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What does Wiley mean?

Wiley Pronunciation of Wiley as a boys' name is pronounced WYE-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Wiley is "crafty". The original meaning probably refers to mechanical ability without the negative connotations. Also possibly a place name, "water meadow". Wiley is the name of both a village and a river in England. Also form of William.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, crafty (intelligent), water, meadow, river, england


VARIANTS Willey, Wylie

(male) Weley, ..

(female) Wile, ..

Wiley Kole (W.K.), ..

How popular is Wiley?

Wiley is a somewhat popular first name for men (#652 out of 1220, Top 53%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#653 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Wiley reached its peak position of #183 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #1437. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

William (#3 A YEAR AGO) and Wylie (#1612) are the prominent alternative forms of Wiley (#1437). These forms of Wiley reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (USAGE OF 7.83%) and have become significantly less widespread since (USAGE 0.82%, 90% LESS).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wiley, William, Wylie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Wiley is alike in pronunciation to Alley, Aly, Eloy, Ely, Olley, Wally, Willi, Willie and Willy. Other recommended sound-alike names are Adley, Arley, Atley, Bailey, Baley, Birley, Briley, Cailey, Caley, Coley, Dailey, Daley, Finley, Gilbey, Gilley, Hailey, Haley, Juley, Kaley, Kiley, Linley, Mikey, Paley, Ridley, Riley, Ripley, Risley, Roley, Ryley, Wadley, Warley, Webley, Welbey (see Welby), Welby, Wesley, Whitey, Whitley, Wickley, Wil, Wilber, Wild, Wilde, Wilder, Wilek, Wilkes, Will, Willem, Willes, Willet, Wills, Wilmer, Wole, Wrisley and Wyler. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wiley.