For those of us who have ever had the pleasure of knowing a pet rat, we understand: how different each and every one is. They have personalities, can learn their names, and are highly intelligent little rodents. Because rats are so clever, you may want to wait a while to name yours, so you can get a better idea of his or her unique personality.
Names That Honor Fictional Rats
As you consider rat names, review this list of famous fictional rats.
While rats, in general, have a negative connotation, you may be surprised by how many of these characters are actually heroes (or at least good guys):
- Remy the Rat: the "little chef" from Disney's movie Ratatouille
- Templeton: from the book and movie Charlotte's Web
- Rizzo the rat: of muppet fame
- Nicodemus: the wise rat from the book and movie Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
- Nigel Ratburn: the teacher from the children's TV show Arthur
- Professor Ratigan: the evil rat from the movie The Great Mouse Detective
- Scabbers: Ron Weasley's rat from the Harry Potter series (who later turns out to be the alter ego of the no-good Peter Pettigrew)
- Ben: the terrifying right from the horror movie of the same name
- Cluny the Scourge: a villain from the Redwall books by Brian Jacques
- Ratty: the kindly water rat from the classic children's novel The Wind in the Willows
- Ratbert: a clever character from the Dilbert comic series
- Jenner: another rat from NIMH
- Django: another rat from Ratatouille
- Splinter: the wise master who oversees the training of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Fun and Silly Rat Names
There are plenty of great ways to name rats based on silly rat puns and names built around rat appearance and behaviors. Here are a few!
- Ratticus Finch
- Chuck E. Cheese (probably a mouse, but why not?)
- Ratso (actually the name of Dustin Hoffman's name in the movie Midnight Cowboy)
- Rats Domino