Hayley

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Hayley
Pronunciation ˈheɪli
Gender Female
Origin
Word/name English
Region of origin England
Other names
Related names Haley, Hailey, Halley, Hali, Halie

Hayley (pronounced /ˈhli/) is an English given name. It was adopted from the English surname.

The surname was in turn based on an Old English toponym, a compound of heg "hay" and leah "clearing or meadow",[1]

While it can be used for males,[2] Hayley is most commonly a female given name. This use became popular due to child actress Hayley Mills (b. 1946), but the name was not used with any frequency prior to the 1980s. Its popularity saw a sudden peak during the 1990s, but since the 2000s has again declined significantly.[1] resulting in Hayley becoming one of the top 1,500 female names in the US today.[3]

Women with this given name[edit]

Notable people with the given name Hayley, or variant spellings of it, include:

Men with this given name[edit]

Fictional characters with this given name[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Katie Martin-Doyle, The Treasury of Baby Names, Worth Press, Cambridge 2005. ISBN 978-1-903025-11-6
  2. ^ Baby Name Guide
  3. ^ Name Statistics