Animal Baby Names: Which would you use?

animal baby names

Animal baby names are a new group in the lexicon.

There’s Alicia Silverstone’s little boy Bear Blu.

Singer Erykah Badu has a daughter named Puma, and Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen named their now-grown son Wolf long before animal names were fashionable.

Bird names Lark, Hawk, and Wren are rising, and actresses Busy Phillips and Maura West both have small daughters named Birdie.

And then there are those animal baby names that don’t sound like animal names: Arthur (which means bear), Destry (war horse), and Paloma (dove).

Would you use an animal name for your child?  Why or why not?

Would you go flat-out animal, as in Fox or Falcon, or make the animal connection more subtly, as with Channing or Rosamund?

Which are your favorites from the complete list of animal baby names?

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22 Responses to “Animal Baby Names: Which would you use?”

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namesage Says:

June 25th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I’ve been kicking around Dove lately, though someone pointed out the possibility of it being misread with a long O sound. Also considering Hawk, maybe as a nn for Hawkins?

spotlightstarlit Says:

June 25th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I really love animal names, many of them make the list: Fox, Wolfie, Kitty & Bird are my favorites!

flamingo Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 9:21 am

I like the softer animal names… Fawn, Robin, Dove (duhv)…

murp Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 9:47 am

I would and have. My daughter is Fia which means deer in Irish.

caty_beth89 Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 9:48 am

I have considered Wolfe mainly because it’s a surname in my family, but I do really like it. I also like Sable and Hawk.

iwillpraise Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 11:37 am

Among the animals appellations, I prefer birds myself ~ but only for the middle name. The good association for me, comes from my mom who has always enjoyed sitting in the backyard watching the little creatures. It also makes me think of her because of our shared love of singing. Alas, tho, my husband doesn’t care for them.

Nightingale – I loved Florence Nightingale’s story as a child
Mavis – not sure about the name itself, but like the meaning
Songbird 🙂 – the only nown I’ve ever considered for a name!

Corbin – would have been a first name, but DH didn’t like it at all!
Robin – for a boy, after of course, Christopher Robin, but mostly bc Robin Mark is one of my favorite worship leaders from Belfast, Ireland

I’m also fond of Rachel, my husband is particularly fond of Ariel, and only after hearing Leonie for the first time from a fellow NBerry announcement, did I briefly consider this. If you know the meanings of these, you are quite aware of our love for the Lion/ Lamb of God association 🙂

Rosamunde is another I had some thoughts about, but not necessarily for the meaning. We honeymooned in Greenville SC and stayed in the Rosamunde (Piltcher) Room at a local B&B.

Hm…. just saw Madigan on the animal list! How cute is that?? And we are Irish besides 🙂

iwillpraise Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 11:40 am


Melissac Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 11:47 am

Really leaning toward Paloma. But more because it was Picasso’s daughter’s name.

augusta_lee Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 11:51 am

I love Fox and am warming up to Wolfgang, but my absolute favorite animal name is Dov. It’s a double-whammy: sounds like “dove” but means “bear”!

southern.maple Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

My surname is an animal name, and I’ve considered passing it down as a first name to a future son or daughter. Ultimately I decided that I like it much better as a middle name, but I’m not completely opposed to animal names as first names.

scarlett13001 Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I would totally use an animal name. Not sure if I like the girl animal names as much as boys. Birdie is probably by far my favorite. But I have wanted to name my future son Lion and it still sits way down on our list but not sure if it will become just a guilty pleasure name. My fathers cousin’s wife’s fathers name is Wolfgang and I really like that too.

jpruitt76 Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Wren and Birdie are probably the only ones I’d go for that are actual animal names (Lark would be a maybe). Otherwise, it would have to be more subtle a la Barrett, Channing, Rachel, Rudy, Arthur, Destry, Callum, Madigan, Pippa, Rosamund, Bernadette.

littlemissmariss Says:

June 26th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I’d go either way! 🙂 I love a lot of straight up animal names like Bear, Lark, Wren, etc. But I also like some hidden ones like Leo, Pippa, Rosamund.. 🙂 I like nature names as a whole honestly, and animal names feel to be an extension of that <3

CountryLizB Says:

June 27th, 2013 at 12:58 am

I really like Owl for a middle name for a girl.

R_J Says:

June 27th, 2013 at 6:46 am

I would use Lark as a first name. I can’t believe it has never been in the top 1000. Maybe I have been on nameberry too long, but it doesn’t seem that out there.

tori101 Says:

June 27th, 2013 at 10:15 am

There are some animal choices I love like Wolf (for a boy) for example as well as bird choices like Wren and Lark. But I’m all subtly choices like Channing, Rosamund, Paloma is more my style

KateMP91 Says:

June 27th, 2013 at 10:46 am

I love Bear, but it will be a future nephews name. I also really like Hawk, Fox, and Falcon 🙂

jame1881 Says:

June 29th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I prefer flora (Violet, Daisy, Ivy) but I don’t mind fauna. In fact, Robyn used to be my favorite girl’s name. But I find Fox, Lark, and Alouette to be a little “out there” for me, at least in front. Something like Dove might be cute in the middle.

TYorke59 Says:

July 3rd, 2013 at 7:46 am

I love a lot of animal names – some obvious, some not. My favourite at the moment, though? Aslan.

SamanthaQuinn Says:

July 11th, 2013 at 1:07 pm



It’s funny that all the animal names I like are bird names.

littlewren Says:

November 7th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I don’t think of Rosamund as an animal name, I never noticed the meaning. Hm.
I like:
Birdie- but I use it as an alias on another site and I think I identify with it way too strongly to ever use it for a kid
Kitty- too nicknamey. But lately I’ve been thinking about Katharine or maybe Kathreen (which would honor an aunt of mine named Kathleen) with nn Kitty.
Lark/Larken (g)- Lark is pretty and almost a bit frilly. I don’t really get why Larken/Larkin is used for boys, but I quite like Larken for a girl!
Wren- Depends how much I start identifying it now that I use it as an alias here, heh. It’s a subtle combination of that other alias Birdie and my mn Renee.
Dove- Pretty but a GP. Not sure how well it’d work as a first name.

littlewren Says:

November 8th, 2013 at 12:04 am

Oh, and Tabitha nn Tabby. Not sure that quite counts as an animal name though?

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