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Quick Facts on Harley

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Hare's clearing; farm by the rocks

Characteristics of Harley

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Harley

Harley is the transferred use of an English surname originating from villages located in the counties of Shropshire and Yorkshire so called Harley. The name could either be derived from the Olde English word “hoer” (meaning ‘rocks’) or “hara” (meaning ‘hare’) and “lēah” (a clearing or farm). From this perspective, the place name translates to “Hare’s Farm” or “farm by the rocks”. The name “de Harelea” was first recorded in 1166 making it one of the older surnames in English history. Over the centuries, the surname Harley came in many forms (de Harelea, Hearley, Aireley Airlie, and Harley) due to the high level of illiteracy in medieval times and the multitude of dialects producing different sounds. Surnames that were derived from place names were used as an identifier for people who moved from one village to the next. So a man who moved to a new village would be called “Harley” to signify the village from which he came. The name Harley is most notably connected to the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, an American manufacturer of motorcycles (NY stock exchange symbol HOG) founded in 1903. The brand loyalty, enthusiasm and element of danger surrounding Harley motorcycles lend this name added mystique and charisma. Today, the name Harley for boys is a high ranking name in England. In the United States, Harley is more popular for little girls, although it is squarely unisex and used on both genders.

Popularity of the Name Harley

The name Harley has been used as a given name for well over a century in America. Although during the 19th century and almost all of the 20th century, Harley was exclusively male. The female Harley made her debut on the charts in 1991 – and it took her only three years to surpass her male counterpart in popularity. Harley is a name that has seen low to moderate success for both males and females. In 2010 for example, over 700 baby girls were named Harley while over 400 boys received this moniker. The gender distribution of this name is not wide enough to make it either definitely male or female. However, we will say this: Harley is tough (like the ‘rock’ of its etymology) and therefore feels much more masculine. It’s just a matter of time before American parents of little girls mutilate this name to Harlee or Harleigh in order to feminize it more. Harley fits the trend of using surnames as given names. It’s very similar to Marley in that it’s a name of choice for our canine friends, as well. Given the motorcycle connection, we think the etymologies are interesting. Hares are fast and Rocks are tough. Sound like a motorcycle you know?
Popularity of the Unisex Name Harley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Harley

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Harley

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Harley

    Harley We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Harley.

  • Popular Songs on Harley

    Popular Songs on Harley

    Electric Harley House (Of Love) - a song by Green Jelly

    Haley's Got A Harley - a song by 38 Special

    Harley - a song by The Jacksons

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Harley

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Harley

    Grandpa Rides A Harley (Mike Diamond & Kate Shannon) - Abbie said her grandpa was coming to pick her up after school on his motorcycle. A grandpa on a motorcycle? Her friends didn't believe it!!! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Harley (Claire K. Connelly) - This is a wonderful book to either read to young children or give to children who can read! Harley is a delightfully egotistical dog who travels the world, in this case Paris. Connelly has the knack to educate without talking down to children, explaining the meaning of words so they can easily understand. The humor is wonderful and the story is exciting enough to keep a child interested and coming back for more. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Harley (Star Livingstone) - Harley is a young llama who lives on a ranch. He is learning to be a pack animal, but he is having a hard time. He kicks. He screams. He spits! But then a shepherd calls; she needs a llama to watch over her sheep. She decides to take a chance on Harley. Through the seasons, a series of challenges both great and small turn the temperamental llama into a loving leader--whether he's facing mischievous lambs, a bullying ram, or a pack of coyotes who prey on the sheep. With its poetic language and captivating artwork by Caldecott Honor--winning Molly Bang, this distinctive book speaks to all those who sometimes march to the beat of a different drummer. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Harley and the Davidsons: Motorcycle Legends (Pete Barnes) - This addition to the Badger Biographies series tells the story of four young inventors who shared a dream: to create the best motorized bicycle in America. Their turn of the century aspirations took them from a backyard machine shop to a highly successful business empire - and all in the span of just a few years. With grit, determination, and not a little elbow grease, Bill Harley and the Davidson brothers - Arthur, William, and Walter - used their engineering and machine-shop expertise to continually perfect their designs and present the best possible products to the American public. Along the way they made their mark on the racing circuit and introduced safety measures that continue to this day. After their deaths, their sons and daughters continued this legacy, buying back the company after it changed hands and re-establishing Harley-Davidson as the king of the motorcycle world. From the old Knucklehead, Panhead and Shovelhead motors to the Evolution, Revolution and Twin Cam engines that followed, the story of Harley and the Davidsons remains one of the great success stories of the 20th century. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Harley's Gift (Beth Pollock) - Eleven-year-old Harley doesn't ask for much. Her young mother works hard to make ends meet, and there are lots of people in their Toronto neighborhood who are harder off. But Harley has a secret wish: for Mom and Grandma to put aside their differences before Christmas. Harley's Gift is a touching holiday story about redefining family and finding peace. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Harley's Really Scary Egypt Project (Roy Pond) - When the Egypt-obsessed young schoolboy Harley discovers a forbidden Ancient Egyptian ‘scroll of power’ hidden on the internet, he plans to reveal it as a display for his class Egypt Day celebrations. With a fatal double-click of the computer mouse, Harley accidentally lets loose the plagues of Egypt on his school, the same plagues that Moses brought down on pharaoh - a river of blood, invasions of frogs and locusts and the threat of worse to come... Harley's Really Scary Egypt Project is a fun, fantasy adventure for children, primary age to upper secondary school levels. It’s a magical fantasy about a boy called Harley and a group of his school friends who, through the agency of a mysterious Internet site, find themselves trapped in the Animal Mummy Kingdom of Egypt. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Harley, The Throwaway Puppy (Elisabeth Davis) - Abandoned as a pup...Rescued by love...To become a champion. A true story. Harley, The Throwaway Puppy, is the true story of an abandoned dog who became an agility champion through the love of her family. Watercolor illustrations by the author follow her from the shelter to her first competition. All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit animal rescue charities. Harley, The Throwaway Puppy, shows that we can overcome setbacks and challenges, poor starts, and bumps along the road if we have the love and support of our family and friends, just as the real Harley did. Her family saw what Harley needed most: love. Recommended for all ages.

