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Alternative forms[edit]


Localities in England, Old English hēg (hay) + lēah (wood, clearing)


Proper noun[edit]


  1. An English placename.
  2. A habitational surname​. (More often spelled Haley.)
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname; rare compared to the female name.
  4. A female given name transferred from the surname. Popular in the UK in the 1970s and the 1980s.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The female name is usually spelled Haley or Hailey in the U.S., and it became popular later than in the UK.


  • 2000 Maureen Lipman, Lip Reading, Franz Steiner Verlag, →ISBN, page 12
    Just think of the explanation required one day for all those Kylies and Stings and Hayleys, for heaven's sake! ' Well, it doesn't mean anything, darling - it's from Hayley Mills. Well, she's an actress and her mother named her after her own maiden name. No, she was a writer, actually...Oh, shut up and be thankful I didn't call you Sigourney like your father wanted...'
  • 2007 Crissy Pagdett, Kelly's Destiny: Closest Betrayal, AuthorHouse, →ISBN, page 98
    I closed my eyes and listened to him saying the names.
    "That is the one...Hayley Dawn Calvin. That is gorgeous and it fits perfect."
    "I like it too, it sounds good."


  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges : A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press 1988.
  • [1] Social Security Administration: given name statistics in the USA
  • [2] FreeBMD : given name statistics in England and Wales

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