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The Meaning of Heather

Updated on September 7, 2014

What does it mean to be a "Heather" in this world?

Hello. My name is Heather. I am also one of the many millions of other Heathers on this Earth. We are all very different people, but as fate would have it, we just happen to share the same name.So, as Shakespeare once poignantly asked, "What's in a name?" Indeed. In fact, there is much to a name, as we are about to discover. To understand the power of names, all we have to do is think back to when we last met a person with the same name as our own. Perhaps you felt an immediate bond with the person? Perhaps resentment? Regardless of how you felt, an emotion was certainly triggered by the shared ownership of your name. Names can also cause you to prejudge people. For instance, I have never had a good relationship with a person named Emma. Does that mean all Emmas are disagreeable? Not by any means. However, I am always wary when I meet a new one, because of my previous experiences.Names are powerful and profound. As such, I am excited to write an article all about the meaning behind my own name - Heather. What's more, I invite all other Heathers of the world to share their experiences on this page. I look forward to meeting you all! Note: Yes, that is me in the photo. One of the many Heathers in the collective. Peace, out!

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The Meaning of Heather - History and Origins

Where did our beautiful name come from?

In Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, there exists a brave little shrub. On its own, you would hardly notice it, but in abundance, it converts the almost inhospitable moors, hills and mountains into breathtaking undulations of vivid purple. This inconspicuous plant is called heather.The name "heather" comes from the Middle English "hather" and most likely the Old English "haddre." The word "heath" itself means low-growing evergreen shrub of the genus Erica.It has the scientific name of Calluna vulgaris, or literally "common cleaning". This name was chosen because heather was often used to make brooms. It was also used for bedding, basket and rope making, and thatching for roofs.Heather is native not only to Great Britain, but also to Scandinavia, Russia, and North America. It comes in a variety of colours such as the typical purple, red, pink and white.Our beautiful name is said to symbolize admiration, good luck, selflessness, caring, resistance, beauty, attraction, cleanliness, romance, purity, protection and intoxication. Many of these associations come from Celtic beliefs. For instance, the heather plant was often used to make mead. As such, it is no wonder that heather became linked to intoxication, romance and attraction. The Celts also used heather for medicinal purposes. It proved useful in breaking up blockages in the body, hence the link to cleanliness, protection and purity.Heather was a very popular name back in the 1970s, peaking at no.3 in 1975, but has slowly decreased in popularity over the years. (Goodness knows why!)

Sources: Teleflora, The Celtic Meaning of Heather

Variations on the name "Heather"

There are a number of variations on the classic name "Heather." Below, you will discover the most popular.

  1. Heather can be written as "Heather" or "Hether" without the letter 'a.'
  2. The masculine version of Heather is "Heath" (pronounced hee-th).
  3. Possible abbreviations for the name Heather are "Heath" (pronounced he-th) and "Healthy," though this abbreviation tends to be uncommon.
  4. "Heather" can also be a surname.
  5. The Italian equivalent to Heather is Erica. People here are tempted to call me just that!

Purple heather on the hills in Wales - The heather flower in full bloom during the month of August

The Varieties of Heather Plant

They come in as many shades and colours as the human Heathers of this world!

Did you know that there are over 1500 varieties of shrub with the name "heather"? As such, listing every variety would be, in my opinion, a useless endeavour on this website. Instead, I would like to present you with a selection of my personal favourites in the heather family. If you are interested in seeing a full list, please feel free to hop over to The Heather Society Online. You will find all you ever wanted to know about the heather plant and more, not to mention that they seem like a very friendly group!

1. Silver Knight Scotch Heather (Calluna Vulgaris)

This hardy little heather shrub just adores the sun. Her beautiful erect branches are covered in scale-like evergreen leaves and tiny golden bells of silver and grey that become increasingly more purple in colour as the winter months approach. She loves well-drained, slightly acidic soil and organic material around her roots. She is native to Europe, though you can find her in most countries in the world.2. Purple Beauty (Erica cinerea) Bell Heather

The flowers of this charming little heather shrub are urn-shaped and come in purple, pink or white, while the foliage is dark green in colour. Like all heather plants, she is evergreen with needle-like leaves, and enjoys the full sun. Make sure to give her sandy and acidic soil, and to cut back her branches every year if you want her to thrive. She will generally bloom during the late summer months.3. White Perfection Mediterranian Heather

This pretty little heather plant produces the most perfect white flowers from December to April. The yellow tips on the end are the start of new foliage. She loves to grow in sandy soil mixed with peat moss, and requires a good trimming after flowering. Her foliage is bright green in colour.

