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What does Berkeley mean?

Berkeley Pronunciation of Berkeley [berke-ley] as a boys' name is pronounced BERK-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Berkeley is "the birch tree meadow". In America probably most famous as the San Francisco suburb that is home to a branch of the University of California. See also Barclay and Burke. Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.

Associated with: old english, tree, meadow, famous, home.


Berkeley has 13 variants: Bar, Barklay, Barkley, Barklie, Barrclay, Berk, Berke, Berkie, Berklee, Berkley, Berky, Birkeley and Birkley.

3 more different relations via Barclay, Burke: Barcley, Bartley and Berklie.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Berkeley Deon (B.D.), ..

How popular is Berkeley?

Berkeley is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#19672 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Berkeley (not ranked) listed in the Top 2000 are Bartley, Berkley and Burke. Other variants, like Barcley, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Berkeley was well-received during 1910-1919 (average #1623). (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Beasley, Bentley, Berle, Bernelle (see Burnell), Bertel, Bertell (see Berthold), Bertle, Beverley, Birkee, Birkey, Birley, Blakelee, Blakeley, Blakely, Blakeney, Bradley, Branley, Brawley, Brenley (see Brinley), Briley, Brinley, Brockley, Bromley, Bryley (see Briley), Buckley, Burley, Byrley, Cokeley, Fernley, Greeley, Hernley, Keeley, Kirkley, Mendeley, Peaseley (see Beasley), Sedgeley (see Sedgley), Seeley and Wakeley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Berkeley.

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