26 Baby Names Straight Out Of Animal Planet Even Mom Would Approve Of

Many decisions go into picking a name for a child. For example, typically when picking a name, the parent wants it to have a relation to something they enjoy. Be it a race car driver, food, a special season, a favorite month, or maybe a beloved celebrity or character from their favorite television show or movie.

The following list of baby names are names inspired by the wonderful world of the animal kingdom and for all those parents who love nature and the creatures that inhabit it.

For those parents who have a fascination with the animal kingdom, what better way to show support than to name one’s child after a creature that represents the family the most.

There are many different animals in the kingdom, all of which have different attractiveness, skills, and attributes. Throughout the centuries, many people have found that they can relate to certain animals because of their skills and such. Others have found that certain animals, such as the eagle, carry a deep form of symbolism, something they want to pass down to their offspring.

Choosing a baby name that is inspired by an animal will not only show one’s knowledge of the animal, but also show support of it and the rest of the kingdom. To see what inspiring names we're talking about, here is to all the nature lovers and animal friends. Here are 13 boy names and 13 girl names, all inspired by different animals of the animal kingdom.

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26 Buck


The name Buck is a boy’s name that of course is after none other than male deer. It is of English origin, means “Male Deer,” and is mainly found on outdoorsy name lists for boys.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Buck started to gain popularity thanks to the classic John Candy film, Uncle Buck.

As for celebrity influences, Roseanne Barr named her son Buck, and back in the 18th century, the word Buck used to be used to describe a dashing, fashionably dressed man.

25 Doe

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According to Nameberry.com, Doe is a beautiful name meant for a little girl. It is of English origin and means “Female Deer.” Just like the name Fawn, Doe is a soft and gentle name that just rolls of the tongue. It's the perfect name for a baby girl born in the heart of spring. The sweet name would also be great as a middle name or a first name — just make sure not to use it as a middle name if the girl's first name is Jane. I don't think any little girl wants to be known as the official Jane Doe.

24 Colt

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The name Colt is after a young male horse and is of English origin. It is now one of the most popular baby names when it comes to names inspired by animals, ranking in at number 269 on the popularity chart.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Colt has a macho and trendy feel to it, be it because it is after a young and strong male horse, or because of its association with the popular NFL team.

It seems that Colt would be a perfect name for a baby boy whose parents want him to join a sports hobby later in life, seeing as it sounds like a jock name. Speaking of jock names, the Washington Redskins actually have a quarterback on their team named Colt McCoy!

23 Dove


The dove is a beautiful white bird that has a deep symbolism of purity, a perfect animal for a little girl to be named after.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Dove is of English origin and means “Dove or a bird.” Once found on lists of 'Middle Names for Girls,' it is now starting to be seen more and more on 'Girl Names Inspired by Animals.'

It seems that different bird inspired names are starting to be seen more and more nowadays. Like Lark and Wren, the name Dove is a sound of love that is soft, gentle and associated with peace.

22 Cub


If a parent is looking for an adorably cute baby name, then look no further, we've found it.

The name Cub is of English origin and meant as a boy’s name. When one thinks of the name, they probably see all the different baby animals with the name such as baby bears, lions, foxes, leopards, badgers, and seals.

According to Nameberry.com, though the name is not as popular as a first name, it has been quite popular as a middle name, which is where it is mainly found, lists of 'Middle Names for Boys,' or 'Names for Boys Inspired by Nature.'

21 Fawn

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The name Fawn comes from France and means "young deer." When one hears the name, it is quite common that the first thing they think of is a young baby deer, stumbling around the forest next to its mother or siblings, covered in adorable white spots.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Fawn is not a very popular name, as cute as it is. For a long time, the name staggered to remain in the low 1000s from 1960 to 1970, which is the era that gave birth to the name Barbie and Bambi. Unfortunately, the name has completely dropped off the circuit now.

This does not mean a parent who finds the name cute shouldn’t use it. It just means that it is unique and no one else in their little girl’s class will have it.

20 Drake


Though the name has gained quite a lot of inspiration thanks to the rapper Drake, it has also been used by parents who either have a fascination with dragons or animals.

According to nameberry.com, the name Drake is of English origin and means “Dragon or Male Duck.” The name can mainly be found on lists for 'Boys Names Inspired by Animals' or 'Attitude Names for Boys.'

Though it is not as popular as it has been in the past, like it was in the mid-1980s when it appeared on the list, it is still at a decent number, coming in at number 469. The highest it has been is 197—which happened in 2010—but has since dropped.

