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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hunter

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English
82%
American
9%
Scottish
9%

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  • A submission from Tennessee, United States says the name Hunter means "God" and is of English origin.
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Hunter is of Scottish origin and means "A perosn who hunts".
  • A user from Georgia, United States says the name Hunter is of American origin and means "Talented".

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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 Named Hunter

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 is a comics character.

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

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

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Rip Hunter is a comics character.

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

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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 69 0 69
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 51 0 51
1953 42 0 42
1954 68 0 68
1955 55 0 55
1956 62 0 62
1957 78 5 73
1958 62 0 62
1959 67 0 67
1960 70 0 70
1961 70 0 70
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 92 0 92
1969 98 0 98
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 156 10 146
1979 207 10 197
1980 252 9 243
1981 282 13 269
1982 324 6 318
1983 371 15 356
1984 475 16 459
1985 586 20 566
1986 698 26 672
1987 819 14 805
1988 1,014 36 978
1989 1,233 29 1,204
1990 1,425 37 1,388
1991 1,964 39 1,925
1992 2,660 119 2,541
1993 4,263 471 3,792 #97 boy name
1994 6,406 822 5,584 #67 boy name
1995 7,487 774 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 11,962 628 11,334 #36 boy name
2002 11,555 472 11,083 #38 boy name
2003 10,224 324 9,900 #41 boy name
2004 9,254 353 8,901 #49 boy name
2005 8,745 236 8,509 #53 boy name
2006 8,814 244 8,570 #54 boy name
2007 8,416 212 8,204 #58 boy name
2008 8,232 198 8,034 #54 boy name
2009 7,924 185 7,739 #56 boy name
2010 7,495 178 7,317 #59 boy name
2011 7,562 197 7,365 #55 boy name
2012 8,236 206 8,030 #45 boy name
2013 9,227 273 8,954 #36 boy name
2014 9,171 363 8,808 #40 boy name
2015 8,681 356 8,325 #41 boy name
2016 7,983 338 7,645 #45 boy name
2017 7,080 379 6,701 #53 boy name

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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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  • Robinson
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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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Fun Facts about the name Hunter

  • What name lists does Hunter rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Hunter? Hunter is the 313th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Hunter was the 53rd most popular name. As a last name Hunter was the 160th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hunter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 240,790 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 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hunter ranks 42nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 417 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1996.
  • 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 Truenh. 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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  • 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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