200+ Tiger Names and Meanings

Written by Crystal
Published: December 15, 2023
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Give your tiger a name as unique as their stripes!

Tigers have a long lifespan of about 15 years. So, the name you pick will be around for quite a while. Whether you’re looking for a tough-sounding title like Diesel or something loving like Amor, this list has you covered! Here you’ll be able to explore our carefully selected list of tiger names, along with their meanings.

What are the best tiger names? Read on to find out.

Wilderness-Themed Tiger Names

Bengal tiger standing in grass

A wilderness-themed name like Croc or Volcano will help your big cat stand out.

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Wilderness-themed names are both beautiful and impactful. These names are all about connecting big cats to all things nature. Asia, a great-sounding name, honors where most tigers come from. Then there are fun safari-themed names like Sundowner or Bush.

Here are some of the best wilderness-inspired tiger names:

  • Aqua: A name that celebrates the tiger’s love of swimming
  • Bandicoot: Marsupial native to Australia and Southea st Asia
  • Bramble: A prickly shrub
  • Bushbaby: A small, nocturnal primate found in African forests
  • Cave: Underground chamber
  • Croc: Short for crocodile
  • Desert: As in a desert environment
  • Gnawer: An animal that nibbles or gnaws
  • Jacaranda: A gorgeous tropical tree with violet-blue flowers
  • Kapel: A small chapel or shrine in nature
  • Komodo: Referring to the Komodo dragon
  • Lahu: A tribe of people living in the mountainous regions of Southeast Asia

More Wilderness-Themed Names

  • Macapa: A city in Brazil, often associated with the Amazon rainforest region
  • Mokoro: A traditional dugout canoe
  • Moonglade: The reflection of the moon on water
  • Mopane: A type of tree native to southern Africa
  • Outback: The remote inland regions of Australia
  • Peiskos: The feeling of warmth and comfort experienced fireside
  • Rainy: As in rainforest
  • River: Can also be named after a famous river like the Nile
  • Savanna: A tropical grassland
  • Serengeti: A vast, grassy plain in Tanzania
  • Sundowner: Happy hour on a safari, a drink enjoyed as the sun sets
  • Tigerwood: Gorgeous striped hardwood
  • Volcano: Alternative names include Ash and Magma
  • Weeping Willow: A graceful tree with drooping branches, often found near water
  • Woodnote: Natural forest sounds, like the sound of wind blowing through trees

Still not sure what nature name’s the right choice? Then check out this list of nature-themed words for inspiration. Perhaps your tiger’s destined to be a Dew, Leaf, or Sapling.

Loving Tiger Names

Portrait of a Royal Bengal Tiger alert and Staring at the Camera. National Animal of Bangladesh

There are plenty of love-themed tiger names such as Adora, which means “a gift”.

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Love-themed names are perfect for showing off how much you love a tiger, or to let others know about the tiger’s big heart. Amadeus, Adora, and Kendi are just a few of the names we’ve put together for you. You can also choose names that don’t directly mean love, but still tie into a warm loving feeling. Take
“Ohana”, for instance. Made famous from Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch”, Ohana is a Hawaiin term that means family. It’s the perfect name for a tiger who’s won a place in your heart.

Here are some of the most endearing tiger names:

  • Adora: A gift
  • Adoree: Adored
  • Agapi: Love, affection
  • Aiko: Little loved one
  • Aloha: Love or compassion
  • Amadeus: Lover of God
  • Amanda: Worthy of love
  • Amandy: Fit to be loved, lovable
  • Amara: Grace, immortal, tribe
  • Amedee: God’s love
  • Amia: Beloved
  • Amias: Loved
  • Amika: Loved friend
  • Amor: Love
  • Amoretta: Little love
  • Amorina: Love
  • Amoura: Love
  • Amy: Beloved
  • Amy: Beloved one
  • Anchoret: Much Loved
  • Angharad: Much loved
  • Annabelle: Loving
  • Annwyll: Loved one
  • Aroha: Love
  • Asmara: Love
  • Asthore: Loved One
  • Aziza: Powerful and loved
  • Caera: Darling
  • Calandra: Lovely one
  • Caralie: Cherished friend
  • Carys: Loved one
  • Cerys: Love
  • Cheryl: Special one
  • Cordelia: Heart; daughter of the sea
  • Daralice: Beloved
  • Dariela: Loved one, dear one
  • David: Beloved
  • Davinia: Loved by God

