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Origin: Netherlands
Region Origin: Western Europe

Heather is a feminine name of British origin, meaning "evergreen flowering plant". It refers to the small shrubs with white, pink, or purple flowers that thrive on the peaty barren lands of Scotland. The name is derived from Middle English "hather". Heather has several other definitions, such as a color mixture of pale blue, pink, purple, and gray, often used to describe any color that includes gray, like Heather fabric. The name Heather is traditionally a female's name and is pronounced as "HEH-ther". The origin of the name Heather comes from the English word "hather," which references the plant. The name has been in use since 1852, when Heather Campbell emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland, with her mother. Heather gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, reaching number three on the list of top names for girls in the United States. Some variations of the name include Hether, Hethar, Heidi, and Hyewon. Namesakes include Heather Bratton, a model, and Heather McHugh, a poet.

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