US Popularity:24744
Other Origin(s):British
Meaning:Light brown; To tan; Yellowish-brown of tanned leather
Tawny is a girl’s name of English and French origin. From the Old French word tané, Tawny means “light brown,” “to tan,” or “yellowish-brown of tanned leather.” Tawny owls come to mind, with their beautifully dappled brown feathers and shimmering, all-knowing eyes. You might choose Tawny as a name to mark the love you have for animals, a love you would like to share with baby. You could also choose it for its undeniable cool factor—Tawny is a name that brings a flavor of Eighties nostalgia with it, perfect for the throwback-friendly era we live in.

Tawny Name Popularity Data

U.S. Births

Overall:Tawny is currently #24744 in U.S. births
Girl:Tawny is currently #14934 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
+ 2487
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Tawny, July 2008

  • Name Doctor, Tawny

  • WordSense Dictionary, Tawny

  • National Geographic, Owls

  • Britannica, wood owl, December 2021

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