More Loving Tiger Names

  • Eros: Desire
  • Esme: My darling, loved one
  • Ines: Pure, virginal
  • Kendi: One who is greatly loved
  • Lev: heart, lion, and lion heart
  • Love: Straight to the chase
  • Ludmila: Loved by the people
  • Mabel: Lovable
  • Maryam: Drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved
  • Mila: Gracious; dear
  • Milada: Love, favor, and grace
  • Milena: Love, warmth, grace
  • Myfanwy: My lovely little one
  • Nayeli: I love you
  • Philip: Lover of horses
  • Philomena: To love or friend
  • Pippa: Lover of horses
  • Priya: Beloved
  • Rhys: Ardor
  • Sade: Gift of love
  • Suki: Beloved
  • Tindara: Willing to love
  • Venus: Roman goddess of love
  • Vida: Beloved, life

Choosing a name from another language makes your tiger all the more interesting. The list above includes love-themed names from all sorts of languages. After finding one you love, search YouTube or Google for the pronunciation. For instance, this video shows you how to pronounce Suki, a Japanese word that means “loved one” “beloved” or “I love you”.

Names for Large and in Charge Tigers


For a tiger whose eyes burn bright, consider a name like Aiden, which means “little fire”.

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For a tiger who likes to be in charge consider going with a title like Godric, which means “God’s ruler”. Warrick is another solid name, and it means “leader who defends.”

Take a peek at these tiger names that honor how impressive these big cats are:

  • Aiden: Little fire
  • Alexander: Defending man
  • Amell: Power of an eagle
  • Anders: Manly strength
  • Andrew: Manly
  • Ansaldo: Power, leader, ruler
  • Augustus: Great, magnificent
  • Barrett: Brave as a bear
  • Burke: Fortress
  • Chase: Hunter
  • Conrad: Brave counsel
  • Denzel: High stronghold
  • Dustin: Thor’s stone
  • Ebert: Brave boar
  • Ethan: Solid, enduring, firm
  • Farrell: Man of valor
  • Farris: Man of courage
  • Ferguson: Vigor and courage
  • Gabriel: Strong man, hero,
  • Godric: God’s ruler
  • Henry: Ruler
  • Hudson: Brave ruler
  • Idris: Ardent lord, leader
  • Jason: Healer
  • Kendrick: Royal power
  • Leo: Lion
  • Liam: Desire, protection
  • Maverick: Independent one
  • Michael: One who is like God
  • Oswald: Power, ruler
  • Peter: Stone
  • Sewell: Strong sea, ruling sea
  • Tedmond: Protector of the land
  • Victor: Victor, conqueror
  • Warrick: Leader who defends
  • William: Protection
  • Wyatt: Battle, brave, hardy

Orange Themed Names

tigress caresses the tiger male

Celebrate the lovely orange color of a tiger’s coat with an orange-themed name like Apollo.


Why are tigers orange? Pheomelanin, the primary pigment that produces this big cat’s famous color. And a lack of pheomelanin is why white tigers are white.

