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Whitney

Last Name
35k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Whitney

User Submitted Origins

English
67%
Anglo-Saxon
13%
French
7%
Danish
7%
African American
7%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to 9 people from all over the world, the name Whitney is of English origin and means "White Island".
  2. According to a user from Alabama, U.S., the name Whitney is of English origin and means "From the white island".
  3. A submission from Ireland says the name Whitney means "Its Anglo Saxon and means white island".
  4. A submission from North Carolina, U.S. says the name Whitney means "white islands" and is of African American origin.
  5. A submission from Arizona, U.S. says the name Whitney means "'White island'. According to a user from Texas, United States, the name Whitney is of Unknown origin and means 'White Island'".
  6. A user from Oregon, U.S. says the name Whitney means "White".
  7. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Whitney is of Danish origin and means "Of the White field".
  8. A user from Kenya says the name Whitney means "Peace".
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  1. The highest peak in the Sierra Nevada range in California (14,494 feet high)
  2. United States inventor of the mechanical cotton gin (1765-1825)
Wiktionary

Place name from Middle English atten whiten ey "by the white island".

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A female given name transferred from the surname, popular in the 1980s and 1990s.

Notable Persons Named Whitney

Notable Persons Named Whitney

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was a singer, actress, film producer, record producer, model, singing, actor, and model (people). She holds the title I Will Always Love You". Whitney was given the name Whitney Elizabeth Houston by her parents RCA, Commonwealth United, Private Stock, Motown, Janus, Major Minor, Columbia, A&M, Delta Music, and Harlem Records on August 9th, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. She passed away on February 11th, 2012.

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Whitney Cummings

Whitney Cummings is an observational comedy, insult comedy, and ribaldry comedian. Whitney was born on September 4th, 1982 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States.

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Whitney Way Thore

Whitney Way Thore is an activism, dance, internet celebrity, activist, and dancer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2014 to 2014. Whitney was born on April 14th, 1984 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Whitney Port

Whitney Port is a television personality, fashion designer, and author. Her career lasted from 2006 to 2012. Whitney was given the name Whitney Eve Port on March 4th, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Whitney Sudler-Smith

Whitney Sudler-Smith is a film and television director. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Whitney was born as the child of Patricia Altschul on June 2nd, 1968 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Whitney is also known as Whitney Smith.

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Whitney Blake

Whitney Blake was an actress, director, and producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 1998. Whitney was given the name Nancy Ann Whitney on February 20th, 1926. She left this life on September 28th, 2002.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Whitney

Notable Persons With the Last Name Whitney

Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney was an engineer. Eli was born on December 8th, 1765 in Westborough, Massachusetts. He breathed his last breath on January 8th, 1825.

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Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy is a character comedy, redneck comedy, country comedy, observational comedy, and satire musician. Larry was given the name Daniel Lawrence Whitney on February 17th, 1963 in Pawnee City, Nebraska.

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Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney was an actress, singer, actor, and singing. She was most prominent from 1947 to 2007. Grace was given the name Mary Ann Chase on April 1st, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. She died on May 1st, 2015.

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Meredith Whitney

Meredith Whitney is a financial analyst. Meredith was born on November 20th, 1969 in Summit, New Jersey.

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Whitney Blake

Whitney Blake was an actress, director, and producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 1998. Whitney was given the name Nancy Ann Whitney on February 20th, 1926. She left this life on September 28th, 2002.

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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was a sculpture, private collection, sculptor, and art collector. Gertrude was given the name Gertrude Vanderbilt by her parents Cornelius Vanderbilt II and Alice Claypoole Gwynne on January 9th, 1875 in New York City. She passed away on April 18th, 1942.

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  • Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney
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  • Ryan Whitney
    Ice Hockey Player
  • Hassler Whitney
    Scientist
  • Ray Whitney
    Hockey Player
  • Harry Payne Whitney
    Lawyer
  • Marylou Whitney
    Socialite
  • William Collins Whitney
    Office Holder
  • Henry Melville Whitney
  • Mike Whitney
  • Dorothy Payne Whitney
  • William D. Whitney
    Linguist
  • Courtney Whitney
    Military Person
  • Johnny Whitney
    Musician
  • Helen Hay Whitney
    Poet

Common last names for Whitney

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Broussard
  • Hebert
  • Landry
  • Guidry
  • Brown
  • White
  • Leblanc
  • Adams
  • Trahan

Common first names for Whitney

  • Robert
  • William
  • John
  • Charles
  • George
  • James
  • Helen
  • Richard
  • Dorothy
  • Ruth
  • Margaret
  • Donald
  • Harold
  • Edward
  • Arthur
  • Alice
  • Elizabeth

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Whitney U.S.
  White 85.44% 64.26%
  African American 8.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Whitney

People with the last name Whitney are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Whitney

  • What name lists does Whitney rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Whitney? Whitney is the 644th most popular name of all time. As a last name Whitney was the 994th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Whitney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 102,057 babies born with the first name Whitney in the United States. That's more than enough people named Whitney to occupy the territory of Aruba (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 101,484 (as of September 29, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Whitney? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Whitney first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Whitney is Tuesday, December 22nd, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Whitney born? The highest recorded use of the first name Whitney was in 1986 with a total of 9,536 babies. That's a lot of babies named Whitney!
  • Random Whitney Factoid: According to the 1989 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Whitney ranks 9th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 177 babies in Utah have the same name in 1989.
  • Weird things about the name Whitney: The name spelled backwards is Yentihw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ityhewn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Whitney? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 35,118 people with the last name Whitney.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Whitney? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Whitney as their last name.
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