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100+ Hamster Names: Ideas for Quirky & Cute Hamsters

Nicole Cosgrove

What do you name a hamster sitting on top of an alarm clock? OVERTIME!

Hamsters are one of the most popular pets for beginners and just like a cat or a dog, hamsters can give affection to their owners. Also known for being super intelligent, your hamster may even be able to come when their names are called. Meaning we know how important choosing the right fit may be! No need to stress, we have got you covered. 

Below we have compiled a list of the best hamster names including our favorites for females and males, and a few based on the most common colors.


Female Hamster Names

  • Mona
  • Bubbles
  • Darla
  • Catnip  
  • Clover
  • Ivy
  • Zoe
  • Viva
  • Lulu
  • Apple
  • Nibbles
  • Esma
  • Tootsie
  • Buttons
  • Dora
  • Mittens
  • Char
  • Cupcake
  • Pearl
  • Beans
  • Fluffy
  • Boots
  • Cuddles
  • Hazel
  • Bella
  • Blondie

Male Hamster Names

  • Doug
  • Disco
  • Pudge
  • Einstein
  • Soy
  • Stuart
  • Crisp
  • Flit
  • Peanut
  • Ralph
  • Tofu
  • Karma
  • Houdini
  • Olly
  • Chomp
  • Nib
  • Soda
  • Ernie
  • Elvis
  • Ham
  • Taco

Fur Color

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Inspired Hamster Names

Some owners may be inspired to choose their pets name based on their furry exterior. Although hamsters may come in a variety of beautiful coat colors, we have selected the most imaginative and popular name and grouped together for you to check out.

Brown Hamster Names

Likely the most common of the bunch, here are our favorite brown inspired names:

  • Chip
  • Chewie
  • Dusty
  • Biscuit
  • Mocha
  • Coffee
  • Cinnamon
  • Freckles
  • Hershey

Grey and White Hamster Names

Names that sound as dreamy as your hamster looks, here are a few grey and white inspired names:

  • Marble
  • Domino
  • Patches
  • Dice
  • Oreo
  • Sky
  • Zebra
  • Silver
  • Panda
  • Checkers
black hamster
Image Credit: Pixabay by Shutterbug75

Black Hamster Names

Nothing like a cool and slightly mysterious name. If you have a jet black hamster and want his name to reflect it, read on for our top black hamster names:

  • Dusk
  • Smokey
  • Coal
  • Ash
  • Darkness
  • Ebony
  • Ember
  • Storm
  • Cinder
  • Graphite
  • Mud
  • Carbon

Related Read: How to Choose the Right Cage Size for Hamsters

Orange Hamster Names

Sweet and delectable – just like your new pet, below are our suggestions for an orange hamster:

  • Peaches
  • Ginger
  • Corn Nellious
  • Chili
  • Copper
  • Nutmeg
  • Ember
  • Marigold
  • Spark
  • Cheese
  • Sunset
  • Butterscotch
  • Autumn
  • Marmalade
  • Cheddar
  • Blaze
  • Tang
  • Mimosa
  • Nacho
  • Carmello
  • Mandarin
  • Mango
  • Citrus
  • Fanta

Related Read: Hamster vs Guinea Pig: Which Pet Should You Get? (With Pictures)

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Image Credit: Shutterbug75 | Pixabay

Hamster Names Inspired by Movies

Since they are considered a beginner pet, children are typically the proud owners of hamsters. Name inspiration can come from the movies and cartoons they watch. We’ve made a quick mention of the most notable hamster characters below:

  • Rhino (Bolt)
  • Myron (Secret Life of Pets 2)
  • Cheeks (Wild Kratts)
  • Doctor Hamster (Peppa Pig)
  • Hamtaro (Hamtaro)
  • Fang (Horrid Henry)

Bonus: Scientific Name for a Hamster

Although there are 19 different species, the general scientific name for a hamster is Cricetinae. We now understand why they are more commonly (and easily) referred to as hamsters! However, if you’re looking for something a bit more unique, you could always name your new furball “Crice” or “Tinae.”

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Finding the Right Name for your Hamster

Name searching can be quite the task, but we hope that our list of the best hamster names has got your wheels spinning. Whether you’ve chosen something based on your little one’s personality, or their distinctive coloring – we are sure they will nibble it right up! 

And if you’re still feeling a bit overwhelmed because you haven’t found the right name, take a peek at some of our other pet name lists. Even though they’re not for hamsters, one of the names may be perfect for your furball.

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Feature Image Credit: Martin Javorek | Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.