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What does Barkley mean?

Barkley Pronunciation of Barkley [barkley] as a name for boys is an Old English name, and the meaning of Barkley is "birch tree meadow". Barkley is an alternate spelling of Barclay (Scottish, Old English): place name for Berkeley in Gloucestershire.

Associated with: old english, tree, meadow.


Barkley has 8 variants: Barcley, Barklay, Barklie, Barrclay, Berklee, Berkley, Berklie and Birkley.

5 more different relations via Barclay, Berkeley: Bartley, Berke, Berkie, Berky and Birkeley.

Creative forms:
(male) Barkey, Brikley, ..

(female) Barley, ..

Middle name pairings:
Barkley Aidyn (B.A.), ..

How popular is Barkley?

Barkley is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2573 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Barkley (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000 are Berkley and Bartley. Other variants, like Berky, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Barkley was common among parents a century ago. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bartley, Berkley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Barkley and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bailey, Baley, Barker, Barney, Barrey, Bartle, Bartlet, Baxley, Bayley, Birkey, Birley, Briley, Brockley, Bryley (see Briley), Buckley, Burley, Byrley, Carley, Darnley, Earley, Farley, Farnley, Farrley (see Farley), Harley, Hartley, Kirkley, Markey, Marley, Oakley, Wardley, Warley, Yardley and Yarley. These names tend to be more frequently used than Barkley.

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