Did you know that...

...heather plants can be roughly divided into three categories?1. Calluna (Scotch Heather)2. Daboecia (Irish Heath)3. Erica (Heath and Winter Heath).

Review of Gardening with Hardy Heathers - by David Small and Ella May T. Wulff

Gardening with Hardy Heathers
Gardening with Hardy Heathers

This book was written by David Small, the head of the Heather society in the UK and leading authority on heather plants, and Ella T. Wulff, the president of the North American Heather Society from 2001-2004. This thoroughly researched book provides a detailed background into the history of heather plants and how to grow them. It is full of beautiful colour photographs, and information that could prove useful not only for growing heathers but also for other plants as well. It is the perfect reference for a gardener wanting to venture into the world of heather shrubs.


Personal story: How I got to be called Heather

From Madeline to Heather overnight

I may have my Mum rewrite this story as I am sure she can give it a far more personal spin that I can, but I'll give it my best shot.Up until the few hours before I was born, my parents were intent on calling me Madeline. You know, like the character in those ever-so-famous children's books of the same title. Even as my Mum was being wheeled into the hospital, she knew exactly what my name would be.Or so she thought. Upon scooping up this miniature creature with a mop of black hair and saucer-like eyes in her arms, she understood then and there that I wasn't a Madeline. No, I could only be a Heather.That the name Heather came to my Mum without any previous thought or consideration proves to me that names really do have meaning, and what's more, it is the name that picks the person rather than the person who picks the name.In the picture above, you can see me at the age of six sitting among the heather plants in England. We look just perfect together, don't you think?

Heather426's story about how she got her name

Another story about a girl who was meant to be a Heather from the start

"From the minute I read Heather's Squidoo name, Tokyonights7, I felt a connection. Same name, and I was born in Tokyo, Japan. So I contacted her and we have several things in common besides our name and love of traveling.Fast forward and this morning I was reading her lens about how she got her name, and about how names sometimes choose you, and it seems we even share that! You see, Heather was not the name I was given at birth. But from a very young age I used to tell my Mother that I got the wrong name. She would ask me what name I would rather have and I didn't know, but I knew the name I had did not feel like it was my real name. It must sound strange, but it was a very real feeling.In Junior High I had a friend who just started calling me Heather. He said I fit his idea of what a Heather should be and not his idea of my other name. I immediately loved the name and it felt right. So I went home after school and told my Mother that I was changing my name to Heather. I think the blood all drained from her face and she sat down in a chair. "Heather is what I wanted to name you!" she cried. It was then she told me that she and Dad had never found agreement on my name, and I came early, and he filled out the papers and gave me the wrong one in her eyes. But until that day, I had never heard this story.Very soon after that, we all went down to the courthouse and changed it legally to Heather.So you see, Heather and I were meant to be Heathers, no matter what!"- Heather426

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How did you get your name? Heather or not, I'd love to hear your story!

If your name is Heather, respond here!

If your name is Heather, respond here!

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    • Heather 2 years ago

      My name is Heather also and I just like you I wasn't supposed to be a Heather actually I was suppose to be Grant from the day of my ultrasound the doctor told my mom I was going to be a boy. HA big surprise when a little girl popped out. Not sure why she chose that name but I love it. And just wondering but do most Heathers look alike because I swear I have a picture of me at age 6 and if we compared them you'd probably think it was you. Just saying love our name and would never change it.

