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What does Tawny mean?

Tawny Pronunciation of Tawny 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, old english, green, golden, brown, surname, warm (fire), lion


VARIANTS Tahnee, Taney, Tawna, Tawney, Tawnee, Tawney, Tawni, Tawnia, Tawnie, Tawnya

SEE ALSO Ebony, Tonya

RELATED FORMS VIA TANYA Tahna, Tahni, Tahnia, Tahnya, Taina, Tana, Tanee, Tania, Tanja, Tarnya, Tonnya, Tonya

(female) Tany, ..

(male) Taon, ..

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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)

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. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tawny name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Tawny listed in the Top 2000 are Tania (#1395 IN 2018), Ebony, Taina, Tana, Tanja, Tanya, Tawni, Tawnya and Tonya. 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 (#1939, 98.8%), with versions like Tonya falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tawny, Ebony, Taina, Tana, Tania in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tanja, Tanya, Tawni, Tawnya, Tonya in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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 sound-alike 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.

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