Nameberry Picks: The 12 Best Animal Names

July 2, 2015 Pamela Redmond
animal names for babies

by Pamela Redmond Satran
Baby names with animal meanings, whether they come right out and announce them ala Fox or keep them secret, as with Yara or Poe, are an intriguing and fashionable group. They may appeal to animal lovers or parents who love nature names, or the animal meaning may be a happy bonus aspect of a name you already love. Here, our dozen favorite baby names with animal meanings.


It is absolutely astonishing to us that one of the handsomest names for boys does not even register the minimum five new bearers in the US in 2014, making Auberon a truly unique name! The Shakespearean form Oberon, name of the king of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was given to eight boys. By any spelling this name meaning bearlike is a fantastic choice.

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Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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