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Mainly North American: transferred use of the surname, in origin a local name from any of various places in England named with the Middle English phrase atten whiten ey ‘by the white island’. In the 1980s its popularity as a girl's name was enhanced by the fame of the American singer Whitney Houston (b. 1963).
521st in the U.S.

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Tens of Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
122,828
to be exact
Utah
has the most people named Whitney per capita
1986
marked the height of its popularity
98%
2%
0.39%
55+
11%
30-54
70%
13-29
19%
0-12

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