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What does Hayley mean?

Hayley Pronunciation of Hayley [hay-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". Surname which derives from a place name, Hailey in Oxfordshire, from hg lah. May also possibly be from the Norse word haela meaning "hero". Made famous by actress Hayley Mills in the 1960s. There is now some overlap between variants of this name and Halle.

Associated with: old english, meadow, surname, norse, hero.


Hayley has 18 variants: Haeley, Haelie, Haely, Hailea, Hailee, Haileigh, Hailey, Hailie, Haillie, Haily, Haleigh, Haley, Halie, Hally, Haylea, Haylee, Hayleigh and Haylie.

3 more related forms via Hailey, Halle: Halea, Halley and Hallie.

1 masculine form: Haley.

Creative forms:
(female) Hayly, Hiley, ..


Middle name pairings:
Hayley Sapphire (H.S.), ..

How popular is Hayley?

Hayley is a very popular first name for females (#1312 out of 4276, Top 31%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#33380 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Hayley was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #120 in the U.S. in 1996, and is at #547 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Hayley (#547 the previous year) are Hailey (#64 the previous year), Haley (#279), Haylee (#482), Hallie (#566), Hailee (#836), Halle (#916), Haleigh (#1226), Haylie (#1291), Hayleigh (#1315), Hailie (#1444), Halie, Haileigh, Haily and Halley. Usage of these forms of Hayley reached its highest 2 decades ago (usage of 1.77%) and is now significantly reduced (usage 0.53%, 70.2%), with versions like Hayley falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hayley, Hailee, Haileigh, Hailey, Hailie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Haily, Haleigh, Haley, Halie, Halle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Halley, Hallie, Haylee, Hayleigh, Haylie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hayley, Hailey, Haley outside U.S.

Similar Names

Hayley is pronounced similarly to Hala, Halah, Hali, Halia, Halli, Hellee, Hilly, Hollee, Holley and Holly. Other suggested similar names are Bailey, Baylee, Bayley, Bayly, Bryley (see Briley), Cailey, Caley, Calley, Carley, Caycey (see Casey), Caylee, Caylen, Cayley, Caysey, Dayle, Earley, Gayle, Gaylen (see Gayle), Hadlea, Hadley, Hadly, Harlea, Harlee, Harley, Harly, Hatsey, Haydee, Hazle, Hedley, Helle, Hille, Holle, Jaylee, Kaeley, Kahley, Kailey, Kaley, Kalley, Karley, Kaycey, Kayle, Kaylea, Kaylee, Kaylei, Kaylen, Kayley, Kaylley, Kaysey, Keyley, Kyley, Layney, Marley, Maydey (see Maida), Railey, Raley, Rawley, Rayney, Ryley, Salley, Talley, Tayler and Valley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hayley.

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