Heather

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526k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Heather

"Heather" is a name of English origin, and it means "Heather Plant". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Heath"er
Heath.

Etymology: See Heath

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color
  2. Common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
Wiktionary

From heather; the given name is one of the plant names taken up in the 19th century. The surname is habitational, also meaning someone living on a heath.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Heather

Heather Graham is an actress, film producer, writer, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1984. Heather was given the name Heather Joan Graham on January 29th, 1970 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

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Heather Morris is an actress, singer, dancer, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Heather was given the name Heather Elizabeth Morris on February 1st, 1987 in Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.

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Heather Locklear is an actress. She was most prominent from 1980 to present. Heather was given the name Heather Deen Locklear on September 25th, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Dita Von Teese is a burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, author, actress, singer, entrepreneur, neo-burlesque, and model (people). Dita was given the name Heather Renée Sweet on September 28th, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan.

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Heather O'Rourke was an actress. She holds the title They're here!. She was most active from 1981 to 1981. Heather was born on December 27th, 1975 in San Diego, California, U.S. Heather is also known as Heather Michelle O'Rourke. She passed away on February 1st, 1988.

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Laurie Holden is an actress, producer, activist, and film producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to present. Laurie was given the name Heather Laurie Holden by her parents Glen Corbett and Adrienne Ellis on December 17th, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Heather

Jean Heather was an actress. She was most active from 1944 to 1944. Jean was given the name Jean Hetherington on February 21st, 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away on October 29th, 1995.

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Peter Heather is a writer.

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Roy Heather was an actor. Roy was born on May 20th, 1935 in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England, UK. He breathed his last breath on September 3rd, 2014.

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Teariki was born on July 30th, 1959.

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Nick is also known as Brian Heather.

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She breathed her last breath in 2003.

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How popular is the baby name Heather in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1914 8 8 0
1917 5 5 0
1920 5 5 0
1922 5 5 0
1923 8 8 0
1929 9 9 0
1930 9 9 0
1931 7 7 0
1932 11 11 0
1933 30 30 0
1934 41 41 0
1935 63 63 0
1936 52 52 0
1937 52 52 0
1938 76 76 0
1939 94 94 0
1940 106 106 0
1941 131 131 0
1942 159 159 0
1943 166 166 0
1944 131 131 0
1945 175 175 0
1946 237 237 0
1947 272 272 0
1948 215 215 0
1949 249 249 0
1950 310 310 0
1951 308 308 0
1952 381 381 0
1953 428 428 0
1954 541 541 0
1955 614 614 0
1956 661 661 0
1957 665 665 0
1958 732 732 0
1959 912 912 0
1960 972 972 0
1961 1,104 1,104 0
1962 1,291 1,284 7
1963 2,088 2,088 0
1964 2,391 2,386 5
1965 2,506 2,499 7
1966 2,905 2,897 8
1967 3,915 3,905 10 #87 girl name
1968 5,512 5,502 10 #62 girl name
1969 10,100 10,073 27 #34 girl name
1970 14,714 14,671 43 #19 girl name
1971 15,059 15,019 40 #12 girl name
1972 16,383 16,325 58 #9 girl name
1973 19,396 19,349 47 #8 girl name
1974 23,262 23,185 77 #4 girl name
1975 24,370 24,303 67 #3 girl name
1976 24,284 24,199 85 #4 girl name
1977 23,850 23,775 75 #5 girl name
1978 22,340 22,269 71 #5 girl name
1979 20,916 20,842 74 #7 girl name
1980 20,049 19,972 77 #6 girl name
1981 17,994 17,945 49 #10 girl name
1982 17,540 17,494 46 #12 girl name
1983 20,817 20,747 70 #9 girl name
1984 21,568 21,490 78 #9 girl name
1985 21,221 21,151 70 #8 girl name
1986 19,858 19,792 66 #9 girl name
1987 19,041 18,979 62 #9 girl name
1988 18,094 18,036 58 #14 girl name
1989 16,305 16,246 59 #15 girl name
1990 14,244 14,220 24 #19 girl name
1991 11,724 11,699 25 #23 girl name
1992 9,739 9,723 16 #31 girl name
1993 8,120 8,103 17 #38 girl name
1994 7,041 7,034 7 #44 girl name
1995 6,047 6,032 15 #54 girl name
1996 4,767 4,758 9 #71 girl name
1997 3,773 3,768 5 #90 girl name
1998 3,402 3,395 7 #99 girl name
1999 2,894 2,888 6
2000 2,684 2,684 0
2001 2,272 2,272 0
2002 2,066 2,066 0
2003 1,617 1,617 0
2004 1,303 1,303 0
2005 1,067 1,067 0
2006 974 974 0
2007 800 795 5
2008 651 651 0
2009 553 553 0
2010 421 421 0
2011 391 391 0
2012 327 327 0
2013 315 315 0
2014 329 329 0
2015 281 281 0
2016 271 271 0

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Popularity of Heather as a first name

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Popularity of Heather as a last name

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Common last names for Heather

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Stewart
  • Baker

Common first names for Heather

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Heather U.S.
  White 91.48% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Heather

People with the last name Heather are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Heather

  • How Popular is the name Heather? Heather is the 121st most popular name of all time. As a last name Heather was the 20,239th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Heather have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 525,786 babies born with the first name Heather in the United States. That's more than enough people named Heather to occupy the country of Luxembourg with an estimated population of 511,800 (as of December 31, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Heather? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Heather first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Heather is Monday, January 15th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Heather born? The highest recorded use of the first name Heather was in 1975 with a total of 24,303 babies. That's a lot of babies named Heather!
  • Random Heather Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Heather ranks 21st in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 87 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Heather: Your name in reverse order is Rehtaeh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tehaher. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Heather? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,315 people with the last name Heather.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Heather? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Heather as their last name since less than 1 person in 222k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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