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What does Raleigh mean?

Raleigh Pronunciation of Raleigh as a boys' name (also used more regularly as girls' name Raleigh) is pronounced RAH-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Raleigh is "roe deer's meadow". Use is probably homage to Sir Walter Raleigh, explorer and court favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, who is supposed to have spread his cape over a puddle so she could cross with dry feet. The city in North Carolina was named for him.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, deer, meadow, queen (king)


VARIANTS Ralegh, Rawleigh, Rawley, Rawly



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How popular is Raleigh?

Raleigh is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1051 out of 1220, Top 86%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#7999 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Raleigh reached its peak position of #443 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is currently at #1693. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Similar Names

Raleigh is alike in pronunciation to Rowleigh and Ryleigh. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ackleigh, Ansleigh, Arleigh, Ashleigh, Atleigh, Attleigh, Baileigh, Bligh, Bosleigh (see Bosley), Bradleigh, Brauleigh, Brawleigh (see Brawley), Burleigh, Byrleigh (see Burleigh), Carleigh, Cranleigh, Dunleigh (see Dunley), Fairleigh, Farleigh, Farnleigh (see Farnley), Farrleigh (see Farley), Hadleigh, Hagleigh (see Hagley), Haleigh, Handleigh (see Hanley), Hanleigh, Harleigh, Hartleigh, Hawleigh, Hayleigh, Headleigh (see Hedley), Henleigh, Hurleigh, Huxleigh, Kenleigh, Langleigh (see Langley), Leigh, Linleigh, Manleigh, Marleigh, Morleigh, Oakleigh, Penleigh, Radleigh, Ralph, Ransleigh (see Ransley), Redleigh, Reigh, Ridgleigh (see Ridgeley), Ridleigh, Ripleigh, Risleigh (see Risley), Rockleigh, Sulleigh, Wadleigh, Wakeleigh (see Wakeley), Wardleigh (see Wardley) and Yardleigh. These names tend to be less commonly used than Raleigh.

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