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Get an Original, Cute Name for Your Guinea Pig!
It’s tricky picking names for guinea pigs. There are so many to choose from, but how do you narrow it down to find the perfect guinea pig name? The name has to capture your pet's looks or personality (or both) and be something both owner and pig won’t be bored with six months down the track. It should be something you’d be thrilled to introduce other people to because it’s so cute and so fitting!
I’ve owned several generations of guinea pigs myself, so I know that you won’t want typical baby or dog names because guinea pigs in particular require something extra adorable and special. I don’t know anyone who would call their guinea pig Leopard, Spot or Marshmallow, but Donald (after Donald Trump), Ponyo and Theodopolous have been quite suitable names for the guinea pigs that I know.
Good Name Ideas for Cavies
I’ve had a good look through many websites and forums to find some modern, cute guinea pig names and save you the hassle of trawling through thousands of not-so-hot ones. Have a look through my suggestions and see if any appeal to you.
- Guinea Pig Pair Names
- Names Based on Colour
- Celebrity and Famous Person Names
- Cute Character Names
- Names From a Phone Book
- City, Country and Miscellaneous Names
- Random Names
Guinea Pig Pair Names
It’s not entirely necessary to have matching pair guinea pig names like Salt and Pepper, which are cute but don’t really explore personalities thoroughly.
Sometimes names can just fit together well, even though they aren’t in matched pairs. For example, Minnie Pig and Walbert work well together and seem to add more personality when matched that way.
Some other examples of cute guinea pig names for pairs include:
- Gomez & Peri Peri
- Lars & Peaches
- Piggles & Spock
- Ulker & Dardenelle
But if you really must insist on using the cutest twin names, try these trusty ones:
Mrs. Winterbottom & Summerbum
Bonnie & Clyde
Blizzard & Snowball
Brandi & Barcardi
Bubble & Squeak
Cocoa & Mocha
Dakota & Montana
Olly & Polly
Giggles & Googles
Jesse & James
Lucy & Ricky
Mr Fluffles & Fluffybunny
Cutie Pie & Winkles
Salt & Pepper
Kath & Kim
Twitter & Yahoo
Thelma & Louise
Fluffy & Cuddles
Names Based on Colour
It’s a pretty basic naming strategy, but some of the simpler names you can give your guinea pig depending on its colour can be quite cute.
Growing up, I’ve named guinea pigs things like Ginger, Snowflake and Sooty before, so in recognising that things have moved on since then, I’ve come up with a list of colour names that reflect more modern tastes.
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Fuzzy Wuzzy (yes, it's a red/orange/brown colour)
Celebrity and Famous Person Names
The latest trend in guinea pig naming is to name your guinea pig after the celebrity that it resembles, usually because of its hairstyle, but occasionally for personality.
I’ve heard of all the following guinea pig names:
- Whoopi Goldberg (due to the thick curly hair)
- Bob Geldof (for the grey bits)
- Donald Trump (combover hairstyle)
- Peaches Honeyblossom (Bob’s late daughter)
In Australia, this trend began recently with Australian TV show Big Brother, where Tim named his guinea pigs after celebrities Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Steve Tyler, Richard Gere and Tim McGraw. They sure did resemble their celebrity counterparts and were remembered by all who met them!
Suggestions for Naming Your Cavy After a Celebrity
- Ideal guinea pig celebrity names for guinea pigs with red hair include Geri Halliwell, Sarah Ferguson and Lucille Ball.
- For guinea pigs with blonde hair, try Zsa Zsa, Jennifer Anniston, Ivanka, Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Bon Jovi, Paris Hilton, Owen Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker or Michelle Williams.
- Dark-haired guinea pigs could be Michael Jackson, Prince, Rihanna, Freddie Mercury, Katy Perry or Oprah.
- Guinea pigs that are artistic with their cage newspaper could be named after famous artists, like Michaelangelo, Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Renoir, Kandinsky, Andy Warhol or Van Gogh.
The idea is to try to get a very recognisable celebrity that your guinea pig looks like, so everyone knows who you are talking about. Having more than one name can be part of the charm of celebrity guinea pig naming.
Cute Character Names
Similar to naming a guinea pig after a celebrity, you could also name a cavy after a suitable book, cartoon, movie or superhero character. Character names are much more appropriate when matched to the personality of your guinea pig. I’m sure there are some great Miss Piggys, Gandalfs and Pippi Longstockings out there already! The possibilities are endless.
