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 on this name, 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 (#934 out of 150436, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
The only other prominent variation form of Whitney (#616 in 2014) is Whitley. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex in the year 1990 (usage of 0.6955%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.192%, down 72.4%), with the forms Whitney and Whitley becoming less stylish. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Whitney and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)