Archer is an Anglo-Saxon surname that feels more modern than most because of its on-target occupational and Hunger Games associations. And it's a nice way to bypass the clunky Archibald to get to the cool nickname Archie.
But have a look at that amazing popularity chart below: After 1889, Archer took a 130-year nap, resurfacing on the Top 1000 in 2009 and now shooting straight upwards. Two years ago, we named Archer one of our Hottest Names of 2011--and, indeed, it jumped 103 places that year, thanks in part to Archer's similarity to popular Asher and its cross-gender appeal. Moms may like its literary gentility and dad's its tough-guy FX cartoon appeal. Or, of course, vice versa.
Trivia tidbit: Archer is the name of Dr. Doolittle's father.
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