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Best Hamster Names

Updated on February 05, 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.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

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

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      Brainy Bunny 4 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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      Jessica Marello 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Thanks again, Dreamhowl. Anytime!

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Very good - love the group names especially!

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      Brainy Bunny 4 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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      GlstngRosePetals 4 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 4 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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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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

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      Breanne Ginsburg 2 years ago

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

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      hi people 23 months ago

      I like the name theodore

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      Hamster Lover 20 months ago

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

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      Brainy Bunny 20 months 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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      Katie 18 months 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 18 months 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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      Schleich and Hamster Lover 17 months 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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      Cupcakes and rainbows 16 months ago

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

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      abby 14 months ago

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

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      Brainy Bunny 14 months 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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      HamsterLove 13 months ago

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

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      Brainy Bunny 13 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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

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      ILoveEveryPetInTheWorld 12 months 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 12 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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

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      Emma 12 months ago

      My 2 male hamsters are called custard and Ted x

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      Josi 11 months ago

      My hamster names Rollie pollie

      And fufu

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      Brainy Bunny 11 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Cute names, Josi. Good luck with the hamsters!

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      Socky 11 months 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 11 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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

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      Alexis butler 10 months 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 10 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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

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      AngelTheHamsterLover 8 months 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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      Freianeesham 5 months 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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      awesomeredpandagaming 4 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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      MoCUpcake 3 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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      Hey its jazzy! 2 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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      Brainy Bunny 2 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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      hamster lover 2 months ago

      gus is my favorite name

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      Rodent Ruler 2 months ago

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

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      Brainy Bunny 2 months ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

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

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      happy hamster 2 months ago

      i like the name dusky for my new hamster

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      Cassandra 4 weeks ago

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

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