What does Raleigh mean?
Raleigh /ra-lei-gh/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Raleigh) is pronounced RAH-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Raleigh is "roe deer's meadow". Use is probably homage to Sir Walter Raleigh, explorer and court favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, who is supposed to have spread his cape over a puddle so she could cross with dry feet. The city in North Carolina was named for him.
How popular is Raleigh?
Raleigh is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1051 out of 1220, Top 86%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#7999 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Raleigh for boys. Raleigh reached its peak position of #439 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)