Names for Chinchillas (Male, Female, & Pairs)


Names for ChinchillasOne of the first challenges you will encounter when adding a pet chinchilla to your family is coming up with a name! Sometimes they’ll already have an adorable name from the pet store or breeder, but a lot of times it’s up to you to come up with a name that fits your new pet. Coming up with names for chinchillas is just like brainstorming names for other pets. If you’re lucky, an appropriate name will come to mind when you interact with your pet and see their personality emerge. If not, there’s plenty of ways to brainstorm the perfect name.

Selecting Names for Chinchillas

If your new chinchilla is a family pet, a fun activity is to have the family come together to select a name. Each member of the family can suggest a possible name and then the family can vote on a favorite, eliminating names until one has a majority vote.

If you’ll be naming the chinchilla on your own, you can try making a list of names. Don’t limit yourself to names of people. Try names that describe your chinchilla’s personality or their coloring. Think outside the box to find cute names, like fruit, flowers, candies, etc. You may also want to list names of favorite people like celebrities, characters from books or movies, or even musicians. There’s a lot of room for creativity when it comes to naming a pet.

If you want a name that has a specific meaning, you can try using a name dictionary or a website like Behind the Name that will give you name meanings and histories, while also providing lists of names from different regional and language origins. Sometimes just flipping through a baby book is a great way to come up with a unique and unexpected chinchilla name.

There’s no rush to pick a name for your chinchilla, so give it a couple days until one name really resonates with you and feels like the perfect fit for your new pet.

If you’re still feeling stumped, checked out some lists of names for chinchillas below. We have unisex names, plus names for male or female chinchillas. We also have a list of funny and cute names for chinchilla pairs or twins.


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Suggested Names for Chinchillas

Here are a some fun and cute names to consider for your pet chinchilla.

Unisex Chinchilla Names

  • Almond
  • Apple
  • Asterix
  • Avalanche
  • Banana
  • Cheetah
  • Chinnie
  • Cookie
  • Fudge
  • Kit Kat
  • Nutmeg
  • Oreo
  • Pepper
  • Pilot
  • Pumpkin
  • Ruffles
  • Shadow
  • Snowflake
  • Speckles
  • Spot
  • Squirrel
  • Tamale
  • Tequila
  • Waffles
  • Wizzy

Male Chinchilla Names

  • Ace
  • Alfie
  • Atlas
  • Baxter
  • Beethoven
  • Benny
  • Bobby
  • Buck
  • Bug
  • Bumper
  • Buster
  • Buzz
  • Dash
  • Digger
  • Dusty
  • Furby
  • Gadget
  • Gizmo
  • Gonzo
  • Hershey
  • Hopper
  • Jack
  • Johnny
  • Leo
  • Lightning
  • Maverick
  • Mozart
  • Nacho
  • Nibbles
  • Nougat
  • Pikachu
  • Razor Rascal
  • Ringo
  • Rumbles
  • Sage
  • Sancho
  • Scooby
  • Scooter
  • Smokey
  • Snoopy
  • Speedy
  • Spike
  • Spooky
  • Squeak
  • Taco
  • Teddy
  • Thunder
  • Titan
  • Webster
  • Widget
  • Yogi
  • Zipper

Girl Chinchilla Names

  • Angel
  • Ariel
  • Bella
  • Belle
  • Bessie
  • Blossom
  • Bubbles
  • Buttercup
  • Candy
  • Cashew
  • Cher
  • Chiquita
  • Cinnamon
  • Coco
  • Cricket
  • Daffodil
  • Dixie
  • Dot
  • Faith
  • Harmony
  • Holly
  • Honey
  • Jasmine
  • Jelly
  • Jewel
  • Kiwi
  • Lavender
  • Lilac
  • Lucy
  • Lulu
  • Madonna
  • Marigold
  • Maxie
  • Meringue
  • Millie
  • Molly
  • Muffin
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Pebbles
  • Pixie
  • Polly
  • Princess
  • Roxy
  • Saddie
  • Skittles
  • Suger
  • Twinkie

Names for Chinchilla Pairs

It can be extra fun to come up for names for chinchillas that are in pairs. These names are great for chinchillas that are bonded and share a cage together or even if you have two chinchillas that live seperately.

  • Ace & Spades
  • Baskin & Robbins
  • Batman & Robin
  • Ben & Jerry
  • Bert & Ernie
  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Calvin & Hobbes
  • Cheech & Chong
  • Chilli & Pepper
  • Chip & Dale
  • Cinnamon & Sugar
  • Click & Clack
  • Cookie & Cream
  • Ebony & Ivory
  • Frick & Frack
  • Gin & Tonic
  • Ginger & Nutmeg
  • Hansel & Gretal
  • Keenan & Kel
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Ping & Pong
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Rum & Coke
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Scratch & Sniff
  • Strawberry & Banana
  • Tinker & Bell
  • Tom & Jerry
  • Trick & Treat
  • Ying & Yang
  • Zig & Zag

Can a chinchilla learn their name? Will they come when called?

Chinchillas will learn their name. They are creatures of habit and with repetition, they will begin to recognize the sound of their name. To help teach them, you should always greet them with their name when you come into the room where their cage is. This can be as simple as “Hello, [name]!”

Just because a chinchilla already has a name that they know, does not mean you can’t change it. If you are adopting a chinchilla from a rescue or your young chinchilla was named by the breeder, you can start calling them by a new name and they will pick it up quickly.

Whether or not your chinchilla will come when they’re called will be left up to their personality. Usually, their name will not be enough to get them to come to you, even if they recognize it. Instead, if you want to train them to come when you call, you should teach them a command word and gesture. This takes a lot of patience and training, but you can learn more about how to train your chinchilla with treats.


Now that you have a new pet, make sure you have all of the chinchilla supplies you need. Make sure to get all of the cage accessories you need to create a safe and happy home for your pet chin. Learn how to clean a chinchilla cage and clean your chinchilla with a dust bath. You should also learn about chinchilla food and diet to make sure you’re feeding the correct foods to your exotic pet.