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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Tawny for girls. Tawny was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its apex rank of #971 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Tawny and affiliated names. Prominent alternative forms of Tawny listed in the Top 1000 are Tawnya, Tonya, Tanya, Tania, Taina, Tana and Ebony. Other forms, like Tonnya, are uncommon. These relations of Tawny were popular as birth names during 1970-1979 (average #547) and have become significantly less popular since. (2014 Birth Statistics)