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125+ Cute and Clever Names for Your Pet Rat

Claudia has been creating content one post at a time for more than seven years and writes about a variety of subjects.

Let's face it, rats don't have a great reputation. Throughout time, they've been hunted, they've carried deadly diseases, and, in fiction, they almost always play the bad guys.

What many people don't know about them is that they make terrific pets. They're quite smart, affectionate, clean, and quiet. They don't take up much room, and, amazingly, they are fairly easy to train.

Ask anyone who's ever had a pet rat, and they'll probably tell you that they were one of the best pets they ever had.

If you are thinking about getting one or just got one and need to find a good name, here are some ideas for you.

Famous Rats

While not nearly as popular as mice are in books and movies, rats often make an appearance. Unfortunately, when they do, they almost always play the bad guy.

Luckily, in recent years, with movies like Flushed Away and Ratatouille, they are starting to get a good name.

If you want to name your new buddy after a famous rat, here are the most well-known ones you can find.







Chuck E. Cheese

Rita Malone

Flushed Away




The Muppets



Roddy St. James

Flushed Away


Chicken Run

Samuel Whiskers

The Tale of Samuel Whiskers


The Secrets of NIMH


Harry Potter


The Secrets of NIMH


Flushed Away


A Rat's Tale


Flushed Away


Chicken Run


The Secrets of NIMH


The Secrets of NIMH


The Secrets of NIMH

Nigel Ratburn



Walter: The Story of a Rat

Professor Ratigan

The Great Mouse Detective

Warren T. Rat

An American Tail


The Wind in the Willows


Flushed Away




The Muppets

Funny Rat Names

With the reputation that rats tend to have, there are plenty of funny names to give them. Let's face it, everybody loves to laugh, and what better way to get a smile than by a silly name?

Here are some ideas to start with, but I bet you can come up with some good ones on your own, too.





Rat Damon


Basil Ratbone

Rat Lauer









Ratniss Everdeen





Julius Cheesar



Kid Rat

Ratticus Finch





Cute Rat Names

Lots of rats deserve cute names. Just look at those big eyes and soft fur. These kinds of characteristics are just begging for a cute name.





















Sweet Pea







Rat Names Based on Their Characteristics

Does your rat have long whiskers or a shiny tail? Does he have really long nails? Is her favorite thing to eat a carrot?

Every pet has specific characteristics, so why not choose a name that draws on that?














Twinkle Toes





Names for Pairs of Rats

Two is always better than one, right? Well, in the case of rats, it is right. Rats are social animals and get lonely without a companion.

Of course, that means you have to come up with two names, which isn't always easy.

Check out these ideas if you have two new furry friends.

Beans and Toast

Fuzzy and Wuzzy

Scritch and Scratch

Benedict and Arnold

Itchy and Scratchy

Snap and Crackle

Bonnie and Clyde

Mac and Cheese

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Calvin and Hobbes

Mickie and Minnie

Sugar and Spice

Crackers and Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Tom and Jerry

Fire and Ice

Scooby and Shaggy

Wine and Cheese

Rats Make Incredible Pets

It's a shame that rats get such a bad rap. They make incredible pets, and you'd be surprised by what they can be trained to do.

Hopefully you have a new rat or are thinking about getting one, because you'll have lots of fun with it.

And I really hope that you found a name, but if you didn't, I'm sure you'll find the perfect one soon.

© 2018 Claudia Porter


I LOVE RATS on August 20, 2020:

I'm moving soon and can't wait to get my rats! At first, it never crossed my mind that rats could be pets and now I'm IN LOVE!

Neat on July 24, 2020:

I’ve had many rats over the years. Here are some of them. Female names - OhNo (she was always into mischief). Pixie & Nyxxie, Pretzel, Caster and Angel, Elodie, Shahla & Mira. Macey Gray, Piper Moon, Ebony Star, Harlow, Eva & Tolkien.

Males - Roman, Saxon & Todd. Kutang, Evan-Bear & Wall-e. Bandit & Rogue.

(rat noises) on July 17, 2020:

I think I'll name my pet rat Emile from ratatouille or Mabey Amos from Ben and Me. But these are good, and I might name it Tempelton or Remy or Scabbers.

