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What does Burley mean?

Burley Pronunciation of Burley [bur-ley] as a name for boys has its root in Old English, and the name Burley means "meadow with knotty-trunk trees". Burley is a variant form of Burleigh (Old English): place name.

Associated with: old english, meadow, trees.


Burley has 3 variants: Burlie, Byrleigh and Byrley.

Creative forms:
(male) Barley, Burlet, ..

(female) Burla, Burlah, ..

Middle name pairings:
Burley Richard (B.R.), ..

How popular is Burley?

Burley is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3725 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Burley was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #685 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Burleigh is the only other prominent related form of Burley ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Burley was at its apex in the 1880s.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burley, Burleigh in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Burley is alike in pronunciation to Barlow, Birley, Birlie and Birly. Other suggested similar names are Arley, Audley, Bailey, Baley, Barcley, Barkley, Barney, Barrey, Bartley, Baxley, Bayley, Berkley, Berl, Berle, Birkey, Birkley, Birney, Bosley, Brawley, Briley, Brily (see Briley), Brylee, Bryley (see Briley), Bryly (see Briley), Buckey, Buckley, Buddey, Buhler, Burges, Burke, Burket, Burl, Burle, Burlin, Burne, Burnel (see Burnell), Burnet, Burney, Burrell, Burty, Busbey, Butler, Carley, Corley, Culley, Curley, Currey, Dudley, Dunley, Earley, Farley, Fursey, Harley, Hurlee, Hurley, Hurly, Huxley, Juley, Marley, Morley, Murfey (see Murphy), Murrey, Rutley, Sorley, Sulley, Tulley, Warley and Yarley. These names tend to be more frequently used than Burley.

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