What does Harley mean?
Harley /har-ley/ 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 hær "rock", and lêah "clearing". Familiar as the name of a great motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson.
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Harley for boys. Harley reached its top position of #191 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #641. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Arley is the only other prominent alternative form of Harley (#641 via latest list) appearing in the Top 1000. These relations of Harley were popular as birth names during the years 1890-1899 (median #524) and are somewhat less common today (#820, 62.3% less). Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Harley and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Harley▼ is alike in pronunciation to Harlo, Harloe, Harlow, Hurlee, Hurleigh, Hurley and Hurly. Other recommended similar baby names are Bailey▼, Baley, Barcley, Barkley, Barney▼, Barrey, Bartley, Baxley, Bayley, Birley, Burley▼, Byrley, Cailey, Caley, Carey▼, Carley, Carly, Carney, Carrey, Charley▼, Corley, Curley, Dailey, Daley, Darbey, Darcey, Darnley, Darsey, Dawley, Earle▼, Earley, Early▼, Farlay, Farlee, Farley, Farly, Farnley, Farrley, Garey, Garlen, Garrey, Garvey, Hadlea, Hadlee, Hadley, Hadly, Haglea, Haglee, Hagley, Hagly, Hailey, Haily, Hale, Halen, Haley, Halle, Hallem, Hallen, Halley, Hallsey, Hallsy, Halsey, Halsy, Hamlen, Hamlet, Handley, Hanlea, Hanlee, Hanley, Hanly, Harben, Harden, Hardey, Hardy▼, Harel, Harken, Harlan▼, Harlen, Harlenn, Harlin, Harlyn, Harmen, Harper, Harrel, Harrell, Harry▼, Harte, Harthy, Hartlea, Hartlee, Hartley, Harve▼, Harvee, Harvey▲, Harvy, Harwell, Harwill, Hastey, Hawley, Hawly, Hayle, Hayley, Headley, Hedley, Henley, Hernley, Hervey, Horsley, Huxley, Jarvey, Kaley, Karle, Karney, Kayley, Larrey, Manley▼, Markey, Marlea, Marlen, Marley, Marly, Morley, Oakley▲, Paley, Parrey, Radley, Rawley, Sorley, Wadley, Wardley, Warley, Yardley and Yarley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Harley.