Gender: Female Meaning of Juniper: "young" Origin of Juniper: Latin tree name Juniper's Popularity in 2019: #195

Juniper Origin and Meaning

The name Juniper is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "young".

Juniper is a fresh-feeling nature name -- it's a small evergreen shrub -- with lots of energy. A new favorite of fashionable parents, Juniper joins such other tree and shrub names as Hazel, Acacia, and Willow.

Juniper has an interesting variety of associations -- it's mentioned in the Old Testament, was used in Renaissance paintings to represent chastity, has berries used to flavor gin, and Juniper is the Saint of Comedy. A male St. Juniper was a follower of St. Francis of Assisi. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny author Margaret Wise Brown sometimes used the pen name of Juniper Sage. And in the Junie P. Jones kids' books, Junie's full name is Juniper Beatrice. There also have been Junipers is cartoon series (The Life and Times of Juniper Lee) and comic strips as well.

The name got something of a hippieish vibe via the 1969 hit Donovan song, 'Jennifer Juniper.'

Juniper entered the U.S. Top 1000 for the first time in 2011.

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Rank in US: #195

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strangerinthealps Says:


Oh my goodness this is so overdue but... My Asher was born in 2014, and we used a family name (Eliza) for our second in 2017, but our Juniper was born this year! Too funny. Also I would totally use those pup names, especially Sawyer. 😂

deusvult Says:


I really like this name, but I don't like that it's becoming popular.

fearlessfirefly Says:


I have Winona Juniper and Tallulah Jasmine on my list as twin names.

Eva7708 Says:


I love the fresh, green quality of the name. But I know two babies named this in the past year or so, and I'm afraid it's headed for mega-popularity.

Oceanblue1904 Says:


If I ever have a girl I will name her juniper

Hero_Phoebus Says:


In England, the popularity of this name is growing rapidly. It does sound like a strong, solid name, as does Juno. I also know of someone who has a little girl named Jupiter Rose.

Yuma Says:


Juniper is a nice name, but it surprises me to hear anyone say that it is fresh or unique! In the U.S. in 2016 it ranked at #352 nationally (so not super popular, but common enough), and in the area of the states where I live it's a top 100 name at #79. It also shares many qualities with "the most popular name of all time" Jennifer. I guess the combination of those two things has Juniper feeling anything but fresh/quirky to me, though I do still like it

Daiseymae Says:


Wasn't there a cartoon called "Juniper Lee"?

Daiseymae Says:


Cute names!

Kaytie Dowling Brownstein Says:


Absolutely amazing: my son is Asher (born 2013) and my daughter is Juniper (born 2016)! Any chance you also have dogs named Sawyer and Parker? Ha!

Umbra Says:


We have a 10 month old Juniper. People always love her name. Her nickname is Juno.

Umbra Says:


I don't like the nickname June either, so our Juniper is usually called "Juno"

Olivia Kight Says:


We named our daughter Juniper, and I love it so so much. It fits her energetic, beautiful little personality so well. I call her June most of the time, be she also goes by Junie, Juneberry, etc. It's fresh and friendly and unique yet very substantive and melodic.

anelson100 Says:


Our daughter is Juniper and my mother in law (who didn't very much like the name at first), without thinking about how bad it might sound, first suggested that she might use the nickname "Nipper." Who says that?! All of this so that she could have a "special" name for her instead of the lovely name we had given her. We shut that one down really quickly. Not a single other person has suggested anything like nip or nipper. Aside from me and her dad, almost no one calls her June either. It's usually Junie or June bug from others.

beachbear Says:


I first thought of this being a name when I was in middle school 10-12ish years ago. I saw a juniper bush on Sims 2 and decided I liked how it sounded, so I used it on a Sim!

morg215 Says:


No correlation between me recognizing near homophones and me not being able to spell, but nice try.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


Whatever you ended up doing- Juniper is a beautiful name. :)

CaggieMcMasters Says:


no one would refer to Juniper as 'nip'- that's idiotic and weird. Grow up.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


That means you can't spell.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


It IS lovely!!!

CaggieMcMasters Says:


I love it. So refreshing, like a splash of water on your face. Love it.

Mikayla395 Says:


Cute name!

indiefendi2 Says:


I'm actually starting to consider this a guilty pleasure.

Tisiphone Says:


And Geneva!

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I love this name so much, but my SO doesn't like it, so it's out for me! I think it's beautiful and unique without sounding silly. I like that it is drawn from nature, and June and Junie as nicknames are both nice.

strangerinthealps Says:


I love this name! I've read that it's etymologically related to Guinevere, Ginevra, and Jennifer. I think it has all the pros of a good nature name plus the old-fashioned strength and sweetness of the nn June. It makes me think of both a strong, beautiful tree, a refreshing gin drink, and a classy, smart lady. Plus... How could you not call her Junebug as a baby?

Our son is Asher, which means happy or blessed; I'd love to add the association with laughter from Juniper.

_Theresa_ Says:


Better than Nip! Lmao

Marlz81 Says:


I love this name..but I hate the nickname June:/

headintheclouds Says:


I have a sort of halfway opinion with this name.
On one hand, I think it's super lovely, whimsical, quirky and nature-y while also having a familiar sound (to Jennifer, Jupiter, June etc.). Plus, how often is it that girl names end in -er?
On the other, I just can't get used to how similar it is to other names, but isn't those actual names- I see/hear Juniper and sometimes think it's like a mispronounced nasally Jennifer (same thing with Eben-Evan for me).
The nickname June is definitely the main draw for Juniper though, and it's a fun and unexpected way to get to June, for sure.

sirens_sam Says:


Juniper, I love this name so much. It's different from my normal choice in names but this one is a name I can see myself giving to a future daughter. Its beautiful to me and I hope it doesn't get to popular.

sirens_sam Says:


Last month I absolutely hated this name. Last week I didn't really know what to think of this name and now I'm really starting to like the feel and sound of this name as well as the way it looks. Its safe to say this name is definitely one that grows on you.

andylew Says:


We're 95% sure were going with Juniper for our 2nd daughter. Our first daughter is Amelia. The name Amelia got really popular a few years after, so I'm hoping Juniper doesn't get that popular! Love all these comments about it though! I'm still a little nervous, as it's a different name.

htw Says:


How cute! And it ages well, too. You get the cutesy nicknames but the name can fit an adult just as easily.

robinabergert Says:


This is a magical name. It is so sweet, soft, joyous, innocent and free spirited.

Marlz81 Says:


Such a cute name-don't know if I'd have the guts to use it tho.

steampunkleo Says:


Was that a pun? I felt like that was a pun.

EvaThyssen Says:


It's lovely!

shetravelslight Says:


Our little girls name is Juniper. Everyone compliments her name on its originality and quirkiness. She's commonly called Junie.

jojobabyberry Says:


LOVE Juniper. If I ever have a daughter I hope I'll be able to name her this. I love all the nicknames Juno (favorite), June, Juni and just the name itself.

Periberry Says:


it's cute and unique

Mia42 Says:


I LOVE Juniper, its adorable!

MaryKathryn Says:


I ADORE this name.

mabespark Says:


Gorgeous name for a little girl - a fresh, unique way to get to the sweet vintage nickname of June. Love it.

AprilRobin Says:


This is my older sisters name and she loves it

ChaeH Says:


We named our daughter Juniper, and we usually call her Junebug, June, or Little Bug. We've gotten so many compliments on her name. I think it's really lovely.

morg215 Says:


I strongly dislike this name. It sounds like Jupiter, for heaven's sake!