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ˈʰwɪt ni, ˈwɪt-whit·ney

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Whitney, Eli Whitneynoun

    United States inventor of the mechanical cotton gin (1765-1825)

  2. Whitney, Mount Whitneynoun

    the highest peak in the Sierra Nevada range in California (14,494 feet high)


  1. Whitneynoun

    transferred from the surname, popular in the 1980s and 1990s.


  1. whitney

    Whitney is primarily a given name, used for both males and females, of English origin, meaning 'white island'. It's also a notable surname. However, it is perhaps best known for its association with Whitney Houston, the American singer and actress known for her powerful voice. Additionally, Whitney is the name of several geographic locations, including Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States.


  1. Whitney

    Whitney is the second studio album by American R&B/pop singer Whitney Houston, released in the United States on June 2, 1987 by Arista Records as the follow-up to her best selling debut album, Whitney Houston. She became an international star with this album, which made her the era's top female star. Whitney was certified 9× platinum by the RIAA on November 29, 1995. The album met the expectations of many people and was sensationally popular after its release. With this album, Houston set historic records on the charts. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart the issue of June 27, 1987, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist. The album remained at the top for eleven consecutive weeks, creating a record; the most cumulative weeks at number one on the albums chart by a female artist during 1980s. Its first four singles—"I Wanna Dance with Somebody", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"—all peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first female artist to achieve that feat. Along with three straight number one singles from the debut album, they established an unprecedented seven consecutive number one hits by a performer, surpassing the Beatles and the Bee Gees. As well as in United States, the album and the first single, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody", were enormous hits worldwide, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Whitney is ranked #994 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Whitney surname appeared 35,118 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 12 would have the surname Whitney.

    85.4% or 30,005 total occurrences were White.
    8.4% or 2,967 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 871 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 699 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 291 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 288 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whitney in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whitney in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Whitney in a Sentence

  1. Bobby Brown:

    Definitely. He was the only one there with both situations, with my ex-wife [Whitney Houston] and with my daughter, and they both died the same way.

  2. Nick Gordon:

    Whitney actually found Bobbi Kristina in there.

  3. Whitney Gregory:

    The fatigue, shortness of breath and headaches are too much for me to get through the day, i would never be able to keep up with the fast pace of the ER. I feel like a shell of Whitney Gregory.

  4. Pat Houston:

    Whitney prided herself on her family and that included her fans, she adored her audiences and that's why we know she would have loved this holographic theatrical concept.

  5. Al Baker:

    We will not cancel the A320neo order. Our relations with Airbus are very strong. We have full confidence in the neo programme but yes, we could cancel the entire Pratt & Whitney order.

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