Category: animal names
Animal baby names are a new group in the lexicon.
Would you use an animal name for your child? Why or why not?
But there is also a – well, can we say herd? pack? – of names that are much more subtle about their animal connections.
These names have animal meanings but you’d only know that if you read a name dictionary. Discovering their secret animal connection is likely to prove delightful for a child given one of these attractive names.
While the list of names with animal meanings is longer than this – here’s a full list of animal names for boys and one of animal names for girls – we’ve picked some of our favorites.
Arthur – bear
This classic Celtic name has, after hitting a low in 2010, turned upward and may be heading back to the Top 20 status it enjoyed a century ago. Cited as a possibility for the upcoming royal baby, Arthur is a kingly choice with the bonus creative nickname Art.
And now we want to know about your dogs’ names — and cat, hamster, fish, iguana, and parakeet names. We want to hear about the names you’ve chosen for your pets over the years, from childhood animals to pets you own now.
Do you give your pets people names? Names, maybe, that you love but are not brave enough to use on actual children? Or maybe baby names that, for whatever reason, you’re afraid you’ll never get to use?
Now a growing number of boys are sharing their names with the zoo’s residents – and not just any residents, but the fiercest of creatures. The trend owes something to nature choices like River and Sky, as well as tough names for boys like Gunner and Slade.
It isn’t completely new. Plenty of given names refer to animals. Wolfgang is a traditional German appellation worn by the legendary Mozart. Factor in nicknames and the list grows. There’s Coach Bear Bryant, only his mama named him Paul. Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait? He was born Robert Francis.
For parents leaning towards hyper-masculine options like Cannon and Blaze, choosing an apex predator for a son’s name might feel just right. The more dangerous members of the animal kingdom offer more options than you might imagine, though some are extreme.
I have to offer a disclaimer: this just isn’t my style, though I find some of these intriguing. Would you consider any of the animal names for your child? And is there a difference between a gentle creature and a more aggressive one?
Caiman – Part Cayden, part tropical island. The Caymans take their name from this native word for alligator. You wouldn’t name your son crocodile, but this feels surprisingly wearable.
Dhole – It looks like a kreatif spelling meant to distance Dole from the pineapple and/or the politician. But dholes are actually wild dogs native to India, China, and Vietnam. When hunting in a pack, they’re tough enough to take down a tiger.
With Easter upon us, our thoughts naturally hopped right over to the area of rabbit names.
Bunny rabbits—the cute and the caustic– have populated children’s stories and cartoons from Beatrix Potter’s Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail to Uncle Wiggily and B’rer Rabbit to Walt Disney’s first character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and then Thumper to Bugs Bunny to Runaway Bunny all the way to the voluptuous Jessica Rabbit in Who Killed Roger Rabbit, who was a rabbit in name only.
A lot of these characters didn’t have actual names, or if they did, they weren’t baby-appropriate, but we burrowed through books, comics and cartoons, movies, television shows, and video games, and came up with our Nameberry Picks of 12 Best Bunny Names: