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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 Literary Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Favourite Names in the last signature".

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.

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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"
Sterling Malory Archer, main character in animated series "Archer"
Newland Archer, main character in Edith Wharton's "Age of Innocence"
Captain Jonathan Archer, character in the Star Trek series
The Archers. British radio soap
Archers, brand of schnapps
Archer, Team Rocket Executive in the video games Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver