[ 2 syll. tan-ner, ta-nn-er ] The baby boy name Tanner is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is TAEN-er †. Tanner is used chiefly in the English, Finnish, and German languages, and its origin is Old English. The name's meaning is tanner. It is from the element 'tannian' which means to tan. The name is derived from the surname, itself originally a job title for one who tans hides.
Tanner has 20 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Tan, Tanar, Taner, Tanery, Tanier, Tann, Tannar, Tannen, Tannere, Tannery, Tanney, Tannie, Tannir, Tannis, Tannon, Tannor, Tannur, and Tannyr. The diminutive form Tanny is another English variant. A variant of Tanner in other languages is Thanner (German).
Tanner is a fairly popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1970s up to the 1990s; before that, it was of irregular use only. At the modest height of its usage in 1997, 0.234% of baby boys were given the name Tanner. It ranked at #82 then. The baby name has since declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.059% and its ranking #302, but it was nonetheless the most widely used within all boy names in its group. In the past century Tanner has mostly been a baby boy name.
Baby names that sound like Tanner include Tanar, Tannar, Thanner, Tadmor, Tamar, Tamare, Tamarr, Tamarre, Tamear, Tameare, Tameer, Tameere, Tameir, Tameire, Tamer, Tamere, Tamiere, Tamir, Tamire, and Tammer.
† Pronunciation for Tanner: T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)"