Meaning and name origin
Whitney \wh(it)-ney\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Whitley.
Whitney is a very popular first name for females (#368 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#783 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Whitney for girls. Whitney reached its highest rank of #60 in the U.S. in 1990 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Whitney and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Whitney (#616) and Whitley. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).