100+ Unique Hamster Names (You Probably Haven’t Heard)

Unique Hamster Names

Half the fun of bringing a hamster home is picking out a name for your new pet. Sometimes the perfect hamster name will come effortlessly, and other times you may appreciate some help. If you’re looking for a unique hamster name that will do your new hamster justice, look no further.

How can you choose a unique name that fits your hamster? The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing a name for your pet, especially if you aren’t afraid to break the mold and come up with something new. You can choose a name based on the appearance or personality of your hamster, or you can choose your favorite word of the day and assign it to your pet. Our list of 100+ unique hamster names will help inspire the perfect name for your new friend.

Read on for some of our favorite unique hamster names, from cute and cuddly, to big and tough. If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, you are sure to find inspiration that will help get you there.

Cute Hamster Names

Hamsters may just be the cutest animals on the planet, and choosing a cutesy name might be perfect for your adorable pet. Here are nine of the cutest hamster names that you may not have heard of.

  • Button
  • Munchkin
  • Bubbles
  • Cotton
  • Fluff
  • Nibbles
  • Tinkerbell
  • Squeakers
  • Babydoll

Funny Hamster Names

If a sense of humor is what really speaks to you, you might decide to go the funny route. Fortunately, there is no shortage of humorous or pun-inspired pet names. Below are thirteen of our favorite unique hamster names that are sure to inspire a laugh. 

  • Hamilton – Hammy for short, of course
  • Oompa Loompa
  • Quicksilver
  • Beefcake
  • Roly Poly
  • Ham Sandwich
  • Dog
  • Napoleon
  • Hammer
  • Little League – or Major League, if you’ve got a super-sized Syrian hamster
  • Abrahamster
  • Hamsterdam
  • Copperfield – a fitting name for the hamster who is also an escape-artist

Food-Inspired Hamster Names

Using food as inspiration for pet names is no new concept – most of us have met a dog or cat named Oreo, for example. But you don’t have to go the popular route to find a great food-inspired name – really, you can name your hamster after any food you like. How about one of your favorite foods? Or better yet, how about a favorite food of your hamster’s? Below are eleven unique food-inspired names. 

  • Jelly Bean
  • Sprite
  • Biscuit
  • Cookie
  • Skittles
  • Kit Kat
  • Muffin
  • Taco
  • Cupcake
  • Peaches
  • Pretzel

Unique Names For Syrian Hamsters

There are two categories of pet hamsters – the larger Syrian hamsters, and the smaller dwarf hamsters. Syrian hamsters are typically (though there are always many exceptions to this rule) friendlier, more receptive to interaction, and often lazier than their smaller friends.

Syrian hamsters also go by the names Golden hamster and Teddy Bear hamster (the latter reserved for the longer-haired varieties). Here are some Syrian-inspired names for your larger hamster.

Names inspired by the term Teddy Bear hamster:

  • Oso – “Bear” in Spanish
  • Grizzle
  • Kodiak
  • Polar – a great choice for a white or light-colored Syrian hamster

Names inspired by the term Golden hamster:

  • Nugget
  • Precious
  • Gold Rush
  • Gold Bar

Unique Names For Dwarf Hamsters

There are multiple species of dwarf hamsters kept as pets, including the Roborovski and the Winter White. Dwarf hamsters, as a general rule, are more skittish than their larger friends and are much quicker and more active. While they may take a bit more time to trust you, they are a joy to watch as they run around and get into mischief. Here are fourteen of our favorite names for the smallest of hamsters.

  • Robo – after the popular Roborovski dwarf hamster
  • Baby
  • Bantam
  • Bean
  • Micro – Mike for short, naturally
  • Peanut
  • Runt
  • Pipsqueak
  • Pixie
  • Shortstack
  • Shrimp
  • Dot
  • Tiny
  • Nemo

Name Ideas For Speedy Hamsters

If you know hamsters, you know they are fast. Especially the smallest dwarf hamsters. Extra care must be taken when they are out of the cage socializing with you because, in the blink of an eye, they can disappear. Below are eleven great names for these especially speedy rodents. 

