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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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  • Tiger

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    If it's a choice between golf champ Woods's real name Eldrick or nickname Tiger, we'd have to go with the latter. But while animal names are becoming more familiar and stylish, we'd recommend Wolf... Read More 

  • Una

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    In an epic poem, the personification of truth, beauty, and unity; this ancient name is popular in Ireland but rarely heard here. The Oona spelling has more oomph.  Read More 

  • Wolf

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    Wolf is a name with a split personality. It can be seen as one of the fierce animal names, like Fox and Bear and Puma, with a touch of the werewolf, or it can be viewed as a quieter, Wolf Blitzer k... Read More 

  • Wren

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    Wren, a lilting songbird name, could be the next Robin, and makes a particularly pleasing middle name choice, as does her newly discovered cousin Lark. This petite bird was regarded in Ireland as ... Read More 

  • Yara

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    The exotic Yara is also the name of a beautiful green-skinned Brazilian goddess and might make a more unusual spin on Mara or Sara. Read More 

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