Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Kaleigh

Kaleigh is yet another respelling of the American name invention known as Kaylee. She is one of the many spelling variations on the now-exhaustive list of Kaylees in the United States. Presumably Kaylee is derived from similar sounding Irish names such as Caitlin, Keela or Keelin. Caitlin is the Gaelic equivalent of Catherine. Keelin comes from the Gaelic “Caoilfhinn” (pronounced kale + in) which translates into “slender” (caol) and “white, fair, pure” (finn). Keela, on the other hand, comes from the Gaelic word “cadhla” which means a girl “so beautiful that only poets can describe her.” The names Kaylee, Kayleigh and Kayley are of such recent origin that it’s difficult to ascertain the true etymological elements, particularly since it occurs in so many different spelling variations. Most likely, Kaylee/Kaleigh developed from the popularity of the “Kay” sounding prefix along with the common “lee” suffix. In essence, there really is no meaning behind Kaleigh other than the fact some American parents simply like the sound of it.

All About the Baby Name – Kaleigh

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME KALEIGH

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME KALEIGH

Not only does Kaleigh have a ton of competition from her other “Kaylee” sisters in terms of spelling choices, but she also gets lost among the many other female names similar to her pronunciation. There’s so many KAY-lees, KAL-ees, KIE-lees, and KAY-lins running around elementary schools today we can hardly expect the poor teachers to keep track of them all. What was once attempting to be original has now become commonplace and slightly tiresome. Fancy-pants parents like to dress up names with the “-lee” sounding suffix with the more elaborate “leigh” suffix (other examples include Bryleigh, Carleigh, Charleigh, Haleigh, Kyleigh and Ryleigh). We say it’s time to stop the madness. Kaylee is already a “cutesy” name that feels too youthful to age well on a grown woman. But then again, the scores of little girls out there with the many variations of such names may be on the brink of changing all that.

Quick Facts

ON KALEIGH

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

850

PRONUNCIATION:

KAY-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

No meaning

Characteristics

OF KALEIGH

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Kaleigh

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KALEIGH

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

Popular Songs

ON KALEIGH

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Famous People

NAMED KALEIGH

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Children of Famous People

NAMED KALEIGH

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KALEIGH

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