Rats are awesome on June 27, 2020:

Reply to rats are cool

Maybe sandy and misty

lee on May 22, 2020:

i love your rats names

Rats are cool on March 21, 2020:

Does anybody have a name for two females (pairs) I am mainly looking for famous female pairs (old names) but have had no luck also I have taken a liking too the name misty for my white and grey one so if anybody has a name going with misty for a white and cream one pls tell me (reply)

Ciana the Pokémon girl on February 14, 2020:

Rats are super Duper Cooper cute I ❤️ rats

Liliana on February 14, 2020:

My rats are so cute and their names are Rafael and Gabriel (named after San Rafael and San Gabriel)

Pip on February 01, 2020:

Ive just adopted another pair of rats to keep my other one (salt) company as his companion (pepper) sadly passed away. Any ideas of names that tie in with salt?? Thought of vinny (vinagar) but get stuck on a third. Cant wait to see what comes up

Andrea Zanco on January 12, 2020:

I think I'm getting a rat and I thought Micky and Minnie was so cute!! Do you think that the names Misty or Bella or Zinc are good names for a rat?

Joseph Wrigley on January 08, 2020:

Yin and Yang are names for mine one is

Almost fully black and the other is Russian Blue and they both have a black dot and a white dot on the tips of their tails

Rat Queen on November 03, 2019:

My rats are named Honey Crisp and Pink Lady. (Honey and Pinky for short)

yuh on September 21, 2019:

I think I'm using Tom and Jerry for my blue hooded rat and my agouti one.

Puppy on September 18, 2019:

I love these name soo much I just don't have my rat yet.

kaitlyn on August 12, 2019:

i dont like ny of these names

unknown on July 09, 2019:

thankyou i will name my rat one of these names

Gemma on July 05, 2019:

My first 2 rats were called Sir David Rattenborough after the legendary sir David attenborough and my other was Ratnar Lothbrok after Ragnar Lothbrok from vikings

shot bang on June 18, 2019:

two names for 2 rats

Jessica on June 16, 2019:

What about Nuzzle and Scratch

Rat Dissector on May 28, 2019:

I named my rat Julius cheesar because he was loved by all, but he was brutally stabbed dozens of times during our class dissection. I felt bad considering he was the family pet, but I guess the circle of life came full swing. At least he died for a good cause

Claudia Porter (author) on January 28, 2019:

That's a great name and a great reminder. I still remember different ways my daughter pronounced things when she was younger, including our dog's name.

Erin on January 26, 2019:

My rattie's name is Chocamuck after hearing my two-year-old daughter mispronouncing "chocolate milk" which I thought was adorable.

Rat lover on January 12, 2019:

Do u like my names death murder

Claudia Porter (author) on January 04, 2019:

I like that name for a rat. Good choice.

Claudia Porter (author) on January 04, 2019:

Thanks for commenting. Those are great names for your rats.

Gev on January 03, 2019:

Add the name Pippin to list of cut names!

scarlet on January 01, 2019:

i have two sister rats is just i came here and saw salt and pepper so i desided to name my rat pepper but my sis wouldent name hirs salt, she named it fetta insted :)

Claudia Porter (author) on December 26, 2018:

Those are good choices for a rat name.

Claudia Porter (author) on December 26, 2018:

How exciting that you are getting some new rats. I like the names you have chosen.

Pip2008 on December 24, 2018:

Its between monty and boo

Kendra on December 24, 2018:

I'm hoping to get rats very soon! I like names that go together. I'm thinking instead of scooby and shaggy, I'll do scooby and scrappy for my future boys. I also like the names sid and spike from flushed away. It would probs make people laugh. I can't wait til I get my boys. :))

Claudia Porter (author) on December 13, 2018:

Those are great names Jessica!

jessica on December 10, 2018:

I named my rats pip and nimmy

Claudia Porter (author) on December 03, 2018:

Those are great names!

Max on December 02, 2018:

i have 2 Marble and Ghost

Claudia Porter (author) on November 28, 2018:

Love the name!

James on November 27, 2018:

rats are social I have one name Phillip

Claudia Porter (author) on October 03, 2018:

Glad the article inspired some names. I always like coming up with different names.

Destinyz on October 02, 2018:

Some of those ideas got me two perfect names.... (Very odd ones though) it is Mihaw and Mahaw. I know its weird but I dont mind. :'3

Claudia Porter (author) on September 04, 2018:

Your comment made me laugh Peggy. I totally get where you are coming from, but people love their rats. Thanks for stopping by.

Claudia Porter (author) on September 04, 2018:

Thanks for this one. I'll have to go back and add it. I'm guessing there are rats in cartoons in many countries around the world.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2018:

There were many cute names here not that I will ever be tempted to get a pet rat. We would rather have cats and dogs.

Liz Westwood from UK on September 02, 2018:

We used to have a popular kids' TV character in the UK called Roland Rat.