Heather: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Heather
Origin of the name Heather:
Taken from the name of the plant having very small scale-like leaves and purplish-pink flowers. The word is derived from the Old English haddyr (heather, plants of the heath family).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Long ago, the moors were very lonely because nothing would grow there. Every plant they asked refused, and the moors were even more desolate than usual. Finally word got around to the plucky little heather who cheerfully volunteered. And ever since, the heather has not only grown but thrived on the moors which are more beautiful and less lonely as a result.
Heather = selfless and caring; survives, thrives even in difficult circumstances
#12 in the Twenty "Whitest" Girls Names in Freakonomics, and #14 in the Most Common Low-Income White Girl Names in Freakonomics
I have a friend named Heather, and I mentioned her to a black friend who said "She's white, isn't she?" I said "Yes, how did you guess?" She said "You never hear of a black girl named Heather." She also said you never hear of a black girl named Holly. I think both Heather and Holly are pretty names, and I don't see why the blacks don't use them.
- Personal experiences with the name Heather: | Edit
I am a Heather born in 1974. I love my name. It is strong, feminine, caring, kind, emotional, silly and more. In high school there were 7 other Heathers in my graduating class so I am guessing it was popular to name us around 74-75. LOL. Because of the prettiness of my name, I chose to give my girls unique names too. Heathers rock! :)
My name is Heather- Alot of friends had name bracelets, necklaces, etc., my grandma bought me something a little more unique- heather earrings. Instead of having my name though, they had real heather blossoms inside the earrings. I loved them, and still have them.
- Nicknames for Heather: | Edit
"HEATH" OR "HEATHY", Heat, Hev, Hattie, Haddyr (Old English) and Haedre (Old English)
- Meanings and history of the name Heather: | Edit
The girl's name Heather \he(a)-ther\ is pronounced HEH-ther. It is of Middle English origin. Flower name: an evergreen flowering plant that thrives on peaty barren lands, as in Scotland.
- Famous real-life people named Heather: | Edit
Heather Locklear - American actress
Heather Headley - American singer
Heather Graham - American actress
Heather Morris - American actress and dancer
Heather O'Rourke - American actress
Heather O'Reilly - US Women's National Soccer Player
Heather Small - English soul singer
- Heather in song, story & screen: | Edit
"Heathers" - movie starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The Heathers represent the "popular" clique in a suburban high school. All of the members are named Heather, with the later exception of Ryder's character, Veronica.
In the comic strip "Peanuts," Heather is the name of the Little Red-Haired Girl, the object of Charlie Brown's unrequited crush.
Perry Como Song - tulips and heather
Gene Kelly song from Brigadoon - Heather on the Hill
Heather Mason, main character from survival-horror video game "Silent Hill 3"