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What does Berkeley mean?

Berkeley Pronunciation of Berkeley as a boys' name is pronounced BERK-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Berkeley is "the birch tree meadow". In America probably most famous as the San Francisco suburb that is home to a branch of the University of California. See also Barclay and Burke. Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, tree, meadow, famous, home


VARIANTS Bar, Barklay, Barkley, Barklie, Barrclay, Berk, Berke, Berkie, Berklee, Berkley, Berky, Birkeley, Birkley

OTHER FORMS VIA BARCLAY, BURKE Barcley, Bartley, Berklie



Berkeley Nolan (B.N.), ..

How popular is Berkeley?

Berkeley is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#19672 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Berkeley (NOT RANKED) listed in the Top 2000 are Bartley, Berkley and Burke. Other variants, like Barcley, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Berkeley was well-received during 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #1623). (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bartley, Berkley, Burke in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Berkeley and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Beasley, Bentley, Berle, Bernelle (see Burnell), Bertel, Bertell (see Berthold), Bertle, Beverley, Birkee, Birkey, Birley, Blakelee, Blakeley, Blakely, Blakeney, Bradley, Branley, Brawley, Brenley (see Brinley), Briley, Brinley, Brockley, Bromley, Bryley (see Briley), Buckley, Burley, Byrley, Cokeley, Fernley, Greeley, Hernley, Keeley, Kirkley, Mendeley, Peaseley (see Beasley), Sedgeley (see Sedgley), Seeley and Wakeley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Berkeley.

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