Meaning and name origin
Hayley \ha(y)-ley\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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.
There is 1 masculine form of Hayley: Haley.
Hayley is a very popular first name for females (#1312 out of 4276, Top 31%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Hayley for girls. Hayley reached its highest rank of #120 in the U.S. in 1996. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Hayley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Haley (#265), Haylee (#400), Hayley (#520), Hailee (#772), Hayleigh, Halie and Haleigh. (2014 statistics).
Hayley is also 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 commonly used than Hayley.