What does Bentley mean?
Bentley [bent-ley] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Bentley) is pronounced BENT-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bentley is "bent grass meadow". Place name for many places in England, and transferred use of the surname as a given name. More common for boys, but used occasionally for girls. Linked to the luxurious English cars nowadays.
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How popular is Bentley?
Bentley is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#814 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Bentley for boys. Bentley entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #75 in the U.S. in 2012, and is presently at #93. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a graphed study of the popularity of the boy name Bentley and associated names. Popular related forms of Bentley (#93 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Ben (#740 a year ago), Bentlee (#755), Bently (#1273) and Lee (#679). These forms of Bentley were at the top of their popularity a century ago (median #1219) and have become significantly less conventional since (#708, ▼58%), with versions such as Bently becoming less stylish. Bentlee and Bentley are two of the more chic birth names among these.
Recommended names are Annsley, Atley, Aynsley, Bailey▼, Baley, Barkley, Bartle, Bartlet, Bartley, Baxley, Bayley, Beale, Beasley, Beaty, Beiler, Benet, Benjee, Benjey, Bennet, Benny▼, Bensen, Benssen (see Benson), Bent, Benton▲, Berkeley, Berklee, Berkley, Berle, Bertel, Bertie, Bertle, Beverley, Birkley, Birley, Bosley, Branley, Brantley▲, Brawley, Brenley (see Brinley), Brenten, Brentley▲, Brently, Briley, Brinley, Buckley, Butler, Byrley, Denbey, Denley, Finley▲, Hanley, Hartley, Headley, Hedley, Henley, Hernley, Huntley, Kealey, Kenley, Kinsley, Langley, Lesley, Lindley, Lynley, Manley, Penley, Pennley, Ransley, Redley, Webley, Wesley▲, Westbey, Westley, Whitley and Yantsey (see Yancy). These names tend to be more frequently used than Bentley.See names in meaning and etymology.