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What does Harley mean?

Harley Pronunciation of Harley [harley] as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Harley) is pronounced HAR-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Harley is "hare meadow; rock meadow". From hara "hare" or hr "rock", and lah "clearing". Notable in modern times as a female name due to actress Harley Jane Kozak. The name of a great motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson.

Associated with: old english, meadow, rock, modern, great.


Harley has 12 variants: Arlea, Arlee, Arleigh, Arley, Harlea, Harlee, Harleen, Harleigh, Harlene, Harli, Harlie and Harly.

1 masculine form: Arley.

Creative forms:
(female) Haral, Harle, ..

(male) Harell, Harlet, ..

Middle name pairings:
Harley Emma (H.E.), ..

How popular is Harley?

Harley is an uncommon given name for females but a very popular last name for all people (#2886 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Harley entered the list in 1990 and reached its apex position of #281 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harley name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harley outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Harlee (#850 from recent data), Harleigh (#1050), Harlie (#1509), Harlene, Harleen, Arley and Arlee are the popular alternative forms of Harley (#281 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Harley is common today (usage of 0.1%). Harley and Harlee are two of the more trendy girl names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harley, Arlee, Arley, Harlee, Harleigh in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harlene, Harlie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harleen outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bailey, Barbey, Bayley, Cailey, Caley, Calley, Carey, Carle, Carlee, Carlen, Carley, Carly, Carrey, Cayley, Charley, Corley, Darbey (see Darby), Darcey, Darsey, Earley, Hadlea, Hadley, Hadly, Haeley, Haely, Hailea, Hailee, Hailey, Haily, Halea, Haley, Halle, Halley, Hally, Harela, Harper, Harrela (see Harela), Hatsey, Haylea, Haylee, Hayley, Hazle, Hedley, Holley, Kaeley, Kahley, Kailey, Kaley, Kalley, Karlee, Karlen, Karley, Karly, Kayley, Marcey, Margey, Marjey (see Margaret), Marlea, Marlee, Marlen, Marley, Marney, Marsey, Perley, Railey, Raley, Rawley, Salley, Sarrey, Talley and Valley. These names tend to be more frequently used than Harley.

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