Thursday, September 29, 2011


Today's name: Fifer (unisex, and a great alternative to Piper)

Pronunciation: FYF-ur

Potential nicknames: Fife (Fifi for a girl)

Origin: (1) Scottish surname meaning "resident of Fife." Fife is a former county of Scotland and current council area. (2) A fife is a small musical instrument, therefore the meaning can be "one who plays the fife." (3) The anglicized spelling of the German surname Pfiefer, originating in medieval Austris which was home to Celtics.

Popularity: There were no baby boys or baby girls named Fifer in 2010 or 2011 in the U.S.



  1. I agree that Fifer makes a brilliant alternative to the more popular name Piper. Point of fact: I have a Scottish friend from Fife whose surname is Piper.

  2. Oh, wow. I wonder if Fifer and Piper are related. Must be. It was really hard to find information on it as a baby name.