200+ Perfect Names for Male & Female Hamsters

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Hamsters can make great pets that live for 2 – 3.5 years depending on the breed of your hamster.

When it comes to adopting a hamster there is the challenge of coming up with a perfect name.

We’ve put together these lists to help you decide on a name for your hamster and to help give you inspiration.

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66 Female Hamster Names

  1. Aloe
  2. Ana
  3. Aqua
  4. Ashe
  5. Barbie
  6. Bell
  7. Blush
  8. Bow
  9. Bridget
  10. Candy
  11. Cleo
  12. Clover
  13. Cotton
  14. Daphine
  15. Dream
  16. Elsa
  17. Elvira
  18. Gem
  19. Ginger
  20. Gold
  21. Happy
  22. Harley
  23. Jane
  24. Jazz
  25. Jewel
  26. Kairi
  27. Kiwi
  28. Lacey
  29. Lady
  30. Lily
  31. Luna
  32. Magic
  33. Marilyn
  34. May
  35. Miso
  36. Mist
  37. Mystic
  38. Nala
  39. Panda
  40. Pearl
  41. Pepper
  42. Pinky
  43. Pluto
  44. Porita
  45. Quinn
  46. Rain
  47. Red
  48. Ribbon
  49. Ruby
  50. Sapphire
  51. Snow
  52. Star
  53. Sugar
  54. Taffy
  55. Trish
  56. Truffle
  57. Tulip
  58. Twinkle
  59. Velma
  60. Venus
  61. Wanda
  62. Whisper
  63. Willow
  64. Wish
  65. Wonder
  66. Xena

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66 Male Hamster Names

  1. Apollo
  2. Biscuit
  3. Boss
  4. Bronze
  5. Bruce
  6. Camo
  7. Chip
  8. Chumly
  9. Cloud
  10. Dante
  11. Dean
  12. Dexter
  13. Duke
  14. Dust
  15. Dutch
  16. Elvis
  17. Fred
  18. Frost
  19. Fudge
  20. George
  21. Gust
  22. Harry
  23. Jerry
  24. Joker
  25. Jonas
  26. Kanye
  27. Kevin
  28. King
  29. Kyle
  30. Kylo
  31. Ladybug
  32. Loki
  33. Lucky
  34. Luke
  35. Mars
  36. Mickey
  37. Mint
  38. Muffin
  39. Nate
  40. Nero
  41. Nickle
  42. Nigel
  43. Pika
  44. Poe
  45. Prince
  46. Puddle
  47. Punch
  48. Rice
  49. Rock
  50. Robo
  51. Ron
  52. Ryland
  53. Salt
  54. Sam
  55. Scamp
  56. Scout
  57. Shadow
  58. Sly
  59. Sunny
  60. Teddy
  61. Thor
  62. Twiggy
  63. Wayne
  64. Willy
  65. Zeke
  66. Zero

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36 Cute Hamster Names

  1. Almond
  2. Apple
  3. Baby
  4. Boots
  5. Burrow
  6. Buzz
  7. Carrot
  8. Cherry
  9. Chewy
  10. Chibi
  11. Coco
  12. Cookie
  13. Crash
  14. Crunch
  15. Daisy
  16. Dash
  17. Dotty
  18. Dutchess
  19. Fuzz
  20. Holly
  21. Kiss
  22. Lulu
  23. Match
  24. Mocha
  25. Ninja
  26. Nugget
  27. Olaf
  28. Paws
  29. Peanut
  30. Pecan
  31. Plum
  32. Potter
  33. Snoot
  34. Squash
  35. Trip
  36. Woody

Check: The List of Names for Grey Hamsters

38 Funny Hamster Names

  1. Beast
  2. Biggie
  3. Cash
  4. Casper
  5. Cheddar
  6. Crush
  7. Digger
  8. Diva
  9. Domino
  10. Doodle
  11. Eskimo
  12. Grumpy
  13. Igloo
  14. Jello
  15. Little
  16. Munch
  17. Nipper
  18. Pickle
  19. Ping
  20. Potato
  21. Priss
  22. Puff
  23. Orange
  24. Rex
  25. Scrap
  26. Shaggy
  27. Skunk
  28. Snoot
  29. Spooky
  30. Squeak
  31. Squire
  32. Sushi
  33. Taco
  34. Tiny
  35. Tippy
  36. Twinkie
  37. Zip
  38. Yoda

Tips on How to Choose a Name for Your Hamster

When choosing a name for any animal you should consider a few factors. Hamsters all have different personalities and appearances that can help you choose the perfect name.

