Meaning and Name Origin
Tanner \t(an)-ner\ as a boys' name is pronounced TAN-er. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Tanner is "leather maker". Occupational name for a person who processed (or "tanned") animal skins to make leather. Artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.
Tanner is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#931 out of 1220, Top 76%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#640 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Tanner for boys. Tanner was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #82 in the U.S. in 1998, and is currently at #208. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Banner. This name tends to be less commonly used than Tanner.