"!
Taylor on May 30, 2018:
My hedgehogs name is Finn
Annabella on May 28, 2018:
Hmmm.... Dizzy or Pixie?
Harper on May 11, 2018:
This is a very cute name
Pine boy on April 28, 2018:
My hedgehogs name is Fernando
kristine on April 26, 2018:
they cute i love hedgehogs and unicorns hegucorns
Maddie on April 07, 2018:
i names mine Mochi
Little lolly on April 05, 2018:
I love hedgehogs awww
Emma on April 01, 2018:
I named my male hedgehog hershey
Addie0406 on March 19, 2018:
I named mine piper so cute
kella on March 15, 2018:
so cute i named my hedeghog thorn
Trinity on March 10, 2018:
Hedgehogs are so cute
Zoey on March 02, 2018:
We have a hedgehogs and your babies so if they hurt you watch should you do