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 <a href="">their own list</a>.
  • Madigan

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    An unusual, energetic surname choice that would make a good Madison alternative. Madigan was a typical police detective series of the 1970s, starring Richard Widmark.Read More 

  • Merle

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    A sleek, smooth, understated name that last seemed creative a half century ago. Read More 

  • Orson

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Orson has had in the past a rotund teddy-bear image, a la Orson Welles, who early on dropped his common given name of George in favor of his more distinctive middle one, and who seemed to own it... Read More 

  • Paloma

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Paloma is vibrant and ruby-lipped a la jewelry designer Paloma Picasso, but also suggesting peace, as symbolized by the dove: Paloma is a highly recommended striking but soft name. ... Read More 

  • Phelan

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Phelan, pronounced FAY-lan or FEE-lan, is an appealing Irish surname name, with a rich history in Irish myth and religious and secular life. One bearer was a fiercely loyal follower of the... Read More 

  • Philip

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Philip, the name of one of the 12 apostles, is still favored by parents in search of a solid boys' classic that is less neutral than Robert or John and more distinctive than Daniel or Matthew and... Read More 

  • Pike

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    The field of nature names is constantly expanding to include all species of flowers and trees and animals and birds — and even fish. In addition to its appeal for anglers, Pike recalls... Read More 

  • Pippa

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Pippa, a peppy condensation of Philippa that turns it from serious to sprightly, has come into the public eye in a big way via the former Kate Middleton's sister.

    Heard far more in the... Read More 

  • Poe

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    An evocative unisex one-syllable name, Poe is most distinguished by its literary reference. Edgar Allan Poe was an influential American author and poet, credited with inventing the genres of... Read More 

  • Puma

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Lithe and leonine name chosen for her daughter by singer Erykah Badu -- whose other child has the number name Seven. Read More 

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