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Hunter

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 12 0 12
1881 6 0 6
1882 10 0 10
1883 6 0 6
1884 6 0 6
1885 10 0 10
1886 7 0 7
1888 16 0 16
1889 11 0 11
1890 8 0 8
1891 11 0 11
1892 11 0 11
1893 12 0 12
1894 9 0 9
1895 7 0 7
1896 15 0 15
1897 8 0 8
1898 10 0 10
1899 10 0 10
1900 12 0 12
1901 8 0 8
1902 21 6 15
1903 5 0 5
1904 17 0 17
1905 14 0 14
1906 13 0 13
1907 13 0 13
1908 15 0 15
1909 13 0 13
1910 16 0 16
1911 17 0 17
1912 28 0 28
1913 36 0 36
1914 42 0 42
1915 50 0 50
1916 47 0 47
1917 60 0 60
1918 68 0 68
1919 55 0 55
1920 68 0 68
1921 53 5 48
1922 56 0 56
1923 69 0 69
1924 67 0 67
1925 35 0 35
1926 60 0 60
1927 56 0 56
1928 55 0 55
1929 61 0 61
1930 41 0 41
1931 49 0 49
1932 52 0 52
1933 34 0 34
1934 45 0 45
1935 44 0 44
1936 22 0 22
1937 35 0 35
1938 32 0 32
1939 39 0 39
1940 36 0 36
1941 33 0 33
1942 41 0 41
1943 42 0 42
1944 41 0 41
1945 49 0 49
1946 60 0 60
1947 68 0 68
1948 49 0 49
1949 51 0 51
1950 49 0 49
1951 49 0 49
1952 50 0 50
1953 42 0 42
1954 68 0 68
1955 55 0 55
1956 61 0 61
1957 79 5 74
1958 62 0 62
1959 67 0 67
1960 70 0 70
1961 71 0 71
1962 76 0 76
1963 68 0 68
1964 76 0 76
1965 69 0 69
1966 71 5 66
1967 82 0 82
1968 93 0 93
1969 99 0 99
1970 113 0 113
1971 100 0 100
1972 84 0 84
1973 94 7 87
1974 92 0 92
1975 108 0 108
1976 142 11 131
1977 170 10 160
1978 157 10 147
1979 207 10 197
1980 252 9 243
1981 280 13 267
1982 326 6 320
1983 371 15 356
1984 474 16 458
1985 586 20 566
1986 698 26 672
1987 818 14 804
1988 1,013 36 977
1989 1,233 29 1,204
1990 1,425 37 1,388
1991 1,964 39 1,925
1992 2,659 119 2,540
1993 4,263 471 3,792 #97 boy name
1994 6,405 821 5,584 #67 boy name
1995 7,488 775 6,713 #53 boy name
1996 8,384 782 7,602 #47 boy name
1997 9,133 728 8,405 #44 boy name
1998 12,075 997 11,078 #36 boy name
1999 12,329 844 11,485 #36 boy name
2000 13,249 714 12,535 #35 boy name
2001 11,961 628 11,333 #36 boy name
2002 11,555 472 11,083 #38 boy name
2003 10,223 324 9,899 #41 boy name
2004 9,252 353 8,899 #49 boy name
2005 8,743 236 8,507 #53 boy name
2006 8,809 244 8,565 #54 boy name
2007 8,410 211 8,199 #58 boy name
2008 8,229 198 8,031 #54 boy name
2009 7,921 185 7,736 #56 boy name
2010 7,490 178 7,312 #59 boy name
2011 7,549 197 7,352 #55 boy name
2012 8,220 205 8,015 #45 boy name
2013 9,215 273 8,942 #36 boy name
2014 9,153 362 8,791 #40 boy name
2015 8,640 356 8,284 #41 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Hunter

  • How many people with the first name Hunter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 225,597 babies born with the first name Hunter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hunter to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hunter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Hunter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hunter is Tuesday, May 23rd, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Hunter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hunter was in 2000 with a total of 12,535 babies. That's a lot of babies named Hunter!
  • Random Hunter Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hunter ranks 18th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 239 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Hunter: Your name in reverse order is Retnuh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tuhenr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hunter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 162,440 people with the last name Hunter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hunter? Hunter was ranked as the 160th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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Popularity of Hunter as a first name

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Popularity of Hunter as a last name

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Common last names for Hunter

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Moore
  • Harris
  • Miller
  • Thomas
  • Roberts
  • Robinson
  • Watson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hunter U.S.
  White 60.78% 64.26%
  African American 32.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.63% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hunter

People with the last name Hunter are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Hunter" mean? The list below shows the origins of Hunter as well as things modernly associated with the name Hunter such as celebrities named Hunter.

