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Origin: Old English
Meaning: Leather Worker

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

A few facts about the boy's name Tanner:

  • Records indicate that 81,645 boys in the United States have been named Tanner since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1998, when 4,699 people in the U.S. were given the name Tanner. Those people are now 22 years old.

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    Comments about the name Tanner

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      50 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Tanner, born in '92. It's a good name. There's obviously better ones, but at least no one mispronounces it and it's easy to spell :)" Jan. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is tanner ray and I'm 22 and I've only met three other people with the name tanner so it's unique and that's wat I like about it. I get a lot of compliments on it and have many nicknames such as tan man tan the man etc so I gotta say I really like being named tanner" Dec. 19, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have loved being named Tanner. The name has served me quite well :)" Sep. 5, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey becaues my little brother has your name it is so cute" Feb. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Tanner Jace, he is now 12 years old. I still love the name, it's not odd but five kids will not turn around when you call his name at the playground. He has always played sports and we along with his coaches and team mates have always called him Tan Man." Jan. 29, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Tanner when he was born 8 months ago. We LOVE it and have gotten so many compliments on his name. One nice surprise is that if we were going to have a girl, my husband wanted her name to be Brianna after his grandmother named Anna but that name is already taken in our family. Our Tanner is a boy of course, but ironically, Tanner has "ann" in it, we didn't even plan it - perfect!" May. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 15 year old son is Tanner Allen. I saw the name in a baby book and fell in love with it because I never heard it before. Now, there are about 5 or 6 kids in his school with that name (boys and 1 girl). We called him Tanner Man when he was little. It's a pretty common name here in So. Oregon, but still love it." Dec. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born 1994 and I gave her the name Tanner as her middle name. I loved it then and still enjoy using her middle name when I call her. It doesn't seem to be a boy's only name, but then my name is Dale Lynn." Jul. 28, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Tanner! I've only met one other person with that name. I'm having a son in October and i'm naming him Tanner Ryan." Jul. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 27 year old Tanner, and I love my name! Some of you asked about nicknames, my most common ones are Tans, Tan, and Tan man" Jun. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Glad we named our son Tanner, as we have received many compliments on it. It is unusual but not weird. The other Tanner's we have met have been athletic, cool guys so this is good. Also, all Tanner's we've talked to about their name have liked being named this. A neighbor's son even uses this as his nickname, as he hates his given name." Feb. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Tanner Aaron. He is five and really wants a nickname. Does anyone have any suggestions?" Dec. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "OMG Im so excited, We named our son, Tanner and he is now 15! I love saying his name everyday. He also loves his name, so unique. when he was little, we called him "Tan man" some family members still do, Im so excited to find this site. Im sitting on the couch with Tanner now reading all of these posts." Dec. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Tanner as a first name has been around for a while (although I admit it was rare). My father (born in 1928), my brother (born in 1958) and my son (born in 1994) are all named Tanner. It was my father's grandmother's maden name." Nov. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little man is named Tanner-I picked it because it isnt too popular but people have heard of it.I have never met a girl named Tanner and probably wouldnt have named a girl that. But then again my daughters name is Skyler and I wouldnt have named a boy that." Sep. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tanner and I am a Girl I love my name it sets me aside from every one else." Aug. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tanner i am a boy i dont know any one with the name so that is cool i am 15" Apr. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Tanner cause it isn't all that common and it sounds kinda country to me! No one misspells it or mispronounces his name but he is only 3 right and not in school. My younger sisters do go to school with a Tanner, and we ran into a little girl at the zoo named Tanner....Her mom thought I was yelling at her kid. I love this name and I'm trying to coming with a sibling name cause I just found out I'm pregnant with my 2nd." Apr. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Absolutely LOVE Tanner For A Girl! Some Boy Names Are Adorable For Girls (: This Is Definitely Going To Be One Of My Future Names." Apr. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't know anyone else named Tanner. But it is cool that i have that name and i am wondering about a good nickname. Any suggestions?" Feb. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I recently adopted a little boy and named him Tanner. We chose the name based on the fact that it isn't a common name and we wanted our boy to have a special name. He is only 3 weeks old at the moment and I hope he will grow to love his name like we do." Feb. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We neamed on of our twin Boys Tanner. We had the name for one of the boys (Noah)but nothinghit right for the other one. We actually read every name in the name book until we got to Tanner. We both stopped and repeated it and absolutely loved it. I hear the name sometimes now and I feel lilek we own the name. Obviously we don't, but parents do you know what I mean when you feel like it is "MY NAME!"