45 Names That Mean Deer

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One of the biggest decisions, when you become a parent, is deciding on the perfect name for your little one. Do you go with a really traditional name that honors a relative or friend?

Or do you go ultra-modern and unique but risk that the name may be a little too out there?  Are you going to choose a name based purely on its meaning – such as gold, fear, or lust? It can certainly be overwhelming, frustrating, and very stressful. 

If you are thinking of choosing a name based on the meaning then we have done some of the hard work for you and put together a list of some of our favorite names that mean ‘deer’. Take a look and see if anything sparks your interest.

Girls Names That Mean Deer

Afra – This is a name of Hebrew origin meaning ‘young deer’.

Ayala – Feminine form of the Hebrew name ‘Ayal’ which means ‘deer’.

Ayelet – Hebrew name derived from a name for the morning sun meaning ‘deer’.

Doe – A name of English origin meaning ‘deer’.

Dyani – Of Native American origin meaning ‘deer’.

Elain – Welsh name meaning ‘fawn’.

Eniko – A Hungarian name derived from ‘Eneh’, possibly meaning ‘deer’.

Fawn – Means ‘baby deer’ and is derived from the English vocabulary word.

Gazelle – The literal English word for ‘deer.

Hinda – Of Hebrew origin and means ‘female deer’.

Jelena – A form of Yelena in many languages.

Maral – Armenian name meaning ‘deer’.

Ophrah – This is a name of Hebrew origin meaning ‘fawn’ or ‘young deer’.

Xiamara – Means ‘deer’ and is of Aramaic origin.

Zibiah – An Anglicized form of the Hebrew name ‘Tsibyah’ which means ‘a female gazelle’.

Boys Names That Mean Deer

Actaeon – The Latin form of the Greek name ‘Aktaion’ means ‘effulgence’. This is the name of a mythological hunter who was torn apart by his own dogs and was later transformed into a deer.

Ayal – A Hebrew name meaning ‘deer’.

Buck – From the English word meaning ‘male deer’.

Buckley – Means ‘deer meadow’ and is of English origin.

Buckminster – This is a name of English origin meaning ‘a monastery where deer dwell’.

Daimhin – Of Old Gaelic origin and means ‘little stag’.

Darton – English origin and means ‘settlement of deer’.

Dearborn – A name of English origin meaning ‘brook of deer’.

Derby – This is a name of English origin meaning ‘park with deer’.

Devin – An Irish surname transferred to forename meaning ‘little fawn’.

Dishan – Anglicized form of the Hebrew name ‘Diyshan’ which means ‘a species of gazelle’.

Dren – Means ‘deer’ and is of Albanian origin.

Hershel – A pet form of the Yiddish name that means ‘deer’.

Hirsh – Of Yiddish origin and means ‘deer’.

Hjortur – Icelandic form of the Old Norse ‘Hjortr’ meaning ‘stag’.

Lockhart – This is a name of English origin and means ‘deer from the forest’.

Oisin – A name of Irish origin that is composed of the word ‘os’ meaning ‘deer’.

Oscar – Irish Gaelic form of the Scottish Gaelic name ‘Osgar’ meaning ‘deer-love’.

Rayburn – Of English origin and means ‘Roe deer brook’.

Renton – English origin and means ‘settlement of the roe deer’.

Renwick – This is a name of English origin meaning ‘roe deer village’.

Rowell – A name of English origin meaning ‘roe deer well’.

Shenandoah – Iroquois origin and means ‘deer’.

Gender-Neutral Names That Mean Deer

Darby – This is a name of English origin that was transferred from surname to forename. Means ‘a forest abounding in deer.

Hartley – English surname transferred from surname to forename that means ‘deer meadow’.

Isi – A name of Native American origin that means ‘deer’.

Ofra – A variant of the Hebrew name ‘Ophrah’ which means ‘fawn’.

Raleigh – English surname transferred to forename that means ‘roe-deer wood’.

Roe – This is a name of English origin and means ‘roe deer.

Roscoe – English surname transferred to forename that means ‘roe-deer wood’.

The Final Thought

Well, that brings us to the end of our list of names that mean deer. Maybe you have found the perfect name for your little one from our list. Or perhaps they have inspired you to keep searching beyond the traditional names with their traditional meanings.

Either way, there is no need to panic there are still plenty of options out there. you could check out our names that mean wild or lightning for further inspiration.

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!