Category: names that mean lion
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.
March is here and, depending on where you live, it has probably come in like a lion. But hopefully will go out like a lamb.
So, if you’re expecting a March baby, how about considering a leonine or ovine choice.
There are dozens of lion-related names, including these that are the most obvious:
Leon—the top name in Germany, and slowly making a return here; a Brangelina offspring middle name
Leona–has recently been rejuvinated via singer Leona Lewis.
Leonard—still stuck in Grandparental mode
Some other lion-related girls’ names:
What’s next? It just might be L’s turn.
But there are lots of other L names coming up, or already arrived, in other categories. For instance:
THE LOU NAMES
LOUISE and LOUISA – Louise, long sleepy in the U.S., is beginning to sound fresh again and is the chic version in France and the U.K., while Louisa (or Luisa) is more widely used in Spain, Portugal, and Italy.
LUCA – The pretty (and to some American ears, too pretty) name for boys is wildly popular throughout Europe but just beginning to be heard in the U.S., sometimes for girls.
LUNA – The Italian and Spanish word for moon makes a celestial-sounding choice.
THE LEONINE NAMES
Another name trend sweeping Europe that’s beginning to be recognized in America too are names that mean and sometimes even sound like “lion.” Again, for both genders, examples include:
LEO – This one we’ve heard in the U.S., but still lovely.
LEON – Long a top name in German, Leon deserves to be rehabilitated in the U.S., where it had become a joke. Brad and Angelina giving it to their twin son Knox as a middle name could give it a major boost.
LEOPOLD – While not strictly meaning lion – its meaning is usually given as “bold people” – the Leo in this German name is derived from lion and this long-stodgy name has considerable new hipster cred.
LIONEL – A choice for adventurous baby-namers for both girls and boys.
Some of the freshest Biblical names have L beginnings.
LEMUEL – Destined to step out from Samuel’s shadow.
LYDIA – Strong, old-fashioned girls’ name that’s reemerging.
OTHER COOL L NAMES I COULDN’T SQUEEZE INTO ANY CATEGORY
A few other L names I like: The Old Lllllady trio LAVINIA, LETITIA, and LUCRETIA. The word name and surname LAND, originally used for one of the sons of pioneer aviator Charles and Anne Lindbergh, would make a strong choice for a boy or girl today. Hero name LINCOLN never goes out of style, but sounds particularly attractive now.