Names From a Phone Book
You can get some really authentic-sounding names from a phone book. That’s where I found Theodopolous, my guinea pig’s name (Theo for short).
After a quick look at the phone book, I’ve managed to come up with the following:
Names in the phone book are more original than those found on internet baby name lists, and I’m sure you can do better than me when hunting out the perfect name!
City, Country and Miscellaneous Names
If you’re stuck, another trend that is popular for guinea pig naming is to use cities, countries, days or months. Often, people use this technique to get a name that is more exotic. I once had a grey guinea pig called August, because it was the end of winter in Australia.
Sometimes, for no reason at all, some names just sound very cute for guinea pigs. Here is my list of random names:
- Cavy Jones
- Cutie Pie
- Fifi Trixibelle
- Laura Ashley
- Minnie Pig
- Olga da Polga
- St Andrew
- Sunny Jim
- Tom Piggy
Thank You for Reading!
I hope I’ve given you some useful ideas regarding choosing names for guinea pigs. If you can shave a few hours off searching pages of guinea pig names for a good name, then I’ve done my job right! I’d also love to hear from you if you have any other modern, interesting or amusingly cute guinea pig names!
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.
© 2013 Suzanne Day
Nic M on August 22, 2020:
I’ve got a Feisty tangerine tri coloured girl piggy her sister is called Fifi she very calm the complete opposite to her sister any names are helpful
Melo on July 31, 2020:
I getting a pig in November
lilith on July 28, 2020:
i have three guinea pigs ruffec, baymax, and i am changing the other ones name it does not fit him anymore so i need help
queen of mean on July 20, 2020:
my teacher had a guinea pig
Guinea pig lover on July 12, 2020:
I have a male guinea pig, his name is Hamleton
Bailey on June 12, 2020:
i have 4 female guinea pigs there names are cloud, cloudia, stella, bella
Clancy on April 21, 2020:
I don’t no what to pick
tweek on April 20, 2020:
someone should get 3 guinea pigs, one orange/red, one white, and one black, and name them (respectively) Emma, Norman, and Ray
Sonia on April 19, 2020:
I have one Guinea pig name peanut he is a long, blonde haired Guinea pig
juulia on April 15, 2020:
I have 5 piggies. My boys are Manny & Roderick (if you get it, you get it) & my girls are Maxine, Lilo & Jilly
Autumn on March 16, 2020:
Yo i have 4 guinea pigs i cant name one of dem
The gray one
Jasmina on March 11, 2020:
me and my sister are getting two girl guinea pigs. one of them are a smooth gold/brown color named Angel, while the other one is a white abyssinian, but we havent decided the name... we are thinking about naming her Piper, Holly or Rayne (Pronounced Rain)... plz help us decide!!
Actually Charlie Damelio on February 29, 2020:
I am getting a guinea pig in August
lily on December 10, 2019:
sam and bob
Jaylea - on November 16, 2019:
i need help because now i have got 2 girls guinea and 2 boys guinea and need help finding names for the boys but i can not really find what i am looking for on here
lil piggy on October 21, 2019:
ive only just got 2 guini pigs but i need some names thats why im here
Anastasia on October 19, 2019:
My guinea pigs name is cucumber
Isabelle on October 11, 2019:
I am getting 2 guinea pigs tonight and this has helped me come up with some cute names , thank you for your help !!
Ashley on September 05, 2019:
I have 1 guinea pig, but I’m getting another one soon
Gracie on August 12, 2019:
I have 2 female guinea pigs and 2 male 2. The 2 females are called cocoa and mocha and the 2 makes are called Norman and archie
Me on June 02, 2019:
I have 3 females all are 2yrs old Abby..Dalilah..CutiePie
LeeAnn on April 01, 2019:
I have two Guinea pig brothers I named after scientists because it seemed appropriate since people who are involved with scientific research are generally called " guinea pigs". Darwin and Dmitri.
Kevin on March 01, 2019:
My father recently passed away, its lonely in the house, So I decided to get 2 guinea pigs, Dad retired from Coke, So I named my piggy's Coca and Cola.
Olivia on November 22, 2018:
A couple weeks ago I got 2 geniue pigs and I named them sqeakers and s,mores
wolf flame on October 24, 2018:
brittle like peanut brittle or bubbles are my favs and my guinea pigs.
