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Gender: Male Meaning of Archer: "bowman" Origin of Archer: English Archer's Popularity in 2017: #254

The name Archer is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bowman". Archer is ranked #254 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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. Five years ago, we named Archer one of our Hottest Names of 2011—and, indeed, it jumped 102 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 dads its tough-guy FX cartoon appeal. Or, of course, vice versa.

Trivia tidbit: Archer is the name of Dr. Doolittle's father.

Find other names based on Archer using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Archer

Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Archer Alexander, model for the slave in the Emancipation Memorial located in Lincoln Park, Washington, DC, USA
Archer Ernest Baldwin, English MP
Archer Kent Blood, American diplomat
Archer Milton Huntington, American historian and philanthropist
Archer King, American actor, agent and producer
Archibald Paul "Archer" MacMackin, American silent film director and writer
Archer James Oliver, British portrait painter
Archer Prewitt, American cartoonist and musician of The Sea and Cake
Archer Sage, son of blogger Rebecca Woolf
Archer Jones Sebastian (b. 2012), son of singer Guy Sebastian and Jules Egan
Archer Grason Ewing (b. 2014), son of actor Dan Ewing
Archer Robert Seddon (b. 2015), son of broadcaster Sally Bowrey and Richard Seddon

Pop Culture References for the name Archer

Archer Cross, character in Rachel Hawkins's Hex Hall series
Archer, character in the Fire series by Kristin Cashore
Archer Montgomery, Addison's brother on TV's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice"
Archer Finn, character in Sarah J. Maas's "Crown of Midnight"
Archer Hale, character in Mia Sheridan's book "Archer's Voice"
Archer Evermonde, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Potter Family"
Archer, Team Rocket Executive in the video games Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver
"Archer," animated TV series about main character Sterling Malory Archer
Newland Archer, main character in Edith Wharton's "Age of Innocence"
Jonathan Archer, character in the Star Trek series
"The Archers," British radio soap
Archers, brand of schnapps


Nox Says:


Archer also has Rainbow connotations so would be perfect for a boy name for those expecting a rainbow baby :) “The rainbow is depicted as an archer's bow in Hindu mythology. Indra, the god of thunder and war, uses the rainbow to shoot arrows of lightning.”

Stephanie Says:


Ha this comment is great. I love the Archer typeface too!

Alice Says:


I love the name Archer but I also love the typeface. Is it wrong to name your child after a typeface? (I think not)

Nikki2812 Says:


We named our baby girl Archer Iris. Everyone who knows us knows why she is so named without even asking - family tradition. She definitely suits her name and all actual girl names we had agreed on before deciding definitely on Archer wouldn't have suited her now she's here. :)

stella2007 Says:


This is a name i have absolutely fallen in love with, even though i never thought it would have any sort of impact on me. I love a lot of boys name starting with A and this seems to be no exception. I don't actually really think of 'Archery' when i hear this name. It just sounds strong. I actually like the cute nickname 'Archie' for a little boy and the cooler 'Arc' when he gets a bit older. It sounds sophisticated yet fun. I can see a grown man going to work with the name as well as a kid in the playground! Can't believe i am actually considering this name for my boy!

chelsealove Says:


Archer Owen is what we just named our newborn- we both fell in love with the name (not from the show!) and Owen after his daddy :) We get nothing but compliments on it...everyone thinks it is classic but fresh and modern! We have all slipped into "Arch" as a nickname, which I love so much more than "Archie!"

Victoria Jones Says:


Archer is our two year olds name.
I put so much effort into squashing the nn AJ that Archie slipped by. I usually call him Arch. I have started to think of him as An Archy (as he as certainly added Anarchy to our lives!)

We hadn't heard of the TV show until after he was named! But figure it'll be history by the time he's a teen.

We have had "did you name him after Sterling?!?" Soooo many times.
No, no we didn't! 😂

Victoria Jones Says:


I tend to use Arch for our Archer too. Archie is slowly growing on me because I hear it so much.
I really disliked "Archie" at first!!!

Amber Renee Says:


I love this name but I am not a big fan of nn Archie, although what a sweet way to honor an Archibald!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I do like the name Archer--I've named a character this, but why on earth did Nameberry put Hunger Games associations? There are plenty of other books with archery as a main theme; Robin Hood for crying out loud!

Zelliew Says:


Archer is much better than Archibald

ShannonLim Says:


Met an Archer in his late teens recently, he says he hates his name because everyone loves to make fun of it. And everytime he introduces himself, they ask whether he plays archery and stuff. Poor guy. But its such a cool name!

Khyrzton Says:


Chose Archer for our son, now almost 2, in honour of his Great Grandfather Archibald. Had never seen the cartoon before but once we picked the name, we watched and love the show.

A little disappointed the name has become so popular.

Guest Says:


Archers don't have to be nicknamed "Archie"--if you want something unique try Arrow!

clairels Says:


Agree to some extent, because I was planning on using it as a name for a character in a story who's basically an upper middle class snob. But maybe I'll use Thatcher or Sayer instead.

And Archibald just makes me think of an old bald guy.

Guest Says:


I see it as a suburban athletic kid name to be honest.

Archibald on the other hand is so WASPy and snobby.

landon Says:


I agree.

twert Says:


Sounds like a name for upper class snobs.

Glenn Roberts Says:


Same here with our Archer (7 months). My wife hates the nickname Archie. It will be interesting what his friends call him in the future

mabespark Says:


Love this.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I agree.why have a nickname almost thecsame as the regular name? I love Archer but no Archie. The comics aren't one bit bad though.

teetiny Says:


We aren't fond of Archie for our 2 month old Archer, either. So glad to hear you don't have issues with it! Arch is much better. :) Also, if we'd had a girl, her name would have been Poppy!

Guest Says:


One of my favorites because I love the cartoon, the -er ending, the arrow association, etc. I think it's so cool.

KiwiMarie Says:


I love this -- so sleek and classic sounding. I personally think the nickname Archie is adorable but my mom hates it because it reminds her of the Archie comics, which has no effect on me because of the generational gap. And besides, Archer takes just as much effort to say as Archie so there really isn't any point in giving it a nn.

Poppy84 Says:


People will want to use the nn Archie, but it's not impossible to stop. Our Archer isn't an Archie, so I was pleased to hear a substitute carer at daycare call out "Arch!" when calling him.