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Origin: English
Meaning: Wasteland

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Heath

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Heath in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Heath:

  • Records indicate that 25,943 boys in the United States have been named Heath since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1974, when 1,248 people in the U.S. were given the name Heath. Those people are now 47 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Heath

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      7 Positive Comments

  • "Hi. My name is Heath and I was born in 1971. My mother actually got the name from a book, ?Wuthering Heights? the character was Heathcliff. Funny thing is my brother?s name is Clift. He?s 11 years older. I don?t have a middle name which is also unique I guess. I used to get annoyed by people thinking my name was Keith or Steve or even Pete, but not anymore. I?ve found that most people generally aren?t very good listeners so they just assume it?s the more common name Keith without putting in the extra work to listen to the actual name lol. I wouldn?t change my name for anything. It?s an awesome name and I?m very proud to be named Heath." Feb. 17, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Heath, born 1987, when I was younger I used my middle name a lot because of Heath sounding like Keith, and it's much harder to mess up Joshua. Now that I'm older I appreciate the name Heath much more. Our 3 biggest identifiers are the character Heath Barley, the Heath candy bar, and the actor Heath Ledger." Nov. 4, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Heath. I believe his mother got the idea from some sort of soap opera on TV in the 70's. Most people mis-hear the name, often thinking that we've said "Keith," but I usually say "Heath, like the candy bar." I think it is a lovely and unique name." Jan. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Heath and I am a girl. I have always loved having an original name, and I have found that people tend to remember me simply because of my unique name. Although it does occasionally get mistaken for Keith I wouldn't steer clear of the name for this silly reason alone." Dec. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Heath. I love it, the simplicity of it but at the same time its kinda rare. I also get mistaken for keiths or any thing with the E sound. But i think its great." Feb. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Heath is a nice name, very original. People often think it is Keith, but oh well. It was the name of one of Lee Major's television characters (The Big Valley), which is why it was so popular in the 70's." Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "While people have mistaken it for Keith or even Pete and Steve, I have been complemented on it numerous times." Dec. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I too get Keith more often than not, although for a while I lived near a place called Neath and started getting that as well. A number of people tried calling me Heathcliff as they thought it was shortened version. As a bit of an odd aside, if someone calls out you name from a distance you can't really hear the 'th' at the end so it sounds more like 'Hey'. This means that every time someone yells out Hey, I think they're calling out to me. Not a great name in my experience." Dec. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Don't name your kid Heath. That's my name and people tend to pronounce it Keith. Also, who wants to be named after a 'wasteland' anyway? Stay away from this name." Sep. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Neutral Comments

  • "I am also a woman named Heath! I was named after a woman, and there is another woman in my city named Heath. I see there's another female who is named Heath on this page, too. It's rare, but Heath is a girl's name, too. Maybe consider changing your designation from "boy name"?" Oct. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husbands name is Heath as well. Again born in the 70s so probably because of the tv character. If you search online they have a "Heath army" There are a lot of people proud of the name. My husband gets annoyed with the "keith" mispronunciation and also hispanics say it "heth" more like heather but without the er. That annoys him more than anything." Jun. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Doesn't really mean wasteland, more like unfarmed land. It is my last name. People always mishear it as Keith, so I have to spell it out every time." Nov. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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