Meaning and Name Origin
Heather \he(a)-ther\ as a girls' name is pronounced HEH-ther. It is of Middle English origin. Flower name: an evergreen flowering plant that thrives on peaty barren lands, as in Scotland. Has an upper-class aura. Actress Heather Locklear.
Heather is a very popular first name for women (#53 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#19155 out of 88799, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Heather for girls. Heather entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #8 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #837 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Hesther. This name tends to be less commonly used than Heather.