Gender: Male Meaning of Archer: "bowman" Origin of Archer: English Archer's Popularity in 2019: #207

Archer Origin and Meaning

The name Archer is a boy's name of English origin meaning "bowman".

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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Rank in US: #207

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ThatOneTransBoy Says:


w o w i love this. some nicknames are "arry" "archy" and "arch"