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Gender: M Meaning of Archer: "bowman" Origin of Archer: English Archer's Popularity in 2012: #404

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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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Famous People Named Archer

Archer Sage, son of blogger Rebecca Woolf

Pop Culture References for the Name Archer

Sterling Malory Archer, FX cartoon secret agent
Archer, FX cartoon (for adults)
Newland Archer, protagonist of Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence
Captain Jonathan Archer of the U.S.S Enterprise NX-01
Archer Cross, character in Rachel Hawkins's Hex Hall series
Archer, best friend and lover to Fire in the novel "Fire"
The Archers - British radio soap
Archers - brand of schnapps
Archer Montgomery, brother of Addison Montgomery in American TV show Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice