20 baby names inspired by animals that actually work

Considering so many of us love our dogs and cats just as much as we love our children, why not look to the animal world for some baby name inspiration? 

Whether you fancy going a little out there or are looking for something different that won't necessarily turn heads, there are plenty of options out there. 

From the sea to the mountains to the sky, here are our choice of animal-inspired baby names for boys and girls

1. Angel

After an angelfish; a beautiful and unusual choice.

2. Bear

Made famous by Cheryl, Kate Winslet and Bear Grylls, this one doesn't even sound strange anymore.

3. Birdie

If an musician can do it, what's stopping you?

4. Collie

A type of dog; you could pretend you shortened it from Colin...

5. Colt

The perfect choice if you're a horse-lover.

6. Crane

A large, long-beaked bird; you could opt for Krane if you're not feeling brave.

7. Fox

We love this one; strong and curious - the perfect name for a child.

8. Fawn

Beautiful and delicate - one of our favourite names for a girl.

9. Falcon

If you're feeling brave that is. 

10. Finch

A beautifully sweet name that would work for a boy or a girl, but we're leaning more towards boy.

11. (Great) Dane

A large but extremely friendly dog - Dane is cool. 

12. Jack (Russell) 

A terrier dog that is loved the world over. 

13. Kiwi

Endangered New Zealand-native bird; sweet and fun - a good option for your little one.

14. Kitty

Cat just doesn't seem right.

15. Lynx

A strong and mysterious name. Imagine introducing your son to the world as Lynx.

16. Maggie

After a magpie (is that pushing it too far?).

17. Raven

Perfect for black-haired beauties.

18. (Saint) Bernard

Now this one would totally work.

19. Sparrow

Nicole Ritchie opted for this for her son.

20. Starling

Another delicate bird; we love how this sounds.

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