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Naming DC after animal?

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TempStamos Mon 16-Oct-17 17:16:37

Ttc, not pregnant yet. All my DC have unusual names and DP and I are wanting to name the next after an animal eg Fox, Puma, Bear.

Does anyone have ideas for animal names that could be used for both boys and girls?
Or do you think we are mad and that naming children after animals is tacky?

GeillisTheWitch Mon 16-Oct-17 17:30:07

Or do you think we are mad and that naming children after animals is tacky?

Yes, sorry. I really dislike Bear in particular. Makes me think of the gladiators of 90s Saturday night Tv, weren't they called stuff like Puma and Rhino?

Montacute Mon 16-Oct-17 17:37:01

I was hoping it was going to be after Animal from The Muppets.

M4Dad Mon 16-Oct-17 17:38:06

My son's second name is Llew - Which is Welsh for Lion.

DixieNormas Mon 16-Oct-17 17:39:19

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Liadain Mon 16-Oct-17 17:40:43

Depends on the animal.

Raven - fine
Drake - fine
Cat (nickname) - fine
Robin - fine
Jay - fine
Phoenix - fine

Names linked to animals like Lionel, Leo etc are also fine.

Names with animal meanings in other languages - often also fine.

If you go flat out and name your kid Giraffe, Llama or Ring Tailed Lemur (being younique, naturally!) you deserve to be put in the local zoo with your 'inspiration'.

PoppyPopcorn Mon 16-Oct-17 17:42:12

Naming children after animals is awful, sorry.

Unless you go for something like Leo, Robin or Paloma (dove in Spanish).

Inneedofacookeddinner Mon 16-Oct-17 17:42:47

Phoenix, Wren, Robin/Robyn, Tiger (thinking Tiger-Lily here) Raven...a lot of bird names it seems.
Be prepared for negativity OP. I personally like quirky names but lots of people don't. Children have such a range of names nowadays other kids won't bat an eyelid at an unusual classmate...adults are much more cruel.

fedupoflivinglikethis Mon 16-Oct-17 17:43:02

I like Fox!

Not bear or puma though.

MyWhatICallNameChange Mon 16-Oct-17 17:43:16

Duck-billed platypus?


JustHereForThePooStories Mon 16-Oct-17 17:44:06


RonniePasas Mon 16-Oct-17 17:48:59

I think Bjorn is bear in Swedish

TempStamos Mon 16-Oct-17 17:49:16

Are favourites are:
Girl: Kitty , Fawn , Bunny and Puma.
Boy: Fox , Bear , Tiger and Wolf.

There unusual but we like unusual names, but I am seeing a rise in animal inspired baby names.
Surely it isn’t hugely different to naming after a Place/Flower/Jewel etc?

starzig Mon 16-Oct-17 17:51:51

Love Kitty. Also love Raven but only as a taken on name as I think only a certain type of man suits it.

PoppyPopcorn Mon 16-Oct-17 17:52:25

So basically, call a boy after something strong, fierce and at the top of the food chain. Call a girl after something cutesy and fluffy, and don't even use the proper name of "rabbit" or "cat", but Kitty or Bunny.


TempStamos Mon 16-Oct-17 17:53:58


I actually really like badger!

And yes I'm prepared for negativity, I got a lot of that from friends and family when naming my other DC. But none of them have every had any problem at school etc.

I'm also not a fan using names in other languages, can often be hard for others to spell/say and noone knows what it means.

lasketchup Mon 16-Oct-17 17:54:03

Dick billed platypus! 😂😂 imagine!!

I like the idea OP, what’s “normal” anyway be different. I have such a boring name and wish my mother had been a bit adventurous!

Orson also means bear.

DixieNormas Mon 16-Oct-17 17:54:21

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TempStamos Mon 16-Oct-17 17:59:16


Nothing to do with that, just out of the animal names we liked those are the ones that we thought suited best as a boy or a girl name.
Don't like Bunny and Kitty for a boy and dont like the names Rabbit or Cat.
We like Puma for a girl, and mentioned Leopard but thought it was too much.

FizzyGreenWater Mon 16-Oct-17 18:01:41


Jooni Mon 16-Oct-17 18:05:06

MN hates animal names generally, just to warn you...

I like Kitty and Wolf best of your favourites.

Bird names tend to work quite well:


Zeelove Mon 16-Oct-17 18:07:48

At least you thought Leapard was too much! hmm

Your girls names are ok..... well not really but they are not totally unheard of. Fox? Tiger? Wolf? It sounds so so try hard.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Mon 16-Oct-17 18:09:06

I love Bunny, Fox Tiger and Wolf.
I see Puma as a brand rather than an animal.

Vegangelist Mon 16-Oct-17 18:11:10

I say go for it.
I don't feel many are unisex though. But I suppose you can make it so!
Would you consider thinking outside the box animal names?
Channing - young wolf
Thorbjorn - thunder bear
Orson - bear cub

Other ideas:
Finch, Lark, Anemone, Birdie
Melisande - honey bee

TempStamos Mon 16-Oct-17 18:15:00

Yes, I do see that the boys names seem more OTT.

I have always found giving my other DC unusual names has helped them be more confident/ individual etc. Gives them a talking point when meeting new people

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