?" Aug. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I also have to say that I love being named Tanner. I am 14 and theres no one I know thats named Tanner, so i went on this site and was amazed at the number of people with my or "our" name...Ha." Jul. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Tanner and he is 22. He gets frustrated because he always has to spell it for people because the think he says "taylor" any way we are thinking of naming our baby girl Tanner after her daddy but not if its a boy because we don't want a jr!" Jun. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my name is Tanner Norred,I love my one misspells my name.I know 1 other Tanner,but he's not my friend." Jun. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Tanner is a pretty awesome name for a girl my sisters name is tanner and well she is pretty awesome the name fits her well. i know some guys named tanner but ya i think its cute for both" Jun. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Tanner as a name for our upcoming biracial boy: appropriate? kind-of funny?" May. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ya my name is Tanner and I guess it is ok I kind of like the stupid joke "I'm Tanner than you are" But ya I do love my name...14 year old boy and its going great." Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ya my name is Tanner and I guess it is ok I kind of like the stupid joke "I'm Tanner than you are" But ya I do love my name...14 year old boy and its going great." Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ya my name is Tanner and I guess it is ok I kind of like the stupid joke "I'm Tanner than you are" But ya I do love my name...14 year old boy and its going great." Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names tanner easter and i was born in 1998 i only know 1 more tanner thats kinda my friend i know 1 thats not my friend" Dec. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is but only " Tanner ". I do not have a last name or a middle name. I believe I may be the only " Tanner one name " in the world which is a true honor. When it comes down to it, why would I want any other name then that? I was born in December of 1975 so I am also one of the original Tanners I believe also. You can find more about this Tanner at Peace to all and to all a good night" Dec. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend's named Tanner. He's the only person I've met with the name. I think the name fits him well- it's a cute name for an athletic guy. He plays baseball and I must say is cute. He is 15." Nov. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tanner and im lovin it power to the tanners" Sep. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tanner my B-day is 02-03-97. I'm know as the Tanman on my baseball and Basketball teams. I don't know any other Tanner's in Pittsburgh. I think it is a cool name!!" Sep. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cute name for a cool athletic boy. Other kids seem to like it, & it's not overused yet." Jul. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "its a great name its a puopler name and im the alpha tanner" Jun. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Haha my name is Tanner Collin.. born '93.. From canada... People call me: Tan-man Tan the man leve tan (uncle) The tan-man Tannah Tina (haha) TanNerd (!??!? lol) TC Tanner-Mac (middlename = mackenzie) I think the way to say it is (TAN-ner) as in "Yeah hes a part-time hide tanner" or "Are you a frequent tanner?" I know 4 other people with the name Tanner. Thats it. I love it b/c no one else has the name so when a teacher calls its not confusing or what ever. My website is (2008) if u wanna check it out... Cheers! (power to the tanners!)" Apr. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cool name. Not as overdone as others, but there are many cute boys named Tanner." Jan. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Tanner is one of the worlds best names and all others suck!!!" Sep. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our 10 month old Tanner. We always get compliments on it. We love it" Sep. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes very nice commnets , but hear this is also a girl 's name true or fals thank you" Apr. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My last name is Tanner and I kept my maiden name even after I was married because it is both easy to spell and pronounce. nobody has ever made a mistake with my last name. I have often thought that is I ever have a son, I may use the name Tanner to aknowledge my family." Mar. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY NAME IS TANNER AND I WAS BORN IN 1985 SO BEAT THAT!!" Feb. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name. This is also my son's name he was born in 2005." Jan. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my grandson's name. Cool boy - smart, creative." Jun. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know of 7 to 9 people with my name, usually in different age groups." May. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. He was born in 1996 and thsi name was a lot more unusual at the time. He likes his name and I as his mother don't have a single regret!" Mar. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name! I love it! People often mis-hear it as "Tyler" I am the Alpha Tanner." Feb. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "yo i no sum 1 called tanner and its a well gd name lv ya tanner x" Dec. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "Tanner is a turrible name! My friend and I always make fun of the name Tanner, even though we don't know anyone named it. If you are named Tanner, you are guaranteed to be a redneck loser." Sep. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is tanner and I HATE IT! It;s a really stupid name, it doesn't sound professional name at all, and I hate it. Cute for girls though." Jan. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

