The name comes directly from the English word for the season. Though a more modern introduction into the lexicon of English given names, the word summer in various languages has been used as a traditional female name for centuries in other cultures. Examples include Vasare, Verë, Suvi and a host of other names.
Summer seems to have first appeared in 1949, albeit rare, it was given to at least 5 girls born in the United States that year. She really started to soar in 1971, the year she first entered the top 1000 coming in as the 869th most popular female name and she has remained in the U.S. top 1000 since.
As of 2010, Summer was the 30th most popular female name in England/Wales. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 36 (Scotland, 2010)
- # 37 (Australia, 2010)
- # 51 (Canada, B.C., 2010)
- # 82 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
- # 164 (United States, 2010)
Its German form of Sommer just recently came into usage in German-speaking countries.