Tawny name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Tawny mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Tawny

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Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Arkansas, U.S., the name Tawny means "Little one".
  2. A submission from New York, U.S. says the name Tawny means "Reddish brown".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Taw"ny
Of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt; as, tawny Moor or Spaniard; the tawny lion.

Etymology: F. tanné, p. p. of tanner to tan. See Tan (v. t.) & (n.) Cf. Tenné

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather

From Middle English tawne, from Anglo-Norman tawné, from Old French tané, past participle of taner (“to tan”), from tan (“tanbark, tawny color”), from Gaulish tanno (“holm oak”), from Proto-Celtic *tanno- (“green oak”), of uncertain further origin. Compare Breton tann, Old Irish caerthann (“rowan”).

  1. A light brown to brownish orange colour.

Notable Persons Named Tawny

Notable Persons Named Tawny

Tawny Kitaen

Tawny Kitaen is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 1983 to present. Tawny was given the name Julie E. Kitaen on August 5th, 1961 in San Diego, California, USA.

Tawny Cypress

Tawny Cypress is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Tawny was born on August 8th, 1976 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Tawny Little

Tawny Little is an anchorwoman; talk show host. She holds the title Miss New York 1975, Miss America 1976, and Miss New York1975. Tawny was given the name Tawny Elaine Godin on September 15th, 1956 in Portland, Maine, U.S.

Tawny Moyer

Tawny Moyer is an actor and actress. Tawny was born on March 30th, 1957.

Tawny Ellis

Tawny was born on December 25th, 1981.

Tawny Weber

Tawny Weber is a romance novel novelist. She has been prominent since 2007. Tawny was born in Idaho.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tawny

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tawny

Tawky Tawny


Fun Facts about the name Tawny

  • How Popular is the name Tawny? Tawny is the 4,338th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Tawny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,212 babies born with the first name Tawny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tawny to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tawny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1947 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Tawny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tawny is Thursday, April 22nd, 1915.
  • What year had the most people named Tawny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tawny was in 1989 with a total of 217 babies.
  • Random Tawny Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tawny is not a popular baby girl's name in Oregon. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Oregon have the same name in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Tawny: The name spelled backwards is Ynwat. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Atnwy. How do you pronounce that?
  • Tawny name meaning

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