Spy girl on July 30, 2018:
Guinea whinnie will me mine for sure
Broklyn on July 19, 2018:
This helped me so much
bookpaw on March 30, 2018:
i am going to name my guinea pig pumpkin
Loretta Vellutino on January 11, 2018:
I name my Guinea Pig, Cuzco
Lanes1026 on December 16, 2017:
I have two guinea pigs and their names are: Teacake and Nutmeg. I have only had them for a week so we are still working on bonding. I know this is not a blog for cages but I recommend C and C DIY cages that is what I have. Thanks:)
ZaraLovesGunieaPigsSoMuch on October 03, 2017:
Nikki on July 28, 2017:
My is named spot because it is all white and has a black spot around her eye
Guinea pigs on July 17, 2017:
I need a funny one
brooke on July 09, 2017:
My guniepigs name is cuddels because when she gets scared she cuddls with you:-)
madysen on June 13, 2017:
love the names
Guniea pig person on June 09, 2017:
I like the name pepsi for a boy...do u?
Kelly Hobbs on May 30, 2017:
I like to name mine after tv sitcom characters. We have Bentley and Louise from the Jeffersons! I'm thinking of using Edith from All in the Family and Esther from Sanford and Son, too. :)
Mckayla sanders on May 16, 2017:
Gunie pigs can be mean but mostly nice . If you are trying to name your gunie pigs all you have to do is ask your self, dose it have long hair or short hair, is it cute,is it nice?well answer those questions and pick a name for your gunie pig. There's over millions of names but I'm going to tell the best ones . Chose a name for your gunie pig out of these 15 names.
All of these names are different with makes your gunie pig stand out!if you have 3or 4 or more gunie pigs you may want like a theme for your gunie pigs names so they all mach.here are some theme names .
1. Pebble pep, Rainbow pebble,chocolate pebble,skittish Pebble , tiny pebble,and more. I like the Pebble theme names because Pebble just reminds me of gunie pigs or hamsters because they are so small.
2.taffy,carmel,smarty,gummy,patch , and more candy theme names remind me of a very kind sweet gunie pig.
3.gold,bronze,silver,dimend,crystal, Ruby ,and more. The shiny theme name reminds me of you gunie pig being kind and getting a bath every month.
Any name you choose for your gunie pig will be good I'm sure. Rember 1 thing do what's write for your gunie pig!!
Ella on May 03, 2017:
I have three guinea pigs. Two shelties who are twin brothers (Fluffy and Fuzzy) and one Texel (Texi) I think the names Fluffy and Fuzzy good names for twins, better than some of the names above (Some of the names above where just weird or didn't go that well together. I think naming a guinea pig after a celeb is a bit weird but I liked the pitchers of guinea pigs that look like other people) However, the shelties names don't really suit them as Texi is fluffier and fuzzier than the sheltie twins and if I had thought of some other names earlier I would have changed their names to Ginger and Patches as that is what their fur is like but it's a bit late now to change their first names so I made their middle names be Ginger and Patches.
Emilee on April 29, 2017:
I like the names Phoenix,willow,kiwi,and pepper
GalaxyRat on April 02, 2017:
Don't forget Mr. G ;)
DragonLUVRS on January 15, 2017:
I have two guinea pigs called Kinder and Caramel. Kinder is a good personality/ colour one because he's brown and white and full of surprises! XD
Candaceellisor@yahoo.com on January 08, 2017:
Love your blog!
Fijoka on January 01, 2017:
Thanks for the naming ideas! I have just fallen in love with these darling little creatures and have decided to call my three new fuzzy fur babies popcorn (the color of buttered popcorn), punkin (has a delightful Mohawk) and puddin pie (a fluffy as all heck tri color)! Thanks again!
Nicole E. on November 15, 2016:
I have three named Umaru, Timothy, and Teddie.
Some other names I was thinking of was Akamaru, Morgana, or Schnee
Pippiphurray on October 22, 2016:
I agree Guineahope you should never name a guinea pig after Trump.I like the names Nutter Butter and Oreo.
Guineahope on October 18, 2016:
YOU MUST ADD PIPPIE AND JOE BOB TO THE LIST!!!!!!!!!
It would mean a lot to me if you added those names to the lists, pippie is the name of the first " small&furry " animal that made me want Guinea pigs in the first place.
