Having a monkey as a pet definitely comes with its pros and cons and it requires a lot of patience and commitment. Nevertheless, monkeys are smart companions. If ever you decide to own one, you will certainly need a cute, funny pet monkey name.
How To Name A Monkey
Whether your pet is a dog, cat or monkey, it has its own unique personality. Thus, when choosing a name for your pet monkey it is important to consider factors such as they type of monkey you have as well as its personality. When deciding what to name your pet monkey consider a name that ends with a vowel because most names with vowels change tone when you call for your pet. This is necessary because most animals are able to tell the difference in the frequency ranges at a much higher level than us humans. Also, a name that ends with a vowel can be easy to call out and get your pet monkey’s attention. Make sure that you do not give your pet monkey a name that sounds like a command, so you must consider the commands you may give your pet monkey when choosing a name for it. To make the naming task a bit easer consider calling your pet monkey with different nicknames to see which name your pet responds to better. It is also important to avoid giving your pet a name with negative connotations. The best advice when deciding which name to give to your pet monkey or any other pet is to stick with 2 syllables.
Pet Monkey Names
Banana: Monkeys are banana lovers and you can name your pet after his favourite food.
Kiki: Kiki is a cute pet monkey name which you can give to your female monkey.
Cheeks: If your pet monkey has chubby cheeks, why not call her Cheeks, that’s a cute monkey name.
Goliath: Goliath is a good pet name for a giant monkey. It is also the name of one of the monkeys who were sent in outer space.
Crystal: If your pet monkey is white, you can consider naming her Crystal.
Brancher: Monkeys swing from one branch to the other; the name Brancher is a funny but befitting name to give to your pet.
Other pet monkey names to select from are listed below.
Not All Monkeys Are Primates
The term “monkey” is often used as a catch-all for every animal in the primate family, but this is not accurate. Monkeys live on completely different branches of the evolutionary tree from apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas, humans as well as prosimians including lemurs, tarsiers, and lorises. One notable difference between monkeys and other primates is in the tail. A lot of monkeys have tails, while apes and other primates do not have them. Also, apes tend to look much larger than monkeys plus they have larger brain and are considered more intelligent. Only New World monkeys in such as howler monkeys and spider monkeys, and capuchins have prehensile tails or tails that are adapted to grasp objects. Old World monkeys, which are commonly found in Asia and Africa, have tails that are not prehensile. Also, Spider monkeys have tails that are longer than their entire bodies. Their tails are hairless and also have friction pads for better gripping.
Monkeys are peculiar creatures who love to spend time playing, hanging from trees and eating. They are also intelligent and clever animals who love to communicate. We have suggested nicknames which will suit your monkey.
Jumper: Jumper is a good moniker for your monkey. Monkeys are always jumping from one tree to the other so this name is perfect.
Chipper: Monkeys love to communicate, they will make whatever sound they can to bring across their point, therefore Chipper makes a good name for your monkey.
Clapper: Monkeys have a tendency to clap, perhaps it is also a way of communicating; the name clapper will suit your monkey.
Snoopy George: You can consider naming your monkey Snoopy George, this name will suit him very well because monkeys are very curious animals.
Coconut: Coconut is a good nickname for your monkey. The inside of a coconut fruit is white; therefore, the name coconut is apt for an albino monkey.
Below are more nicknames you might like.
What Do Monkeys Eat
Monkeys are classified as omnivores. This means that monkeys eat meat and plant-based food. A lot of monkeys also eat nuts, fruits, seeds, and flowers. Other monkeys also eat meat in the form of bird’s eggs, small lizards, insects, as well as spiders. If there is a lack of food, female monkeys stop mating until the conditions are better for getting pregnant. Even when conditions become right, a mother will only give birth once every two years. When it comes to the gestation periods for monkeys, it varies depending on the type of monkey it is. For instance, the gestation for a rhesus monkey is 164 days. Baboons also have a similar gestation period of about 187 days. Chimps however, have a much longer gestation period of about 237 days. They are other monkeys that eat unripe fruit such as the Proboscis monkeys. This is because the sugar in ripe fruit ferments and this fermentation causes bloating in the stomach which can kill them.
Male Monkey Names
We have suggested male monkey names for your pet.
Snoopy: Snoopy is a good name for a curious monkey, you can consider naming your male monkey Snoopy.
Bandar: This is a good masculine name for your monkey. Bandar is Hindi for monkey.
Terk: You can name your monkey after Tarzan’s good and clever companion, Terk.
Swinger: Swinger is a good name to give to your monkey who loves to swing on tree branches.
Arthur: You can name your monkey Arthur, a name which means ‘bear.’ This name suits a monkey who looks like a bear.
Ape: Baboon monkeys are mistaken for an ape and their DNA is 91% human. The name Ape is apt for that species.
Slinger: The name Slinger is perfect for the monkey who is always dangling from the tree.
We have suggested more male monkey names which you can consider.
Monkeys tend to reside in the tropical rainforests of Africa, Central America, South America, and Asia. Almost all primates live in trees, with the exception of baboons that prefer to live on the ground. A large number of monkeys live in trees, but there are some that live in savannas or mountain areas. There are also monkey tribes that stay on the move to find food, so they do not live in one location for a very long time. Also, monkeys are social creatures that like living in groups and these groups of monkeys are called missions, tribes, troops, or cartloads. A troop can work together to take care of the young monkeys in the group. They can also play, cuddle, and protect each other. It is common that the strongest and largest of the male monkeys is normally the leader of the group. There are other monkey genus groups that practice polygyny, where the leader mates with multiple females. Surprisingly, there are other monkeys that live in the snow. The Japanese macaques occupies forested mountains and highlands in the northernmost region of Japan. These monkeys thrive in winter temperatures that dip as low as negative 15 degrees Celsius and can thrive in snow that is about a metre deep. Japanese macaques are popularly known as snow monkeys plus photos of them bathing in hot thermal pools to keep warm in Japan’s chilly winters are common. It is believed that the snow monkeys learnt the pleasure of thermal baths from human beings back in the 1950s.
