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What Should I Call My Hamster

Updated on December 16, 2011
By Love hamster (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Love hamster (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

What Are Good Hamster Names?

Sometimes, the hardest part of having a new pet is knowing what to name the little devil. It's rather common to name pets after their traits or expected behaviors and such names exist for Hamsters too.

The most generic hamster name is Hammy. It's just adding the sound "ee" after the first syllable of a pet. (similar to gerby for a gerbil, ferry/fairy for a ferret, ratty for a rat, chinny for a chinchilla).


One possibility is to wait a few weeks to find out your answer's likes and dislikes. For example, you can name your hamster after his or her favorite fruit treats.

However, if you can't wait long enough to name your new companion, there are already names that are often popular.

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Derived Behavior Names

  • Chewy
  • Speedy, Lightning
  • Nighty
  • Ronny (from: Runny)
  • Bailey (from: Bally)
  • Willy (from: Wheely)
  • Tony (from: Tunny - Tunnel + y)

Common Hamster Behavior

Hamsters are rodents. This means they like to chew on things with their sharp teeth. They're also quite fast and most hamsters are nocturnal. Hamsters like to run and can often play in hamster balls, wheels, and tunnels.

Common Hamster Traits

Hamsters are small mammals. Some are super small and are called dwarf hamsters, while the larger ones are called Teddy Bear hamsters. Hamsters can have long or short fur, but they all have fur. Hamsters can have white, black, golden, and brown fur. Some will have patterns and patches.

More Hamster Breed Derivatives

Robo Dwarf Hamsters

  • Robotnik
  • Robotics
  • Ski

Other Dwarf Hamsters

  • Mini Me
  • Vodka (russian dwarf hamster)
  • Chopsticks (chinese dwarf hamster)
  • Freezy (Siberian dwarf hamster)

Teddy Bear Hamster

  • Bearcub

Derived Trait Names

  • Tiny
  • any of the names from the seven dwarves
  • Ted, Teddy
  • Barry (from: Beary)
  • Furry, Furball
  • Whitey, Snowy
  • Goldilocks, Sunny
  • Brownie
  • Moo (if black/white cow patches)
  • Spot, Spotty

Other Great Name Ideas

Great pet names, in general, do not have to be derived from the pet's features. Many great names can be found by looking in other places:

  • Famous People (Einstein)
  • Relatives (Grampy Jr.)
  • Cute or everyday items (teacup, spork)
  • Famous concepts and science(42, gamma, Big Bang)
  • Fun adjectives and nouns (terror, smelly, frizzy)

Names for a Hamster, Any Ideas?

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      Ainsley 4 years ago

      For a winter white name should be silver

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      Shaddie 5 years ago from Washington state

      For some reason, when I was growing up all of our hamsters were named after Star Trek characters. We had Spock, Kirk, and Picard. Hamsters sure are silly little things :)

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Fun hub! I think we actually had a hamster named "Speedy" when I was a kid:)

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Cute hub, adorable picture, voted up! These are all great names but I liked Furball or Mini Me best. Our Teddy Bear hamster was named Gizmo after the furry little star of the movie Gremlins.