    • Heather 2 years ago

      My name is Heather also and I just like you I wasn't supposed to be a Heather actually I was suppose to be Grant from the day of my ultrasound the doctor told my mom I was going to be a boy. HA big surprise when a little girl popped out. Not sure why she chose that name but I love it. And just wondering but do most Heathers look alike because I swear I have a picture of me at age 6 and if we compared them you'd probably think it was you. Just saying love our name and would never change it.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I share a thing or two in common with you. For starters, I actually wasn't going to be a "Heather", either. Apparently my biological mom wanted to name me Ariel, so that my name would start with an A just like my brother and sister. But, my parents stepped in and stopped her from doing so. But, my brother just calls me Heath, since it's shorter. I really appreciate my name, and whenever I meet another Heather I feel like we should just instantly become friends.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      My mother saw the rolling hills in Scotland covered with the Heather flowers in a picture and knew if she had a little girl she would name her after the pretty purple flowers that painted the landscape in Scotland.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Am called Heather because my parents wanted to have a daughter with a 'unique' name because my mum has a conditios which means the chance of having a daughter are 1 in 20 so my name was going to be India or Heather but dad didn't want me named after a country

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i am a twin and my mom wanted our names to begin with h heather and holly my name is heather because my dads friend went out with a girl named heather for a while and my dad became good friends with her, and although they separated my dad stayed in touch and they named me after her. i love my name because i have only ever met two other heathers in my life so where i live i feel special because its unpopular and we have heather plants in our garden and we are british so yea everyone of us is different in a great way! and we all have a great name! :)

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i am a twin and my mom wanted our names to begin with h heather and holly my name is heather because my dads friend went out with a girl named heather for a while and my dad became good friends with her, and although they separated my dad stayed in touch and they named me after her. i love my name because i have only ever met two other heathers in my life so where i live i feel special because its unpopular and we have heather plants in our garden and we are british so yea everyone of us is different in a great way! and we all have a great name! :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I just read the other comments and find it shocking that there are several of us that were thought to be boys. I was too. And the name chosen for me was also John. Of course then I was born and John wasn't appropriate. My mom thought back to a childhood friend whose name was Heather and I became Heather Danielle.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My Mom told me that my Dad wanted to name me Candy. Mom told him my name should be Heather. I could not imagine having any other name and I thanked my Mon for not letting my Dad name me Candy.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Strange to say I was supposed to be called alice (not the English pronunciation but the Italian a-lee-ch-a) but because my parents didn't have a lot of money at the time they were going to dress me in my brothers old baby clothes, my mum ended up in a double room with a woman who had been told she was having a girl but had a boy instead and since she had bought all girls clothes her and my mum did a swop, I was named heather after her and she named her son Wayne after my brother, my mum said that when I was born the name i should have had wasn't quite right but heather was xx

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Heather is my middle name. My father's mother didn't like my first name so since I was a couple weeks old, I've been Heather. and happy to be one!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! My parents were sure I was going to be a boy, so I was going to be Robert David...first crazy coincidence. When I was born and obviously not a "Robert", the nurse told my mom that she always liked the name Heather...second crazy coincidence. My mom thought it fit me and I became Heather Jean. I love my name...never wanted to have another name. My grandma calls me Heath (heth).

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It is so funny, I share connections with a few of you. Like one of you ladies who stated that your name was to be Robert if you were a boy. Well, my parents conceived me and the Ultra Sounds said I was a boy. So they decided John Robert (to be shortened to JR) after my grandpa and uncle, also the opposite of my brother RJ, however when I was born, surprise it's a girl. My dad got to thinking, he would love to name me after my grandma. He didn't want to stick me with Harriot, so he chose Heather. Which (like another one of you ladies said) he shorted to Heady.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My mom was to name me Robert if I was to be a boy . She thought that was the case . I have two older brothers.,and Sarah if i might be a girl.Anywho I came into this world on the 5th of june all girl and astonished my mother.She was very surprised.Holding me ,she told the nurse of wanting to name me Sarah , but feeling it was not the name for me.Peeking down at me the nurse said why don't you name her Heather It's my name and good one . She looks like a Heather.Your right my mother said and that is how i got my name.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My Mom (who hates her given name) wanted to choose "good" names for her children, that's why I'm Heather. The day I was born, however, my Da shortened Heather to Hedy and people closest to me use that. I've always been a little defensive about my name because it seems like characters with the name Heather on TV and in movies are mostly strippers. That said, it does crack me up when friends say "Heather be thy name." Gotta love Wayne and Garth.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My great-grand mother chose my name. My mother wanted to call me Lindsey Brooke, but my mamaw, said I was a Heather and in addition, she said, I would be a Heather Renee'. And so I am. I have red hair, with Scottish roots (I am related to the Monroe clan which my Great Grandmother came from), I could not even think about being called anything else! I was born to be this name.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I have had a love hate relationship with my name, I have been told I am not like any other Heathers, but "the" Heather when a person meets me. I'm a redhead so people always ask if I am Irish, I am Irish French origin and live in the USA so I say yes. Reading the stories here my mom said that the name just came to her, no reason, just struck her when she looked in my brown eyes. I am now happy to be named Heather and share my name with so many wonderful people.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      When I was born, I was bruised on my face from bridge of nose to chin clear across my face. I was the color of Heather so that was how I got my name. Nothing to spectacular.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      That's funny, my name was not going to be Heather either, my birthday is near Christmas so my mom wanted to name me Kristna Noel, but was worried people would make fun of the name Kristna. I actually hated my name a a child, I grew up in an all Italian neighborhood and it kinda stood out. Grew to like it as I got older and met more Heathers.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I've always been proud to be a Heather. It's my mum's first cousins name although she tells me that the name wasn't chosen for that reason. I guess my parents liked it despite the fact a family member already had it! My middle name is Joy and that's because I was an unexpected 3rd child and mum said I brought them so much of it. ;-)

    • Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yep, I'm a Heather. I was named after a male relative, Heath, my great great grandfather.

    If you aren't a Heather, respond here!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Hi Heather, this comment isn't about my name but the name of my daughter, which as you already know is "Heather". What I found interesting in your story about the name Heather, is that it was popular in the 70's peaking to number 3 in 1975 -- are you ready for this-- the year my daughter Heather was born. Thanks for the interesting article. I'm of Scottish heritage and Heather seemed like an appropriate name for my daughter, a cute wee lass with big saucer brown eyes and olive skin.

      • maryseena 4 years ago

        I had read about heathers in Thamas Hardy's books and assumed that it could be the undergrowth of shrubby plants. They look so beautiful in your lens; as beautiful as you are, may be I should add.

      • treasuresabound 5 years ago

        I really love this! Thanks so much Heathers for bringing your stories to us. I believe so much in a name and even more so how it impacts ones life.

      • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        My mom was going to name me Vanessa but chose Peggy. She just said she liked it.

      • BelieveItOrNot 5 years ago

        Come to think of it, I have never asked my mom where my name comes from or why she gave me that name... I should go and ask her now, right?

      • Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

        I don't know why I was called Tony, there aren't any others in the family. I have got used to my name over the years, but I used to hate being called "Anthony", especially with a very pronounced "th".

      • wonderfulquotes 5 years ago

        My name is Jeanette and I like having a name that isn't really common.But I was supposed to be a Teresa. My 3 siblings and myself are named after our grandparents. This was an Italian tradition in the old country. My oldest brother named after paternal grandfather, the second boy named after maternal grandmother. I am the oldest girl and my Mom thought I would be the last kid. My paternal grandmom's name is Teresa but my Mom insisted I was named after her mother. Surprise, surprise my Mom had my sister, the baby of the family, and she got named Teresa after my Dad's mom..

      • elizabethknows lm 5 years ago

        I was named after John the Baptist mother. My dad named all of us after bible names.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think that it is interesting to find out what your name means, how I got mine was after a nun it was a little bit hard to live up to

      • happynutritionist 5 years ago

        My parents always said I as named after a beautiful actress..they just saw the name and liked it. I named my daughter Heather....and that too was because I liked the sound of when I saw it in the credits in a movie. But I think subconsciously I named her that because my heritage is Scottish and Heather on the hillsides is so lovely.

      • Mahogany LM 5 years ago

        I was named after a Diana Ross movie.

      • SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

        I was named after Gorgeous George the popular wrestler back in. . well. . the olden days!!! You have a very nice lens here Heather, congratulations! But I think you look like a Sydney! lol

      • writerkath 5 years ago

        I always heard that my name was from the woeful song "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" - but nowadays my dad insists that he just liked the name. Hmmm. :)

      • miaponzo 5 years ago

        I got my name from a Swedish model :) But, the funny thing was.. the models were twins or something.. and one was called Tia.. but I can't find anything about them.. or her.. so ???? And anyway... why Mia instead of Tia??? Go figure!!! But I think it suits me now.. even though I hated it growing up.. I wanted a common name! :)

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Prefab and predestined! The name (lit trans) means 'Man' 'Shining Lamp' - Wherever that came from!!

