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Whitney is an English name that means “white island’. Whitney is also an Old English surname. It is a unisex name although it is more commonly used as a feminine name. Whitney surged to popularity in the 80’s and 90’s due in part to famous singer Whitney Houston.

Meaning of the name Whitney:

Old English: white island

Origin of the name Whitney:

Whitney is a unisex English baby name that means “white island”. Whitney was an Old English surname before becoming popular as a given name.

Symbolism of the name Whitney:

Whitney was originally an Old English surname that referred to people who were from the settlement Whitney in Herefordshire, England.

Baby name Whitney

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Gender of the name Whitney:

Whitney is a name chosen for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Whitney:


Number of syllables in the name Whitney:


Emotion evoked from the name Whitney:

Whitney evokes feelings of strength and passion.

Alternative spellings for the name Whitney:

Witney, Whitny, Witenie

Nicknames for the name Whitney:

  • Whit
  • Whitey
  • Neya
  • Ney

Popularity of the name Whitney:

According to the Social Security Administration, Whitney is a popular unisex baby name. As a girl’s name, Whitney entered the top 1000 baby names in 1962 and was in the top 100 1985 to 1994. As a boy’s name, Whitney was in the top 1000 baby names sporadically from 1900 to 1961 before it appeared every year until 1988.

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Great middle names for the name Whitney and their meanings:


  • Paget (page)
  • Cedric (bounty)
  • Evander (archer)
  • Alistair (defending men)
  • Edmund (fortunate protector)
  • Benedict (blessed)
  • Aaron (high mountain, exalted)
  • Joshua (God is my salvation)


Famous people with the name Whitney:

  • Whitney Houston (American pop singer and actress)
  • Whitney Cummings (American comedienne and actress)
  • Whitney Duncan (American country music singer)
  • Whitney Thompson (American model)
  • Whitney Engen (American soccer player)

Whitneys in popular culture:

  • Whitney Hughes (film, “Benji”)
  • Whitney Dean (television, “Eastenders”)
  • Whitney (video games/television, “Pokemon” series)
  • Whitney Russell (television, “Passions”)
  • Whitney Greene (literature, “Just Listen” by Sarah Dessen)