What does Whitney mean?
Whitney \wh(it)-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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Whitley.
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 (#783 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Whitney for girls. 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 #616. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Whitney and affiliated names. The only other prominent variation form of Whitney (#616 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000 is Whitley. Adoption of this girl name reached its apex in the year 1990 and is now significantly lower, with the forms Whitney and Whitley becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)