Small animals are often full of energy, come in all different colors and like to explore. Each small animal has its own personality, especially small animals of different species. The inspiration for small animal pet names includes how the small animal looks, how it acts, its personality and its owner’s preferences. The staff at SmallAnimalChannel surveyed the top small animal names used by people with Club Critter profiles to create the following list.
Some of the names were head-scratchers. There’s a gerbil that goes by the name Budgie. Does he suffer from species identity crisis? There’s also a mouse named Paul McCartney — anybody a Beatles fan? Then we have a sugar glider named Raichu and a rat named Pikachu — got to catch all those Pokémon. There’s also a chinchilla named Kira and a mouse named Near. Could their owners be fans of the anime Death Note?
Unique names dominated, but the survey tracked popularity. What was the most common small animal name? There are more rabbits named Thumper than any other small animal named anything else. Across all species however, there are more small animals named Bandit and Gizmo (tied) than any other names on SmallAnimalChannel.
Some lists may have fewer names because unique names were more common for that species. Some lists may have more names because the popular names were equally popular.
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The Most Popular Small Animal Names Across All Species
Nibbles (or Nibbler)
Peanut (Various spellings)
The Most Popular Chinchilla Names
Chilli (Various spellings)
Chinny (Various spellings)
Che-Che (Various spellings)
The Most Popular Ferret Names
The Most Popular Gerbil Names
Scooby Doo (Various spellings)
The Most Popular Guinea Pig Names
The Most Popular Hamster Names
The Most Popular Hedgehog Names
Heggie (Various spellings)
The Most Popular Mouse Names
The Most Popular Rabbit Names
The Most Popular Rat Names
Nibbles (or Nibbler)
Blaze (Various spellings)
Lilly (Various spellings)
The Most Popular Sugar Glider Names
Chip (or Chippy)
Submit Your Small Animal Names
Have a great name for a small animal? Tell us! E-mail your small animal names to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Critter Name.” Be sure to include:
- Your name and state (or region)
- Your Club Critter e-mail address
- Your small animal name suggestion
- Small animal species
Each month, the editors will pick their favorite suggestions and add them to the growing list of generated small animal names on this page. If your name is picked, 250 points will be awarded to your Club Critter account. Know friends who don’t know what to name their small animal? Now you know where to send them!