First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Katniss mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Katniss

"Katniss" is a name of American origin, and it means "Plant Name, Sagittaria Genus". It's a name commonly given to girls.


From the plant's name in a northeastern (probably Algonquian) Native American language; compare hopniss, which is from Unami.

  1. (archaic, rare) Sagittaria sagittifolia, a herbaceous perennial flowering plant that grows in water.

Notable Persons Named Katniss

Katniss is also known as The Girl on Fire and The Mockingjay.


Fun Facts about the name Katniss

  • How Popular is the name Katniss? Katniss is the 32,486th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Katniss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 129 babies born with the first name Katniss in the United States. That's more than enough people named Katniss to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Katniss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2012 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Katniss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Katniss was in 2014 with a total of 38 babies.
  • Random Katniss Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Katniss is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Katniss: Your name in reverse order is Ssintak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aissknt. How do you pronounce that?

What Katniss's Have Visited This Page?

Past life for Katniss born Apr 27, 1959

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Tibet approximately on 425. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

Name poster for Katniss

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