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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Juniper

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  • A submission from California, United States says the name Juniper means "Friend to all and beautiful" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from Australia, the name Juniper is of Latin origin and means "Evergreen".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ju"ni*per
Any evergreen shrub or tree, of the genus Juniperus and order Coniferæ.

Note: ☞ The common juniper (Juniperus communis) is a shrub of a low, spreading form, having awl-shaped, rigid leaves in whorls of threes, and bearing small purplish blue berries (or galbuli), of a warm, pungent taste, used as diuretic and in flavoring gin. A resin exudes from the bark, which has erroneously been considered identical with sandarach, and is used as pounce. The oil of juniper is acrid, and used for various purposes, as in medicine, for making varnish, etc. The wood of several species is of a reddish color, hard and durable, and is used in cabinetwork under the names of red cedar Bermuda cedar, etc.

Etymology: L. juniperus, prop., youth-producing, and so called from its evergreen appearance, from the roots of E. juvenile, and parent. Cf. Gin the liquor

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Coniferous shrub or small tree with berrylike cones
  2. Desert shrub of Syria and Arabia having small white flowers; constitutes the juniper of the Old Testament; sometimes placed in genus Genista

From Latin iūniperus (“juniper-tree”).

  1. Any shrub or tree of the genus Juniperus of the cypress family, which is characterized by pointed, needle-like leaves and aromatic berry-like cones.
  2. One of a number of coniferous trees which resemble junipers.

Notable Persons Named Juniper

Juniper was born on February 19th, 1974.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Juniper


Tony was born on September 24th, 1960.


Robert Juniper was a in the fields of painting, printmaking, sculpting, and sculpture. Robert was given the name Robert Litchfield Juniper on January 7th, 1929 in Merredin, Western Australia. He died on December 20th, 2012.


John was born on February 6th, 1862 in Southwick, West Sussex. He breathed his last breath on June 20th, 1885.


Ted Juniper is an athlete for the Leyton Orient F.C. Ted was born on December 3rd, 1901 in Shadwell.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1969 5 5 0
1970 7 7 0
1971 12 12 0
1972 8 8 0
1973 8 8 0
1974 23 23 0
1975 15 15 0
1976 16 16 0
1977 20 20 0
1978 9 9 0
1979 9 9 0
1980 9 9 0
1982 9 9 0
1984 6 6 0
1985 8 8 0
1992 5 5 0
1994 7 7 0
1995 8 8 0
1996 10 10 0
1997 14 14 0
1998 16 16 0
1999 14 14 0
2000 23 23 0
2001 18 18 0
2002 32 32 0
2003 31 31 0
2004 33 33 0
2005 49 49 0
2006 73 73 0
2007 80 80 0
2008 107 107 0
2009 170 170 0
2010 213 213 0
2011 269 269 0
2012 309 304 5
2013 448 440 8
2014 652 643 9
2015 755 742 13
2016 958 952 6
2017 1,039 1,033 6

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Popularity of Juniper as a first name

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Popularity of Juniper as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Juniper U.S.
  White 85.56% 64.26%
  African American 7.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.76% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.87% 16.26%

Of Last Name Juniper

People with the last name Juniper are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Juniper

  • What name lists does Juniper rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Juniper? Juniper is the 3,547th most popular name of all time. As a last name Juniper was the 69,170th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Juniper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,497 babies born with the first name Juniper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Juniper to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Juniper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1969 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Juniper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Juniper is Saturday, January 26th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Juniper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Juniper was in 2017 with a total of 1,033 babies. That's a lot of babies named Juniper!
  • Random Juniper Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Juniper ranks 43rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 64 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Juniper: Your name in reverse order is Repinuj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jeprniu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Juniper? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 284 people with the last name Juniper.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Juniper? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Juniper as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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