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 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).
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).
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.