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Cute and Funny Hedgehog Names

Updated on July 07, 2015

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 pin cushion!

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’s 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.

Boy Names


Girl Names


Cute Names


Funny Names

Pin Cushion

About Hedgehogs

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 15 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!

Prickly ball of fun!
Prickly ball of fun! | Source

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 are about 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!

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      Kris Weber 2 years ago from Saint Cloud, Minnesota

      I had a heck of a time naming my hedgehogs! I found that if you own them for at least a couple of months that it makes the name process a whole lot easier because you can view their tendencies and call them something related to how they act. This is a real good site if you are looking for breeders and such. I like these hubs made on hedgehogs.. I think maybe I might make my own.. or maybe I'm too lazy haha.

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      Nicole 2 years ago

      I have two hedgehogs, Loki and Gimli. Loki is named that way because he crawled out of the box I had him in and into my lap. I was driving about 70mph down I-57 in IL. Gimli was renamed from Ghibli because the rescue people accidentally told me his name was Gimli, not Ghibli. The name stuck. Both boys are about 2.5 years old.

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      Sid 2 years ago

      I have had 4 hedgehogs that I personally owned and about 14-20 that I rescued and rehomed. My four were Berko (boy) Puddin' (Girl) Freya (albino girl) and Dragomir (albino boy). One thing about this article and a misconception about hedgehogs in general - not all of them can swim- most of them in fact can't and don't enjoy it! when bathing a hedgehog please put no more than half a finger of lukewarm water in the tub, you don't want to plop a hedgie in a full bath and have them sink and drown!

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      Frank 19 months ago


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      heggielover220 17 months ago

      im geting one and im going to name her quentin said quee-tin girl

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      Georgianna Lowery 15 months ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      Great name ideas! I recently got a breeding pair and named them Boris and Natasha from the old Bullwinkle cartoons!

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      morgana 13 months ago

      is anyone selling a hedgehog?

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      Sophie 11 months ago

      Yes I've got one for £10 pounds it's a female

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      talsi mcorminc 10 months ago

      i want one soooo bad!!!

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      person 8 months ago

      i looked up Porcupine names for my Webkinz, then it went to this, HEDGEHOG names, i got to say they are cute

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      nick 8 months ago

      I had a pair I named Boris and Natasha.

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      Hedgehog lover 6 months ago

      Mine is Stella she's a girl and hedgei he's a boy

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      CaptainKawaii33 6 months ago

      Mines is ClutterFunk But i call him Clutter

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      Laine 3 months ago

      My female hedgehog, Burlap, turns 2 this Sunday!

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      Christine 3 months ago

      Love those little hedgehogs, does anyone now where I can get one.. I live near chester...

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      cyra 3 months ago

      I got one for Christmas and I called her Thistle.

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      1LUVhedgies 8 weeks ago

      my sister paints my hedgehog phoebe's nails her favorite color. Can you guess what it is?? Purple!!!

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      7 weeks ago

      I have a boy hedgehog named Yuri! I love him

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      Brooke 4 weeks ago

      once i had a fish name Snackelberry Junction. He is no longer with us... But i know in my heart that he is up there in lil' fishy heaven. But he was a good ol' lad, and if i got a hedgehog i will name it Snackelberry Junction in memory of my deceased fish.

      Snackelberry Junction 2/14/09

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