What does Carley mean?
Carley [car-ley] as a name for girls (also used less regularly as boys' name Carley) is of Old German and Latin derivation, and Carley means "free man". Carley is an alternate spelling of Carla (Old German). Carley is also a variant of Carly (Latin). Carley is also used as a form of Carol (Old German) and Caroline (Old German).
76 more alternative forms via Carla, Carly, Carol, Caroline: Caddy, Callie▲, Caraleen, Caralin, Caralyn, Carel, Carey▼, Cari▼, Cariel, Carileen, Carilena, Carilis, Carilyn, Carlan, Carlana, Carle, Carleen, Carleena, Carleeza, Carlein, Carlen, Carlena, Carlene▼, Carleta, Carletha, Carlethe, Carletta, Carlette, Carlin, Carlina, Carline, Carlis, Carlisa, Carlise, Carlita, Carllen, Carlota, Carlreca, Carlyjo, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carlyse, Carlyta, Caro, Carola, Carolan, Carole▼, Carolee, Carolein, Carolena, Carolin, Caroll, Carollyn, Caroly, Carolyn▼, Carri, Carrie▼, Carrol, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charleen, Charlena, Charlene▼, Karel, Karleen, Karlein, Karlen, Karlena, Karlene and Karole.Creative forms:
(female) Carril, Casley, ..
(male) Carce, Carsey, .. Middle name pairings:
Carley Samira (C.S.), ..
How popular is Carley?
Carley is a somewhat popular first name for women (#2730 out of 4276, Top 64%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#6345 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Carley was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #376 in the U.S. in the year 1996, and is presently at #1106. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related girl names. Callie (#196 from recent data), Carey, Cari, Carla (#873), Carlee (#768), Carleen, Carleigh (#1095), Carlene, Carletta, Carlette, Carli (#1521), Carlie (#1047), Carline, Carlota, Carly (#389), Carlyn, Caro, Carol (#1768), Carola, Carole, Carolee, Carolin, Caroline (#62), Caroll, Carolyn (#752), Carri, Carrie (#1680), Carrol, Carry, Cary, Caryl, Charla, Charleen, Charlene (#1532), Karel, Karla (#510), Karlee (#701), Karleen, Karleigh (#1096), Karlene, Karli (#1292), Karlie (#815), Karly (#1348) and Karole are the popular varying forms of Carley (#1106 from recent data). Other variants, like Carlita, are seldom used. These relations of Carley were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (median #1297) and are now much less conventional (#1567, ▼88.2%). Caroline is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Karlee has grown popular as well over time, while forms such as Carole have become less popular.
Carley▼ is pronounced similarly to Corlee, Corley, Corlie, Corly, Karlah and Karley. Other recommended names are Bayley, Cadey, Cailen, Cailey, Caisey, Caitey, Calee, Calen, Caley, Callee, Callen, Calley, Cally, Caralee, Caralia, Caralie, Carden, Caree, Carie, Carmel, Carmy, Carren, Carrey, Carwen, Cassey, Catey, Caylee▼, Caylen, Cayley, Charle, Charlea, Charlet, Charley▲, Clarey, Coley, Coralee, Coraly, Corey▼, Darbey (see Darby), Darsey, Earley, Hadley▲, Haeley, Hailey, Haley▼, Harlea, Harlee▲, Harley▲, Kaeley, Kahley, Kailey, Kaley▼, Kalley, Kayley▼, Marcey, Margey, Marjey (see Margaret), Marlea, Marlee▲, Marlen, Marley▲, Marney, Marsey, Perley, Railey, Rawley, Salley, Sarrey and Valley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carley.See names in meaning and etymology.