[ 1 syll. hea-(t)(h), he-ath ] The baby boy name Heath is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is HHiy-TH †. Heath is used chiefly in the English language and it is derived from Old English origins. It is derived from the element 'haeth' which means heath. The first name is from a surname which was originally a byname for seomeone living on a heath, which refers to untended land where flowering shrubs grow. The first name was first used, on a modest scale, by English speakers in the 19th century.
Heath is a classic favorite. At present it is still a somewhat popular baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was previously. The name's popularity jumped from the 1960s up to the 1970s; before that, it was of very light use only. At the modest height of its usage in 1974, 0.077% of baby boys were given the name Heath. It ranked at #181 then. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.012% and its ranking #936, but it was nonetheless the most commonly used within all boy names in its group. In the past century Heath has mostly been a baby boy name.
† Pronunciation for Heath: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)"
A famous person named Heath is Actor Heath Ledger, born Heathcliff Andrew Ledger, 4 April 1979 - 22 January 2008, Perth, Australia.