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What does Bentley mean?

Bentley Pronunciation of Bentley as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Bentley) is pronounced BENT-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Bentley is "bent grass meadow". Place name for many places in England, and transferred use of the surname as a given name. More common for boys, but used occasionally for girls. Linked to the luxurious English cars nowadays.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, england, surname


VARIANTS Ben, Bentlea, Bentlee, Bentlie, Bently, Lee



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How popular is Bentley?

Bentley is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#814 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Bentley entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #75 in the U.S. in 2012, and is presently at #121. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Bentley (#121 A YEAR AGO) ranked in the Top 2000 are Ben (#692), Bentlee (#893), Bently and Lee (#689). These forms of Bentley were at the top of their popularity a century ago (MEDIAN #1219) and have become significantly less conventional since (#879, 66%), with versions such as Bently becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bentley, Ben, Bentlee, Bently, Lee in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bentley, Ben, Lee outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Annsley, Atley, Aynsley, Bailey, Baley, Barkley, Bartle, Bartlet, Bartley, Baxley, Bayley, Beale, Beasley, Beaty, Beiler, Benet, Benjee, Benjey, Bennet, Benny, Bensen, Benssen (see Benson), Bent, Benton, Berkeley, Berklee, Berkley, Berle, Bertel, Bertie, Bertle, Beverley, Birkley, Birley, Bosley, Branley, Brantley, Brawley, Brenley (see Brinley), Brenten, Brentley, Brently, Briley, Brinley, Buckley, Butler, Byrley, Denbey, Denley, Finley, Hanley, Hartley, Headley, Hedley, Henley, Hernley, Huntley, Kealey, Kenley, Kinsley, Langley, Lesley, Lindley, Lynley, Manley, Penley, Pennley, Ransley, Redley, Webley, Wesley, Westbey, Westley, Whitley and Yantsey (see Yancy). These names tend to be more frequently used than Bentley.

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