19 Finch


The finch is a small/medium bird that has many different species of birds in its family, all that comes in different looks and colors, each one just as beautiful though.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Finch is of English origin and means “To Swindle.” While found on the list of baby names inspired by nature and animals, it can also be found on lists for unique names.

Though the name is not very popular as a first name, it has had some popularity when it comes to last names and middle names. For example, there was Paul Finch from American Pie and then there is Paul Finch, the writer who wrote the television program The Bill.

18 Lupe


Lupe is a name meant for either a little girl or a boy and is typically found on lists for baby names inspired by animals. Lupe is actually an animal similar to a pigeon.

Though the name is highly used in Mexico, the name is rising in popularity in the US. There is even a celebrity influence for the name. Back in 2006, Lupe Fiasco, whose real name is Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, rose to fame after he released his debut album.

17 Marlin


Not a lot of people would want to name their child after a fish, but there are some out there who love fishing so much, or just love the aquatic life, that they would. Now, in the land of the fish, a marlin is known to have a very distinctive long nose, something a parent should remember in case their child is born with one, they don’t want them to be made fun of in school.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Marlin is a mixture of the two names: Mary and Lynn.

16 Jay


The Jaybird is a magnificent and beautiful bird that rules the skies. Though it is unsure what boosted the name more, the beautiful bird or the rapper Jay-Z, the name has been used for years for both girls and boys.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Jay means “Jaybird.” Though not as popular as it once was, the name has fallen to number 384 on the list of popular names for boys.

The name Jay has been around for centuries, being once used mainly in honor of founding father John Jay. From the years 1956 to 1970, the name was a mid-century choice, ranking in at the top 100 for names. As the times moved on though, their name was replaced with more elaborate forms such as Jayden, Jaylen, and Jayce.

15 Wren


Wren is another girls name that has been taken from a bird of the bird kingdom, the small, but splendid, little songbird, the Wren.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Wren is a girl’s name of English origin. Though used a lot as a middle name, the name is starting to gain popularity as a first name, falling at number 465 on the popularity list. It all started in 2012 when it entered in at number 1000 for the first time as a new English name craze for girls. Since then it has slowly climbed up the list.

In Ireland, the small bird is known as the magician of birds. Druids would even worship them as birds of prophecy. There is even a story that has been passed down from generation to generation that they are the King of the Birds.

14 Birdie


The name Birdie is an old timely name but seems to be making a big comeback nowadays. The name derives from the kings of the sky, the birds and is seriously just an all-around adorable name for a little girl.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Birdie originated from England and Sweden, and means “Bird.” Typically, it is found on lists for 'girl names inspired by animals,' but it also can be used as a middle name. Celebs like Brie Bella and Jessica Simpson named their baby girls Birdie

13 Bear


The name Bear is a name that symbolizes great strength, just like the animal it represents.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Bear is a name fit for a little prince and is of English origin. It is unknown where exactly the name Bear popped up, but recently it has really taken a big leap up the popularity chart and now is at number 218. Some say that it is due to Bear Grylls (whose real name is Edward Michael). Bear Grylls is a famous British explorer who hosts the very popular TV show, “Man VS Wild,” along with a few other reality shows.

12 Bunny


Some might agree that when they hear the name Bunny, they immediately think back to their glorious childhood days when they would sit in front of the television on the weekends and watch endless hours of the one and only true trickster, Bugs Bunny as he drove everyone nuts and gave us hours of laughs.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Bunny is often found on lists of 'Names with Animal Meanings,' and has really entered the spotlight recently though thanks to Bryan Adams who named his daughter, Mirabella Bunny.

11 Crow


Crow is a very freeing name. It is obvious that the name comes from the bird known to be able to fly high in the sky, so high they can practically see everything around them, thus the freeing name part.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Crow is mainly found on lists for boys' names with a literary meaning or names after '90s movie; I mean, who can forget the movie The Crow.

When a parent names their child Crow, they are not only giving him the name of famous box office performer Russel Crowe, known for his movie Gladiator, but they are also giving their child a name that represents leadership skills, such as always seeing the bigger picture.

10 Cat


Cats are among the most popular pet for humans nowadays, besides dogs of course. They are adorable little troublemakers that rule over their owners. All they have to do is stare at someone with their big, glassy, doe eyes and that person is hooked. It is no wonder the people of Egypt worshiped them.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Cat comes from Greece and means “Pure,” and is often found on lists for short first names. Cat used to be a nickname for names such as Catherine or Catarina, but it is evolved and started to take on its own name, which is adorable.