      20 Neutral Comments

  • "My names Tanner and I kinda get tired of it sometimes I tell people to say my middle name which is jay. And maybe Jay-T" Feb. 5, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name Is tanner :D I actually don't really like my name. its sounds so dumb in my opinion, but i dunno. might just be me" Oct. 17, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is tanner i was born in 93 and i love my name my middle name is jacob so i get tj alot i wouldent want another name" Dec. 10, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our sons name is Tanner, he is 15 months old. It suited him from the moment he was born. We love his name. His middle name is John so he often gets the nickname TJ." Feb. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 3 month old daughter named Tanner. I call her Tanner Bug sometimes. I love this name for a girl. I read somewhere that the name was originally a girl name." Nov. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Tanner and he is 3 years old. His nickname is Tanner Bug also. We are trying to find a girl name that will go with it." Jan. 26, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have loved the name Tanner for years and plan to nae my son that. For people who r named that and dont like it why? For girls its cute and different and for guys its masculine and beatuiful at the same time. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!Cant wait to name my son that...still thinking of middle names...any suggestions?" Dec. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Bad News Bears came out in 1976, the same year the chart first shows "Tanners" appearing. The kid named Tanner on the film made the name known and was only a last name before than." Jan. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 7 year old daughter is Tanner Mackenzie and her nickname is Tanner Bug. We love it and were very surprised to read that there are a few other girl Tanners out there. I like unique names and thought this would be perfect! I have a son named Tristan who is much older and, at the time, that name was uniqe too. Now....not so much!!" Aug. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have to say, I love my name being Tanner! I always thought it was really unique, because I only knew one other person named Tanner. All of a sudden, it seems, I'm seeing people everywhere named Tanner. I'm 14, and it seems most of the people I know named Tanner are younger. It's funny how names can suddenly become popular :)" Jun. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "haha i know a few tanners and one of them is girl.. its becoming more popular" Jan. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tanner and I'm a girl. People call me 'Tan Tan Ner Ner', 'Tan', Tan Tan', 'Tanner J', cause my middle name is Jade. All the people that I've heard of with this name are all boys. So, I don't really like it. But, when I tell people my name, their all like, "Oh my gosh! I love your name!'. It's different, so thats a bonus, and not a lot of people that I know have it. Some people mis-pronounce it as Tanna, they also ask me how to spell it? Yeah. Weird. I get so many comments on it, from my teachers, friends, and loads of other random people who find my name out. (:" Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tanner and i am a boy. One time in kindergarden, someone spelled my name tanr. Surprisingly, i meet a lot of tanners at my school. and people pronounce it wrong sometimes, so for further referance, it's T-ah-ner." Jun. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Tanner Chau and i am a girl. My last name is prounced 'chow' and people call me 'banana' sometimes. My fifth grade teacher called me 'Tana' and i was like: "There's a 'er' at the end of my name, not an 'uh'". Also, last year, in the seventh grade, my gym teacher was calling out lockers for boys. He said that girls would get their's the following day, so he called my name (apparently didn't know i was a girl). So i stood up and he was all like:"Sorry! Didn't know who you are." Basically, all my life I have had trouble with my name (first and last name). OH WELL! IT MAKES ME UNIQUE!!ıııı p.s. i was born in '94!" May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "girls have this name to just like me im a girl and my nam is tanner tuttle" Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names tanner and i have a ton of nicknames haha" Mar. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name Is Tanner And I Was Born On July 25,1995!!!" Feb. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "everyone makes fun of me cause my name is Tanner. i hate my name! oh well. im planning on changing it sometime during my life to Alberto Sanchezie." Nov. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's ok...but it gets converted as you get older to fit. Its a young persons name." Jul. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "TANNER IS A PIMPASS NAME.IM GLAD I GOT IT. THANX MOM :)" Feb. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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