Meaning and Name Origin
Whitley \wh(it)-ley\ as a girls' name (also used 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".
Whitley▼ has 33 more alternative forms via Ashley, Whitney: Ainslaeigh, Ashalee, Ashalei, Ashelei, Asheleigh, Asheley, Ashely▼, Ashla, Ashlan, Ashlay, Ashle, Ashlea, Ashleah, Ashlee▼, Ashlei, Ashleigh▼, Ashlen, Ashli▼, Ashlie▼, Ashly▼, Ashlye, Lee▼, Whiteney, Whitnea, Whitnee, Whitneigh, Whitni, Whitnie, Whitny, Whittaney, Whittany, Whittney and Whittnie.
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 (#998 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Whitley for girls. Whitley was first listed in 1990 and reached its top rank of #549 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Whitley and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Whitley are Ashely, Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashley (#87 a year ago), Ashli, Ashlie, Ashly, Lee and Whitney (#616). Adoption of these girl names was at its peak in 1990 and is now much lower, with forms such as Ashlee, Ashleigh, Ashly, Whitley and Whitney becoming somewhat dated. Ashley (#87) is the most chic birth name in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)