What does Whitley mean?
Whitley [whit-ley] as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Whitley) is pronounced WHIT-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Whitley is "white meadow". Place name. Related to -ley names like Ashley, as well as to Whitney. Also made known through the character Whitley on the TV show "A Different World".
(female) Whitla, Whitly, ..
(male) Whiter, Whitter, .. Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Whitley?
Whitley is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3839 out of 4276, Top 90%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#1236 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Whitley was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its top rank of #549 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #1142. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Whitley (#1142 a year ago) are Ashley (#85 a year ago), Whitney (#640) and Whittney. Usage of these relations of Whitley was at its peak 24 years ago (average #519) and is now much lower (#966, ▼91.1%), with forms such as Ashley becoming less trendy.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Ailey, Bailey, Bailley, Bentley, Billey, Briley, Brinley▲, Britney▼, Cailey, Caitey, Charley▲, Chesley, Eiley, Emiley, Emilley (see Emily), Hailey, Kailey, Kaitey, Kiley▼, Kittey (see Katherine), Lilley, Paisley▲, Railey, Reilley, Riley▲, Ripley, Shelley▼, Shirley▼, Shirlley (see Shirley), Sisley, Tilley, Unitey and Willy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Whitley.See names in meaning and etymology.