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What does Manly mean?

Manly Pronunciation of Manly as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Manly is "shared land; man's meadow". Manly is a variant form of Manley (Old English): place name.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, meadow


VARIANTS Manleigh, Manlea

(male) Mahly, ..

(female) Mansy, ..

Manly Eason (M.E.), ..

How popular is Manly?

Manly is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#17457 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Manly reached its top position of #1403 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other popular varying form of Manly appearing in the Top 2000 is Manley. Other forms, like Manleigh, are uncommon. These forms of Manly were at the height of their popularity a century ago (AVERAGE #1225).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Manly, Manley in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Baily, Baxly, Bayly, Branly, Caily, Carly, Cranly (see Cranley), Daily, Daly, Denly, Dunly (see Dunley), Early, Farly, Farnly (see Farnley), Hadly, Hagly, Haily (see Haley), Hanly, Harly, Hawly, Kenly, Langly, Linly, Mabry, Macey, Macy, Maddy, Man, Mann, Manny, Mano, Manoa, Manola, Manolo, Manus, Manzo, Marley, Marly, Marty, Matty, Maury, Maxey, Maxy, Monty, Morly, Oakly, Pauly, Penly, Radly, Ransly (see Ransley), Rawly, Stanly, Wadly and Wally. These names tend to be more commonly used than Manly.

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