Tiger name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Tiger

User Submitted Origins

Filipino (Philippines)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Hong Kong, the name Tiger means "anger".
  2. According to a user from Alaska, U.S., the name Tiger is of Swedish origin and means "It comes from the Swedish 'tiga' meaning 'to keep quiet, say nothing'. It may also come from the English word for 'a large, carnivorous feline'".
  3. A submission from Australia says the name Tiger means "Animal" and is of English origin.
  4. A submission from Canada says the name Tiger means "Big cat, strong" and is of African origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ti"ger
  1. A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger, and Bengal tiger.
  2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person."As for heinous tiger, Tamora." [Shak.]
  3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
  4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a tiger .(Colloq. U. S)
  5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.

Etymology: OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. tīr; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; -- probably so named from its quickness.]

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large feline of forests in most of Asia having a tawny coat with black stripes; endangered
  2. A fierce or audacious person ("he's a tiger on the tennis court" and "it aroused the tiger in me")

From Middle English tygre, in part from Old English tigras (pl.), in part from Anglo-Norman tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Ancient Greek τίγρις (tígris), from Iranian (compare Avestan 𐬙𐬌𐬔𐬭𐬌 (tigri, “arrow”), 𐬙𐬌𐬖𐬭𐬀 (tiγra, “pointed”)). More at stick.

  1. Panthera tigris, a large predatory mammal of the cat family, indigenous to Asia.
    1. A male tiger.
  2. (heraldry) A representation of a large mythological cat, used on a coat of arms.
  3. (obsolete) A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
  4. (South Africa, dated but still used) A leopard.
  5. (US, slang) A person who is very athletic during sexual intercourse.
  6. (figuratively) A ferocious, bloodthirsty and audacious person.
  7. (US, colloquial) A kind of growl or screech, after cheering.
    three cheers and a
  8. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
  9. A tiger moth.
  10. A relatively small country or group of countries with a fast-growing economy.

tiger was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old English, Slovene, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Tiger

Notable Persons Named Tiger

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is a golf player.

Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff is an actor and martial artist. Tiger was given the name Jai Hemant Shroff by his parents Jackie Shroff and Ayesha Dutt on March 2nd, 1990 in Mumbai.

Tiger Memon

Tiger Memon is a criminal.

Tiger JK

Tiger JK is a hip hop music rapping, record producer, and entrepreneurship. He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 1995. Tiger was given the name Seo Jung-kwon on July 29th, 1974 in Seoul. Tiger is also known as JK, Drunken Tiger, and DT.

Tiger Prabhakar

Tiger Prabhakar was an actor and film director. Tiger was given the name Prabhakar on March 30th, 1950 in Fraser Town, Bangalore, Mysore State, India. Tiger is also known as Tiger, Prabhakar, and Kannada. He breathed his last breath on March 25th, 2001.

Tiger Jeet Singh

Tiger Jeet Singh is a wrestler. Tiger was born on April 3rd, 1948 in Ludhiana.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tiger

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tiger

Bronze Tiger

Bronze Tiger is a comics character.

Tony The Tiger

Tony The Tiger is a fictional character.

White Tiger

Lionel Tiger

Lionel was born on February 5th, 1937 in Montreal.

Dick Tiger

Dick Tiger was a boxer. Dick was born on August 14th, 1929 in Amaigbo. He breathed his last breath on December 14th, 1971.

Hungry Tiger

Hungry Tiger is a fictional character.

  • Paper Tiger
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tiger U.S.
  White 43.90% 64.26%
  African American 6.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 38.06% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tiger

People with the last name Tiger are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Tiger

  • How Popular is the name Tiger? Tiger is the 10,319th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tiger was the 12,715th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tiger have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,090 babies born with the first name Tiger in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tiger to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tiger? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1962 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Tiger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tiger is Wednesday, July 2nd, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Tiger born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tiger was in 2010 with a total of 130 babies.
  • Random Tiger Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tiger is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Texas have the same name in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Tiger: The name spelled backwards is Regit. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Igert. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tiger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,428 people with the last name Tiger.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tiger? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tiger as their last name since less than 1 person in 122k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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