Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Heath

Heath is the transferred use of an Old English surname with Anglo-Saxon origins. Derived from a place name, those designated with the surname Heath dwelled on or near a heath (i.e., a moor). A heath is essentially an area of open land, uncultivated and infertile, often covered with rough bushes or the heather plant. The word comes from Olde English “hæð” meaning the same. The first recorded spelling of the surname came in the 13th century and was rendered as “de la Heth”. The name is currently most popular in Australia which is from where the late Heath Ledger hailed.

All About the Baby Name – Heath

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME HEATH

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME HEATH

Before there was Heath Ledger in America, there was a character named Heath Barkley on a popular television series called “The Big Valley” (1965-1969). It was this ruggedly handsome character (portrayed by a young Lee Majors) who served to popularize the name Heath in the United States. The name first appeared on the American masculine naming charts in 1966, the year following the first airing of the show. Not only that, but Heath debuted remarkably high on the charts right off the bat (at position #359) which goes to show you the popularity of the show and the Heath Barkley character among viewers. The name Heath would reach his peak popularity in 1974 at #181 on the charts (so this was a Top 200 name at one point in time). Heath would go on to fall in usage as the years progressed. He was moderately popular in the 1980s but less so in the 90s. Heath Ledger gave his name a much needed jump-start up the charts between 2001 and 2002 following his success in “The Patriot” and again between 2008 and 2009 coinciding with his untimely death at the age of 28. Heath Ledger was a charming Aussie and an extremely talented actor, but he was also a restless soul with a dark side. Just as River Phoenix impacted the usage of his name in the same way, Heath Ledger also touched an American nerve. And many parents responded by bestowing his simple, one-syllable name on their baby boys. Heath is a strong, rugged name with unpretentious appeal and great passion. Today the name is used sparingly and so remains an original choice. It could also be considered a short form for the name Heathcliff (as in Emily Brontë’s hero from “Wuthering Heights”).

Quick Facts

ON HEATH

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

863

PRONUNCIATION:

HEETH

SIMPLE MEANING:

From the heathland

Characteristics

OF HEATH

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Heath

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HEATH

Popular Songs

ON HEATH

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Famous People

NAMED HEATH

Heath Ledger (actor)
Heath Bell (baseball player)
Heath Farwell (football player)
Heath Evans (football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HEATH

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HEATH

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Heath