Boy Baby Name

Hunter

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Quick Facts on Hunter

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 36
Pronunciation:
HUHN-ter
Simple meaning:
One who hunts (to seize, capture)

Characteristics of Hunter

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Hunter

Hunter is the transferred use of an English surname derived from an occupation. In medieval England, men who were occupied as “hunters” pursued large game such as wild boar; a trade restricted to people of fairly high stature (lending some nobility to the name). However, the trade-surname could have also described one of lesser rank who hunted for birds or poached game for food in general. The word “hunter” is derived from the Olde English “hentan” which aptly meant “to seize, capture”. Hunter is a common surname within all English-speaking nations today; however, as a forename, Hunter is pretty distinct to North American (the U.S. and Canada) and Australia. Hunter follows a naming trend of other masculine-sounding English surnames derived from occupations like Archer, Cannon, Fisher, Gunner or Tanner.

Popularity of the Name Hunter

We were surprised to see that Hunter even ranked in the Top 1000 names for boys in America 100 years ago. The name feels so distinctly modern. Still, Hunter didn’t do much on the charts but linger in the lowlands until the late 1970s, perhaps influenced by the American journalist and author, Hunter S. Thompson (who wrote “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1971). The book’s importance in American literature underscores its accurate representation of the 1960s, or as Thompson describes, a decade of “hysteria, insolence, insult and rot.” The name Hunter eventually achieved a position on America’s Top 100 list in 1993, and reached its peak at position #35 in the year 2000. The name is occasionally used for girls, but not enough to manage a spot in the Top 1000. Plus, it’ll be one of the harder “unisex” names for the baby girls of America to hijack as their own (as they have been known to do with many other androgynous names). Hunter feels way too masculine and is much more fitting for the boys.
Popularity of the Boy Name Hunter
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hunter

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Hunter

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hunter

    Hunter We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Hunter.

  • Popular Songs on Hunter

    Popular Songs on Hunter

    Hunter - a song by Bjork

    Hunter - a song by Dido

    Hunter - a song by Joni Mitchell

    Hunter and the Hunted - a song by Simple Minds

    Lonely is the Hunter - a song by KISS

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Hunter

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Hunter

    Hunter's Best Friend at School (Laura Malone Elliott) - A story of two raccoons and good friends, Hunter and Stripe. When Hunter follows his good friend into bad behaviors, he learns a lesson. It’s a story about friendship and peer pressure. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Hunter

    Famous People Named Hunter

    Famous People Named Hunter - Hunter S. Thompson (author); Hunter Johnson (composer); Hunter Mahan (golfer); Hunter Parrish (actor); Hunter Tylo (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Hunter

    Children of Famous People Named Hunter

    Famous People who Named their Child Hunter - Niki Taylor (supermodel); Karen Black (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Hunter - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Hunter - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hunter.

Personality of the Boy Name Hunter

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Hunter

  • No Variations Found.
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