Meaning and Name Origin
Corley \c(o)-rley, cor-ley\ as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Corley) is of Old Norse and Old English origin, and the meaning of Corley is "benevolent, cheery". Corley is a variation of Corey (Old Norse): from an English surname derived from an Old Norse personal name Kori. Corley is also a variation of Corliss (Old English).
Corley is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1592 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Corley and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Corley (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Corey (#387 last year), Cory (#696), Kory and Korey. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in the year 1990 and have become much less popular since, with the versions Cory, Kory and Korey becoming less fashionable. Corey (#387) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Corley is alike in pronunciation to Carley, Carly and Curley. Other recommended similar baby names are Charley▼, Coley, Colley, Conley, Corney, Morley and Sorley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Corley.