Meaning and Name Origin
Hayley \ha(y)-ley\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Hayley) is pronounced HAY-ley. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Hayley is "hay meadow". Place name. May possibly be from the Norse word "haela", meaning "hero". Made famous by actress Hayley Mills in the 1960s.
Hayley has 1 masculine form: Haley.
Hayley is a very popular first name for females (#1312 out of 4276, Top 31%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Hayley for girls. Hayley was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #120 in the U.S. in 1996, and is at #520 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Hayley and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Hayley (#520 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Haley (#265 the previous year), Haylee (#400), Hailee (#772), Hayleigh, Halie and Haleigh. Usage of these girl names reached its highest in the year 2000 and is now significantly lower, with the versions Haleigh, Hailee and Halie becoming less fashionable. Hayley (#520), Haley (#265) and Haylee (#400) are three of the more chic birth names in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Hayley▲ is pronounced similarly to Hailey▲, Halea, Halley, Haylie▼ and Holley. Other suggested similar baby names are Bayley, Cayley, Hadley▲, Halle▼, Harley▲ and Kayley▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hayley.