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Meaning and name origin

Wiley \wi-ley\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Willey and Wylie.

For more information, see also the related boy name William.


Wiley is a somewhat popular first name for males (#652 out of 1220, Top 53%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#593 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Wiley for boys (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Wiley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are William (#5), Wylie and Wiley. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Wiley is also pronounced similarly to Alley, Olley, Wally, Willi and Willy. Other suggested similar baby names are Kiley, Riley, Wil, Wilek, Will and Wole. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wiley.