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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".

Associated with: old english, white, meadow


Whitley has 3 variants: Whitelea, Whitlea and Whittley.

Whitley has 9 more alternative forms via Ashley, Whitney: Whiteney, Whitnea, Whitnee, Whitni, Whitnie, Whitny, Whittaney, Whittany and Whittney.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Whitla, Whitly, ..

(male) Whiter, Whitter, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Whitley for girls. 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 #1231. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Whitley and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Whitley (#1231 a year ago) are Ashley (#87 a year ago), Whitney (#616) and Whittney. Usage of these relations of Whitley was at its peak 23 years ago (average #519) and is now much lower (#983, 91.5%), with forms such as Ashley becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Whitley, Ashley, Whitney, Whittney in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested 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.