Gender: Female Meaning of Hunter: "one who hunts" Origin of Hunter: English Hunter's Popularity in 2018: #823

Hunter Origin and Meaning

The name Hunter is a girl's name of English origin meaning "one who hunts".

This surname gained momentum in the 1990s, when it was particularly in vogue for males. However, it seems to be experiencing a surge for females—it was one of the fastest-rising names of 2013, jumping 266 spots back into the Top 1000.

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Rank in US: #823

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qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm Says:



bubblegumgirl Says:


Hunter has always seemed pretty masculine to me, but it still works as a girl name imo.

Eliza1303 Says:


It’s okay I don’t mind it. I never really liked it on a boy at all but for a girl I think it’s a little out there and cool. I think Cleo would be a super cool mn to put it all together.

Petrova James Says:


I just love Hunter for a girl,i can't really see Hunter as a boys name now.A NN for Hunter could be "Huntie,Hunt or Honey".
Middles that fist are "Rose,Anne,Sadie,Addie"

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't know why, but I kind of like this for a girl. I normally like super feminine names, but this does work somehow. It would be great for a boy, too.

Ziggy2112 Says:


This is my name, and I finally met another female Hunter recently! It was a little girl and perfect for her. I'm paired with a feminine MN - Marlena. Occasionally misheard as Heather. No natural NNs.

FutureMommyTo5 Says:


I know a girl that goes to my school who's name is Hunter. 10/10 recommend. She's a redhead, cheerleader, and dance officer. She's supper nice and cute. She's sold me on Hunter for a girl.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Unisex names tend to work better for girls, if anything. I've heard that boys named Taylor get stick nowadays, post Taylor Swift. Ashley is almost unusable as a male name now. Yet, a girl can carry off a mainly boy name. I use this site from a writing perspective, too. It helps, although it is compulsive and addictive. 😃

Emmadilemma Says:


I love this name! I kind of wish I was named this :). I used this name for a book character, and I think it matches really well, especially with a feminim middle or last name. My book character (copyrighted!) is named Hunter Arliss, and although Arliss is technically a unisex name, I love how it goes together.

Natalie Says:


I am absolutely in love with this name! I'm currently 20 weeks pregnant with my daughter and this is the name we have chosen for her 💗

Hunter Says:


My name is Hunter, and I've gotten the nn Honey lots. It never occured to me that people got it from my name, I just thought they called everyone cutesy nicknames!

Hunter Says:


My name! I love that my name draws attention when I'm introduced, and people never forget it. I've heard all the negative comments about it but for every negative I've had five compliments. I was such a girly-girl as a kid, and children really do own their names. No therapy over my masculine name here!

I'll admit though, it sometimes gets misheard as Heather.

Sel Says:


I am really not trying stalking you on here, I've commented on like five of your posts. But you gave me a brilliant idea for a sibling set for a story I've been trying to write for ever, and I wanted to say thank you!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I've never heard the name Hunter on anyone except for a girl in Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, but I still find it exceedingly masculine.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Traditionally, Hunter has no nickname and 'Honey', to me, is a real stretch. Not only that but, what is the point of choosing a masculine name for your daughter if you're just going to use a feminine(-ish) nickname? Seems to defeat the purpose of the original choice. Also, Artemis and Athena were huntresses, not hunters. And finally, putting a boy name on a girl is anything but feminist.

Not trying to cause an argument. I respect your opinion. But even for a boy, this name - in my opinion - is an ill-advised choice. For a girl, it appears to be even worse. But I suppose different people will ultimately like different things.

indiefendi2 Says:


Honey can be a nickname for Hunter, people.

I like Hunter, it reminds me of Artemis and Athena. 😎 Maybe that's the feminist in me.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I never liked Hunter for a boy, so definitely not for a girl

jordalini Says:


I'm against this as a girl name. Not even a redeeming nn for a girl