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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 1861053592, 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 1434342549, 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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