It’s actually best to wait to decide on a name after you pick up your new pet. This way you can observe them find the perfect fit.

You can use lists like this one to help find your perfect name or jump-start your own ideas for the perfect hamster name.

This can also lead to you wanting to change your name if the predetermined one isn’t a good fit. By not changing your pet’s name early on their will be less confusion between you.

A good name is one that will stick and can be easily remembered by the household. Some of the most simple names can be perfect for your pet.

You should also avoid overly complicated or long names. Not only will you get tired of saying it your hamster may only memorize part of it.

You should also check to see if your hamster is a male or a female. Most female hamsters have two openings while males only have one.

Once you determine the sex of the hamster you can start to look into names for that gender. You wouldn’t want to mistake your female and name her Bruce.

Female names usually have a dainty ring to them or are associated with flowers or objects that have a gentle sound to their name like Ginger.

Male names usually are more clear-cut and don’t have so much of a ring to them. A lot of names associated with male animals will remind you of a superhero or fictional character.

If you want to go with something more unisex and your hamster has a lot of personalities then choose a funny name.

Funny names are catchy names that can usually fit in perfectly with a quirky animal. Funny names often have references to characters or are a spin on the animal’s characteristics.

Finally, you could just go with a cute unisex name. These names are often named after foods, pop culture, or even can pick hamster names from movies.

Can Hamsters Memorize Their Names?

Many pet owners wonder just how well a hamster can understand their names. Do hamsters understand that their name is referring or do they just associate the word with food?

grey hamster on a little bridge

The short answer is both yes and no. Hamsters can learn to refinish specific words including their name. They won’t, however, associate the name to themselves.

Instead, the hamster will learn that their name means they get a reward for coming to you. The name is basically a command for your pet.

Thanks to the way your hamster learns their name, they will expect a reward when they come to you.

You should take care to choose a name without many syllables. The simpler the name the higher chance of your hamster remembering it.

A hamster may also associate their name with a scent. This can happen when they are fed the same treat during training.

A hamster may also associate a pitch in your voice with the name. If you say their name with a high pitch while training, then they may only respond to that same pitch.

Depending on the hamster you may only be able to get their attention when using a specific tone. To avoid this train them to recognize their name at different pitches.

While these aren’t the same reactions we have to names it still has the same effect. Your hamster will understand that their name means you want their attention.

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How Long Will it Take for a Hamster to learn/Memorize Their Name?

The rate of memorization will depend completely on the individual hamster. Some hamsters will pick their name up within a week.

With hamsters, there doesn’t seem to be a breed that learns their names any faster. In fact, hamsters all seem to vary by individual.

A general rule of thumb with any new pet is to give them a 2 to 3 week adjustment period when you first bring them home.

By letting your new pet adjust they will have time to take in all the information about their new habitat.

This will also give them time to become more adjusted to being around you. This way you can have an open line of communication.

a cute hamster

If you try to teach your pet their name while settling in you may frighten them. Hamsters are considered prey animals in the wild and need to get used to you.

Once your pet is settled in you can begin the process of teaching them their name. Make sure to have some treats on hand to make the process easier.

This process will take work on your end. The process also will go much quicker if you set aside time each day to interact with your hamster.

Some hamster owners believe you can speed up the process by using a clicker. This creates an audible sound that they can recognize along with their name.

This can be a great backup if your hamster has trouble learning to come to you by saying its name early on.

The more time in between interactions the longer it will take your pet to catch on to its name. The more times a day you can talk to your hamster the better.

