Names with Animal Meanings

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Baby names with animal meanings range from the obvious, such as Robin or Lionel, and those with subtler animal meanings, such as Arthur (which means bear) or Tabitha (gazelle).

Animal names for babies have become wildly fashionable, especially in their blatant form. Bear, Fox, Hawk, and Wolf are all bounding up the charts for boys, while bird names Wren, Birdie, and Lark are reaching new heights for girls.

This list of baby names with animal meanings contains both those that announce themselves clearly and those whose animal meaning is more hidden. The following range of animal baby names would be perfect for your wild child.

  • Aart

    The name Aart is a boy's name of Dutch origin meaning "eaglelike". That double a invests the old Arthur nickname with fresh life. Read More 

  • Abbas

    The name Abbas is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "lion, stern". Not one of the five hundred names of Muhammad, but that of his uncle. Read More 

  • Abitha

    The name Abitha is a girl's name meaning "gazelle". If Abigail's too popular and Tabitha is too...."Bewitched."Read More 

  • Addax

    The name Addax is a unisex name. The addax is a white antelope that resides in the Sahara Desert. A cool and usable addition to the pool of Read More 

  • Aderyn

    The name Aderyn is a girl's name meaning "bird". Aderyn, like cousin Elowen, may have found her moment: Aderyn makes an original full name that gets you to the cute and trendy nickname Addie.... Read More 

  • Adler

    The name Adler is a boy's name of German origin meaning "eagle". Adler is a German surname that is beginning to be used occasionally as a first and is among the stylish new Read More 

  • Aegis

    The name Aegis is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "young goat". Often found as a brand name in the hi-tech and industrial worlds. Read More 

  • Agu

    The name Agu is a boy's name of Nigerian origin meaning "tiger". In its native Nigeria, Agu is a surname that signifies strength and being a force of nature. Agu as a first name has some... Read More 

  • Ahearne

    The name Ahearne is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning "owner of horses". What a novel choice for those choosing to honor their Celtic heritage or love of horses (or both). One can imagine a... Read More 

  • Ainara

    The name Ainara is a girl's name meaning "swallow (bird)". Ainara is among the Top 100 girls' names in Spain but used for fewer than 100 baby girls... Read More 

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