Best Hamster Names

Updated on February 5, 2016
My hamsters Honey and Bunny, circa 1986
My hamsters Honey and Bunny, circa 1986 | Source

Back when I was a kid, I had the two most adorable hamsters anyone could ever wish for: a dwarf Campbell's Russian hamster named Honey and his friend, an albino golden hamster I called Bunny. (What can I say, I liked to rhyme!) Although Honey and Bunny are long gone now, I will always have a warm Habitrail in my heart for them.

More recently, my children's friends have started to get hamsters. One came to me asking for suggestions for good hamster names, and so this list was born. I have organized it by type, but of course you're free to choose any name that fits your hamster's appearance and personality.


This golden hamster has the cutest quivering whiskers, so I would call him Quiver or Wriggly.
This golden hamster has the cutest quivering whiskers, so I would call him Quiver or Wriggly. | Source

Names for Syrian Hamsters

Syrian hamsters are often called golden hamsters for their beautiful golden coats. Long-haired Syrian hamsters also called teddy bear hamsters for their fluffy coats. Use these attributes to choose the perfect name for your hamster.

  • Pay tribute to the hamsters' Syrian heritage with a name that means golden in Arabic, such as Zohaib (male) or Nudar (female).
  • Call your long-haired hamster Teddy, Theodore, or Big Ted.
  • These hamsters have very large cheek pouches for storing food. Pouchy, Chubby Cheeks, and Fluffy Face all fit well.
  • Hamsters generally are quite active, running on their squeaky wheels and scampering through their mazes. Why not name your hamster after his activity level or behavior: Fidget, Quiver, Wriggly, Squirmy, or Twitch

Whitey, Silver, and Streak are all good names for a dwarf winter white Russian hamster.
Whitey, Silver, and Streak are all good names for a dwarf winter white Russian hamster. | Source

Names for Dwarf Winter White Russian Hamsters

Dwarf Winter White Russian hamsters become a striking bright white in winter, except for a silvery gray streak down their back. (In the summer, their fur is primarily gray.)

Their winter coloration resembles the opposite of a skunk, so Skunky or Pepé Le Pew would be a cute name. Stripe, for their pronounced dorsal stripe, is also appropriate.

Although their summer coloration is dark, it's the winter white coloration that is so striking. Cottonball, Sugar, Cloudy, or Pearl would all be good names for your winter white hamster.

This little guy looks like a Woody to me.
This little guy looks like a Woody to me. | Source

Names for Dwarf Campbell's Russian Hamsters

Dwarf Campbell's Russian hamsters come in many different colors, but grayish brown or cinnamon with a stripe along its back are the most common colors.

For a gray or black hamster, try Dusky, Shadow, or Asphalt.

A brownish cinnamon color could lead you to a name like Autumn or Woody. Or, with their brown coats and dorsal stripe, dwarf Campbell's Russian hamsters bear a passing resemblance to chipmunks. Name your hamsters after your favorite cartoon chipmunks, whether they're Chip and Dale or Alvin, Simon, and Theodore.

Peek-a-boo! What should this mischievous fellow's name be?
Peek-a-boo! What should this mischievous fellow's name be? | Source

Names for Chinese Hamsters

Chinese hamsters tend to be longer and thinner than their counterparts.

  • Names like Twiggy or Stringbean emphasize the length and thinness of this type of hamster.

Chinese hamsters can also look rather mouselike, with their brownish-gray coloration, so you can name your hamster after famous mice.

  • Mickey
  • Mighty Mouse
  • The Brain (from the cartoon Pinky and the Brain, although this would work best for an albino hamster)
  • Jerry (of Tom and Jerry fame)

Do you have a whole litter of hamsters to name?
Do you have a whole litter of hamsters to name? | Source

Names for a Large Group of Hamsters

If you have a bunch of littermates to name, wait until they are two or three weeks old, so that you can see what they'll look like before you name them. Some may look quite similar to each other, and in that case rhyming names are fun, or names that all start with the same letter.

  • Harry, Carrie, Larry, Barry, Shari, and Gary
  • Morris, Boris, Horace, Floris, and Dolores
  • Rina, Bina, Gina, Tina, Trina, and Serena (for all females)
  • Joey, Johnny, Jackie, Jamie, Jeffrey, and Jay (for all males)

If you have several hamsters of different types, you may want names that are associated with each other, but not too similar. Try naming them after natural groups, such as:

  • Colors: Brownie, Blackie, Whitey, Red, Caramel, and so on, according to the color of their fur and/or eyes.
  • Spices and seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice, etc., again according to their color.
  • Days of the week or months of the year, according to when you acquired them.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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        Ccv 

        11 days ago

        Gingersnap

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        Nina heart 

        2 weeks ago

        I am getting two female Russian dawarf Hampsters. Can't think of names any suggestions?

