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What does Heather mean?

Heather Pronunciation of Heather [heather] as a girls' name is pronounced HEH-ther. It is of Middle English origin. Flower name: an evergreen flowering plant (Middle English hather, associated etymologically with heath) that thrives on peaty barren lands, as in Scotland. Has an upper-class aura and first used in the late 19th century. Actress Heather Locklear.

ASSOCIATED WITH scotland, 19th century


VARIANTS Heath, Hether



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How popular is Heather?

Heather is a very popular first name for women (#53 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#18883 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Heather entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #8 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #964 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Heather name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Heather outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Esther, Harper, Hatsee, Hatsey, Heaven, Hertha, Hesper, Hester, Hesther, Hette, Hettie and Hunter. These names tend to be less commonly used than Heather.