Baby Names with Animal Meanings

Animal baby names, a subset of the ever-more-popular nature names, sometimes come out and state themselves clearly -- Fox, Lark -- and sometimes are only revealed via their root meaning. This list of animal baby names contains both types. Also note: We're light on bird names since we include the complete variety in their own list.
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  • Channing

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    Channing is a sophisticated surname name that ranks solidly in the Top 1000, probably under the influence of rising hunky model-turned-actor Channing Tatum, who was named People's Sexiest Man of 2012.Read More 

  • Conan

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    The fierce image of the Barbarian made a complete turnaround thanks to amiable talk show host O'Brien, making Conan one of the newly desirable Irish choices, a perfect alternative to Conor/Connor.... Read More 

  • Cordero

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    Sounds more like a car than a baby name. Some sources related it to the English surname Carter, which would be more stylish these days.Read More 

  • Destry

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    This was the male hero's last name in the classic film Destry Rides Again starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, but in today's anything-goes naming climate, nobody blinked when the... Read More 

  • Dingo

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    These wild dogs eat babies, they do not inspire baby names. Read More 

  • Dov

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    Fierce meaning, gentle image. This name is very common in Israel, where an endearing pet form is Dubi.Read More 

  • Fauna

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    Fauna was one of the fairies who protected Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," but it's still a bit too generic to be recommended as a baby name. Read More 

  • Fox

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    Fox is one animal name backed by a longish tradition, and then popularized via the lead character Fox Mulder on X Files. Fox is simple, sleek, and a little bit wild, and could make an... Read More 

  • Garcia

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    This evocative Spanish surname would make an unusual but lively choice for a girl. Read More 

  • Halcyon

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    Heaven, Peace, Serenity: parents seem especially attracted to word names that signal paradise, but Halcyon sounds quite feminine, and might conjure up the sleeping pill Halcion. Read More 

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