Hug your friends named Heather. They're on their way to becoming an endangered species.

According to a Quartz analysis, the name Heather peaked way back in 1975 and has taken the biggest dive of any girl's name since. Once a pillar of classroom attendance lists and a cult-classic film, Heathers are now dwindling before our eyes.

The baby-name data analysis went back to 1880 and found that no name has had as epic a rise and demise as the name Heather.

It peaked in 1975 with over 24,000 girls named Heather. It was America's third most popular girl's name — just behind Jennifer and Amy.

In 2017, however, it fell all the way down the list to the 1,129th spot. Only 219 girls born that year were named Heather. 

Oh, BTW, Jennifer and Amy have also lost their popularity. But they still aren't as low on the list as Heather.

So, what on earth led to the rise and fall of Heather? According to Laura Wattenberg, an expert on U.S. naming trends (apparently that's a thing), it's due to Americans being driven by fads. 

Honestly, that makes perfect sense, given that every child today is named some variation of Brayden.

Obviously, names come and go. Names that were popular when your parents were kids didn't stick around for your generation, and popular names of your generation won't stick around for your children's. But Heather's decline is more prominent than any other.

Out of the girls' and boys' names that once made the top five and then fell out of the top 1,000, Heather has had the fastest descent.

Oh, and only eight names even met the criteria. That's how crazy this name thing is.

Other names on the list included Betty, Debra, Donna, Carol, Joan, Shirley, and Dorothy.

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Sadly, Heather probably won't make a return anytime soon. In fact, most names that come back around don't do so for 100 years. 

So, maybe they'll come back from the dead in 2075?

The name Heather just doesn't sound attractive to people anymore, apparently. They currently prefer more vowel-dominated names like Aria, Noah, or Amelia.

So, go hug your friends named Heather. They could be the last of a dying breed.

So long, Heather. You had a good run.

Perhaps we'll meet again some day when we're all great-great-grandparents.

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