Whitney - Meaning of Whitney
[ 2 syll. w-hi-tney, wh-itn-ey ] The baby boy name Whitney is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. Its pronunciation is W-IHTNiy- †. Whitney is used chiefly in the English language and its origin is Old English. The name's meaning is white island. It is derived from the elements 'hwit' meaning white ; 'ey' island. See Whitney for more information.
Whitney has 17 variants. Variants include Whitnee, Whitni, Whitnie, Whitny, Whittney, Whytnee, Whytney, Whytni, Whytnie, Whytny, Widney, Witnee, Witney, Witni, Witnie, and Witny. The short form Whit is another English variant.
Whitney is an uncommon baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1986, 0.013% of baby boys were given the name Whitney. It ranked at #566 then. The baby name has since fallen from favor, and is today of irregular use. Within all boy names in its group, Whitney was nonetheless the most popular in 2018. Though Whitney is more popular as a girl name today, there was a period from 1909 to 1961 that it was given more often to boys. From 1962 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Whitney. In 1988, the name Whitney was given to 70 times as many girls than boys.
Baby names that sound like Whitney include Whitnee, Whitni, Whitnie, Whitny, Whittney, Whytnee, Whytney, Whytny, Witnee, Witney, Witni, Witnie, Witny, Wattan, Wheaton, Whitmane, Whytmane, Widney, Witmane, and Woodman.
† Pronunciation for Whitney: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"