Your Pet Rat's Names

name ideas for pet rats

Those of us who have ever had the pleasure of owning a are well aware of how unique each one is. They have personalities, can remember their names, and are extremely clever rodents. Because rats are so cunning, you may want to hold off on naming yours until you have a better understanding of his or her personality.


Awesome Pet Rat Names

Honor a Fictional Rat

Consider this list of famous fictional rats as you brainstorm rat names. While rats have a bad connotation, you might be surprised to learn that many of these characters are heroes (or at the very least decent guys):

  • Remy the Rat: the "little chef" from Disney's movie Ratatouille
  • Templeton: from the book and movie Charlotte's Web
  • Rizzo the rat: of Muppet fame
  • Nicodemus: the wise rat from the book and movie Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • Nigel Ratburn: the teacher from the children's TV show Arthur
  • Professor Ratigan: the evil rat from the movie The Great Mouse Detective
  • Scabbers: Ron Weasley's rat from the Harry Potter series (who later turns out to be the alter ego of the no-good Peter Pettigrew)
  • Ben: the terrifying rat from the horror movie of the same name
  • Cluny the Scourge: a villain from the Redwall books by Brian Jacques
  • Ratty: the kindly water rat from the classic children's novel The Wind in the Willows
  • Ratbert: a clever character from the Dilbert comic series
  • Jenner: another rat from Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  • Django: another rat from Ratatouille
  • Splinter: the wise master who oversees the training of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Fun and Silly Names

There are plenty of great ways to name rats based on silly rat puns and names built around rat appearance and behaviors. Here are a few:

  • Squeakers
  • Squeak
  • Ratatat
  • Ratticus Finch
  • Scamper
  • Scritch
  • Wormtail
  • Chuck E. Cheese (probably a mouse, but why not?)
  • Ratso (actually the name of Dustin Hoffman's name in the movie Midnight Cowboy)
  • Rats Domino

Rats As Pets

Rats are intelligent sociable creatures who make excellent pets. Rats can be tamed and taught and live for around two years, making them a delightful pet for someone who enjoys handling and playing with their pet. Rats, while simple to care for, do require some regular attention. They flourish when they are given plenty of care and have at least an hour of activity outside of their cage. Rat owners sometimes equate their interested rodents to a pet dog's pleasure and curiosity.

Rats are very gregarious creatures who flourish in groups. Guys normally get along great with other males, so keeping pairs or groups of the same sex is best. Keep this in mind while naming your rat or rats; having a consistent theme for all of your rats, such as several names of characters from the same book or movie, might be interesting.