Names Categorized "felines"

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APOLINARmSpanish
Spanish form of APOLLINARIS.
APOLLINAIREmFrench (Rare)
French form of APOLLINARIS. It was adopted as a surname by the Polish-French poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918), who based it on his Polish middle name Apolinary.
APOLLINARISmAncient Greek
Ancient Greek name derived from the name of the god APOLLO. This was the name of several early saints and martyrs, including a bishop of Ravenna and a bishop of Hierapolis.
APOLLOmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Απολλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light". The Greeks later associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb απολλυμι (apollymi) meaning "to destroy". In Greek mythology Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis. He was the god of prophecy, medicine, music, art, law, beauty, and wisdom. Later he also became the god of the sun and light.
APOLLONmGreek Mythology
Original Greek form of APOLLO.
APOLLONIOSmAncient Greek
From an ancient Greek personal name which was derived from the name of the Greek god APOLLO. It was borne by a Greek poet of the 3rd century BC. Several saints have also had this name.
ARELImBiblical
Means "lion of God, hero" in Hebrew. This was the name of a son of Gad in the Old Testament.
ARI (1)mHebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
ARIE (2)mHebrew
Variant transcription of ARIEH.
ARIEHmBiblical, Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew. This was the name of an officer of King Pekahiah in the Old Testament.
ARIELm & fHebrew, English, French, Spanish, Biblical, Biblical Greek
Means "lion of God" in Hebrew, from אֲרִי ('ari) meaning "lion" and אֵל (el) meaning "God". In the Old Testament it is used as another name for the city of Jerusalem. Shakespeare used it as the name of a spirit in his play 'The Tempest' (1611), and one of the moons of Uranus bears this name in his honour. As an English name, it became more common for females in the 1980s, especially after it was used for the title character in the Walt Disney film 'The Little Mermaid' (1989).
ARIELLAfEnglish (Modern)
Strictly feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIELLEfFrench
French feminine form of ARIEL.
ARIKmHebrew
Diminutive of ARIEL.
ARSLANmTurkish, Turkmen
Turkish variant and Turkmen form of ASLAN.
ARYEHmHebrew
Variant transcription of ARIEH.
ASADmArabic, Urdu
Means "lion" in Arabic.
ASLANmTurkish, Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Chechen, Ossetian, Circassian
From Turkic arslan meaning "lion". This was a byname or title borne by several medieval Turkic rulers, including the Seljuk sultan Alp Arslan (a byname meaning "brave lion") who drove the Byzantines from Anatolia in the 11th century. The name Aslan was later used by the author C. S. Lewis for the main protagonist (a lion) in his 'Chronicles of Narnia' series of books, first appearing in 1950.
ASLANBEKmChechen, Ossetian, Circassian
Derived from Turkish aslan meaning "lion" combined with the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master".
BASTfEgyptian Mythology
Possibly means "fire, heat" or "ointment jar" in Egyptian. In Egyptian mythology Bast was a goddess of cats, fertility and the sun who was considered a protector of Lower Egypt. She was often depicted with the head of a lioness or a house cat. As her role in the Egyptian pantheon diminished, she was called Bastet.
BORISmBulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, German
From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century King Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
CATf & mEnglish
Diminutive of CATHERINE. It can also be a nickname from the English word for the animal.
FAHDmArabic
Means "panther" in Arabic.
FELINAfLate Roman
Feminine form of FELINUS.
FELIXmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English, Romanian, Ancient Roman, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From a Roman cognomen meaning "lucky, successful" in Latin. It was acquired as an agnomen, or nickname, by the 1st-century BC Roman general Sulla. It also appears in the New Testament belonging to the governor of Judea who imprisoned Saint Paul.... [more]
GARFIELDmEnglish
From a surname meaning "triangle field" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president James A. Garfield (1831-1881). It is now associated with the cat in Jim Davis's cartoon strip 'Garfield'.
GRIFFINmEnglish
Latinized form of GRUFFUDD. This name can also be inspired by the English word griffin, a creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).
HAIDARmArabic
Means "lion" in Arabic. This was another name of Ali, the husband of Fatimah the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
HAIDERmArabic
Variant transcription of HAIDAR.
HARImHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali
Means "brown, yellow, tawny" in Sanskrit, and by extension "monkey, horse, lion". This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu, and sometimes of Krishna. It is also borne by the son of the Garuda, the bird-like mount of Vishnu.
