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Gender: Female Origin of Heather: English botanical name

The name Heather is a girl's name of English origin. Heather and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

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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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Famous People Named Heather

Heather Deen Locklear, American actress
Heather Headley, Trinidadian-American singer
Heather Joan Graham, American actress
Heather Elizabeth Morris, American actress and dancer
Heather Paige DuBrow, American reality TV personality ("Real Housewives of Orange County")
Heather Thomson, American reality TV personality ("Real Housewives of NYC")
Heather Christina Marie Matarazzo, American actress
Heather Nova (born Heather Allison Frith), Bermudian singer-songwriter
Heather Marie Tom, American actress
Heather Bratton, American model
Heather Stohler, American model
Heather Michele O'Rourke, former American child actress
Heather McHugh, American poet
Heather McComb, American actress
Heather Hemmens, American actress
Heather Anne Mills, English model; ex-wife of musician Paul McCartney
Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp, American actress
Heather B. Gardner, American rapper
Heather Grace Angel, Anglo-American actress
Heather Small, British R&B singer
Heather Leigh Whitestone, Miss America 1995
Heather Ann O'Reilly Werry, American soccer player
Heather Blaine Mitts, American soccer player
Heather Williams, pen name of Venezuelan-American novelist Tui T. Sutherland
Heather Kuzmich, American model ("America's Next Top Model" Cycle 9)
Heather Louise McCartney (b. 1962), daughter of Linda & Paul McCartney
Heather Garcia (b. 1963), daughter of Grateful Dead rocker Jerry Garcia
Heather Henson (b. 1970), daughter of Muppeteer Jim Henson
Heather Sloane Chua (b. 2016), daughter of actress Nadine Samonte and Richard Chua

Pop Culture References for the name Heather

Heather McNamara, Heather Duke, and Heather Chandler, characters in 1988 movie "Heathers"
Heather Biblow, character on TV's "The Nanny"
Heather Mason, main character in video game "Silent Hill 3"
Heather, character on TV's "Total Drama Island" & "Total Drama Action"
Heather Vasquez, character in video game "Sims 3 Moonlight Bay"
Heather Fox, character in Jessica Burkhart's Canterwood Crest series
Heather Davis, character on TV's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Lady Heather Kessler, recurring character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Heather Campbell, character in the Highlander film series
Heather Dante, character on TV's "The Sopranos"
Heather Hart, character in "Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said" by Philip K. Dick
Heather Farrell, character on the original "Degrassi" TV series
Heather Sinclair, unseen character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Heather Stevens Williams, character on American soap opera The Young and the Restless
Heather the Violet Fairy, character in the Rainbow Magic book series
Heather Bock, character in the "Girls Only" series
Heather Chandler, character on TV's "Beauty and the Beast'
"Heather Has Two Mommies," children's book by Lesléa Newman
Heather, character from DreamWorks Dragons
Heather Hills, character from Diary of a Wimpy Kid



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.