Below is a list of alphabetically arranged orange-themed tiger names with meanings: 

  • Alani: Hawaiian name meaning “precious” or “orange tree.”
  • Amber: Arabic word referring to fossilized tree resin.
  • Anatole: Meaning “rising sun.”
  • Apollo: God of the sun in Greek mythology.
  • Aranchi: Name in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • Asahi: Japanese word that means “morning sun.”
  • Aurora: Latin word meaning “dawn.”
  • Azahar: Arabic word referring to orange blossoms.
  • Cayenne: Named after the spicy red-orange cayenne pepper.
  • Dahlia: A type of orange flower.
  • Fire: Celebrates the power of a fire.
  • Ginger: Named after the orange spice.
  • Honey: Perfect for sweet tigers.
  • Kirros: Greek name meaning orange.
  • Kinneret: Hebrew word for orange.
  • Kitsuo: Japanese name meaning orange or tangerine.
  • Marigold: Old-fashioned English name.
  • Melina: Greek word that means “honey.”
  • Mikan: Japanese word meaning orange.
  • Narangi: Sanskrit for orange.
  • Nerënxa: Albanian word referring to bitter oranges.
  • Nerola: Italian word which translates to “orange blossom.
  • Neroli: Refers to orange blossom trees from Italy.
  • Orenji: Japanese word for “orange.”
  • Oriane: French word that means sunrise.
  • Oriol: Latin tiger name meaning “golden” and “the best.”
  • Poppy: Flower with red.
  • Ravi: After the Hindu sun God.
  • Rory: Irish tiger name meaning red.
  • Rufus: Refers to a brown shade of orange.
  • Santara: Indian word that means “tangerine”.
  • Sienna: Italian word referring to red-orange clay.
  • Solana: Spanish word for “sunshine”.
  • Tawny: Irish tiger name that means golden.
  • Topaz: Gorgeous yellow gemstone.
  • Yelena: Russian tiger name meaning “shining light.”
  • Yuzana: Burmese tiger name meaning “orange jasmine.

Yellow-Themed Names

Rare golden tiger in their environment

Names like Aurus and Dawn are names that honor the tiger’s lovely orange-yellow coat.


Tigers aren’t just orange, their coats have hints of yellow too! Many tigers have a light-yellow color that blends seamlessly into their famous orange coat. 

Here’s a list of yellow-themed tiger names, listed alphabetically for easy browsing:

  • Appolliana: Greek word for the Goddess of the sun.
  • Aure: Latin, translates to “Gold.”
  • Aurelia: Latin, means “the golden one.”
  • Aurus: Latin, means “yellow.”
  • Baskara: Indonesian for “the sun”.
  • Bert: Character from Sesame Street.
  • Beryl: Yellow-green gemstone.
  • Bláth: Irish word that means “yellow flower.”
  • Blaine: Gaelic and Irish for “yellow”.
  • Blaw: English word for “yellow.”
  • Bobbie: Of Germanic origin, means “bright shining”.
  • Dawn: Celebrating daybreak.
  • Daffodil: As in the flower.
  • Dior: French, the word for “Gold.”
  • Dinnara: Arabic word meaning golden coins.
  • Elaine: Greek for “Ray of the sun” or “Shining bright.”
  • Eldora: Spanish word for golden, blond, or gift of the sun.
  • Elly: Means “light of the sun.”
  • Elna: French tiger name, means “shining light” or “sun’s rays”.
  • Fawn: Yellow-tan color of a baby deer.
  • Flávia: Latin word for “yellow hair.”
  • Gialla: Italian word for “yellow.”
  • Gilda: Latin for “covered in gold” or “gilded”. 
  • Goldie: Celebrating the deep yellow color of gold.
  • Gul: Turkish word for “yellow.”
  • Gulnaz: Persian word for “yellow flower.”
  • Gulshan: Indian word that means “yellow.”
  • Helena: An old Greek name that means “the shining one”.
  • Hu: Chinese word referring to the stripes of a tiger