HAYDARmTurkish
Turkish form of HAIDAR.
HAYDERmArabic
Variant transcription of HAIDAR.
HEYDARmPersian
Persian form of HAIDAR.
HYDERmArabic
Variant transcription of HAIDAR.
IZEMmNorthern African, Berber
Means "lion" in Tamazight.
JASPERmEnglish, Dutch, Judeo-Christian Legend
Means "treasurer" in Persian. This name was traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since the Middle Ages. The name can also be given in reference to the English word for the gemstone.
KATIDAfEsperanto
Means "kittenish" in Esperanto.
KFIRmHebrew
Means "lion cub" in Hebrew.
KITTYfEnglish
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
LAVImHebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
LEANDERmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λεανδρος (Leandros), derived from λεων (leon) meaning "lion" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek legend Leander was the lover of Hero. Every night he swam across the Hellespont to meet her, but on one occasion he was drowned when a storm arose. When Hero saw his dead body she threw herself into the waters and perished.
LÉANDREmFrench
French form of LEANDER.
LEANDROmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LEANDER.
LELLEmSwedish
Diminutive of LENNART.
LENmEnglish
Short form of LEONARD.
LENARTmSlovene
Slovene form of LEONARD.
LENNARTmSwedish, Danish, Norwegian, Low German, Dutch
Swedish and Low German form of LEONARD.
LENNIEmEnglish
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENNYmEnglish
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LÉOmFrench
French form of LEO.
LEOmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Croatian, Late Roman
Derived from Latin leo meaning "lion", a cognate of LEON. It was popular among early Christians and was the name of 13 popes, including Saint Leo the Great who asserted the dominance of the Roman bishops (the popes) over all others in the 5th century. It was also borne by six Byzantine emperors and five Armenian kings. Another famous bearer was Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian novelist whose works include 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'. Leo is also the name of a constellation and the fifth sign of the zodiac.
LEOLAfEnglish
Feminine form of LEO.
LEOLINmWelsh
Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by Latin leo "lion".
LÉONmFrench
French form of LEON.
LEÓNmSpanish
Spanish form of LEON. León is also the name of a province in Spain, though the etymology is unrelated.
LEONmEnglish, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". During the Christian era this Greek name was merged with the Latin cognate Leo, with the result that the two forms are used somewhat interchangeably across European languages. In England during the Middle Ages this was a common name among Jews. A famous bearer was Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), a Russian Communist revolutionary.
LEONAfEnglish, German
Feminine form of LEON.
LÉONARDmFrench
French form of LEONARD.
LEONARDmEnglish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "brave lion", derived from the Germanic elements lewo "lion" (of Latin origin) and hard "brave, hardy". This was the name of a 5th-century Frankish saint from Noblac who is the patron of prisoners and horses. The Normans brought this name to England, though it did not become common there until the 19th century.
LEONARDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is also known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa'. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th-century Italian mathematician. A more recent bearer is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-).
LEONASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of LEON.
LÉONCEmFrench
French form of LEONTIOS.
LEONCIOmSpanish
Spanish form of LEONTIOS.
LÉONEfFrench
French feminine form of LEON.
LEONE (1)mItalian
Italian form of LEON.
LEONHARDmGerman
German form of LEONARD. Leonhard Euler was a Swiss mathematician who made many important contributions to calculus, number theory, geometry and theoretical physics.
LEONIDmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of LEONIDAS.
LEONIDAmItalian
Italian form of LEONIDAS.
LEONIDASmGreek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion" combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). Leonidas was a Spartan king of the 5th century BC who sacrificed his life and his army defending the pass of Thermopylae from the Persians. This was also the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr, the father of Origen, from Alexandria.
LÉONIDEm & fFrench (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of LEONIDAS.
LÉONNEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of LÉON.
LEONTImRussian
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
LÉONTINEfFrench
French form of LEONTINA.
LEONTIOSmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of various early saints and martyrs. It was also borne by a 7th-century Byzantine emperor.
LEONTIYmRussian
Russian form of LEONTIOS.
LEONTYmRussian
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
LEONTYNEfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of LÉONTINE. This name was borne by opera singer Leontyne Price (1927-).
LEONZIOmItalian
Italian form of LEONTIOS.
LÉOPOLDmFrench
French form of LEOPOLD.
