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We’ve been busy perusing the most popular baby name lists for 2022 and when it comes to naming Aussie bubs, lately there are prominent baby naming trends that take inspiration from colours, nature and botanicals.
And names inspired by animals are bang on trend. Like nature names, they’re often unusual enough to stand out form the crowd without being considered too boho and weird by older family members.
Paying tribute to someone the most beautiful creatures all over the world, we’ve shared some of the sweetest animal-inspired names for your new bub.
You can see 40 of our favourites in the gallery below …
Whether you’re going for cute and cuddly or strong and wild, Bear is an animal name that will suit any family.
With Latin origins meaning “birdlike” and “lively”, Ava is a sweet and unexpected animal name.
This adorable three letter name means “she who brings happiness” but also has a cute buzzy connotation too!
This sweet vintage name has English and Swedish origins meaning, you guessed it … “bird”.
With English origins, this cute animal name means “badger”.
This sweet old-lady name is often used as a nickname for names including Barbara and Bernice but its animal inspiration is obvious!
Often used as the short form of Catherine or Katrina, Cat is a purrrrfect example of an animal-inspired baby name.
Giddy-up, this strong sounding name is also the name for a young horse.
The Hebrew origins of this animal name mean “little deer”.
This avian name is often associated with peace, which is a beautiful thing to bestow upon your sweet babe.
Meaning “male duck” or from the Old English name Draca or the Old Norse Draki meaning “dragon”, this rockstar name is an animal name too!
This sweet animal name means “a young deer”.
Coming from the Irish name Fiadh, Fia means “wild deer”.
This sweet avian name means “songbird”.
Your little one bright eyed and bushy tailed? This might be the perfect animal-inspired them for them!
This unisex name comes from the half eagle, half lion mythological creature.
Looking for an original name? This feisty animal-inspired name might be for you.
Give a little nod to your Aussie roots with this cute Kangaroo-inspired name.
Often used as the short form of Katherine or Katrina, Kitty is a purrrrfect example of an animal-inspired baby name.
This cute Japanese name has origins meaning “stork”.
Stemming from the Latin word for lion, this sweet name is all animal!
This gender-neutral has Latin origins that means “wild cat”.
A great name for water lovers, Marlin is the name of a fish and also means “land near the lake”.
A purrrrfect Japanese name that means “cat”.
From the Irish os, “deer”, Oisin means “small deer”.
Derived from the mythological bird from Greek mythology that has become a symbol of renewal, regeneration and immortality.
The name Pipi is girl’s name of Norse origin meaning “lover of horses”.
Raoul has French origins meaning “wolf-counsel”.
A nature-inspired strong unisex name which, in any language, is derived from the glossy black-haired, crow-like bird.
Rockin’ Robin. This bright avian name comes from the red-breasted bird of the same name.
Sable is named for the adorable solitary mammal found in Russia and revered for its silky fur.
Derived from a Sanskrit word, Sarika relates to the myna bird, which is known for its ability to mimic.
Meaning “sheep herder” this animal name is often shortened to Shep.
Another sweet avian name that evokes feelings of freedom and whimsy.
Known as a gregarious bird, Starling makes a great name for a sweet babe.
As the name suggests, it means “powerful cat” and works as a gender-neutral name.
This strong animal name is full of power and comes from the animal of the same name.
Alongside Sparrow and Hawk, Wren is proving that the cute avian name trend is one that is sticking around.