Meaning and name origin
Whitley \wh(it)-ley\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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".
Whitley is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3839 out of 4276, Top 90%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#998 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Whitley for girls. Whitley reached its highest rank of #549 in the U.S. in 1990 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Whitley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ashley (#87), Whitney (#616) and Whitley. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).