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Gender: F Origin of Juniper: Tree name Juniper's Popularity in 2016: #352

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. It's one of the fastest-rising girls’ names, soaring more than 500 spots since 2012, and is poised to continue to gain popularity.

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.

Famous People Named Juniper

Juniper Sage, pen name of American author Margaret Wise Brown
Juniper French (b. 2011), premature baby featured in NPR segment and book "Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon"
Juniper Emily Scott (b. 2017), daughter to the YouTubers Kelsey and Corbin Scott from Steps To Wander

Pop Culture References for the name Juniper

"The Life and Times Of Juniper Lee," animated series and main character
"Juniper," novel by Monica Furlong and its main character
Juniper Beatrice "Junie B." Jones, main character in the Junie B. Jones series
Juniper, nymph in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.
Juniper "Joon" Pearl, character from the movie "Benny and Joon"
Juniper, character in 2012 movie "Mud"
Juniper Blythe, character in "The distant hours" by Kate Morton
Juniper, Pachyrhinosauru in film "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D"
Professor Aurea Juniper, character in the Pokemon Black and White video games
Juniper Woods, character in video game 'Ace Attorney'
"Jennifer Juniper," Song by Donovan