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What does Alley mean?

Alley Pronunciation of Alley [al-ley] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Alley) is an Old German name, and Alley means "precious". Alley is an alternate form of Alan (Old German): from Adal.


Alley has 1 variant: Allie.

22 more alternative forms via Alan: Ailean, Ailin, Al, Alain, Alair, Aland, Alann, Alano, Alen, Alin, Allain, Allan, Allayne, Allen, Alleyn, Alleyne, Allin, Allon, Allyn, Alon, Alun and Alyn.

Creative forms:
(male) Aliley, Asley, ..

(female) Alai, Alay, ..

Middle name pairings:
Alley Cash (A.C.), ..

How popular is Alley?

Alley is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2321 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Al, Alain, Alan (#167 in 2015), Alen, Allan (#656), Allen (#349), Allie and Allyn are the popular varying forms of Alley (outside Top 2000). Other forms, like Alyn, are uncommon. These forms of Alley were popular with parents in the 1950s (average #905) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1396, 73.4%), with forms like Allie becoming less fashionable. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Al, Alain, Alan, Alen, Allan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Allen, Allie, Allyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Alley is alike in pronunciation to Ali, Alia, Alois, Aly, Elie, Elli, Eloy, Ely, Ilie, Illya, Olley, Ollie, Wally, Wiley, Willey and Willy. Other recommended names are Abbey, Abey, Able, Ackley, Adley, Adney, Alben, Alby, Alden, Alec, Aled, Alek, Alex, Alexey, Alexy, Alfeo, Alfey, Alfrey, Alfy, Algey, Algy, Allcen, Allerd (see Ellard), Allex, Allger, Allmer, Alten, Alter, Alven, Alvy, Ardley, Arlea, Arlen, Arles, Arley, Arllen, Arly, Arney, Ashley, Atlea, Atley, Attley, Audey, Audley, Caley, Coley, Colley, Culley, Daley, Elrey, Gilley, Juley, Kaley, Kelley, Kiley, Paley, Riley, Roley and Ryley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Alley.

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