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Heather is a popular baby name option that comes from the name of a plant. It is well known for actresses including Heather Graham and Heather Locklear. As of 2017, the name is no longer on the top 1,000 list, but it did spend many years in a top 10 spot.

Meaning of the name Heather:

English: heather plant

Origin of the name Heather:

Heather comes from the English word “heather” used to represent a type of shrubbery that calls the United Kingdom home. In Medieval times, the plant was originally called “hather.” As a name, Heather did not become used until the late 1800s, but it was not popular until the mid to late 1900s.

Symbolism of the name Heather:

The baby name Heather means “heather plant” as it has the exact same spelling. This shrub is known for having small white and pink flowers, adding to the beauty of this name.

Heather baby name meaning and origin

Style of the name Heather:

Modern

Gender of the name Heather:

Heather is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Heather:

HETH-er

Number of syllables in the name Heather:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Heather:

Heather is a very natural-sounding name that is well-rounded. It has a nice balance of strength and beauty.

Alternative spellings for the name Heather:

  • Heathar
  • Hether
  • Hethar

Nicknames for the name Heather:

Popularity of the name Heather:

The last year that Heather was on the top 1,000 list of the Social Security Index was in 2016 with a rank of 979. It is ironic as the name was just on the top 100 list from 1988 to 1998 and from 1967 to 1971. Even from 1972 to 1987, Heather was a top 10 name, except for the year 1982 when it ranked at number 12.

Related names for the name Heather:

Great middle names for Heather and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Heather:

  • Heather Graham (actress, “Boogie Nights”)
  • Heather Locklear (actress, “The Perfect Man”)
  • Heather Headley (actress, “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”)
  • Heather Morris (actress, “Glee”)
  • Heather Thomson (reality TV star, “Real Housewives of NYC”)
  • Heather Matarazzo (actress, “The Princess Diaries”)
  • Heather Tom (actress, “The Bold and the Beautiful”)

Heathers in popular culture:

  • Heather Biblow (character from “The Nanny”)
  • Heather Mason (main character in “Silent Hill 3”)
  • Heather (character from “Total Drama Island”)
  • Heather Davis (character from “Crazy Ex Girlfriend”)
  • Heather Kessler (character from “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”)
  • Heather Campbell (character from “Highlander”)