So, you got a ferret.
First of all: Congratulations! You made the right choice.
Ferrets are terrific pets for everyone. They are small, energetic pets who are always ready to play. They are highly intelligent and are close-relatives of weasels and otters. Naming a unique pet can be tricky because they deserve a great name.
So, we’ve compiled a list of the best ferret names to help you decide. Let’s dive in!
How to Name your Ferret (Video)
Check out this excellent video by Cpt Jack Ferret:
Top Rated Ferret Names
Unique Ferret Names
- Flip Flop
- Fast n’ Furious
- Lightning Bug
Names for Ferret with a Unique Odor
With all their amazing qualities, ferrets also have a unique odor. It can be fun to choose a fun name to acknowledge this smell. Some people call it a stench, while others call it a musky fragrance. You might debate on what to call it, but it’s important to find the right name for your little buddy. Ferrets have a unique odor that can’t be ignored! Consider using the following names to name your little friend. These choices also include some funny names:
Some names are more masculine than others. We’ve compiled a list of male names for your ferret that you might enjoy and consider.
For Female Ferrets
One of these female ferret names will match your ferret’s personality:
Unisex Names for Ferrets
These names for ferret are ideal for male or female ferrets. You can also consider these names if you don’t know your ferret’s sex yet.
Cute Ferret Names
The perfect name for a cute ferret is crucial. If you constantly think about how adorable your ferret is, these names might interest you.
- Gummi bear
Funny Ferret Names
If you’re a funny person with a silly pet, then you need to team up and make a hilarious alliance! Give your pet ferret a funny name that will make people laugh. Here are a few great options for you:
Names for Pairs
You can keep neutered males and females together. Here are a few options to name a pair:
- Tic (and) Tac
- Lord (and) Lady
- Ralph (and) Waldo
- Charlotte (and) Emily
- Rapid (and) Fire
- Ebb (and) Flow
- Klaus (and) Violet
- Ziggy (and) Stardust
- Timon (and) Pumbaa
- Speed (and) Sound
- Sprint (and) Jump
- Climb (and) Scale
- Thunder (and) Lightning
- Sunny (and) Cloudy
- Lilo (and) Stitch
- Double (and) Quick
- Super (and) Sonic
- Chitter (and) Chatter
- Sing (and) Song
- Fire (and) Ice
- Bambi (and) Thumper
- Adam & Eve
- Batman & Robin
- Chocolate and chip
- Cookies and cream
- Hip and Hop
- Kit and Kat
- Salt and Pepper
- Pip and Squeak
- Nemo and Dory
- Stitch and Lilo
Naming Guide – How to Name Your Ferret
You’ve just adopted your new ferret, but you’re stuck on how to name it. It can be tricky to choose the right name for your new pet. You want to choose a name that suits your ferret. To find the right name, consider your ferret’s appearance and personality. You can also choose a human name for your ferret, based on your preference.
Choosing a Name Based on Personality
Method 1: Choose a playful name for a playful and energetic ferret. If you notice your ferret has a happy-go-lucky personality, go for a silly name like Rebel, Mayhem, Trouble, Mischief, or Trouble Maker. Other options include Skeeter, Bouncer, or Goof. Personality is a huge indicator of what owners might want to name their ferret.
Method 2: Pick a serious name for a reserved and quiet ferret. If your ferret has a more laid back or reserved demeanor, you can choose a name that reflects this personality trait. Go for a simple name like Shy, Meek, or Wise. You can also try a noble name like King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Sir, or Madam.
Method 3: Pick an affectionate name for a sweet-tempered ferret. If your ferret is very sweet and cuddly towards you, you can choose a name like Baby, Angel, Cuddles, or Sweetie Pie. Other options like Teddy, Honey, Sweets, Lovely would also work.
Avoid choosing a name that is very long for your ferret. Often, short is better for ferret names.
Selecting a Name Based on Appearance
Method 1: Choose a name based on your ferret’s coloring. If your pet ferret has dark coloring around its eyes, a name like Outlaw or Bandit might be fitting. If your ferret has a light coloring, a name like Stone, Snow, or Crystal might be ideal. A ferret with a dark coat can have a name like Brownie, Chocolate, or Charcoal.
If your ferret has a spotted coat pattern, you can name it Spot or Dot.
Method 2: Pick a name that suits your ferret’s facial expressions. Observe your ferret for any distinct facial expressions. If your ferret has a surprised face, you may name it Surprise or Jumpy. If it has a nice smile, you may go for a fun name like Smiley or Joy. Lastly, If your ferret gives you a curious look and stares you down, you may name it Nosy or Sassy.
Method 3: Choose a name based on the ferret’s size. If your pet ferret is small for its breed and age, a name like Shorty, Tiny, or Baby can work well. If your ferret is bigger in size, you may choose a name like Biggie or Heavy.
You can also add a fun variation to a simple name, such as Big Ben or Tiny Tin.
Choosing a Human Name
Method 1: Pick a name that means something to you. Ferret names can have sentimental value, so think about a name that you associate with something special in your life. You can look up musical names if you play an instrument, such as Melody or Lyric. You can also choose a name that runs in your family. Perhaps your recently deceased Aunt was named Pearl, so you can call your ferret Pearl.
You can also pick a name that means something unique in another language, such as your first or second language. For example, you can choose Soleil as a name, which means ‘Sun’ in French. Or you can choose Terra as a ferret name, which means ‘land’ in Latin.
