What does Wiley mean?
Wiley \wi-ley\ 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name William.
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. then, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
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%, down 55.9%), with the versions Wiley and Wylie becoming less fashionable. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
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.