Whitney

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Place name from Middle English atten whiten ey "by the white island".[1]

Proper noun[edit]

Whitney

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A female given name transferred from the surname, popular in the 1980s and 1990s.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1993 James Crumley, The Mexican Tree Duck, Picador 1994, ISBN 0330338528, page 138:
    "I don't believe I've ever known a woman named 'Whitney'," I said, trying not to look too deeply into her bright blue eyes. "Or, hell, even a man for that matter."
    "You've never heard of Whitney Houston?"
    "Who's that?" I said, realizing that I had never gotten really serious about a woman with blue eyes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001.