Meaning and Name Origin
Harley \ha(r)-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; the long field". May also possibly mean "rocky meadow" or "eagle meadow". Familiar as the name of a great motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson.
Harley is a very popular first name for males (#526 out of 1220, Top 43%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2397 out of 88799, Top 3%). (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. then, and is currently at #641. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Harley and related names. Arley is the only other prominent alternative form of Harley (#641 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1890-1899 and are now much less popular, with the version Harley becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Harley▼ is alike in pronunciation to Harlo, Harloe, Harlow, Hurlee, Hurley and Hurly. Other recommended similar baby names are Carley, Earley, Farley, Hadley, Hagley, Hailey, Haley, Halley, Hanley, Hardey, Harel, Harlen, Harrel, Hartley, Harvey▲, Hawley, Hayley, Marley, Warley and Yarley. These names tend to be less commonly used than Harley.