Nahuel

Joel Sartore via National Geographic

Joel Sartore via National Geographic

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Mapuche
Meaning: “jaguar.”
(nah-WEL)

The name comes directly from the Mapuche word for jaguar and is currently the 26th most popular male name in Argentina, (2009).

It was the name of a medium tank developed in Argentina during WWII, the equivalent of the American M4 Sherman.

The name appears in Stephanie Meyer’s last book of the Twilight Series, Breaking Dawn as the name of a half-vampire half-human character.