150+ Cute Guinea Pig Names: Colour Names, Pair Names and More
Get an Original, Cute Name for Your Guinea Pig!
It’s tricky picking names for guinea pigs. There’s 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 I know.
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 . . .
Name Your Guinea Pig After a Celebrity or Famous Person
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 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 Celebrity Guinea Pig Names
- 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.
It’s easy to get inspired and find a celebrity or famous person to name your guinea pig after.
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 for Guinea Pigs
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!
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.
Fuzzy Wuzzy (yes, it's a red/orange/brown colour)
City, Country and Miscellaneous Names
If you’re stuck, another trend which is popular for guinea pig naming is to use cities, countries, days or months. Often, people use this technique to get a name which 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
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:
Pair Names #1
Pair Names #2
Pair Names #3
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
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!
How many guinea pigs do you own?
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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