some rats tell me their names, other's have story behind me getting them and so that's their name and then there's others that are named in honor of others.
Bribery (my new boy) was one of those with a story. the short version is i was bribed with him.
Sweetipie named herself. my boyfriend got her for me as a early christmas present (i got to pick her out *grins*) and sweetipie just stuck. normally its, or at least used to be, a common greeting i gives to my rats but she claimed it for her own. mind you, its also part in honor of my best friend who's pet name is Sweetipie as well (spelt the same way withput the "e"). i should really get her a hairless as well and have her name it babydoll... *grin*
B. Twix (commonly known as Twix) was named Twix because she reminded me of the candy bar between her coloring and my hunger at teh time i got her. the B. was added when i asked dad what i should name her sister who i got at the same time.
B. Tween is Twix's sister. i like to name my pair rats paired names and Tween is just plain cute sounding anyway. she seems to like it just fine.
Kakushi was named in honor of my first rat, Pocket. her name is Japanese and means, what else, pocket. she was named this LONG before i brought her home. and though she's not as confident as my dear Pocket was she seems to live up to namesake's sweetness. Kakushi is quite the doll and momma girl. when out she doesn't venture very far away from me.
i took in her mother as well instead of the sister i was promised because the sister died a few days after birth. so the name that was meant for the sister was transfered over to the mother instead and it was chosen in honor of two other rats i had. the name is Iedani which means dustmite. Both Dust and Myght were alive at the time but Myght had already been diagnosed with maglinent cancer. it was a surprise when dust passed.
Violet came with her name but until i took her in she was more commonly known as Violent. i'm not sure teh reasoning behind it all as violet is certainly not in the least Violent but she seems to like Violet well enough. though she answers just as readily when her grandfather calls her ratty-rat. i think he may be because when papa calls her he always has a treat in hand to give her... spoils her rotten...
Spider, though fat and lazy now, was named that because when i first brought her home and while she was young she would hang upside down from the top bars of the cage and would climb the walls instead of use the hammocks or levels to get to level to level.
Her sister was SUPPOSED to be named Webb to go along with Spider and because that's my dad's last name and i thought it was cute and funny. But mom wanted to name her Snicketts instead and mom's name stuck better then mine.
when the two of them had their 24 babies combined i named the babies old fashioned names (minus two. one mom named, Deuteronmy-Dueter for short. and one named himself when he was still a pinkie-Squirm) because i lived on an old fashioned farmhouse at the time. most of the names i came up with were stolen from older family members though. Wallace, Dawn, Vesta, Lois, Archibald (Archie), Perciville(Percy), Lyman, Inez, Ella, Erma, Estelle, Emma, Gloria,Warren, Hector, Horse (was supposed to be Horace but he grew really really biiiig), Emmett, Edith, Barthlemew (Bart), Leonard, and this is going to sound horrible but i can't remember the names of one of the baby girls and one of the baby boys.... 24 names right off is so many to remember... i found homes for everyone though!
Dust and Myght were named together. when i was trying to figure out what to call them they got under the couch and covered in dust. the names just popped in my head and seemed to fit. Myght was mighty and fought off her cancer for nearly 4 months before slowing down. she would have been happy to have fought longer but the cancer was wasting her away too much.
Nezumi seemed to have named herself. the people i got her from were just calling her rat, snake food, critter and/or monster. when i picker her up Nezumi just came to mind so that's what i ended up calling her. i think she may have liked rat as a name but wanted it to sound nicer as Nezumi is japanse for rat.
Pocket was originally supposed to be named Cerberus but not only was i haveing a difficult time trying to pronouce it(different people told me different ways of saying it) she liked to hang out in pockets adn was far too cute for a name like that anyway. So Pocket stuck better.
Pocket was my first rat and so when i learned that they do better in pairs i went out and got Lyiint. the name was to go with Pocket obvisously.
so sometimes i pick out the name beforehand other times they change it on me anyway. you can think of some names now if you like. is their a story behind you getting them? someone you want to honor? or you could wait and she what they're like.