More Yellow-Themed Tiger Names

  • Kahen: Hawaiian word for “yellow.”
  • Kelt: Irish word for yellow.”
  • Lily: Can refer to the flower. Also means pure and innocent.
  • Lyon: French word for “yellow.”
  • Maize: English word for corn.
  • Maiz: Spanish word for corn.
  • Marigold: As in the golden yellow flower.
  • Mina: Greenlandic word referring to a plant with yellow flowers.
  • Mirri: Indigenous Australian word meaning the “sun”.
  • Orleans: Tiger name that means golden.
  • Oron: Hebrew word for “yellow.”
  • Orville: French tiger name, means “town filled with golden treasures”.
  • Pazu: Japanese word meaning “yellow.”
  • Primrose: As in the yellow flower.
  • Safran: French word meaning “yellow.”
  • Soleil: French name that means “the sun”.
  • Sunday: Referring to the day of the week, and the lovely yellow sun.
  • Thea: Greek tiger name that means “Goddess of light”.
  • Tip: Chinese name that means golden.

Tough Tiger Names That Roar

Tiger swimming in a national park in India. These national treasures are now being protected, but due to urban growth they will never be able to roam India as they used to.

Names like Ajax and Banshee are tough names for a tough and powerful tiger.

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When you want a name as tough as a tiger, consider Ajax, Bomber, or Cast Iron. You can also go with powerful figures like Zeus or Captain. And to honor their monstrous side consider titles like Banshee or Chimera.

Here are some of the toughest-sounding tiger names:

  • Ajax
  • Amarok
  • Amir
  • Atlas
  • Axel
  • Bacchus
  • Banshee
  • Bax
  • Basilisk
  • Blaze
  • Blizzard
  • Bomber
  • Bow
  • Brandy
  • Brendan
  • Bullock
  • Captain
  • Carlo
  • Cascade
  • Cast Iron
  • Centaur
  • Chimera
  • Claws
  • Cloud
  • Crusher
  • Cyclone

Cool Sounding Tiger Names

Royal Bengal Tiger with Cub

Celebrate how cool tigers are with a thoughtful title like Django or Dragon.

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Now let’s look at some of the best names for a tiger who’s the epitome of cool. Gunner, Rubble, and Talon are great for a male tiger. And Fury, Hera, and Jade are perfect titles for a savvy female tiger.

  • Devil
  • Diablo
  • Diesel
  • Django
  • Doc
  • Dragon
  • Drought
  • Fang
  • Fireball
  • Firefly
  • Fury
  • Garvan
  • General
  • Griffin
  • Gunner
  • Hades
  • Hannibal
  • Hera
  • Hulk
  • Hurricane
  • Hydra
  • Impenetrable
  • Jade
  • Josey
  • Kella
  • Kevlar
  • Kong
  • Koton
  • Kraken
  • Lex
  • Lilac
  • Loki
  • Maia
  • Major
  • Mako
  • Mammoth
  • Milo
  • Monsoon
  • Mystify
  • Nails
  • Neptune
  • Opaque
  • Overcast
  • Ozzie
  • Phoenix
  • Piranha
  • Polar Bear
  • Porter
  • Queen
  • Ragnarok
  • Rambo
  • Raven
  • Rebel
  • Renegade
  • Rooster
  • Rubble
  • Samson
  • Shaitan
  • Shane
  • Shooting Star
  • Sirius
  • Skoll
  • Slingshot
  • Sniper
  • Solar Eclipse
  • Soldier
  • Spartacus
  • Spike
  • Stalin
  • Storm Surge
  • Talon
  • Tempest
  • Titan
  • Trigger
  • Turbulence
  • Ulka
  • Urchin
  • Vague
  • Valkyrie
  • Viper
  • Vixen
  • Werewolf
  • Wolf
  • Wolverine
  • Woody
  • Wyatt
  • Zander
  • Zeus

Try saying some of the names out loud to see which one’s a good fit. You can also combine two names to make a one-of-a-kind title like Vixen Wolf or Ulka Spike!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Amani A/Shutterstock.com

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Crystal is a dedicated writer at A-Z Animals, focusing on topics related to mammals, insects, and travel. With over a decade of experience in the world of research and writing, she also fulfills the role of a skilled video and audio engineer. Residing in sunny Florida, alligators are Crystal's favorite animal.

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