9 Kitty


Like the name Cat, Kitty is another name that is not only pretty but becoming more popular as a first name, than a nickname.

According to Nameberry.com, Kitty is an English origin name that means “Pure.”

The name first started all the way back in the 18th century as a nickname for the beautiful name Katherine. The nickname is so old in fact, that it predates other nicknames such as Katie and Kathy.

There is a small craze going on lately where parents are wanting to name their children after animals. Kitty is one name that has taken off with the craze. Though not as popular in the US, in the UK the name has jumped to number 199 on the most popular baby name list for girls.

8 Eagle


We all know that lions are the king of the jungle, well when it comes to the sky, the eagle rules.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Eagle is one name that has a not only a deep symbolism of power, but also a patriotic symbolism. The eagle is a depiction of US heritage, and just makes an all-around amazing name for a little boy.

When looking for the name Eagle, it can be found on manly lists, some being 'Boys Names Inspired by Animals,' 'Unique Baby Names for Girls and Boys,' and 'Patriotic Baby Names.'

7 Lark


Lark is another bird that seems to have evolved into a name for a little girl.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Lark is of English origin and is after the beautiful songbird.

Though the name Lark first was recorded being used as a name back in the 1830s, it has never actually appeared on the social security list. That is changing now though. Once in the shadows of other bird names such as Robin and Raven, Lark is a new trend that is now outshining them.

Lark was used as a nickname for Cosette in Les Miserables, Lark Voorhees in Saved by the Bell, and Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany gave the name to their daughter Agnes as a middle name.

6 Falcon


The falcon is a lot similar to the eagle, they are majestic birds with amazing hunting skills and can spot prey from miles away. When it comes to the eagle though, they rule the sky — falcons come in second.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Falcon is of English origin and it seems as times change, and people are becoming more open when it comes to a lot of things, names inspired by birds are starting to become a new trend. Besides the powerful Falcon name, there are other names such as Lark, Eagle, and many others setting a new trend.

5 Mare


A mare is known as a female horse, but it seems to have evolved and become a cute little name for a little girl.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Mare comes from Ireland and is mainly found on lists from Europe.

With how Mare is spelled, and how it only has a one-syllable pronunciation, it sounds like a cut off of the name Mary. In fact, actress Mary Megan Winningham is known around Hollywood as Mare Winningham.

4 Fox


The name Fox is one name that has had a long tradition. Though not very popular now, the name was once one of the fastest-rising boy's names in the US back in 2016.

According to Nameberry.com, when the X-Files first came out with a new revival, the lead character, Fox Mulder, stole fans hearts, which is when the uprise of the name began.

Like the animal it is named after, the name Fox is a simple name that is sleek, a little bit wild, and would make either a great middle name or first name for a little boy.

3 Lion


The lion is the king of the jungle, and for good reasons, too. They are fierce, majestic, strong and the most feared probably of all the other cat families.

According to Nameberry.com, the name Lion has started to make a slow climb up the baby name charts recently. Recently, Snoop Dogg visited Jamaica and ever since his trip, he has made claims that he is the reincarnated legend, Bob Marley. He has even changed his name from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion, boosting the name in popularity.

There are a few different variations of the name that would also make for great baby names such as Lyon and Leo — both simple yet strong.

2 Swan


There are a lot of birds in the sky kingdom, or even ones that are land bound due to not being able to fly, that have been upgraded to used as names. Raven, Robin, Lark, Falcon, and many more. This one though is a truly unforgettable name.

The swan is known as one of the most stunning birds in the bird kingdom, not only are they a symbol of beauty, but they also stand for deity due to their long-lasting relationships with their mate. Once they find their soulmate, those two are bound for the rest of their lives.

1 Cougar


We know what every parent is thinking with this name, how in the world is it even a name? Even though it is not a very popular name, it has been used as a name for boys throughout the years.

The name Cougar—which is actually just another name for the puma—is one of the most successful predators in the cat family.

According to Nameberrry.com, Cougar is one name that should stay caged. Unlike other animal names like Wolf, Fox, even Tiger or Bear, Cougar is defiantly one name that just doesn’t sound right.

That doesn’t mean a parent who has a fascination with the name or has a strong and skilled meaning behind it shouldn’t choose it for their son, though. Unfortunately for '80s singer John Mellencamp—also known as John Cougar—the name didn’t work for him and he dropped.

Sources: nameberry.com

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