    Harley-Davidson 1930-1941 (Herbert Wagner) - Subtitled Revolutionary Motorcycles & Those Who Rode Them. Relive the golden age of Milwaukee motorcycling with this unique book that goes beyond the rest. Read intimate accounts from company officials, dealers, and riders of classic Harley Davidson motorcycles of the 1930s. Hundreds of period photographs from private collections and massive text trace the development of the H-D Big Twin from the sidevalve VL to the '61 and '74 models, and the legendary Knucklehead. Experience the Milwaukee motorcycle scene from the men and women who lived it. Recommended for ages 13+

    How to Draw Harley-Davidson Motorcycles (Jickie Torres) - A step-by-step guide to drawing the steel, rubber, leather, and chrome of America's hottest motorcycle. There’s nothing in the world to match taking a thrilling ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle—except maybe learning to draw one of these steel, rubber, leather, and chrome beauties! From a power-packed 1954 Model KH and 2009 CVO Softail Springer to custom bikes for police officers and firefighters, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and aspiring artists alike will enjoy the diverse range of featured motorcycle drawing subjects. Full-color images, professional art tips, and fun facts, as well as a brief history about this American icon will keep young artists revved up and ready to go for miles. Go ahead—enjoy the ride! Recommended for ages 9 and up.

    More Adventures of Harley Earle (Jerry Sibley) - Harley Earle had to make a very hard decision concerning how to spend his free time until school started back. He enjoyed being around girls, especially Rachel, but his desire to participate in more adventurous things won out. Mr. Chris's cave was an adventure just waiting to happen. It was as if there was a loud voice calling, "explore me" "explore me." The rock crusher that had filled with water over the years held secrets lying below its surface. People needed to know what was down there. There was a grave located in the Presbyterian Cemetery that was rumored to hold valuable treasures. They must be found. Harley listened to the men at the barbershop tell stories about "The Mt. Hope Coal Mine" that was located on the side of the Penitentiary Mountain. Sheriff Franklin and Deputy Dalton needed all the help they could get to capture that crook, Dufus McGee and his gang. Harley Earle was going to have a busy summer. Recommended for ages 13+

    Raising Harley (Mary J. Tomasi Dubois) - The Jones family is busily cleaning up the yard after the big storm, when Michelle finds something unusual; it’s a duck egg. They try to find who might be raising ducks in order to return it, but after a week they give up and decide to hatch it themselves. When Michelle sees the fuzzy little bundle for the first time, she decides to call him Harley, in memory of the motorcycle rides her dad used to take her on. As his new mommy, Michelle dotes on Harley and he follows her everywhere, but she soon becomes lax in her duties, promising to be more responsible only after Mom tells her she might have to send him to a petting zoo. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Where's Harley? (Carol & Amanda Felton) - A Math Matters book. Recommended for ages 7-9.

  • Famous People Named Harley

    Famous People Named Harley

    Famous People Named Harley - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Harley.

  • Children of Famous People Named Harley

    Children of Famous People Named Harley

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Harley - Kevin Smith (director/screenwriter named his daughter Harley Quinn)

Personality of the Unisex Name Harley

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 - Harley

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