English

Origin and Meaning of Hunter

The name "Hunter" is of English origin, and it means "One Who Hunts". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hunt"er
Senses
  1. One who hunts wild animals either for sport or for food; a huntsman.
  2. A dog that scents game, or is trained to the chase; a hunting dog.
  3. A horse used in the chase; especially, a thoroughbred, bred and trained for hunting.
  4. One who hunts or seeks after anything, as if for game; as, a fortune hunter a place hunter ."No keener hunter after glory breathes." [Tennyson.]
  5. [Zoöl] A kind of spider. See Hunting spider, under Hunting.
  6. A hunting watch, or one of which the crystal is protected by a metallic cover.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A watch with a hinged metal lid to protect the crystal
  2. A constellation on the equator to the east of Taurus; contains Betelgeuse and Rigel
  3. Someone who hunts game
  4. A person who searches for something ("a treasure hunter")
Wiktionary

From hunter

  1. An occupational surname​ for a hunter.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name
  4. Any of a number of rivers in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Notable Persons With the Name Hunter

Hunter Thompson

Hunter Thompson was a gonzo journalism writer. Hunter was given the name Hunter Frederic Thompson on July 18th, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. He passed away on February 20th, 2005.

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Hunter Zolomon

Hunter Zolomon is a comics character.

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Hunter Tootoo

Hunter Tootoo is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut for Iqaluit Centre, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, the Canadian Coast Guard, 7th Speaker of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, and Member of theLegislative Assembly of NunavutforIqaluit Centre. His most notable accomplishments were from 2015 to 2013. Hunter was born on August 18th, 1963 in Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories.

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Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden is a lawyer. Hunter was given the name Robert Hunter Biden on February 4th, 1970 in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. Hunter is also known as Biden and Robert Hunter.

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Hunter King

Hunter King is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1999. Hunter was born on October 19th, 1993.

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Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes is a country music musician. His ongoing career started in 2000. Hunter was given the name Hunter Easton Hayes on September 9th, 1991.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hunter

Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter is an actress and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1981. Holly was given the name Holly P. Hunter on March 20th, 1958 in Conyers, Georgia, U.S. Holly is also known as Hunter and Holly P..

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Sophie Hunter

Sophie Hunter is a theatre and opera director, playwright, and list of opera directors. Sophie was given the name Sophie Irene Hunter on March 16th, 1978 in Hammersmith, London, UK.

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Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt is an actress. She was most prominent from 1976 to present. Linda was given the name Lydia Susanna Hunter on April 2nd, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Rachel Hunter

Rachel Hunter is a model. Rachel was born on September 8th, 1969 in Glenfield, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Rip Hunter

Rip Hunter is a comics character.

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Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter is an actor, singer, and writer. His ongoing career started in 1950. Tab was given the name Arthur Andrew Kelm on July 11th, 1931 in New York City.

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  • Jeffrey Hunter
    (actor)
  • Ian Hunter
    (musician)
  • Kim Hunter
    (actress)
  • Inspectah Deck
    (rapper)
  • Robert Hunter
    (musician)
  • Duncan Hunter
    (famed person)
  • Hunter Tylo
    (actress)
  • John Hunter
    (medician)
  • Justin Hunter
    (football player)
  • April Hunter
    (wrestler)
  • Nicki Hunter
    (famous person)
  • Harold Hunter
    (skateboarding)
  • Steve Hunter
    (musician)
  • Charlie Hunter
    (guitarist)

What does the name Hunter mean?

His for hand, that you always give.

Uis for useful, always to others.

Nis for name, a pleasant one indeed.

Tis for talent, hidden or not.

Eis for expert, in your chosen career

Ris for righteous, you know when you're right.

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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. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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