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Best Hamster Names

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.

My hamsters Honey and Bunny, circa 1986

My hamsters Honey and Bunny, circa 1986

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.

Names for Syrian Hamsters

Syrian hamsters are often called golden hamsters for their beautiful golden coats. Long-haired Syrian hamsters are 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.

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.

Names for Dwarf Campbell's Russian Hamsters

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

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?

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

Do you have a whole litter of hamsters to name?

Do you have a whole litter of hamsters to name?

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, in which case rhyming names or names that all start with the same letter are fun.

  • 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.

Comments

Hayden Hanson on July 31, 2020:

Me and my brother are soon getting a hamster and I just think Barry is a cute name for any hamster

1 week on June 29, 2020:

i have a black and white syrian hamster and her name is amira . meaning princess in syria.

on June 13, 2020:

A really cute name for a hamster is sandy or name it after a place or food

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on May 19, 2020:

That sounds like a very good name. That's just like the brown mouse in Cinderella!

annie on May 19, 2020:

is gus gus a good name for my fat brown hamster

Ari on March 29, 2020:

I have two dj hamsters and one of them is named brownie ahe is black and white brownie mixed color and the other fbi because she has red eyeas but next were thinking about getting a baby robo any ideas

Katie on February 18, 2020:

I am getting a hamster on Saturday and I'm not sure what to call it. I'm thinking about Jasper (which I would call JJ for short) or Buddy (which I would call Bud for short). Your website has really helped me so thankyou and have a good rest of your week

Pheobe on January 09, 2020:

My hamster only has one eye

Faith Plumb on December 24, 2019:

Hello everyone today I have gotten a female syrian hamster I love the names fern,truffle and mousse but not sure what name to give her xx

Oreo on December 17, 2019:

My hamster that’s cuter than yours

Will on November 15, 2019:

What is a good name for a girl and a boy albino hamsters.

HAMSTER LOVER on September 20, 2019:

WHAT IS A GOOD BABY HAMSTER NAMES FOR A FEMALE

Te on August 24, 2019:

Is fuzz ball a good hamster name

jacob on April 15, 2019:

any names for winter Wight hamsters.

Kenton Shepherd on April 03, 2019:

I need a hamster name mix with b and f

Hamster is amazing awesome and cuddly on March 24, 2019:

I have a hamster named thiudoor but every body says I spell it wrong but a name is a name. I had two other ones one was Sammy then he passed away. Then I got a different one named Sammy then it died both by a dog. Now I have thiudoor and he is healthy. These are great names. They make me want a different hamster. I think Sammy is a great name. But all those names are perfect thx

Koala_in_need on March 09, 2019:

I need a hamster name

Idk what one tho

;-;

:c

Hammy lover. on December 15, 2018:

I think penguin would be a good name for a dwarf winter white hamster.

Ccv on November 08, 2018:

Gingersnap

Nina heart on November 01, 2018:

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

Giana.Bojo on October 06, 2018:

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?

Kia on August 26, 2018:

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

Peanut is a cute name on August 05, 2018:

I love the name peanut

HAMSTERS on July 22, 2018:

I named mine Yogurt cause he looks like it

hamsters101 on June 10, 2018:

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

Nothing on March 12, 2018:

Their names are weird and I don’t like them

Lucky on March 04, 2018:

Cute name

Looloo&Sweetheart&nibbles on March 02, 2018:

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

macey on February 26, 2018:

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

charlotte on December 31, 2017:

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 :(

Tory Merriman on November 21, 2017:

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

Humster Perpson on August 25, 2017:

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

Bobo on August 13, 2017:

Bobo

Daniel on May 31, 2017:

Okay

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on May 02, 2017:

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

lea on May 01, 2017:

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

Cassandra on February 22, 2017:

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

happy hamster on January 20, 2017:

i like the name dusky for my new hamster

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on January 07, 2017:

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

Rodent Ruler on January 07, 2017:

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

hamster lover on December 29, 2016:

gus is my favorite name

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on December 25, 2016:

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

Hey its jazzy! on December 25, 2016:

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!

MoCUpcake on November 30, 2016:

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

awesomeredpandagaming on November 20, 2016:

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.

Freianeesham on October 04, 2016:

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

AngelTheHamsterLover on July 13, 2016:

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

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on May 27, 2016:

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

Alexis butler on May 26, 2016:

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

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on April 14, 2016:

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

Socky on April 13, 2016:

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!

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on April 12, 2016:

Cute names, Josi. Good luck with the hamsters!

Josi on April 11, 2016:

My hamster names Rollie pollie

And fufu

Emma on March 26, 2016:

My 2 male hamsters are called custard and Ted x

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on March 21, 2016:

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

ILoveEveryPetInTheWorld on March 21, 2016:

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

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on February 22, 2016:

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

HamsterLove on February 20, 2016:

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

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on January 19, 2016:

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.

abby on January 18, 2016:

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

Cupcakes and rainbows on November 09, 2015:

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

Schleich and Hamster Lover on October 04, 2015:

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!

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on September 21, 2015:

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

Katie on September 19, 2015:

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

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on July 27, 2015:

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

Hamster Lover on July 26, 2015:

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

hi people on April 22, 2015:

I like the name theodore

Breanne Ginsburg on January 13, 2015:

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

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on November 24, 2012:

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

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on October 23, 2012:

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.)

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on October 22, 2012:

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!!

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on October 18, 2012:

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

Judi Brown from UK on October 18, 2012:

Very good - love the group names especially!

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on October 17, 2012:

Thanks again, Dreamhowl. Anytime!

Jessica Peri from United States on October 17, 2012:

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!

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on October 17, 2012:

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

Jessica Peri from United States on October 16, 2012:

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.

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on October 16, 2012:

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.

Jessica Peri from United States on October 16, 2012:

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!

Brainy Bunny (author) from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on October 16, 2012:

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.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on October 16, 2012:

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