What does Whitney mean?
Whitney [whit-ney] as a girls' name (also used less generally as boys' name Whitney) is pronounced WHIT-nee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Whitney is "white island". Place name. Boy's name that became popular for girls in the early 1980s. Singer/actress Whitney Houston.
Related girl name: Whitley.Creative forms:
(female) Whitna, Whitne, ..
(male) Whitre, Whitte, .. Middle name pairings:
Whitney Dariana (W.D.), ..
How popular is Whitney?
Whitney is a very prominent first name for females (#368 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#934 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Whitney entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top rank of #60 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #640. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Whitney (#640 in recent rankings) are Whitley (#1142 in recent rankings) and Whittney. Adoption of these forms of Whitney reached its apex 3 decades ago (median #598) and is now significantly lower (#1260, ▼91.4%), with the form Whitney becoming somewhat outmoded.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Bianey, Bridney, Briney, Britiney (see Brittany), Britney▼, Brittney▼, Caitey, Chainey, Chaney, Chastney, Chayney, Chesney, Cidney, Cortney▼, Fortney, Kaitey, Kittey (see Katherine), Kortney▼, Lainey▲, Rainey, Shaney, Shawney, Shirley▼, Sidney▼, Sivney, Unitey, Whitelea (see Whitley), Whitlea, Whittley, Windy, Winne and Winny. These names tend to be less frequently used than Whitney.See names in meaning and etymology.