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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  • Pippa

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    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 U.K. than t... Read More 

  • Puma

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

  • Rachel

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    Delicacy, softness, and Old Testament importance made Rachel a top biblical choice from the seventies on. At a much earlier time Rachel was considered characteristically Jewish--it wasn't used as ... Read More 

  • Raul

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    Raul and French brother Raoul are much more appealing than flat-footed daddy Ralph. Read More 

  • Robin

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    Sounded bright and chirpy in the fifties, but by now Robin has lost much of its lilt. Consider a sprightlier-sounding bird name: Deryn, Lark, Wren. Read More 

  • Rosamund

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    This lovely, quintessentially British appellation, also spelled Rosamond, is the name of a legendary twelfth-century beauty. Rare on these shores, it is more than worthy of importation. There was ... Read More 

  • Rudy

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    Rudy hasn't yet enjoyed the comeback of cousin name Ruby, despite having been chosen by hip couple Sadie Frost and Jude Law, but it still could happen. Rudy has a lot going for it as a usable-on-i... Read More 

  • Sable

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    Soap opera name from the Dynasty days.  Read More 

  • Salmon

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    Nature names are in, and even fish names like Pike and Salmon are open for consideration.  Read More 

  • Tala

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    Tala is a name with a creative, dark-haired image. And Tala is both simple and exotic, a wonderful combination.  Read More 

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