Meaning and name origin
Heather \he(a)-ther\ as a girl's 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 females (#53 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#19155 out of 88799, Top 22%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Heather for girls. Heather reached its highest rank of #8 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Hesther. This name tends to be less commonly used than Heather.