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Gender: Male Meaning of Hunter: "one who hunts" Origin of Hunter: English Hunter's Popularity in 2017: #53

The name Hunter is a boy's name of English origin meaning "one who hunts". Hunter is ranked #53 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Badass Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop one with middles ... BOYS :)".

From the experts:

Hunter has been dropping a bit for the past few years but is still one of the leaders of a distinctive band of boys' names that combines macho imagery (Hunter, Austin, Harley) with a softened masculinity. Hunter was for years attached to gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson; Josh Holloway used it for his son.

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Famous People Named Hunter

Hunter Stockton Thompson, American journalist and author
Hunter Parrish, American actor
Hunter Foster, American actor
Hunter Thomsen, American guitarist of band We the Kings
Hunter Andrew Pence, American baseball player
Hunter Myles Mahan, American golfer
Hunter Easton Hayes, American country music singer
Hunter Johansson, twin brother of actress Scarlett Johansson
(Robert) Hunter Biden, son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
Hunter Biden, grandson of VP Joe Biden, son of late Beau Biden
Hunter Tootoo, Canadian politician
Hunter Holmes Moss Jr., U.S. Congressman from West Virginia
Hunter Corbett, American missionary to China
Hunter Dwight Smith, American football player
Hunter Taverner Hillenmeyer, American football player
Hunter Hearst Helmsley aka Triple H (born Paul Michael Levesque), American pro wrestler
Hunter Gomez, American actor
(Edward) Hunter Davies, Scottish journalist and author
Hunter Lawrence Burgan, bassist of American band AFI
Hunter Holmes McGuire, American physician and teacher
Hunter Everett Jones, American child model
Hunter Carson, American actor; son of actress Karen Black and L.M. Kit Carson
Hunter Cocks, son of fashion designer Collette Dinnigan and Bradley Cocks
Hunter Douglas, son of actor Jerry Douglas
Hunter Howard, son of actor Terrence Howard
Hunter Siebel Newsom (b. 2011), son of politician Gavin Newsom and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel
Hunter Lee Holloway (b. 2014), son of actor Josh Holloway
Hunter Fieri, son of TV chef Guy Fieri
Hunter Merry (b. 2012), son of TV presennter Sarah Cawood and Andy Merry
Hunter Brown, son of reality TV personalities Kody and Jenelle Brown of "Sister Wives"
Hunter Fox Thompson, baseball extraordinaire
Hunter Zion Bell (b. 2016), son of American actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Pop Culture References for the name Hunter

Hunter Rey, character from the Paranormal Activity series
Hunter the Cheetah, character in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Hunter of Avalar, character in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Hunter Huntsman, son of the Huntsman in the Ever After High series and TV show
Hunter Van Pelt, character in movie "Jumanji"
Hunter Bradley, Crimson Thunder Ranger on TV's "Power Rangers Ninja Storm"
Hunter Clarington, character on TV's "Glee"
Hunter Niall, character in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan
Hunter, character in "The Next Step" CBBC series
"Hunters," American TV drama on Syfy
Hunter Zolomon aka Zoom, character on TV's "The Flash"
Hunter May, character on TV's "Under the dome"


TechnoKitten Says:


I'm kinda starting to like this name.

Cherilyn Says:


Used this name too for a girl. Think it's a great name and nothing wrong with it. It's not about killing animals or about violence. To me, it's about searching determinedly for someone or something. There is more then one type of 'hunt'.

Ziggy2112 Says:


I'm a female Hunter. Do you despise my parents? You're being quite dramatic.

Toronto87 Says:


I get the automatic image of animal carcasses when I hear this name. I'm not against hunting, but that's just what I can't help thinking of when i hear this name.

Shaybaby1 Says:


Can't stand anything about this "name". I abhor hunting and hunters and see only images of poor, innocent creatures with their life stolen from them when I hear it. I automatically despise any parent who names their child this overused monstrosity. And, oh god, it's even worse for a poor little girl...

eveyalecia Says:


I also don't think of the word "hunter." To me, the name just sounds very pleasing-- I'd even characterize it as soft-sounding.

stella2007 Says:


When i hear the name Hunter, i actually don't think of a 'hunter'. I think it's a strong distinct name for a male. I'm sure a lot of people won't like it though.

nipnerb Says:


People should go with something like Henry instead.

Leah3456 Says:


After a long time of disliking this name, I have came around to really loving this name again!

IsolationHedge Says:


I don't really agree with the practice of hunting, and with Cecil the lion, you can probably see why I'm not a fan of this name. However, it has a nice sound so I can see the appeal.

babymagic Says:


Predation and carnage on the one hand, bargains on the other.

CatherineAnn Says:


I love this name! I think it is a very strong choice for parents to consider

Josie Says:


If I had triplet boys I would name them Hunter, River and Harvest!!!

Guest Says:


I won't use choice language but I'll just say Hunter Moore is complete and absolute trash and that turns me off completely from this name unfortunately.