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100+ Rat Names: Ideas for Smart & Friendly Rats

Nicole Cosgrove

Rats, believe it or not, are great pets! They are intelligent, happy, and loyal. Rats are trainable and can be receptive to commands and tricks if taught consistently. Although they may not seem like the typical pet, they also make fantastic companions. Owners can bring them out in public and even tote them around on their shoulders. 

So if you have just adopted a wee little rat of your own, we know that you’ll want to find a name as sweet and smart as they are. Below, we have our favorites for female and male rats, as well as the top choices for famous names, cute names, and hilarious names for rats!


Female Rat Names

  • Hugs 
  • Scarlet
  • Dove 
  • Bella
  • Hazel
  • Chutney
  • Mina
  • Autumn
  • Pip 
  • Fawn
  • Henna
  • Luna 
  • Chatters
  • Alani
  • Cruella
  • Soda
  • Marbles
  • Morticia
  • Olive
  • Madeira

Male Rat Names 

  • Piper 
  • Reggie
  • Flint
  • Churro
  • Wasabi
  • Sushi
  • Cheddar
  • Benny
  • Einstein
  • Pascale
  • Bonbon
  • Aslan
  • Pistachio
  • Echo
  • Fox
  • Lynx
  • Meatball
  • Chess
  • Dizzy
  • Sirius 
  • Eccles
  • Odin
  • Kojak
  • Camo
  • Socks
  • Jot
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Famous Rat Names

You may want to choose a name recognizable from movies, television, or literature. Below we have listed the most notable fictional characters to date – one is sure to be a great match for your new rodent!

  • Scabbers (Harry Potter)
  • Captain Dirtbeard (Turbo Fast)
  • Remy (Ratatouille)
  • Rizzo (The Muppet Show)
  • Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Twitch (League of Legends)
  • Ratasha (Forest Friends)
  • Jake (Rescuers Down Under)
  • Templeton (Charlottes Web)
  • Scrabble (Little Women)
  • Django (Ratatouille)
  • Peter Pettigrew (Harry Potter)
  • Sardines (The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents)
  • Rubella (Tiny Toon Adventures)
  • Professor Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective)
  • Frankie Waterson (The Amazing World of Gumball)
  • Rita Malone (Flushed Away)
  • Fletcher (Chicken Run)
  • Rattus P. Rattus

Cute Rat Names 

Typically, we wouldn’t associate rats and the word “cute” in any way, but once you get to know a rat and see their inquisitive and bright personalities, you’ll see that they are nothing short of absolutely adorable. Those little faces too? Just precious! Here are our favorite names to honor their cuteness:

  • Plato
  • Asterix
  • Bilbo
  • Nacho
  • Elmer
  • Finn
  • Dorito 
  • Poe
  • Chewy
  • Enzo
  • Juno
  • Tux
  • Kermit
  • Doc
  • Opal
  • Atari
  • Wiggles
  • Mozart
  • Iris 
  • Groot
  • Tate
  • Loki
  • Basil
  • Cheeto
  • Boo
  • Chip
  • Gin
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Funny/Punny Rat Names 

There are great opportunities for punny rat names, and you better believe we have them all. If your new little buddy is quite the comedian or trickster, this is the list for you. If not, at least you’ll have a giggle while reading – enjoy! 

  • Rugrat 
  • Kid Rat 
  • Julius Cheeser
  • McCheesy
  • Scatrat
  • Squealer
  • Rattletale 
  • Weasel
  • Ratso
  • Ratticus Finch
  • Ratman
  • Tekashi 69
  • Rat Lauer
  • Catnip
  • Cheesewiz
  • Ratsafarian
  • Slick
  • Ratunzel
  • Rat Von D
  • Aristorat
  • Rat Benetar
  • Ratatattat
  • Rat Damon 
  • Ratchew McConaughey
  • Basil Ratbone 
  • Ratrick Swayze
  • Ratness Everdeen
  • Sneaky 
  • Pi-Rat / Pirate
  • Ratchew Perry             


Finding the Right Name for Your Rat

Rats, despite the bad rep, are more then we could ever dream of when it comes to an excellent pet. So we understand that you’ll want a name as cute, extravagant, funny, or unique as your new rodent friend is. We hope that you were able to find a suitable name or, at the very least, some inspiration within our list of 100+ Rat Names. 

If not, take a peek at one of our other pet name posts. Although they are not rat specific, they may just have what you are searching for!

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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.