      • JoshK47 5 years ago

        My name was going to be Paul, but my parents changed their minds at the last minute. Literally. They changed their mind to "Joshua" when asked for my name for the birth certificate.

      • MCB2011 5 years ago

        I can only say that I am glad that my grandfather "fred" never got his wish!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Guess my parents just like it!

      • Mickie Goad 5 years ago

        My mother made my "legal" name up. She wanted to call me Mickey, but did not want it on the birth certificate. She idolized Veronica Lake (a 40's movie starlet) so she combined the two = Maronica. My legal name is often mis-pronounced and mis-spelled.

      • BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

        My parents just liked the name Erin. Wish there were something more to the story. I think it fits me pretty well, though.

      • emmajowebster 5 years ago

        my mum named me as I was born = she said it fitted me perfectly......I am often called Emma tho...........

      • Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        I have no idea where my folks came up with the name Nancy but my middle name is Lee and it was my mom's and granddad's middle names.

      • dahlia369 5 years ago

        My name - Daria - is also a name of a Russian river. And I feel like a river a lot of times, always going wherever I choose to go, toward my own unique destination.

      • WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

        My real name is Wendy and apparently I was named after a friend of my father's although I don't believe we ever met.

      • Sara Valor 5 years ago from Breezy Hills

        I'm not a Heather, and I'm not a Sara either. Sara Valor is a pen name.I am a Ginger. I was given the name Ginger because of my hair color as a new born. However, Ginger is not the name on my birth certificate so, Ginger is a nickname but, I've been Ginger long before the ink on the paper dried. I did not know my name was anything other than Ginger until I started going to school and they called attendance. They called me three times before they called my last name. Then I knew they were calling me. After that my parents and the schools always made sure "Ginger" was on the class role and every day after that, that is who I've been. So, I am Ginger.I've only met 4 other Ginger's in my life. Do you know there are more dark haired Ginger's than there are Ginger haired Ginger's? It's true, ginger haired Ginger's are rare.

      • WhitePineLane 5 years ago

        Not really sure how my parents picked Kimberly, but I love my name. However, I'm adopted, and for the first six weeks before my parents got me I was in a foster home, and I was called "Barbara". I'm DEFINITELY not a Barbara! I'm a Kim!

      • Othercatt 5 years ago

        My birth was sudden so my Dad was the one who delivered me. After i was born, he gave me to my 4 year old sister, Lisa, so he could take care of my mom. By the time he came back to get me, my sister had named me Catherine Jo. She picked Catherine because it was our Great Grams name and she picked Jo after our Grandma Joyce (whom she called JoJo. lol).

      • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        My sister was given the "honor" of naming the new baby (me), and she named me Nancy Carol. My mother wanted to name me Laura, after my grandmother, but had previously promised my sister she could name the next child born.

      • Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

        My mother named me for one of my uncles girlfriends that he didn't marry. I always wondered how his wife felt about my name. LOL

      • Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        My parents wanted to name me Kelly, but their friends had a baby & named her that before I was born. They wanted my name to be unique, so they named me Kathy, a name shared by every 10th baby girl in the late 50's & early 60's. And we only saw the other girl named Kelly like 3 times my entire life. So they should have just gone with that. Live and learn, right? lol

      • Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

        Mom wanted to name me Ginger after Ginger Rogers, but settled on Virginia which was the name of a family friend. Then they called me Ginger all my life anyway. It's a common nickname for Virginia.

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      The White Heather Flower in Scottish Wedding Tradition

      Why brides wear the white heather flower in their hair

      The legend goes that long, long ago in Scotland, there lived a beautiful princess by the name of Malvina. Malvina was deeply in love with the fierce warrior Oscar who, upon their betrothal, left to chase after fame and fortune. Malvina was so heartbroken that she sought comfort from her beloved father, with whom she talked about her love for days on end.One day, a messenger arrived from far away. He carried with him the message that Oscar had been killed in battle. Upon his deathbed, he had given a sprig of purple heather to the messenger, asking him to tell Malvina that he loved her to the very end. Malvina, distraught by the terrible news, wept upon the purple sprig, to the point that all the colour from the flower disappeared, leaving it white as snow. It is then believed that Malvina said "May this white heather forever bring good fortune to all those who find it." It is for this reason that young Scottish brides wear white heather in their hair. They believe that it will bring them good luck where Malvina had lost it.

