Quick Facts on Haley
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Etymology & Historical Origin - 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!
Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Girl Name Haley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Haley
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Haley
Haley We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Haley.
Popular Songs on Haley
Down on Haley - a song by Nerf Herder
Haley - a song by NeedToBreathe
Haley's Got A Harley - a song by 38 Special
Children's Books on the Baby Name Haley
Haley's World (David P. Kovalcik) - Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Haley
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
Famous People who Named their Child Haley - Pat Benatar (musician); Paula Zahn (newscaster); Ronnie Dunn (country musician)
Haley - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Haley - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.
Variations of the Baby Name - Haley