Girl Baby Name

Hayley

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Quick Facts on Hayley

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 542
Pronunciation:
HAY-lee
Simple meaning:
Hay clearing

Characteristics of Hayley

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Hayley

Hayley is the transferred use of an English surname which is derived from a place name. The surname probably originated from the town of 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’). Another etymological source suggests that Hayley may also be derived from the Old Norse word “haela” meaning ‘hero’. This is plausible since many Scandinavians settled in England dating back to early medieval times. The given form of the name came into use by the 1970s and really caught on in popularity the United States by the mid-80’s. Adding interest to the name was Halley’s Comet which came blasting through the earth’s atmosphere in 1986, a rare event visible to the naked eye that happens only once every 75 years! While Hayley could be considered unisex, it’s way more common for little girls than for boys.

Popularity of the Name Hayley

Hayley is one of ten spellings of this ϋber-popular name now in use. The most popular spelling today is Hailey (currently a Top 25 favorite girl’s name in America). Haley is the second most popular spelling, Haylee is 3rd and Hayley comes in 4th place. To put it in perspective, a little over 50% of the “Hayleys” being born are receiving the Hailey spelling and about 5% get Hayley. While much less popular of a spelling, it’s arguably the most traditional spelling of this old English surname. Since there are so many spelling variations of this moniker, the Hayley family of names all combined make this one a Top 10 choice. As a result, Hayley (just by virtue of her sound and pronunciation) is a very commonly used and ultra-trendy name. It probably falls in the “cute” category rather than being a feminine, sophisticated or beautiful choice as a girl’s name. Many people find the name similar sounding to “halo” giving it an angelic quality.
Popularity of the Girl Name Hayley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hayley

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Hayley

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hayley

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

  • Popular Songs on Hayley

    Popular Songs on Hayley

    Hayley - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Hayley.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Hayley

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Hayley

    Hayley the Rain Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Weather Fairies have lost their magical feathers! Rachel and Kirsty search for one in each Weather Fairies book. Read all seven books to help bring the weather back to Fairyland! Fairyland is home to the seven Weather Fairies! Along with Doodle the rooster and his magical feathers, they bring all of the weather to Fairyland. But when evil Jack Frost and his goblins steal the feathers, the weather turns wacky. It's up to the Weather Fairies to fix it -- fast! Rachel and Kirsty have only one magic feather left to find, and it belongs to Hayley the Rain Fairy. But with a flood in full flow, will they ever reach it? Find the final feather in this book and fix the weather in Fairyland! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Hayley Wickenheiser: Born to Play (Elizabeth Etue) - Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser was born to play hockey. This book vividly recounts her rise to international fame with previously unpublished stories, photographs and quotes. Hayley's story is an inspiration not just to all girls and athletes, but to anyone with ambitious dreams. "Hayley has not only found ways to play at the highest levels possible, but to succeed at them. Her story shows how natural talent can get you far, but dedication and determination are also needed to attain your dreams."? Curtis Joseph, NHL goalie and Olympic gold medalist "Hayley's story is truly inspirational. She continues to set goals for herself and overcome any obstacles in achieving her dreams."? Jarome Iginla, NHL player and Olympic gold medalist. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Hayley's Vegemaia Garden (Mohana Gill) - Medical research has conclusively proven that consuming 3-5 servings of vegetables leads to optimal health. Vegetables play a pivotal role in the prevention of diseases, weight management and promoting healthy brain development in children. In this book, Hayley and her friends go on a magical and wondrous journey through Vegemania Garden. It is a roller-coaster journey of learning, packed with a healthy dose of fun. Through her adventures, this spirited little girl becomes a trusted guide and friend to young readers as she educates and captivates their imagination. Hayley will be an agent of change, transforming the dietary habits of children from the earliest age. And we will witness the delight of healthy and happy children as they traverse into adulthood well equipped for success in all their endeavors. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria (Hayley Okines) - The extraordinary life of Britain's 100-year-old teenager Hayley Okines is like no other 13-year-old schoolgirl. Born with the rare genetic condition progeria, she ages eight times faster than the average person. In medical terms her body is like that of a 100-year-old woman. Yet she faces her condition with immense courage and a refreshing lack of self-pity. In Old Before My Time, Hayley and her mum Kerry reflect on her unusual life. Share Hayley's excitement as she travels the world meeting her pop heroes Kylie, Girls Aloud and Justin Bieber and her sadness as she loses her best friend to the disease at the age of 11. Now as she passes the age of 13 - the average life expectancy for a child with progeria - Hayley talks frankly about her hopes for the future and her pioneering drug trials in America which could unlock the secrets of ageing for everyone...Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Hayley

    Famous People Named Hayley

    Famous People Named Hayley - Hayley Mills (English actress); Hayley Atwell (English actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Hayley

    Children of Famous People Named Hayley

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Hayley - David Hasselhoff (actor/singer); Jeff Bridges (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Hayley - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Hayley - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hayley.

Personality of the Girl Name Hayley

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Hayley

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