Guinea pigs are popular pets that can be cuddly, adorable, and surprisingly loud. If you're having trouble coming up with a name for your pet (or pets), you can choose from a wide range of options based on your pet's appearance, behaviors, or personality!
Guinea Pigs Basics
Guinea pigs are neither from Guinea nor are they pigs. Instead, they are rodents that originated in the Andes mountains of South America, and quickly caught on as domesticated pets. Bigger and far brighter than mice, gerbils, or hamsters, they live longer than rats and easier to care for than ferrets or chinchillas.
Guinea pigs have quite a few similarities to humans and are often used as research and test animals in laboratories. Thus, the expression "guinea pig" is often used when describing someone who is trying something out before anyone else is willing to do so.
There are many different species and breeds of guinea pigs, including the American guinea pig and the more decorative curly-furred Abyssinian guinea pig. It's a good idea to read up and visit with various different kinds of guinea pigs before selecting your personal pet.
Because They're "Pigs"
Technically, guinea pigs are completely unrelated to swine. Be that as it may, however, it can be fun to give your little piggy a pig-oriented name. Here are 10 possibilities:
- Bacon Bit
- Pork Chop
- Mr. Pig
- Miss Piggy
- Piggy Sue
Because They Whistle, Purr, and Squeak
Unlike most rodents, guinea pigs have a range of sounds they use to communicate. Their squeak, which sounds more like a "wheek," often indicates hungry or anxiety. They can also purr in much the same way that cats purr, to indicate calm satisfaction. Addition noises such as chut-chut-chut are most often associated with mating (so you won't hear those sounds unless you have a mating pair). Here are some names with their adorable sounds in mind:
- Penny (for penny whistle)
Because They Frisk, Scurry, and Play
Cute Names Based on Your Pet's Color
Guinea pigs come in all sorts of colors and color combinations. Depending upon your pet's color, you may want to choose one of these.
White Guinea Pigs
- Cirrus (clouds)
- Cotton Ball
- Milky White
- Vanilla Ice
Brown and Tan-Colored Guinea Pigs
Orange/Ginger Guinea Pig Names
If your guinea pig is a gold or reddish color, one of these names may be appropriate:
Black Guinea Pigs
Some of these popular names are perfect for guinea pigs in general; others may just happen to suit your particular pet.
- Curly (most appropriate for Abyssinian guinea pigs, which have curly fur)
- Domino (for black and white pets)
- Fuzzy McFuzz
- Half & Half
- Jelly Bean
- Milk Dud
- Sweet Pea