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in 2010

Whitney

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1884 9 0 9
1889 8 0 8
1893 5 0 5
1897 7 0 7
1899 9 0 9
1900 7 0 7
1903 6 0 6
1904 6 0 6
1905 5 0 5
1906 7 0 7
1907 7 0 7
1908 8 0 8
1909 13 0 13
1910 11 0 11
1911 8 0 8
1912 15 0 15
1913 33 0 33
1914 36 0 36
1915 45 0 45
1916 50 0 50
1917 42 0 42
1918 49 0 49
1919 46 0 46
1920 59 0 59
1921 57 0 57
1922 47 0 47
1923 42 0 42
1924 37 0 37
1925 41 0 41
1926 39 0 39
1927 36 0 36
1928 36 0 36
1929 39 0 39
1930 46 0 46
1931 49 0 49
1932 30 0 30
1933 42 0 42
1934 30 0 30
1935 32 0 32
1936 25 6 19
1937 32 6 26
1938 45 13 32
1939 26 5 21
1940 60 10 50
1941 45 10 35
1942 53 11 42
1943 50 8 42
1944 46 9 37
1945 53 9 44
1946 59 11 48
1947 50 13 37
1948 50 6 44
1949 45 8 37
1950 59 15 44
1951 55 0 55
1952 74 20 54
1953 59 11 48
1954 61 11 50
1955 62 10 52
1956 54 11 43
1957 65 14 51
1958 74 19 55
1959 65 11 54
1960 82 30 52
1961 117 48 69
1962 266 191 75
1963 352 272 80
1964 454 331 123
1965 383 296 87
1966 301 224 77
1967 294 221 73
1968 332 248 84
1969 356 289 67
1970 431 351 80
1971 427 327 100
1972 359 297 62
1973 358 294 64
1974 441 368 73
1975 477 412 65
1976 598 532 66
1977 782 693 89
1978 882 777 105
1979 1,081 950 131
1980 1,310 1,169 141
1981 1,437 1,302 135
1982 1,632 1,478 154
1983 1,854 1,688 166
1984 2,489 2,288 201
1985 4,069 3,833 236 #73 girl name
1986 9,778 9,533 245 #32 girl name
1987 9,076 8,921 155 #32 girl name
1988 7,964 7,849 115 #39 girl name
1989 6,389 6,308 81 #57 girl name
1990 5,981 5,904 77 #60 girl name
1991 5,278 5,240 38 #68 girl name
1992 4,042 4,010 32 #85 girl name
1993 4,102 4,077 25 #82 girl name
1994 3,590 3,565 25 #91 girl name
1995 2,805 2,779 26
1996 2,337 2,310 27
1997 1,978 1,961 17
1998 1,627 1,611 16
1999 1,444 1,426 18
2000 1,217 1,194 23
2001 910 899 11
2002 866 851 15
2003 689 674 15
2004 700 676 24
2005 663 652 11
2006 583 564 19
2007 544 533 11
2008 549 541 8
2009 604 595 9
2010 551 541 10
2011 568 563 5
2012 525 520 5
2013 489 480 9
2014 478 463 15
2015 451 444 7

Fun Facts about the name Whitney

  • How many people with the first name Whitney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100,703 babies born with the first name Whitney in the United States. That's more than enough people named Whitney to occupy the territory of Jersey (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 97,857 (as of March 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Whitney? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Whitney first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Whitney is Tuesday, December 22nd, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Whitney born? The highest recorded use of the first name Whitney was in 1986 with a total of 9,533 babies. That's a lot of babies named Whitney!
  • Random Whitney Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Whitney ranks 17th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Montana. Imagine that, 51 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1986.
  • Weird things about the name Whitney: Your name in reverse order is Yentihw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tieywnh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Whitney? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 35,118 people with the last name Whitney.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Whitney? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Whitney as their last name.
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Popularity of Whitney as a first name

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Popularity of Whitney as a last name

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Common last names for Whitney

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Broussard
  • Hebert
  • Young
  • Guidry
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Williams
  • Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Whitney U.S.
  White 85.44% 64.26%
  African American 8.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Whitney

People with the last name Whitney are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Whitney

The name "Whitney" is of English origin, and it means "From the white island". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The highest peak in the Sierra Nevada range in California (14,494 feet high)
  2. United States inventor of the mechanical cotton gin (1765-1825)

Place name from Middle English atten whiten ey "by the white island".

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A female given name transferred from the surname, popular in the 1980s and 1990s.

Notable Persons With the Name Whitney

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was a singer, actress, film producer, record producer, model, singing, actor, and model (people). She holds the title I Will Always Love You". Whitney was given the name Whitney Elizabeth Houston by her parents RCA, Commonwealth United, Private Stock, Motown, Janus, Major Minor, Columbia, A&M, Delta Music, and Harlem Records on August 9th, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. She passed away on February 11th, 2012.

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Whitney Cummings

Whitney Cummings is an observational comedy, insult comedy, and ribaldry comedian. Whitney was born on September 4th, 1982 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States.

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Whitney Way Thore

Whitney Way Thore is an activism, dance, internet celebrity, activist, and dancer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to 2014. Whitney was born on April 14th, 1984 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Whitney Port

Whitney Port is a television personality, fashion designer, and author. Her career lasted from 2006 to 2012. Whitney was given the name Whitney Eve Port on March 4th, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Whitney Sudler-Smith

Whitney Sudler-Smith is a film and television director. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Whitney was born as the child of Patricia Altschul on June 2nd, 1968 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Whitney is also known as Whitney Smith.

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Whitney Blake

Whitney Blake was an actress, director, and producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 1998. Whitney was given the name Nancy Ann Whitney on February 20th, 1926. She left this life on September 28th, 2002.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Whitney

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney was an engineer. Eli was born on December 8th, 1765 in Westborough, Massachusetts. He breathed his last breath on January 8th, 1825.

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Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy is a character comedy, redneck comedy, country comedy, observational comedy, and satire musician. Larry was given the name Daniel Lawrence Whitney on February 17th, 1963 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

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Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney was an actress, singer, actor, and singing. She was most prominent from 1947 to 2007. Grace was given the name Mary Ann Chase on April 1st, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. She died on May 1st, 2015.

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Meredith Whitney

Meredith Whitney is a financial analyst. Meredith was born on November 20th, 1969 in Summit, New Jersey.

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Whitney Blake

Whitney Blake was an actress, director, and producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 1998. Whitney was given the name Nancy Ann Whitney on February 20th, 1926. She left this life on September 28th, 2002.

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was a sculpture, private collection, sculptor, and art collector. Gertrude was given the name Gertrude Vanderbilt by her parents Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne on January 9th, 1875 in New York City. She passed away on April 18th, 1942.

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  • Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
    (businessman:)
  • Ryan Whitney
    (ice hockey player)
  • Hassler Whitney
    (scientist)
  • Ray Whitney
    (hockey player)
  • Harry Payne Whitney
    (lawyer)
  • Marylou Whitney
    (socialite)
  • William Collins Whitney
    (office holder)
  • Henry Melville Whitney
    (noteworthy human)
  • Mike Whitney
    (noteworthy somebody)
  • Dorothy Payne Whitney
    (famous somebody)
  • William D. Whitney
    (linguist)
  • Courtney Whitney
    (military person)
  • Johnny Whitney
    (musician)
  • Helen Hay Whitney
    (poet)

What does the name Whitney mean?

Wis for work, for which you strive to accomplish

His for happy, your wonderful laugh.

Iis for ideas, that you bring to life.

Tis for tender, loving nature.

Nis for neighborly, friendly to all acquaintances

Eis for explorer, always ready for the next journey

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

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