This name means “white water, by the white island”. Whitney is an Old English surname derived from the location of “Whitney” in Herefordshire, England. It was first mentioned in the Domesday Book with the spelling “Witenie”. The name was based on the expression “atten whiten ey” which means, “at the white island”. The name “Whitney” has gained popularity by: 1) Whitney Blake (1926–2002), an American film and television actress. 2) Whitney Houston (1963–2012), an American singer, actress, producer, and model. According to United States Social Security card applications in 1986, the name Whitney ranked 32th out of the top 100 names chosen by parents for their baby girls.