I always love pets named after food! Noodle, Jelly Bean, Pancakes, Mochi, Azuki, Spaghetti, Mushroom etc. Just really ridiculous names! When I was younger (and still now!) I wanted to breed rats (just once, and keep ALL the babies and have a lovely mischief of ratties). I wanted the mother to be named Wild Flower, and I would name all the babies after flora. Birch, Willow, Poppy, Buckthorn, Snowdrop, Daffodil, Chestnut, Blackberry, Hawthorn, Holly etc. Of course, anything like that won't be happening for a long long time!
I'm so bad with themes!! I intended to name all my boys after artists, but Dexter never found one that seemed right. If I get another boy rat, I'll name him after an inspirational artist, like my little Marcel (Duchamp). Maybe I'll name a boy "R. Mutt" after Duchamp's infamous urinal piece. All my artist friends would get a kick out of it, haha.
Chardonnay got her name because... I like chardonnay, haha. Maybe if I have future rats they'll get named after spirits and wines (true to my college student nature, hehehe)
All my girls have fruit names Apple, Kiwi, Mango, Tomato, and Plum. The boys were going to have snack names as my first 2 are Chip and Dip but my newest little boy didn't seem to fit with anything so he ended up being Ryder
MALES. - Named after things... And songs. Yeah songs. We will go with that.
Franklin - Franklin's Tower.
FEMALES. - Named after songs.
Ruca - Waiting For My Ruca.
Honey - Sweet Honey.
Ruby - Ruby Soho.
Magnolia - Sugar Magnolia.
Cumberland - Like Cumberland Blues.
Rexxxy - Like Rexxxy is Sexxxy.
Clint Eastwood - Because he is a bad boy.
Nigel - It was his current name. He's like Nigel Thorneberry lol.
Astro - Like AstroBoy, because I am a nerd.
I name my rats names that are suited to them when I get them. I usually name them within the first week of having them and I never name them before I meet them! I go based on the way they look, and the "feel" I get from them. The names I pick are mostly human-based too, but I try to pick names that aren't too common human names really.
In the past, I named my rats from Mythology -- Leto (she was a secret, I thought it was hilarious) and Demeter -- once. Once I found a little male rat right before a hurricane hit, so I named him after it (Charley).
I briefly had a little female named Annie, named after various Annies.
My current boys are Shawn and Gus, named after the characters on the USA TV show Psych.
I intend to go back to my usual naming form with my next bubs. Usually, I go with ridiculous, over-the-top fancy names that eventually devolve into nicknames based on personality. Heh.
All of my rats have been named after characters from Miyazaki movies. Currently I have a Patsu ( Castle in the sky), Ponyo (Ponyo) and a Yuki (The Cats Return). I have previously had a Totoro (My neightbour Totoro), Teto (Naasica: Valley of the wind) and two others who were named after Japanese words "Chiisai" meaning small or little andBūtsu meaning "boots".