Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. WIT-nee

Meaning & History

From an English surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "white island" in Old English. Its popular use as a feminine name was initiated by actress Whitney Blake (1925-2002) in the 1960s, and further boosted in the 1980s by singer Whitney Houston (1963-2012).



Entry updated January 21, 2022