Guineahope on October 17, 2016:
Pippy is the name of my best friends former hamster. : (
Please consider the name
Guineahope on October 09, 2016:
Don't name a Guinea pig after trump. You might hurt the Guinea pigs feelings. No offense trump lovers
May I suggest cookie and caramel as names
Sasuke Uchiha on August 22, 2016:
I don't care what he does, I'm gonna call him Stefano after pewdiepies Stefano.
Kayleigh on July 03, 2016:
I recently rescued 3 piggies from our Local shelter and I named then Big Mac, Chicken Nugget, and French Fry. I call them biggie mac, nugget, and fry daddy, lol.
jasmine on June 18, 2016:
I'm getting a brown/white guinea pig tomorrow and i'm going to name her ginger (mainly for the color)
Victoria on May 23, 2016:
Love your blog. I have 4 boys. Ben & Jerry, Dooney & Bourke. I may add 2 girls to the mix. Not sure on the names yet but i love pairing the names.
Amanda on May 21, 2016:
I reached a sweet little feels that someone found in a park in the middle of January. Luckily, we'd had a warm spell, so he lived, though he was dirty and had killer nails and frostbite on his tiny feetsies. I wasn't planning to name him right away so I nicknamed him Mr. Snuffles until I could name him. It stuck. He's a darling boy. He had a baby brother named Mr. Fluff, but he recently passed after complications following surgery. I got a new baby maybe two weeks ago and he won't sit still for anything, so his name became Mr. Wiggles. Poor Mr. Snuffles... His name isn't a real, common, obvious word like Fluff or Wiggles... But he's a furry potato of love and snuggles and kisses. I'm so glad someone found him to rescue him - whoever he belonged to before didn't respond to flyers, Facebook posts, or a posting at the animal shelter... So they don't deserve his love. I'm a love-whore where my piggies are concerned. Love some of the couples/pairs names, Suzanne. :)
Erica on May 20, 2016:
I have Buttons, Bobbin, Bobby and Bébé.
Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 19, 2016:
What a cool name - Han Solo!
leslie on May 17, 2016:
my guys name is wee man cause he's my little man. i plan to get him a buddy later i wanted to get bonded with him first because of his temperment lol but i spend time with him so he's not at all lonely over the last 4 months we have gotten very close he never runs or hide's anymore matter of fact he runs to me an jumps in my hand because he know's it's playtime an he loves running around on my bed funny thing is he wont get more than foot away an he runs right back to me.
Sparkle4life on May 03, 2016:
I have 5 Guinea pigs peach,cobbler,chicken,nugget, and Han Solo
asma on April 01, 2016:
I've got two guinea pigs named Katie and Daisy!!
Georgie on March 25, 2016:
I have piggies named Barney cause he looks like a barn sabastion grey pig whose grey and AL which is short for Albeno
anna on February 21, 2016:
i think people should name their guinea pig angel
Sanchief on January 01, 2016:
Great suggestions, although I adopted two and named them for their coloring-Snickers and Oreo
peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 25, 2015:
the names related to celebs do really matched the guinea pigs well
Aliesha on September 18, 2015:
I have 7 pigs now 3 newborn and 5 other ones that passed away i desparately need names for them although i have only named 1
Caitlin on September 09, 2015:
I have owned piggies for nearly a decade now so I've had quite a few to name! In order they were Dimitry, Teko, Dino, Denver, Scruffy, Colonel, Midnight, Gibby, Diego, and Sid. I currently still have Colonel who is 4 y.o and Sid who is 4 m.o. One of my former work colleagues has two piggies herself named Oreo and Cappuccino. Her mum often teases her on their names and calls them Coffee and Biscuit instead.
Ches&Kmama on August 30, 2015:
We have 2 piggies named squeak & sparkle . My 7 year old & my 3 year old named them!
kitty on July 16, 2015:
I have two girls Flower and Chipper. [ I have no idea where Chipper came from I din't name them myself.]
lindsey on May 05, 2015:
I've got two girls, Sprout and Pippa. For fun, I end up calling them "tato sprout" because Sprout looks like a potato with a chunk of butter on top, and "pipsqueak" for Pippa.
Nicole on April 27, 2015:
My pigs named are Fettucini and Alfredo!
El on April 23, 2015:
my boys are Pablo and Pedro they love their sister cat Patricia
Cassie on March 06, 2015:
Love these! My boys are Dewey (like on Malcolm in the Middle) and Yoshi (like on the Mario games). I didn't see your list before naming them though, otherwise I may have used one of your cute suggestions