Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Haley

The name Haley is a spelling variant of the English surname “Hayley” which is derived from a place name. The surname was probably originated around Hailey in Oxfordshire, a county in the southeast region of England. Hayley comes from the Old English words “hēg” (meaning ‘hay’) and “lēah” (meaning ‘clearing’). The family name Hayley would have originally signified a person living near an area with “hay-clearing” landscape features. The given form of the name really caught on in the United States by the mid-1980’s when Halley’s Comet came through the earth’s atmosphere in 1986, a rare event visible to the naked eye that happens only once every 75 years!

All About the Baby Name – Haley

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME HALEY

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME HALEY

Today, the name Haley is the second most popular form of the ultra-trendy Hailey. However, there are currently 10 different spelling variations on the charts today (Hailee, Hailey, Haleigh, Halle, Hallie, Haylee, Hayleigh, Hayley, Haylie) which is almost akin to absurdity. Haley first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1974 which means this spelling actually beat the more popular Hailey to the charts (Hailey first appeared in 1982). The spelling of Hailey surpassed Haley in terms of usage in the early 2000s, however, but Haley is still holding strong, particularly in the state of West Virginia. When you lump all of the “Haley” names together, the name is probably very close to being a Top 10 across the United States. There are just so many variations its real popularity and frequency of usage can be deceptive.

Quick Facts

ON HALEY

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

229

PRONUNCIATION:

HAY-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Hay clearing

Characteristics

OF HALEY

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Haley

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HALEY

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Haley

Popular Songs

ON HALEY

Haley's Got A Harley
a song by 38 Special

Haley
a song by NeedToBreathe

Down on Haley
a song by Nerf Herder

Famous People

NAMED HALEY

Haley Joel Osment (actor)
Haley Ramm (actress)
Haley Scarnato (American Idol 6 contestant)
Haley Barbour (Governor of Mississippi)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HALEY

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Haley

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HALEY

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Haley