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 was one of the fastest-rising names in 2013, gaining 227 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. And there 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.