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        Giana.Bojo 

        6 weeks ago

        I just my pet hamster and his name is Chip but we haven't figured out a name for the female, she is dark grey with whitish ears and brown eyes, any suggestions?

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        Kia 

        2 months ago

        My husband and i recently got a dwarf hamster and have decided to name her toffee.

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        Peanut is a cute name 

        3 months ago

        I love the name peanut

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        HAMSTERS 

        4 months ago

        I named mine Yogurt cause he looks like it

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        hamsters101 

        5 months ago

        I like these name but I would like to know some names for my syrian

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        Nothing 

        8 months ago

        Their names are weird and I don’t like them

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        Lucky 

        8 months ago

        Cute name

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        Looloo&Sweetheart&nibbles 

        8 months ago

        This is help full but i like to make my own names because its boring and bland

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        macey 

        8 months ago

        i got a hamster 4 orfive weeks ago he is a males syrian hamster and he is very shy but i called him gizmo

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        charlotte 

        10 months ago

        very helpful! my hamster bubbles recently passed on the 13, and her sister (also my hamster) passed friday :( looking for another hamster so i now have a paper full of names girls and boys. can’t wait to see which one of the names it comes down to, but it’s depends on the personality so i’ll let him or her choose. they were 2 years and 2 months when they both passed :(

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        Tory Merriman 

        12 months ago

        I have a male syrian (brown and white) called Mochi :3 I use to have a Russian dwarf called Fortune cus she was expensive to buy xD For Christmas im getting 2 feamale Russian Dwarfs and im thinking about calling them Peppermint and Candycane or Skittles and Starburst

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        Humster Perpson 

        15 months ago

        Here's a suggestion! Name your Hamster Humphrey like Betty G. Berning's series!

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        Bobo 

        15 months ago

        Bobo

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        Daniel 

        17 months ago

        Okay

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        Brainy Bunny 

        18 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Lea, why not just name him Sneaky? That's a cute name for a little guy who likes to run away.

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        lea 

        18 months ago

        do you have any hamster names for a sneaky hamster cuz the first day I got my hamster he escaped. we found him in my bathroom

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        Cassandra 

        21 months ago

        I've named my hamsters; Hamlet, Helena, Hamilton, Hawthorn, Hank, Hollister, Henry VIII, Haley, Howie.

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        happy hamster 

        22 months ago

        i like the name dusky for my new hamster

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        Brainy Bunny 

        22 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Rodent Ruler, that's a really cute idea! Thanks!

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        Rodent Ruler 

        22 months ago

        It's good but you really should put Tofu for Winter White.

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        hamster lover 

        23 months ago

        gus is my favorite name

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        Brainy Bunny 

        23 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Hello, Jazzy! I'm so glad you're researching hamsters before you get one. I hope your hamster lives a long, happy life!

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        Hey its jazzy! 

        23 months ago

        Hello merry christmas im getting a hamster tomorrow (day after Christmas) and im only 10 so im pretty young but i always do research and this helped me think of possible names thanks!

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        MoCUpcake 

        23 months ago

        My hamster was named Peanut... he loved peanuts and had a stripe down his back which made him look like a penbut

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        awesomeredpandagaming 

        24 months ago

        i have 3 guinie pigs called oreo, ginger and lulu they are all boys. i got 2 hamsters yesterday they are 6 weeks called honey, puce with a grey stripe, and humbug, looks like a humbug. humbug is black head, white neck and black everywhere else.

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        Freianeesham 

        2 years ago

        My hamster is called peanut and I am getting another one and calling it Oreo, I also have two guinea pigs called Hazel and muffin

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        AngelTheHamsterLover 

        2 years ago

        Y grey dwarf hamsters name was Anglel. She, sadly, now is an Angel. She had white 'angel wings' on her back and as a baby she was my little angel. 8( I miss her

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        Brainy Bunny 

        2 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks for reading, Alexis. It's great to name a pet after a favorite character.

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        Alexis butler 

        2 years ago

        I loved reading your story and seeing all the names I had a hamster when I was young and ended up naming him Rex lol if I how I got it but now I have a 4 year old and we just got her one and she came up with her hamsters babe off a favorite show so his name is haymish I think it's pretty cute lol

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        Brainy Bunny 

        2 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Great! Come back and let me know what you decided on!

