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What does Priestley mean?

Priestley Pronunciation of Priestley [priest-ley] as a name for boys has its root in Old English, and the meaning of Priestley is "priest's meadow". Priestley is an alternate form of Presley (Old English): place name.

Associated with: old english, priest (monk), meadow.


Priestley has 5 variants: Presleigh, Presly, Presslee, Pressley and Prestley.

1 more alternative form via Presley: Priestly.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Priestley Drake (P.D.), ..

How popular is Priestley?

Priestley is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#14212 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Presley (#1353 the previous year) is the only prominent related form of Priestley (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of this form of Priestley reached its apex 6 years ago (#1144) and is almost as widespread today. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Presley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Priestley and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Ainsley, Ardsley, Bentley, Brantley, Brenley (see Brinley), Brentley, Bridgeley (see Bridgely), Briley, Brindley, Brinley, Chesley, Crosley, Crossley, Destrey, Grantley, Greeley, Gridley, Grimsley, Kinsley, Knightley, Lesley, Paisley, Peaseley (see Beasley), Penley, Pennley, Pieter, Pitney, Pittney (see Pitney), Prestcot, Preston, Printze (see Prince), Risley, Wesley, Wessley, Westbey, Westley, Wheatley, Whitley and Wrisley. These names tend to be more frequently used than Priestley.

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