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Top Small Animal Names

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. We surveyed small animal owners in 2009 for the top small animal names 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 according to our survey.

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.

The Most Popular Small Animal Names Across All Species

  • Bandit
  • Gizmo
  • Thumper
  • Daisy
  • Smokey
  • Baby
  • Nibbles (or Nibbler)
  • Oreo
  • Flower
  • Peanut (Various spellings)

The Most Popular Chinchilla Names

  • Chilli (Various spellings)
  • Chinny (Various spellings)
  • Gizmo
  • Dusty
  • Fluffy
  • Sami
  • Smokey
  • Chester
  • Che-Che (Various spellings)

The Most Popular Ferret Names

  • Bandit
  • Oliver
  • Rascal
  • Daisy
  • Baby
  • Jack
  • Gizmo
  • Flower
  • Smokey
  • Teddy
  • Edward
  • Angel

The Most Popular Gerbil Names

  • Shadow
  • Scrappy
  • Phoenix
  • Socks
  • Scooby Doo (Various spellings)

The Most Popular Guinea Pig Names

  • Cinnamon
  • Chester
  • Ginger
  • Gizmo
  • Oreo
  • Peanut
  • Snickers

The Most Popular Hamster Names

  • Hammy
  • Haris
  • Leslie
  • Butterscotch
  • Shorty
  • Scratchy
  • Stella
  • Snowflake
  • Penelope
  • Peanut
  • Max
  • Ralph

The Most Popular Hedgehog Names

  • Sonic
  • Spike
  • Prickles
  • Rupert
  • Heggie (Various spellings)

The Most Popular Mouse Names

  • Angel
  • Jack
  • Spot
  • Mickey
  • Oreo

The Most Popular Rabbit Names

  • Thumper
  • Cocoa
  • Baby
  • Bambi
  • Bella
  • Clover
  • Fluffy
  • Flower
  • Jack
  • Sugar
  • Smokey
  • Snickers
  • Oreo
  • Molly
  • Pumpkin

The Most Popular Rat Names

  • Angel
  • Pickles
  • Remi
  • Snoopy
  • Humphrey
  • Dexter
  • Dumbolina
  • Blue
  • Olive
  • Scabbers
  • Pinky
  • Nibbles (or Nibbler)
  • Blaze (Various spellings)
  • Lilly (Various spellings)

The Most Popular Sugar Glider Names

  • Rocky
  • Sweetie
  • Shoogy
  • Jojo
  • Chip (or Chippy)

Posted by: Chewy Editorial

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