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Harley (boy)

What does Harley mean?

Harley Pronunciation of Harley [harley] as a boys' name (also used more generally as girls' name Harley) is pronounced HAR-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Harley is "hare meadow; rock meadow". From hara "hare" or hr "rock", and lah "clearing". Familiar as the name of a great motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson.

Associated with: old english, rock, great.


Harley has 9 variants: Arlea, Arleigh, Arley, Harlea, Harlee, Harleigh, Harli, Harlie and Harly.

Creative forms:
(male) Hamley, Harlet, ..

(female) Haral, Harle, ..

Middle name pairings:
Harley Van (H.V.), ..

How popular is Harley?

Harley is a very popular first name for males (#526 out of 1220, Top 43%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2886 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Harley reached its top position of #192 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #663. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Harlie, Arley and Arleigh are the prominent alternative forms of Harley (#663 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Harley were popular as birth names 125 years ago (median #1093) and are now much less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harley, Arleigh, Arley, Harlie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Harley is alike in pronunciation to Harlo, Harloe, Harlow, Hurlee, Hurley and Hurly. Other recommended names are Barrey, Bartley, Baxley, Cailey, Carey, Carney, Corley, Dailey, Daley, Darbey, Darnley, Dawley, Earley, Early, Farley, Farrley (see Farley), Garey, Garlen, Garrey, Hadlea (see Hadley), Haglea (see Hagley), Haglee, Hagley, Hailey, Haley, Halle, Hallen, Halley, Halsey, Halsy, Hamlen, Hamlet, Handley, Hanlea, Hanly, Harden, Harel, Harlen, Harlenn, Harlin, Harmen, Harper, Harthy, Hartlea, Hartlee, Hartley, Harve, Harvee, Harvey, Hastey, Hawley, Hayley, Headley, Hedley, Hervey, Horsley, Huxley, Jarvey, Karney, Manley, Marlen, Marly, Morley, Paley, Parrey, Radley, Rawley, Sorley and Wardley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Harley.

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