      Source: Scottish Wedding Traditions

      Did you know that Heather is a difficult name for non-English speakers to pronounce?

      The three consonants in "Heather" - /h/ /th/ and /r/ - simply do not exist in many languages. As such, my Italian students call me "Edo," my French relatives call me "Eduur" and my Japanese friends call me "Heza." Close but no cigar!

      Famous Heathers - Heathers who make us proud (or not so proud)

      Though there are a handful of very famous Heathers out there, I have to admit that not many of us have made it to the big time. I'd like to think that we're working behind the scenes, making things happen! In the meantime, here is a list of Heathers who have achieved fame and fortune. Some have gained our respect - others, not so much.

      1. Heather Graham became popular due to her star performance in the films Drugstore Cowboy (1989) and Rollergirl (1997). More recently, she has starred in TV shows Scrubs and Arrested Development, and films such as The Hangover and From Hell.
      2. Heather Locklear is a television actress and model who has starred in shows such as Spin City, Melrose Place and Dynasty. She was married to Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.
      3. Heather Mills is most famously known for her marriage to and messy divorce from Sir Paul McCartney. She is also a former model and charity campaigner. She lost her left leg in a car accident, and has done much work to support amputees since then. She has recently been pursuing a Paraolympic skiing dream.
      4. I only came to know of Heather Parisi after arriving in Italy. Though she is American, she has become a massive star here in Italy thanks to her frequent appearances on Rai Television, variety shows and more. She is a professional ballerina and singer.
      5. Heather Thomas is a famous actress and sex-symbol from the 1980s who appeared in the hit TV show The Fall Guys and the movie Zapped! Though she has acted in a handful of films in recent years, she mostly dedicates herself to charity work.

      Trailer from the film "Heathers" - The box office flop turned cult hit

      Buy the Heathers Film - Never have a group of Heathers been so despicable!


      The Heathers film, a dark comedy starring Winona Rider, Christian Slater and Richard Lehmann, talks about a clique of four girls, three of whom are named Heather, who rule the social scene with an iron fist at their Ohio high school. Rider, who plays the fourth member of the clique, Veronica, hates the Heathers so much that she wishes them dead. When the young rebel J.D. arrives on the scene and starts to take revenge on everyone in the school, Veronica finds herself tangled up in a series of attacks against her popular group of "friends".


      And to end this article on a silly note...

      How many words can you think of that rhyme with Heather?I wonder whether Heather the feather all dressed in leather braved the weather together with her tether ball...?

      The Meaning of Heather Guestbook - Are YOU proud of your name?

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          HeatherM2 4 years ago

          For many years I picked up the "nickname" of HEATER. Apparently several of my work colleagues (from two different companies, in fact) were terrible spellers. Name tags, work schedules and the like were quite often spelled incorrectly. Well, the name Heater stuck with me for a few years. My friends thought it was fun. ;)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          nyc cab driver "you know why you were named heather?" "no" "because heather flowers grow wildly and hard to pick from the root".

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          cmadden 4 years ago

          Probably, but at the nether end of the pole.Christi suits me, I think, especially since the 'rents avoided the girlier versions: Christie and Christy.

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          Christine and Peter Broster 5 years ago from Tywyn Wales UK

          Heather in Welsh is Crug. Welsh etymology is such fun.

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          Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

          I'm fine with my name now. It was fodder for lots of nicknames growing up though. Ugh.

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          Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

          I very much enjoy how my name sounds. It is nice when we suit the name that our parents honor us with.

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          halloweenprops 5 years ago

          Always interesting to find out the meaning of a name if it's not obvious.

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          SteveKaye 5 years ago

          Yes, I like my name. And I have absolutely no clue how my parents (my mother, actually) selected it. -- Brilliant idea for a lens.

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          BelieveItOrNot 5 years ago

          Kool lens... who would have thought writing about your name would be so beautiful?

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          Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

          I love the plant heather and I also think Heather is a lovely name. Nicely done, blessed.

