- this week

Gender: F Origin of Juniper: Tree name Juniper's Popularity in 2014: #490

Juniper is a fresh-feeling nature name -- it's a small evergreen shrub -- with lots of energy. A new favorite of fashionable parents, Juniper joins such other tree and shrub names as Hazel, Acacia, and Willow. It's one of the fastest-rising names, soaring almost 400 spots since 2012, and is poised to continue to gain popularity.

Juniper has an interesting variety of associations -- it's mentioned in the Old Testament, was used in Renaissance paintings to represent chastity, has berries used to flavor gin, and Juniper is the Saint of Comedy. A male St. Juniper was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny author Margaret Wise Brown sometimes used the pen name of Juniper Sage. And in the Junie P. Jones kids' books, Junie's full name is Juniper Beatrice. There also have been Junipers is cartoon series (The Life and Times of Juniper Lee) and comic strips as well.

The name got something of a hippieish vibe via the 1969 hit Donovan song, 'Jennifer Juniper.'

Juniper entered the U.S. Top 1000 for the first time in 2011.

Famous People Named Juniper

Juniper Griffioen, b. 2005, daughter of "Sweet Juniper" blogger Jim

Pop Culture References for the name Juniper

Juniper Woods, character from 'Ace Attorney'
Juniper Lee-main character in Life and Times Of Juniper Lee.
The name of a young adult novel by Monica Furlong.
Juniper, a nymph in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.
"Jennifer Juniper" - Song by Donovan.
Professor Juniper, character in the fifth generation Pokemon video game series..
Juniper "Joon" Pearl, a character from the movie "Benny and Joon".
Reese Witherspoon's character in the movie "Mud" (2012).
Juniper Blythe, character from the novel The distant hours, by Kate Morton
"Juniper" Pachyrhinosaurus from the film "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D"