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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  • Jaguar

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    Grrrr.Read More 

  • Jonah

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    Jonah, the name of the Old Testament prophet who was swallowed by the whale, only to emerge unharmed three days later, is increasingly appreciated by parents looking for a biblical name less... Read More 

  • Kennelly

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    Kennelly could be an upbeat modern namesake for a Grandpa Kenneth; it can also be spelled Kenneally.Read More 

  • Lark

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    Lark is getting some new and well-deserved attention as a post-Robin and Raven bird name. Although it was first recorded as a name in the 1830's, it has never appeared on the Social Security list.... Read More 

  • Leonie

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    Leonie is a chic French and German form of a name that exists in a range of variations from Leona to Leonia to Leon to Leo to Lionel, all newly fashionable after a couple of generations in style... Read More 

  • Lionel

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    Lionel is one leonine name that hasn't taken off as cousins Leo and Leonardo have, though it did reenter the Top 1000 in 2010 after several years away; it was at its highest point in the 1920s and... Read More 

  • Lonan

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    This name of several early Irish saints makes a nice Logan/Conan alternative. Read More 

  • Lowell

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    Lowell is an upstanding and somewhat conservative name that calls to mind the genteel patrician families of nineteenth century New England, such as the one poet Robert Lowell was born into. Two... Read More 

  • Lupe

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    A nickname name heard in Spanish-speaking cultures, might lead to "loopy" jokes here. Read More 

  • Lynx

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    One of the fierce new animal names new to name lists, helped by its strong x-ending.Read More 

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