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What does Layney mean?

Layney Pronunciation of Layney [layney] as a girls' name has its root in Greek, and Layney means "sun ray". Layney is an alternate form of Elaine (Greek): French variation of Helen.

Associated with: greek, sun.


Layney has 1 variant: Lainey.

3 more alternative forms via Elaine: Alayne, Elayne and Laine.

Creative forms:
(female) Layna, Luney, ..

(male) Layler, Layren, ..

Middle name pairings:
Layney Emmerson (L.E.), ..

How popular is Layney?

Layney is an unusual first name for females. Layney is an equivalently unusual surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Lainey (#577 via latest list), Elaine (#673), Elayne and Laine are the prominent alternative forms of Layney (outside Top 2000). Usage of these forms of Layney was at its highest 75 years ago (median #1247) and has become significantly less since (#1312, 89.6% less usage). Elaine has generally been popular among parents, though Lainey has gained in popularity over time, while Elaine is now somewhat dated. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elaine, Elayne, Laine, Lainey in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Layney is pronounced similarly to Laina, Lana, Lanae, Lanah, Lanai, Laney, Lani, Lanie, Lanna, Lannah, Lannie, Lanny, Leyna, Linea, Linnea, Lonee, Lyna, Lynae, Lynah, Lynea, Lynna and Lynnea. Other suggested similar names are Bayley, Caycey (see Casey), Cayley, Caysey, Chayney, Dabney, Daney, Danney, Dayne, Fanney, Gayner, Hayley, Janey, Janney, Jayne, Kaycey, Kayley, Kaysey, Lacey, Ladey, Laicey, Laidey, Laisey, Lane, Lanet, Lassey, Layne, Leanne, Lene, Leone, Liahne, Liane, Lianne, Luane, Luanne, Lyn, Lyndy, Lynley, Lynn, Lynsey, Lynzey, Lynzy, Marney, Maydey (see Maida), Nanney, Payne, Rainey, Rayne, Raynee, Rayney, Reyney, Taney and Tawney. These names tend to be more commonly used than Layney.

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