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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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  • 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 li... 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 

  • 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 oth... 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 

  • Madigan

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    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 

  • Paloma

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    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. Salma Hayak use... Read More 

  • Phelan

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    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 legendar... Read More 

  • Pike

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    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 Zebulon Pike... Read More 

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