Choosing a Hamster Name

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Part of the fun of bringing home a brand new pet hamster is choosing a hamster name. However, what’s the best name for your hamster? How do other people want their hamster names? There are lots of ways to decide.

Some people name them after other hamsters. Just like people like to name their children John Jr. or Tyson the Third, some people like to name their pet hamsters after previous hamster pets.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Hamster Names

Some people name all of their hamsters the same name, just like George Foreman has called all of his children George. Hamsters live in hamster cages. If you like this idea, you could use a variation of this concept by giving them all the same first name but different second names. For example, Casey Jo, Casey Bob, Casey Shania and so on. Alternatively, you can do the reverse and give them all different first names but the same second name. For example, Brenda Lou, Shanequa Lou, Lisa Lu and so on.

Sometimes people name their pet hamsters after people they know or admire. You can name your pet after your favorite coach, your favorite teacher, your favorite athlete, or your favorite American Idol. If you have a colony of hamsters, you could name them for each player on your favorite basketball team or your favorite soccer team. Alternatively, what about using the names of characters from your favorite movie, like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia?

Chapter 2. The Best Hamster Names

Other people think of things they like and make a list. You can choose your favorite colors (like Blue or Pinky), your favorite foods (like Peach Pie or Lemon Drop), or just things that make you happy (like Rainbow or Sunshine). If you cannot decide, you can cut each name into a little piece of paper, put them all into a bowl, close your eyes and select at random.

Of course, you can always use your hamster for your inspiration. Is she cream-colored and fluffy? Then name her Creampuff. Does he squirm around so much you can hardly keep him in your hand? Call him Mr. Wiggles. Did you bring them home on St. Patrick’s Day? Then call them Paddy and Leprechaun.

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However, no matter which method you use for choosing your hamster’s name, once you decide on it, use it whenever you talk to your hamster. Believe it or not, you can train your hamster to come to you when you call him by name. So be sure to choose a name that you like and that your family likes because you will all be hearing it a lot.

Chapter 3. Good Hamster Names

Do you find yourself wondering how you’re going to find a good hamster name your new little pet? Finding a name that you not only really like, but one that suits your new pet can be challenging. Compared to other household pets, hamsters tend to have more cute and unusual names like Buttercup, or Mr. Nibbles, for example.

So here are some suggestions for good hamster names to get you started:

Chapter 4. Boy Hamster Names

Boy hamster names can be more creative and fun. Here’s a small sample:
Beany
Benji
Brownie
Casper
Coco Bean
Draco
Ezzy
Gandalf
Hampton
Inkspot
Jimbo
Kenny
Lefty
Marbles
Nugget
Ozzy
Peetie
Rocky
Squeakers
Teddy
Velcro
Waffles
Xander
Zebby

Chapter 5. Female Hamster Names

Female hamster names tend to be more feminine but they can also be cutesy. Here’s a list:
Abby, Bella
Callie
Dixie
Ella
Flower
Gabby
Gracie
Hannah
Izzy

Chapter 6. Dwarf Hamster Names

Due their small size, Dwarf Hamster names tend to lean towards names that reflect their small, adorable stature.
Here’s a list:
Baby
Binky
Boo Boo
Buddy
Chewbacca
Crinkle
Cuddles

Once you have decided on a name, use it often around your hamster. He’ll get used to hearing you call him by his name and you can actually train him to come to you when you offer him a treat and call his name.