Archer: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Archer

Archer

Pronunciation: AHRCH-er (key)

Origin of the name Archer:

Transferred use of the surname derived from archer (a bowman).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Arch, Archie

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Comments and insights on the name Archer: | Edit

Older generations often hear this name and mistake it as "Arthur," so be prepared for the confusion.

I love this name! I think it is a very strong, masculine name, and I am surprised it is not more common.

Personal experiences with the name Archer: | Edit

We named our son Archer. We don't intend to use the nickname "Archie", but people still call him that - it seems to be unavoidable. We actually find ourselves lengthening it to Archibald when we are being silly.
We receive lots of compliments, but people often tell us that someone they knew recently called their son Archer/Archie.

We have an Indian relative who told us that it sounds a bit like the Hindi word for "okay".

People often assume we are fans of the show, "Archer". We aren't, and had considered the name before the cartoon aired.

Nicknames for Archer: | Edit

Archie, Arch/Arc, Ari, Cherry , Arby

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Famous real-life people named Archer: | Edit

Anne Archer, American actress
Anthony John Archer, an English jazz double-bassist.
Brenda Archer, Guyanese high jumper
Colin Archer, naval architect
Frederick Scott Archer, British pioneer of photography
Geoffrey Archer, British author of military thrillers
Gleason Archer, Sr., founder of Suffolk University
Gleason Archer, Jr., American theologian
Iain Archer, Irish musician
James Archer, Scottish painter
Archer Mayor, American author
James J. Archer, American Civil War Confederate general
Jeffrey Archer, British author, former politician
John Stuart Archer, Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University 1997 - 2006
Johnny Archer, American professional pool player
Malcolm Archer, British composer, organist, and conductor
Margaret Archer, British sociologist
Peter Archer, British peer
Richard Archer, English singer/songwriter, frontman of UK band Hard-Fi
Tasmin Archer, English soul/pop/rock singer
Thomas Archer, English Baroque architect
Thomas Archer a pioneer pastoralist and Agent General for Queensland, Australia
Violet Archer, composer
William Archer, Scottish critic
William S. Archer (1789-1855), Virginian politician
Archer Blood (1923-2004), American diplomat
Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) American historian and philanthropist
Archer King (1917-2012), American theatrical agent, producer, and actor
Archer John Porter Martin (1910-2002), British chemist and Nobel laureate
Archer Mathews (1744-1796), American pioneer and politician

Archer in song, story & screen: | Edit

Newland Archer (often referred to only by his last name) is the protagonist in Edith Wharton's "Age of Innocence."
Archer, Robin Hood's half-brother in the BBC TV series "Robin Hood" (2006-2009)
Captain Jonathan Archer of TV Series "Star Trek: Enterprise"
Archer Montgomery, brother of Addison Forbes Montgomery on TV Show Private Practice

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