  • Flash
  • Bullet
  • Dash
  • Bolt
  • Nike – or any running shoe brand, like Adidas, Hoka, Altra, or Brooks
  • Speedo
  • Zippy
  • Missile
  • Ninja
  • Chaos
  • Turbo

Names For Big Hamsters In Tiny Bodies

Just because our hamster friends come in diminutive packages does not mean their personality is similarly sized. Many of our tiny pets have earned the right to have big names. Here are nine of our favorite “big” names for “small” pets. 

  • Brutus
  • Wolverine
  • Beast
  • The Rock
  • Tank
  • Zeus
  • Goliath
  • Yeti
  • Clifford

Names For Antisocial Hamsters

If your hamster prefers to go it alone, they are not in the minority. Hamsters are not naturally social creatures, preferring to live alone both in captivity and in the wild. They are one of few pets that are best kept alone rather than in pairs or groups.

Ideally, you will have earned your hamster’s trust so that the two of you can interact outside of the cage, but if you’ve got an especially stand-offish hamster, the below names for antisocial hamsters may be fitting.

  • Maverick
  • Solo
  • Hermit
  • Shredder
  • Ouch – this may be the sound you make when you have tried to reach into your hamster’s cage
  • Lone Ranger
  • Rogue

Names For Friendly Hamsters

Of course, not all hamsters exhibit antisocial behavior, and you may just have a special furry friend who requires a happy, friendly name. Below are seven of our favorite names for outgoing, sweet-natured hamsters.

  • Sunshine
  • Sweet Pea
  • Honey
  • Friend
  • Buddy
  • Grace
  • Charm

Unique Names For Shy Hamsters

Most hamsters are timid and shy, which is why it is important that we are patient and slowly introduce ourselves until our hamsters trust us enough to interact. Hamsters are, after all, very small prey animals – they are not Golden Retrievers. If you’ve got a hamster who is especially reserved and takes a good deal of coaxing to come out of her shell, the below names may be a good fit. 

  • Boo
  • Spook
  • Bashful
  • Violet – inspired by the timid (yet brave) daughter in The Incredibles, who wears her hair in front of her face to hide from the world
  • Fluttershy – inspired by the My Little Pony character who is shy and fearful, and also kind and sweet-natured
  • Mouse

Names For The Worldy Hamster

Sometimes a rather common name can take on a new life if looked at through the lenses of another culture – or in these cases, another language. Below are some hamster-inspired names in languages like Spanish, French, and German. 

The following name means “Hamster.”

  • Criceto (Italian)

The following names mean “Fluffy”

  • Fofa or Fofo (Portuguese)
  • Esponjosa or Esponjoso (Spanish)
  • Pulupulu (Hawaiian) – technically meaning cotton, or quilt padding

The following names mean “Tiny” or “Small”

  • Petit (French)
  • Pequena or Pequeno (Spanish)
  • Piccola or Piccolo (Italian)
  • Klein, for “small”, or Sehr Klein, for “tiny” (German)

Finding A Unique Name For Your Hamster

There is understandably a lot of pressure when it comes to finding the right name for your pet. This is what you will call your hamster for the rest of her days. While this is no easy feat, it is even more challenging to find the perfect unique name. After all, the endless lists of popular pet names online will, by definition, be rather common. So how to come up with a name that is both unique and fits your hamster well?

While you may care a great deal about what you call your new furry friend, rest assured that your hamster really couldn’t care less. If you train your hamster to come to you at the sound of her name, she will learn to associate that name with treats. So whether you decide to call her Pizza or Evergreen, she’s going to like hearing it. Choose something then that is meaningful to you.

This will look different for everyone – maybe for you, this means naming your hamster after the name of the street that you grew up on. Or, maybe you name your hamster after your favorite ice cream flavor (Mint Chip has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?). Whatever you call your hamster, if you decide on a name that is meaningful to you, it will be unique to you as well. 

A (Unique) Name For Every Hamster

There is nothing wrong with calling your hamster Sir Fluffy or Buttercup if that is what makes you happy (and why wouldn’t it – those are great names). But there is no reason to feel boxed in with more common hamster names – as you can see, there are endless options when it comes to finding a wonderfully unique name that is meaningful for you and fitting for your hamster.

So take some time to get to know your hamster and think about the kind of name you would like to choose, without the pressure of picking something truly spectacular – if you think of something that is meaningful to you, you have found the perfect name.

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