If you go more than a few days without interacting with your pet then you may have to start the process all over again.

READ MORE: How Smart Are Hamsters?

Can I Rename My Hamster?

This is a bit of a tricky question to answer as each hamster will be different. This will also depend on a few factors.

First off, why do you want to rename your pet? Is it because the first name doesn’t fit or is someone else addressing them differently?

If it’s in the first few days or weeks it shouldn’t really be a problem. Chances are your hamster is still settling into its new home.

If you’ve had the hamster for months and just don’t like its name things may be harder. If need be though, your hamster can still be renamed.

At this point, the hamster knows to come to you when you say its name. This makes changing the name even more complicated.

a hamster eating tomato

Generally, it’s not a good idea to change the name of a pet once they are familiar with it. It can be done, but prepare for some bumps along the way.

If they’re set in their name already really consider keeping it the same.

A pet can get confused when you try to teach it a new name especially if nothing else has major changed around them.

Things do change if you adopted a hamster that already had a name. In this case, it may be easier to teach them a new name.

This is because changing a hamster’s whole environment resets them in a way. They start taking everything in and are more open to learning about their new home.

This makes a perfect opportunity for you to begin teaching them their new name as they should be more receptive to the change.

Lastly, you may be having problems with the different members of your family addressing your hamster differently. This can lead to your hamster running to you at undesired times.

Make sure to set boundaries with your family so they understand they are confusing your pet. This can make a life for both you and your pet much easier.

My Hamster Won’t Respond to His Name, What Do I Do?

Things aren’t always going to go perfectly with your pet. Sometimes hamsters will take a while to catch on to their name.’

With hamsters, the most likely reason for naming issues is improper training or a nervous pet. Both of these situations can be easily fixed with the right steps.

Unlike with other mammals petting or giving attention to your hamster won’t always entice it to come to you.

With hamsters, you have to present them with a treat to make them want to come when called.

a girl feeding hamster

To ensure that your hamster will recognize its name pick out a treat tends to enjoy more than others.

Make sure it’s a treat with a strong scent that will get your hamster’s attention. You can even use hay if they enjoy eating it.

Once you’ve got your hamster to come to you say his name and give him the treat. Repeat this process until he comes to you before you pull a treat out.

If you don’t interact with your hamster several times a week then they may end up forgetting their name.

This is why hamsters who haven’t interacted with regularly won’t respond or stop responding to your commands.

If you don’t want to give your hamster treats you can also use feeding time as a way to teach them their name.

Simply give them their food and at the same time repeat the chosen name to get them used to it.

If your having trouble with your hamster responding to other members of your household then encourage them to train your hamster themselves.

If the hamster has lived in your household a bit, but the family member hasn’t interacted with them then you will need to set up a time for regular interactions.

This way the hamster gets to know the family member. This is also a great solution for new partners or roommates who have just moved in.

The hamster may just not be taking to their tone of voice. By treat training the hamster themselves they should get a guaranteed positive result.

In the event you have an extremely shy hamster there are a few things you can use to move along the training.

First set your hamster where he can observe you from a distance. This way he will be familiar with your presence.

Another thing that can help you encourage your hamster to work with you is your scent. Put a rag you use in or next to their cage.

This will let your hamster become familiar with your scent. By associating you with a good smell the hamster will be more willing to come to you.

Lastly, you should let your hamster get familiar with your voice. Talk to your hamster a few times throughout the day in a calm tone.

After a few days to a week of this, your hamster will get used to hearing you speak. This can put him at ease when coming up to take a treat from you.


Do hamsters know their owners?

a cute hamster

After spending some time with your hamster they will start to recognize your sent and the sound of your voice.

What are hamster names that start with H?

Hairy, Harry, Hacket, Hailey, Halo, Hamlet, Hanna, Hanz, Harriet, Harley, Harrison.

What are Disney inspired hamster names?

Winnie, Cinderella, Alice, Beauty and the Beast, Big Hero, Bambi, Lilo, Stitch, Mr. Toad, Mickey.

What are your favorite hamster names? Please share with us below!


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