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Meaning and name origin

Tawny \ta(w)-ny\ as a girl's name is pronounced TAW-nee. It is of Irish and Old English origin, and the meaning of Tawny is "a green field; golden brown". Also an English surname. Tawny and its variants probably are meant for a particular pronunciation of Tanya (taw- rather than tah-), or they refer to the literal meaning of tawny, the warm sandy color of a lion's coat.


Tawny has 10 variant forms: Tahnee, Taney, Tawna, Tawney, Tawnee, Tawney, Tawni, Tawnia, Tawnie and Tawnya.

For more information, see also related girl names Ebony and Tonya.


Tawny is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2438 out of 4276, Top 57%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Tawny for girls. Tawny reached its highest rank of #971 in the U.S. in 1980-1989 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Tawny name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tawny outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Tawny and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Tonya, Tawnya, Tawny, Tanya and Ebony. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ebony, Tanya, Tawny, Tawnya, Tonya in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ebony, Tanya outside U.S.

Similar Names

Tawny is also pronounced similarly to Tahna, Tahni, Tahnya, Taina, Tana, Tani, Tawana, Tiny and Tony. Another suggested similar baby name is Tammy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tawny.