Gender: Female Origin of Heather: English botanical name

Heather Origin and Meaning

The name Heather is a girl's name of English origin.

This flower name was one of the most popular in her class in the seventies and eighties (in the 1989 movie Heathers, every snobby girl in the high school clique bore that name), but now, though still pretty and evocative of the Scottish moors, it has faded in favor of other purplish blooms, having fallen to Number 982 after having been as high as Number 3 in 1975, when it was given to close to 25,000 girls.

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ellaphantears Says:


i love this name! a cute nickname is hedy

wijcik Says:


In the plant world, Heather stands for triumph over adversity. Since I found that out I have been in love with my name.

beachbear Says:


I know 2 Heathers, one about 50 and one about 25. I agree that it's time for a Heather revival.

Daiseymae Says:


Even though it was more popular in the 70's, I still think this name is gorgeous.

brittni_lynn Says:


This name is pretty, but I have known so many Heathers over the years that it just seems too popular for my taste.

hdyson Says:


My name is Heather and I always wanted a name that had a lot of nicknames. The nickname Heath was never very appealing to me. If you want a name without any nicknames Heather would fit the bill.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I absolutely love this name. It's one I would love to see come back into fashion, but then again, it's almost more beautiful for not being as trendy as it used to be.

Sarah Trett Says:


My best friend is Heather and still in her 30's. Love this name... I don't think it is old fashioned, fresh as the new flowers!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


That's nice, what's that got to do with this conversation though?

kpearl8 Says:


It does feel dated and has the cheer-leader image, but when I look at it as just a name I think it's very evocative and has a pleasant slightly raspy sound. Feminine, but not at all girly.

headintheclouds Says:


I don't like that Heather rhymes with feather, and it feels rather insubstantial as a name for my tastes. It doesn't sound ugly, but it doesn't sound nice to my ears either. + It seems dated to me since it was so common for women born in the 1980's -.-

I've always thought this would've been a much better boy's name than girl's name, with the nickname option Heath- I feel I would warm up to it more if that were the case.

Heather Says:


Hey now. I'm only 21 and I'm Heather. I love my name. I know only one other Heather and she's in her only 20's as well. Buzz off.

Chloe14 Says:


Gorgeous name! This is my first choice if I had a little girl in the future, I adore the name Heather.
Also, the flower is also stunning, just like the name.

ThistleThorn Says:


I love that this is an -er ending name while still being very feminine. Also a little Heather would probably be the only one in her class.

Sirena Clarke Says:


I don't hear this name as much as I used to. I really like it!

htw Says:


Ok, sorry for being such a negative nelly. Gotta catch myself on that. youre right. Im sorry for being so rude!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Maybe that's the case in America but not in Australia sweetie. Maybe you should also take other factors into account before making jump decisions. My name peaked last year but it doesn't mean I'm one years old, that's a weak judgment if I've ever heard one ✌️

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Funny, considering ALL the Heathers I have met ARE 70+ years old

Maybe you shouldn't be so ignorant, because you'll be proven wrong all the time. Heads up, you're not the only person in the world who knows people with this name hun xx

htw Says:


So, you have absolutely NO sense of time do you?

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


It feels waaaay too outdated to me. Like it belongs on someone 70 and up years old.

Alicia1 Says:


Even though this is a familiar name, I absolutely love it and it is a beautiful botanical name! It was most popular 30 -40 years ago.