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What does Hayley mean?

Hayley Pronunciation of Hayley as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Hayley) is pronounced HAY-ley. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Hayley is "hay meadow". Surname which derives from a place name, Hailey in Oxfordshire, from hg lah. May also possibly be from the Norse word haela meaning "hero". Made famous by actress Hayley Mills in the 1960s. There is now some overlap between variants of this name and Halle.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, meadow, surname, norse, hero


VARIANTS Haeley, Haelie, Haely, Hailea, Hailee, Haileigh, Hailey, Hailie, Haillie, Haily, Haleigh, Haley, Halie, Hally, Haylea, Haylee, Hayleigh, Haylie





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How popular is Hayley?

Hayley is a very popular first name for females (#1312 out of 4276, Top 31%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#33380 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Hayley was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #120 in the U.S. in 1996, and is at #633 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Hayley (#633 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) are Hailey (#79), Haley (#385), Hallie (#460), Haylee (#666), Hailee (#874), Halle (#895), Haleigh (#1636), Haylie (#1712), Hailie (#1908), Hayleigh (#1989), Haileigh, Haily, Halie and Halley. Usage of these forms of Hayley reached its highest 2 decades ago (USAGE OF 1.4%) and is now significantly reduced (USAGE 0.41%, 70.8%), with versions like Haylee falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hayley, Hailee, Haileigh, Hailey, Hailie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Haily, Haleigh, Haley, Halie, Halle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Halley, Hallie, Haylee, Hayleigh, Haylie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hayley, Hailey, Haley, Hallie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Hayley is pronounced similarly to Hala, Halah, Hali, Halia, Halli, Hellee, Hilly, Hollee, Holley and Holly. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bailey, Baylee, Bayley, Bayly, Bryley (see Briley), Cailey, Caley, Calley, Carley, Caycey (see Casey), Caylee, Caylen, Cayley, Caysey, Dayle, Earley, Gayle, Gaylen (see Gayle), Hadlea, Hadley, Hadly, Harlea, Harlee, Harley, Harly, Hatsey, Haydee, Hazle, Hedley, Helle, Hille, Holle, Jaylee, Kaeley, Kahley, Kailey, Kaley, Kalley, Karley, Kaycey, Kayle, Kaylea, Kaylee, Kaylei, Kaylen, Kayley, Kaylley, Kaysey, Keyley, Kyley, Layney, Marley, Maydey (see Maida), Railey, Raley, Rawley, Rayney, Ryley, Salley, Talley, Tayler and Valley. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hayley.

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