The 25 Best Guinea Pig Names For Your Favorite Rodent

So you’re taking in a special friend, or maybe you’re taking in many. These new friends also happen to be guinea pigs. Congratulations! You’ve decided to care for some of nature’s most fun-loving creatures. But one task remains: the name! Finding great guinea pig names can be a tough task, so we’re breaking down the top 25 guinea pig names and what makes each one special.

Guinea Pig Names And What To Know

Before choosing a guinea pig name, it’s important to know what the name means to you and how it will impact the life of your new furry friend. Believe it or not, guinea pigs do recognize their owners and may even respond to their unique name.

​What Is a Guinea Pig?

​What Are Common Characteristics of Guinea Pigs?

​How Smart Is the Average Guinea Pig?

​How Social Are Guinea Pigs?

​What Is the Crying Noise Guinea Pigs Make?

​How We Reviewed Guinea Pig Names

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We took the time to evaluate guinea pig names based on both popularity and the images the names evoke. We then matched the images with the typical personalities of guinea pigs and formed this list. It’s also worth mentioning that we also chose names that are fun to say.

​What We Reviewed

  • ​Darwin
  • ​Cirrus
  • ​Cream Puff
  • ​Tofu
  • ​Dandelion
  • ​Bluebell
  • ​Patch
  • ​Cinnabon
  • ​Sable
  • ​Starbuck
  • ​Sunny
  • ​Scooter
  • ​Twitch
  • ​Iago
  • ​Baloo
  • ​Timon
  • ​Coral
  • ​Onyx
  • ​Ember
  • ​Socrates
  • ​Apollo
  • ​Domino
  • ​Squishy
  • ​Willow
  • ​Cleo

​Darwin

Background or Meaning

This is perhaps one of the most scientific and snarky guinea pig names there is. It’s related to Charles Darwin, the founder of modern thinking about the evolutionary theory. The fact is that these rodents could not really survive well in the wild and we humans have bred them for pleasure. This has had an evolutionary impact.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

Is the most intelligent of the pack. You never know, this guinea pig could cure cancer.

​Cirrus

Background or Meaning

​The term ‘cirrus’ refers to a series of streaks, sometimes seen in the form of clouds that move across the sky. Sometimes guinea pigs have designs on their fur that look like this.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has a cirrus-like texture or look on their skin.

​Cream Puff

Background or Meaning

​This guinea pig name has a direct origin: a cream puff you might buy at a bakery. It’s also fun to say and has maximum cuteness factor.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Is so cute you could just eat it for all the joy and happiness it makes you feel.

​Tofu

Background or Meaning

​This belongs to the health food series of guinea pig names. White with a touch of grey are the colors of tofu with soy sauce.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has this distinct type of coloring. Or it could be great for an owner that has a tofu habit.

​Dandelion

Background or Meaning

​This belongs to the nature series of guinea pig names. Dandelions are pretty common plants or weeds that you might find on your lawn.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has either the coloring of a dandelion or one that might not be the smartest of the bunch.

​Bluebell

Background or Meaning

​This is another flower name for guinea pigs. The bluebell is a particularly pretty flower, though it’s also a great brand of ice cream from Texas as well.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has an owner that’s either a fan of the ice cream brand or perhaps has a guinea pig that resembles the flower.

​Patch

Background or Meaning

​This is also a popular name for many dogs and cats and reminds us that sometimes nature gifts us animals with cute little colored patches on their fur.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​This name is definitely for the guinea pig that has a patch on their fur somewhere.

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​Cinnabon

Background or Meaning

​Named after the popular pastry chain, this name reminds us that a pet can be so cute that you could just eat it up.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Either has the coloring of a tasty Cinnabon treat or that has cuteness that’s second to none.

​Sable

Background or Meaning

​The name itself originally means ‘sword’ in old English.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has the tenacity of a gleaming and noble weapon. Or perhaps a sword-like streak down the back.

​Starbuck

Background or Meaning

​Originally linked to a character from Moby Dick, this name invokes old men of the sea.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Might look a little scraggly or ragged, like an old sea captain.

​Sunny

Background or Meaning

​The name sunny invokes the golden sun.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has a golden hue or a bright personality.

​Scooter

Background or Meaning

​Scooter might have been your favorite character on ‘Doug.’

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has boundless energy.

​Twitch

Background or Meaning

​The name twitch invokes images of hyperactivity and a manic energy.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Is hyper all the time and can’t seem to get all its energy out.

Rodney

Background or Meaning

​Rodney is a working pig’s name. It’s the name for a practical guinea pig.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has an air of pragmatism in everything it does.

​Iago

Background or Meaning

​Originally a Shakespearean character that makes the ultimate betrayal in the play ‘Othello.’

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Seems to always be scheming in the corner.

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​Baloo

Background or Meaning

​This is the name of the friendly bear in the Jungle Book.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Is fun loving and also seems to have a sense of humor.

​Timon

Background or Meaning

​Might have been your favorite character in The Lion King.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has a best friend named Pumba. Or could just be an intelligent little thing.

​Coral

Background or Meaning

​Corals are marine invertebrates and have eye-popping color.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has a unique coloring that begs for a name like this.

​Onyx

Background or Meaning

​Onyx is a precious stone often found on necklaces or bracelets.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Can resemble the color of Onyx or that seems to be extra stoic.

​Ember

Background or Meaning

​The name Ember is reminiscent of the base of coals in a fire.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has a fiery hue or a feisty personality.

​Socrates

Background or Meaning

​Socrates was the name of a famous Greek philosopher. He was also the founder of the Socratic Method and the Socratic Seminar.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Has a unique sense of self awareness. It was Socrates that said ‘an unexamined life is not worth living.’

​Apollo

Background or Meaning

​Apollo was the ancient Greek god of music, and the ancient Greeks constructed many temples for him.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Is a constant entertainer.

​Domino

Background or Meaning

​Domino is the name of a popular pizza chain and a popular game.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Might look like a Dominos pizza or a domino playing piece.

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​Squishy

Background or Meaning

​Squishy was both a minor character in Finding Nemo and is also a fun name to say.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Is exceptionally affectionate. Also, one you will name Squishy and it will be your Squishy.

​Willow

Background or Meaning

​The willow is a type of tree that sits along the banks of rivers.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

​Reminds you of a willow’s drooping branches.

​Cleo

Background or Meaning

​Cleo is short for the name Cleopatra, the ancient Egyptian queen.

​Best for a Guinea Pig Who…

Has an exquisitely regal air to it. It will be treated only with the utmost respect.

​The Verdict

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​After taking a long look at all these names, it was difficult to choose which one is the best. But we found that the name Squishy was the most standout example of what guinea pig names should embody. It’s cute, speaks to how fluffy they are, and encourages you to play. Happy guinea pig naming!

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