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Etymology & Historical Origin - Heath
Heath is the transferred use of an Old English surname with Anglo-Saxon origins. Derived from a place name, those designated with the surname Heath dwelled on or near a heath (i.e., a moor). A heath is essentially an area of open land, uncultivated and infertile, often covered with rough bushes or the heather plant. The word comes from Olde English “hæð” meaning the same. The first recorded spelling of the surname came in the 13th century and was rendered as “de la Heth”. The name is currently most popular in Australia which is from where the late Heath Ledger hailed.
Popularity of the Name Heath
Before there was Heath Ledger in America, there was a character named Heath Barkley on a popular television series called “The Big Valley” (1965-1969). It was this ruggedly handsome character (portrayed by a young Lee Majors) who served to popularize the name Heath in the United States. The name first appeared on the American masculine naming charts in 1966, the year following the first airing of the show. Not only that, but Heath debuted remarkably high on the charts right off the bat (at position #359) which goes to show you the popularity of the show and the Heath Barkley character among viewers. The name Heath would reach his peak popularity in 1974 at #181 on the charts (so this was a Top 200 name at one point in time). Heath would go on to fall in usage as the years progressed. He was moderately popular in the 1980s but less so in the 90s. Heath Ledger gave his name a much needed jump-start up the charts between 2001 and 2002 following his success in “The Patriot” and again between 2008 and 2009 coinciding with his untimely death at the age of 28. Heath Ledger was a charming Aussie and an extremely talented actor, but he was also a restless soul with a dark side. Just as River Phoenix impacted the usage of his name in the same way, Heath Ledger also touched an American nerve. And many parents responded by bestowing his simple, one-syllable name on their baby boys. Heath is a strong, rugged name with unpretentious appeal and great passion. Today the name is used sparingly and so remains an original choice. It could also be considered a short form for the name Heathcliff (as in Emily Brontë’s hero from “Wuthering Heights”).
Popularity of the Boy Name Heath
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Heath
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Heath
Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights) Heathcliff is one of the most perplexing and intriguing romantic heroes (or anti-heroes) in literature, as the protagonist of Charlotte Bronte’s haunting 1847 novel, Wuthering Heights. Taken into the Earnshaw household as a young orphan, Heathcliff soon forms a deep attachment to the young Catherine Earnshaw. Indeed, as they grow into adolescence together, they become almost as one soul. Brooding and darkly handsome, Heathcliff is an ideal match for the headstrong, beautiful young Cathy. Upon her father’s death, however, Cathy’s brother relegates Heathcliff to a servile position, and Cathy cannot bring herself to commit to him. Instead, she opts to marry the ineffectual young heir of a neighboring manse, sending Heathcliff into paroxysms of despair and revenge. Their tragic story inevitably proceeds to the untimely death of both of these thwarted lovers, with the resultant speculation that their souls roam the moors together, disquieted, expelled, forlorn – but – together. When we think of Heathcliff, we invariably think of the young, beautiful and equally brooding Lawrence Olivier, who put his immortal stamp on the role in the 1939 movie.
Popular Songs on Heath
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Heath
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Famous People Named Heath
Famous People Named Heath - Heath Ledger (actor); Heath Bell (baseball player); Heath Farwell (football player); Heath Evans (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Heath
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Heath - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Heath
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Heath