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Whitney (girl)

What does Whitney mean?

Whitney Pronunciation of Whitney 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, white


VARIANTS Whiteney, Whitnea, Whitneigh, Whitnee, Whitni, Whitnie, Whitny, Whittaney, Whittany, Whittney, Whittnie

SEE ALSO Whitley



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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 #901. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Whitney name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Whitney outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Whitney (#901 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are Whitley (#997) and Whittney. Adoption of these forms of Whitney reached its apex 3 decades ago (MEDIAN #598) and is now significantly lower (#1299, 90.4%), with the form Whitney becoming somewhat outmoded. Whitley is the most trendy birth name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Whitney, Whitley, Whittney in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Whitney and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike 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.

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