LEOPOLDmGerman, Dutch, English, Slovene, Polish
Derived from the Germanic elements leud "people" and bald "bold". The spelling was altered due to association with Latin leo "lion". This name was common among German royalty, first with the Babenbergs and then the Habsburgs. Saint Leopold was a 12th-century Babenberg margrave of Austria, who is now considered the patron of that country. It was also borne by two Habsburg Holy Roman emperors, as well as three kings of Belgium. Since the 19th century this name has been occasionally used in England, originally in honour of Queen Victoria's uncle, a king of Belgium, after whom she named one of her sons. It was later used by James Joyce for the main character, Leopold Bloom, in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920).
LEOPOLDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEOPOLD.
LEOŠmCzech
Czech form of LEO.
LEUDBALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LEOPOLD.
LEV (1)mRussian
Means "lion" in Russian, functioning as a vernacular form of Leo. This was the real Russian name of both author Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) and revolutionary Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).
LEVANmGeorgian
Georgian form of LEON.
LEVONmArmenian
Armenian form of LEON. This was the name of several kings of Cilician Armenia, including the first king Levon I the Magnificent.
LEW (2)mPolish
Polish cognate of LEV (1).
LIONELmFrench, English
French diminutive of LÉON. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).
LIUPOLDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LEOPOLD.
LLEWmWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of LLEU. It can also be a short form of LLEWELYN. It coincides with the Welsh word llew meaning "lion".
LLEWELLAfWelsh
Feminine form of LLYWELYN.
LLEWELYNmWelsh
Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by the Welsh word llew "lion".
LLYWELYNmWelsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the old Celtic name Lugubelenus, a combination of the names of the gods LUGUS and BELENUS. Alternatively it may be derived from Welsh llyw "leader". This was the name of several Welsh rulers, notably the 13th-century Llywelyn the Great who fought against England.
LUITPOLDmGerman (Rare)
German variant of LEOPOLD.
OSAMAmArabic
Variant transcription of USAMA.
OSCARmEnglish, Irish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "deer friend", derived from Gaelic os "deer" and cara "friend". Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name OSGAR or its Old Norse cognate ÁSGEIRR, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers. In Irish legend Oscar was the son of the poet Oisín and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail.... [more]
OTHNIELmBiblical
Meaning uncertain, possibly "lion of God" or "strength of God" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament he is a nephew of Caleb who becomes the first of the ruling judges of the Israelites.
PANTALEONmAncient Greek
Derived from the Greek elements παν (pan) meaning "all" (genitive παντος) and λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of a 2nd-century BC king of Bactria. It was also borne by Saint Pantaleon (also called Panteleimon), a doctor from Asia Minor who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century. He is a patron saint of doctors and midwives.
PANTALEONEmItalian
Italian form of PANTALEON.
POLDImGerman
German diminutive of LEOPOLD.
RUSLANAfUkrainian
Feminine form of RUSLAN.
SHERmUrdu, Pashto
Means "lion" in Persian. A famous bearer of this name was Sher Shah, a 16th-century Mughal ruler.
SHIR (2)mPersian (Rare)
Modern Persian form of SHER.
SIMBA (2)mEastern African, Swahili
Means "lion" in Swahili. This is the name of the main character in the Disney movie 'The Lion King' (1994), about a lion cub who exiles himself after his father is murdered.
SINGHmIndian (Sikh)
From Sanskrit सिंह (sinha) meaning "lion". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his male Sikh followers the surname Singh, and it is now a very common surname or a middle name. The female equivalent is Kaur.
SYLVESTERmEnglish, Dutch, Danish, German
Medieval variant of SILVESTER. This is currently the usual English spelling of the name. The actor Sylvester Stallone (1946-) is a famous bearer.
TAUmSouthern African, Tswana, Sotho
Means "lion" in Tswana and Sotho. Tau was the name of the last ruler of the Rolong in South Africa (18th century).
TIGERmEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the large striped cat, derived (via Old French and Latin) from Greek τιγρις (tigris), ultimately of Iranian origin. A famous bearer is American golfer Tiger Woods (1975-).
USAMAmArabic
Means "lion" in Arabic.
YERUSLANmFolklore
From Tatar Uruslan, which was possibly from Turkic arslan meaning "lion". Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a hero in Russian and Tatar folktales. These tales were based on (or at least influenced by) Persian tales of their hero Rostam.
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