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          elizabethknows lm 5 years ago

          Yes I am. More so as I have gotten older.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Well heather you finished off on a great note I loved the humour just above and yes I have come to feel comfortable with my name

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          Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          Heather is a great name. thank you, I learned a lot about the History of that name. great page full of fun facts

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          I always thought Heather came from the word hearth which had something to do with warmth and cooking. I'm proud of my name, it doesn't matter what the meaning is, just that it makes people think of me the most!

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          writerkath 5 years ago

          I have always adored the name Heather. I always thought my own name (Kathy) was pretty dull. I don't mind it anymore - after all, short of going and changing it to an incredible name... say, like "Heather," I'm kinda feeling like it's with me for the long haul. :) Fun, intriguing and very creative lens! :) Blessed! Kath

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          christinsword 5 years ago

          Beautiful name. I'll likely name a daughter Heather.

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          Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

          Heather is a beautiful name. I am so glad that you connect so well with your birth name.

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          rottenpixies 5 years ago

          Nobody does it better, than Heather! If anyone has time to give me a thumbs up or comment I always return the love. My lens

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          Susan300 5 years ago

          Awesome lens!! It makes me want to explore the origins of my own name. :)

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          DogWatchColumbus 5 years ago

          What a great lens! Very nicely done...

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          miaponzo 5 years ago

          I sure am Now!!!! ... :) Blessed!

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          Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

          Thank you for this lens. I was very excited to see it featured. You've done all the Heather's proud. It's very well done!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I can live with it! I may 'not' carry it forever! :)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          So Heather means someone who is a Heath Lover right? Love the name

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          TravelingRae 5 years ago

          I had no idea that the names Heather and Erica are related. ::::blessed:::

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Absolutely wonderful lens! I always love getting to know my fellow Squids and this is quite a creative way to go about it - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

          Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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          MCB2011 5 years ago

          Thank you for the reminder of the meaning of names.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Sweetly done....and blessed!

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          JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

          I really enjoyed reading about the two Heathers, Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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          Mickie Goad 5 years ago

          Absolutely. My husband is the only one who ever uses it, though.

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          Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

          Heather is most certainly a lovely name! Congrats on making the top 100!

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          BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

          Congrats on being one of the community favorites! When I was a kid I wanted to trade names with my sister, but now I like my name, Erin, a lot. I've always liked the name Heather. All the Heathers I've known personally have been nice people to be around.

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          emmajowebster 5 years ago

          i love the stories of the 2 Heathers getting their names - wonderful!

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          julieannbrady 5 years ago

          Such a lovely name and fabulous story behind the name ... Mexican Heather was my choice in my townehouse garden.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I always liked the name Heather and we have two Heathers in our Friends of the Park organization. I enjoyed learning more about the origin or your name. Congrats on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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          dahlia369 5 years ago

          Beautiful lens, I had much fun reading through your name related stories.

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          WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          It's nice to meet you, Heather. Congrats on your Purple Star! ~Wendy aka WindyWinters

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          Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

          My name isn't Heather but I do like Heath bars. This could be your "About Me" lens on Squidoo, very fun and well done....oh...and Squid Angel Blessed. I did an About Me a while back called "By Terry" but it doesn't have the popularity of yours, although I was in a silly mood when I made it.

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          Sara Valor 5 years ago from Breezy Hills

          I love the idea behind this lens, it is a great idea and one I plan to do for myself.Yes, I am proud of my name and no matter what anyone may ever call me I am and will always be Ginger...

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          Othercatt 5 years ago

          I love my name. Or rather, I love the shortened version of my name: Cat!

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          Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

          I think you may have started a trend GramaBarb says below, I'm also adding it to my list for 2012! Thanks for a delightful lens.

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          GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

          What a neat idea - writing about your name. Wouldn't it be fun if we all did that? :) I will add it to my "to do list for 2012"

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          Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

          Great lens! I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your story about the meaning of Heather.

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          Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

          One of the young actresses in the Sound of Music was named Heather in real life. Heather Menzies!

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          Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

          Heather is a lovely name. Very feminine. I have always liked it.

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          Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          We must have watched that movie "Heathers" about a thousand times. I love my name, and most of the Heathers I've ever met. I was often called " Heather the feather" by my father. Cool, cool page.

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          Ruthi 5 years ago

          Heather is a beautiful name and I like the story of how you got your name. I like my name "Ruth" although I go by "Ruthi" mostly.