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What does Curley mean?

Curley Pronunciation of Curley [cur-ley] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Curley is "strong man". Related to Charles, via Anglo-Saxon "ceorl", or "churl".

Associated with: old english, strong.


7 relations via Charles: Carel, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Cary, Charley and Charly.

Creative forms:
(male) Culey, Curell, ..

(female) Curle, Curlo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Curley Brixton (C.B.), ..

How popular is Curley?

Curley is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#2801 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Curley reached its highest rank of #781 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Curley are Carl (#600 from current records), Carlo (#1258), Carlos (#117), Cary, Charles (#50), Charley (#1797) and Charly. Adoption of these relations of Curley was more pronounced 135 years ago (adoption of 5%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 0.59%, 88%), with versions such as Charles becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Curley, Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Cary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charles, Charley, Charly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carl, Charles outside U.S.

Similar Names

Curley is pronounced similarly to Carley, Carlow, Carly and Corley. Other suggested similar names are Arley, Audley, Birley, Burle, Burley, Burney, Byrley, Cailey, Caley, Carey, Carney, Carrey, Coley, Colley, Conley, Corey, Corney, Correy, Courey, Cullen, Culley, Cully, Currey, Curry, Cutler, Cuyler, 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 commonly used than Curley.

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