Female Monkey Names
Here are cute names to give to your monkey if she is female.
Smoothie: This name complements the monkey’s smooth swings.
Bella: Bella is a good female monkey name for a cute monkey. This name means ‘beautiful.’
Rose: You can name your monkey after the rose flower if she is red and beautiful.
Chip: Monkeys can be noisy with all the sharp sounds they make when communicating; the name Chip sounds ok for a monkey.
Angel: Angel is a beautiful name to give to the monkey who is dear to you.
Mini: You can consider naming your monkey Mini if she is very tiny, the name will suit her.
Kaytlyn: This name means ‘smart,’ and it is perfect for a female monkey because monkeys are intelligent and clever creatures.
Below are other female monkey names to consider.
Facts About Monkeys
Monkeys are known for being good care givers to their young and in some cases even having some humanistic movements. There are different species of monkeys that have their own characteristics in terms of size, colour, location, as well as their abilities. Monkeys are known to be very vocal animals and that is their way of communicating with each other. They give off different pitches to warn other monkeys of danger, to call a mate, or even to communicate with their young. Even though the communication of Monkeys has long been studied, there is still a lot of information that we still don’t know about monkeys. There are about 264 known species of Monkeys in the world but they are often included with Apes but they are not the same. Monkeys have their own unique set of fingerprints just like humans do. Monkeys can be found all over the world and come in all shapes, sizes and colours. They are also our closest relative. These animals have a large brain making them very intelligent and also have opposable thumbs, allowing them to use tools and play games just like us humans.
White Monkey Names
White monkeys are also known as albino monkeys and here are the best names to give to them.
African Monkey Names
If you want an African name for your monkey, here are good African names you might like.
Abayomi: If your monkey brings you joy, name her Abayomi, an African version of ‘Joy.’
Bisa: You can name your monkey Bisa, which means ‘greatly loved.’ It is a cute name for an adorable monkey.
Amari: You can also consider naming your ape monkey Amari, a name that refers to ‘one with great strength.’
Bunme: This is a good African monkey name to give to your monkey. Bunme means ‘gift,’ therefore, if your monkey was gifted to you, this name will suit him.
Below are more African names which will suit your monkey.
Toy Monkey Names
If you are looking for the perfect names to give to your child’s monkey toy, here is what you can name them.
Long-tail: Monkeys have long tails and so, you can name your toy by that feature. Long-tail is a good name for your toy monkey.
Ginger: Ginger is a good name for your toy monkey, especially if he is reddish-brownish in colour.
Pearl: If your toy monkey is the best toy you own, Pearl is the name for her. This name suits a treasured something.
Fluffy: You can name your toy monkey Fluffy, if she is soft the name will suit her.
Skips: Monkeys can long jump very well, skipping other branches in-between, so the name Skip is perfect for your toy monkey.
Below are more toy monkey names which you can consider.
Weird Monkey Names
You can name your monkey anything from your favourites food to your favourite movie. You can even think of any random thing and name your monkey that. Here are weird monkey names.
Boot: Boots is a random word which makes a weird monkey name. The name is apt for your monkey because monkeys have the same coat colour as boots.
Huu-haa: You can most certainly name your ninja monkey Huu-haa, after the sound made by karate fighters.
Blade: You can name your monkey blade, funny right. The name suits a proboscis monkey since they can callout one another at a sharp piercing volume louder than other monkeys.
Pillow: Monkeys might not be as soft as your pillow, but some have faces which look like under-stuffed leather pillows; the name Pillow is perfect for such.
Blaze: Blaze is a good name to give to your red-headed monkey.
The Eliminator: You can name your monkey The Eliminator. The name suits a tarsier monkey; he is said to be suicidal. He bangs his head on a hard surface if touched against his will or annoyed by loud, disturbing sounds. Creepy right.
Other names to consider are listed below.
- Georgy Clooney
- Robin Hood
- Willy Wonka
Baby Monkey Names
We have suggested cool names for your baby monkey below.
Common Types of Monkeys
Monkeys are adorable and they share genetic material with humans so, they are easy to relate with. There are over 300 species of monkeys and we have listed the most commonly known.
Spider Monkey: This is the type most used in laboratory experiments because their biology is closely linked to that of humans. They have long arms, legs and a tail which they sometimes use as an additional limb. They also have opposable thumbs.
Squirrel Monkey: These are vast in the tropical regions and they get their name from their resemblance to squirrels. They usually live in canopies and trees, though they sometimes climb down to find food. They have no challenge adapting to new environments.
Vervet Monkey: These have a darker face, with a white fringe around their face and lighter coloured bodies. Vervet monkeys are popular in African countries. They live near rivers and in woodlands, but they can also be found in mountains.
Baboon: Most people mistake this type for an ape, but it is in actual fact classified as a monkey. Baboons have a DNA that is 91% similar to humans. They weigh up to 90 pounds and have a long nose.
Capuchin: These are one of the tiniest monkeys and they spend most of their time hiding from predators. They have darker limbs and a creamy coloured body.