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pinWhat does Wiley mean?

Wiley /wi-ley/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced WYE-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Wiley is "crafty".

The original meaning probably refers to mechanical ability without the negative connotations. Also possibly a place name, "water meadow". Wiley is the name of both a village and a river in England.


Wiley has 2 variants: Willey and Wylie.

Affiliated boy name: William.

Kreatif forms: Wailey, Weley, Welley. [more]

pinHow popular is Wiley?

Wiley is a somewhat popular first name for men (#652 out of 1220, Top 53%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#653 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Wiley for boys. Wiley reached its peak position of #182 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wiley name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Wiley and associated names. William (#5 a year ago) and Wylie are the prominent alternative forms of Wiley. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.752%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.3317%, 55.9% less), with the versions Wiley and Wylie becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wiley, William, Wylie in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Wiley is alike in pronunciation to Alley, Olley, Wally, Willi and Willy. Other recommended similar baby names are Kiley, Riley, Wil, Wilek, Will and Wole. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wiley.