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What does Harley mean?

Harley Pronunciation of Harley as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Harley) is pronounced HAR-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Harley is "hare meadow; rock meadow". From hara "hare" or hr "rock", and lah "clearing". Notable in modern times as a female name due to actress Harley Jane Kozak. The name of a great motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, meadow, rock, modern, great


VARIANTS Arlea, Arlee, Arleigh, Arley, Harlea, Harlee, Harleen, Harleigh, Harlene, Harli, Harlie, Harly




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How popular is Harley?

Harley is an uncommon given name for females but a very popular last name for all people (#2886 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Harley entered the list in 1990 and reached its apex position of #202 in the U.S. in 2017, and is at #225 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harley name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Harlee (#631 FROM RECENT DATA), Harleigh (#876), Harlie (#1482), Arlee, Arley, Harleen and Harlene are the popular alternative forms of Harley (#225) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Harley was common in the year 2017 (USAGE OF 0.2%) and has remained as conventional to this day (USAGE 0.1%, 9%). Harley, Harlee and Harleigh are three of the more trendy girl names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harley, Arlee, Arley, Harlee, Harleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Harleigh, Harlene, Harlie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Harley, Harleen outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Bailey, Barbey, Bayley, Cailey, Caley, Calley, Carey, Carle, Carlee, Carlen, Carley, Carly, Carrey, Cayley, Charley, Corley, Darbey (see Darby), Darcey, Darsey, Earley, Hadlea, Hadley, Hadly, Haeley, Haely, Hailea, Hailee, Hailey, Haily, Halea, Haley, Halle, Halley, Hally, Harela, Harper, Harrela (see Harela), Hatsey, Haylea, Haylee, Hayley, Hazle, Hedley, Holley, Kaeley, Kahley, Kailey, Kaley, Kalley, Karlee, Karlen, Karley, Karly, Kayley, Marcey, Margey, Marjey (see Margaret), Marlea, Marlee, Marlen, Marley, Marney, Marsey, Perley, Railey, Raley, Rawley, Salley, Sarrey, Talley and Valley. These names tend to be more frequently used than Harley.

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