Method 2: Name your ferret after some famous personality. If you are obsessed with a celebrity, you can name your ferret after them. For example, you can go with Kim (for Kim Kardashian) or Tom (for Tom Holland). If you love a director or writer, you can also name the ferret after them. For example, you can name your ferret J.K. (after J.K. Rowling).
If you admire the British Royal Family, consider naming your ferret after a royal, such as Charles, Diana, Elizabeth, Harry, William, or Kate.
Another great thing you can do is name your ferret based on a famous name pun. For example, if your ferret is female, you can name her Ferret Fawcett after the late actress Farrah Fawcett.
Method 3: Choose the name of your favorite character from a book, movie, or t.v show. Think about a book, movie or show that you love, and use a character name for your ferret. Maybe you love the show Stranger things, so you can name your ferret after your favorite show character. If you are a big fan of the Harry Potter books, you can name your ferret Harry or Hermione.
You can also choose the name of a popular Disney character, such as Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, or Moana.
Method 4: You can pick a name from a baby-naming book or website. There are several online resources for naming children, and you can use these for naming your ferret. Many websites will let you search for names with specific characteristics, like “flower names” or “short names.” This gives your ferret a name that is important to you.
Tips and Guidelines for Naming a Ferret
Choose a Ferret Name That Ends With a Vowel
Names with vowels change your tone when you call for your ferret. This is important because small animals distinguish sound frequency ranges at a higher level than we do. It’s easy to get your pet’s attention with a vowel name.
Stick With Two Syllables
Avoid choosing a long name for your ferret. You will end up shortening up a long name anyway. Two syllable names are perfect for your furry animal.
Test the Name
Naming your ferret is a big commitment, so it’s better to test the name. You can test the name by saying it out loud. Ultimately, you should choose a name that you’re comfortable saying over and over.
Avoid Names With Negative Connotations
You might think it’s funny to name your adorable ferret ‘stinky,’ but it’s a bad idea. Not everyone is going to want to play with a ferret named stinky or pet-sit a ferret named stinky. Sometimes it’s better to choose less embarrassing names like the ones shared in this guide.
Choose a Unique Name
Make sure that your pet names are unique if you have more than one ferret. They shouldn’t be so similar to one another that your ferrets get confused. In other words, Bella and Bluebell are fine, but Spotty and Scotty are not.
Perform A “Nickname Test.”
If you get a ferret, chances are you will give it a nickname. Ziggy quickly changes into Ziggymans, Zigster, Mr. Zig, and a thousand more variations. So, if you decide on a name — especially a longer one — try to come up with different nicknames to see if they are easy to say and sound like their full name. Otherwise, you’ll risk confusing your ferret.
Pick a Name And Stick With It
If you’re adopting a ferret from a shelter, they already have a name that you may want to change. But there are limits to how far you can go with changing names. Once you choose a name, you shouldn’t change it. Within the first few months, you should have a name for your ferret. A few changes won’t be the end of the world, but you have to reinforce it as soon as you have a new one.
It doesn’t matter if your new ferret is from a shelter or rescue organization — all ferrets need a name. Depending on the circumstances, your ferret may have a name from their previous family, a name given by the shelter, or no name whatsoever. If your ferret already has a name, you have the option of changing it to something you prefer or a name you think suits your ferret’s personality better. Choosing a name for your pet ferret can be fun. You’ll get a lot of suggestions from your family and friends but go with your gut.
Chances are you are going to be living with this new member of your family for multiple years, so choose something you like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do ferrets know their names?
Ferrets are highly intelligent and will surprise you with what they can do and learn. They can recognize their name, respond to visual and verbal commands, and can even learn cool tricks.
Are ferrets good pets?
Yes! Ferrets combine the best qualities of dogs and cats with some unique qualities of their own. Like cats, ferrets are small, fluffy, and quiet. Like dogs, they are playful, affectionate, and enjoy human interaction. They are independent yet enjoy spending time with people. Their playful and mischievous nature makes them entertaining companions.
How intelligent is a ferret?
Ferrets will delight you with all that they can learn. They enjoy solving problems and are determined to find solutions. They are curious creatures and crave stimulating playtime. Plus, you can litter-box train your ferret and teach new tricks to your ferret using praise or treats.
Do ferrets bite?
A well-trained, healthy ferret should not bite. You can give behavior-training to your ferret and reinforce acceptable behavior. Ferrets have a lower bite rate than other domesticated pets – you are less likely to be bit by a small ferret than by the family dog.
What should ferrets eat?
A balanced diet and proper nutrition is essential for a long, active, and healthy life. Ferrets are obligate carnivores; they require diets based on animal (meat) protein with fewer carbohydrates. If you choose dry food, choose high-quality ferret or kitten foods sold by pet shops and feed stores. It should have at least 36% protein and be low in fats and carbohydrates.
Ferrets may also eat whole-prey and raw diets. Raw diets consist of animal meats, bones, and organs offered in good proportions. Many commercial brands make balanced raw diets sold at pet stores, which can be a great addition to your ferret’s feeding schedule.
What are the best treats for a ferret?
Ferrets are strict carnivores, meaning they need animal protein to survive. The best treats for a ferret are meat-based. Most store-bought treats are unhealthy for ferrets. Acceptable food treats include Gerber® or Beech Nut® beef, chicken, or turkey baby food (with no vegetables or starches), cooked chicken breast, and freeze-dried 100% meat products.