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        Socky 

        2 years ago

        I'm thinking about getting a Robo Dwarf Hamster and I was looking for some names I could choose for it. :3 These names are incredibly creative! I love them! Thank you for this list, I think it'll help a lot!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        2 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Cute names, Josi. Good luck with the hamsters!

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        Josi 

        2 years ago

        My hamster names Rollie pollie

        And fufu

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        Emma 

        2 years ago

        My 2 male hamsters are called custard and Ted x

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        Brainy Bunny 

        2 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        I'm glad you like my suggestions. Happy hamstering!

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        ILoveEveryPetInTheWorld 

        2 years ago

        At the time right now, i have 2 males and 6-7 females (not sure yet) We need a lot of names, i think i found the right forum and the perfect guy :3

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        Brainy Bunny 

        2 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Those sound like good names for cute, furry little critters. Enjoy them!

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        HamsterLove 

        2 years ago

        I am thinking about calling my two boy Guinea pigs Chewbabca and Peanut or maybe Chubby

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        Brainy Bunny 

        2 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Well, you've come to the right place, Abby. But I suggest you get the hamsters before you name them. If you go to the store determined to get a hamster to fit the name you've chosen, you might not end up with the best fit. Choose the sweetest, most adorable hamsters, and then choose names that fit.

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        abby 

        2 years ago

        I am going to get a 2 female hamsters in 4 weeks. I am looking for some name ideas.

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        Cupcakes and rainbows 

        3 years ago

        I like all the names but I think you should add tots

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        Schleich and Hamster Lover 

        3 years ago

        Great names! I have a long haired syrian, her head and down to her front legs are black, her mid section is pure white, and her back end is all grey! Her little tail is pink but soon I won't be able to see it under her long fur soon!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        3 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks, Katie. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your hamsters; I still miss Honey and Bunny sometimes myself!

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        Katie 

        3 years ago

        I think a good name for a hamster would be Polo and Crumble xx I've had two hamsters one called Amber and the other Flossie but they passed away :( lovely names for the Hammies tho they've given me some great ideas for my next hammie xxx

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        Brainy Bunny 

        3 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks, Hamster Lover. Dumpling is a very good name for a hamster. Thanks for the suggestion!

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        Hamster Lover 

        3 years ago

        I would think a good Chinese Hamster name is Dumpling. I like Quiver though!!

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        hi people 

        3 years ago

        I like the name theodore

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        Breanne Ginsburg 

        3 years ago

        You've mentioned some really cute names. I'd also like to add Acorn and Munchkin!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        I'm guessing you're not a hamster, though! ;-)

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thank you, GlstngRosePetals. I'm a huge fan of rhymong names for pets. (Not so much for humans—I once knew twins names Carrie and Shari, and they were not happy about their monikers.)

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        GlstngRosePetals 

        6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

        Very well written article on names. A first of its kind for me. Very cute and funny and i love the rhyming names. Voted up!!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks, Judi! There's nothing like pretending you have to name a football team's worth of animals to get the creative juices flowing!

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        Judi Brown 

        6 years ago from UK

        Very good - love the group names especially!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks again, Dreamhowl. Anytime!

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        Jessica Marello 

        6 years ago from United States

        Rats are so much more affectionate than you would think! And very easy to tame. I'm afraid I am just spamming your comments now, though. :D Once again, I loved the hub!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Hmmm, Dreamhowl, rats? Somehow they just don't seem as cuddly as hamsters to me!

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        Jessica Marello 

        6 years ago from United States

        Yeah - haven't had hamsters in years, I have rats now. Sometime in the future though I might want another hammie again. Some of the ones that come into the store are pretty adorable. And yes, those wheels can be squeaky. My rat wheel squeaks and wobbles so much I have to remove it at night time. Thankfully, rats don't need the entertainment of a wheel as much as hamsters.

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Oh, Dreamhowl -- Chewbacca is a fantastic name for a hamster! I'm sorry I didn't think of it. I hope you got lots of pleasure from your hamsters. Aside from the constant squeaking of the wheel, I find it very soothing to watch hamsters just being themselves.

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        Jessica Marello 

        6 years ago from United States

        I like your names! We weren't as creative with our hamster names when we were younger - we had a brown hamster we called Chewbacca, and another we called Minxie. Nice hub!

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        Brainy Bunny 

        6 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

        Thanks, GoodLady. I had a lot of fun coming up with names and polling my friends and relatives for their best ideas as well. I like Twitch as well, even though I generally think of it as a bunny rabbit name.

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        Penelope Hart 

        6 years ago from Rome, Italy

        Your names are wonderful! Asphalt? Very imaginative. I like Twitch more though!!

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