What does Tawny mean?
Tawny [ta-w-ny] as a girls' 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.
(female) Tany, Teany, ..
(male) Taon, Tawry, ..
How popular is Tawny?
Tawny is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#2438 out of 4276, Top 57%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name history of Tawny for girls. Tawny was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex rank of #1008 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a graphed comparison of the history of Tawny and affiliated names. Prominent alternative forms of Tawny listed in the Top 2000 are Tania (#1253 in 2014), Tanya (#1641), Tawnya, Tonya, Tawni, Tanja, Taina, Tana and Ebony. Other forms, like Tanee, are uncommon. These relations of Tawny were popular as birth names in the 1970s (median #929) and have become significantly less popular since (#1889, ▼98.4%), with versions like Tania falling out of fashion.
Tawny is alike in pronunciation to Tanaya, Tanea, Tani, Tawana▼, Teana, Teanna, Teena, Tena▼, Teona, Teoni, Teyna, Tiahna, Tiana, Tiani, Tianna▼, Tiauna, Tina▼, Tiny, Toini, Tona, Toni▼, Tony, Tunna, Tyana and Tyanna. Other recommended names are Dabny (see Dabney), Dagny, Danny, Dany, Fanny▼, Hanny, Hany, Janny, Jany, Lanny, Nanny, Rainy, Sanny, Tabby, Tacey, Tacy, Taffy, Tally, Tammy▼, Tandy, Tansy and Tavy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Tawny.