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Baby Names That End In -Ley

Ashley started it, and today there is a whole raft of stylish baby names that end with -ley -- if not literally those letters, then at least the sound. Most -ley baby names are for girls but some work for boys too. The downside: The -ley ending is so trendy that baby names that carry it can feel more popular than they are.
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  • Ainsley

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    While theoretically unisex, this surname name has been edging up the girls' baby names list, perhaps originally as an Ashley substitute, and is now in the Top 400 baby names.  Read More 

  • Annesley

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    Latter-day Ashley that comes in a range of spelling variations. Ansley and Ainsley have both hit the Top 1000 in recent years. Read More 

  • Arley

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    Sounds a bit like Harley pronounced with a cockney accent.  Read More 

  • Ashley

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    Ashley was a sensation in the 1980s and 1990s; it hit Number 1 in 1991 and remains in the Top 100. Ashley is still pretty but more and more parents are turning to newer names like Ashlyn and Aubrey... Read More 

  • Bailey

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    Bailey -- a jaunty surname -- was first used for a female TV character in 1978, then caught on big time. Bailey's still an appealing choice, though, and a celebrity fave.  Read More 

  • Berkeley

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    The Brits say BARK-lee, but we pronounce it the same as the name of the California college: either way it's quite pretentious and of another era.  Read More 

  • Blakesley

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    Blakesley is the name of a village in England, also sometimes found as a surname along with Blakely and Blakeley, turned into a first name for their daughter by reality stars Trista and Ryan Sutter... Read More 

  • Bradley

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    An English surname name, Bradley has a long history, dating way back to at least 1086, but as a first name it actually succeeded in the US before it reached England--though Dickens used it in his n... Read More 

  • Briley

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    Similar to Brielle and Riley, this name lags quite far behind these more common variations. Read More 

  • Brinley

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    Brinley was a surprise entrant to the girls' list in 2009, coming in at Number 778; it has since risen to Number 504. We've also seen it spelled Brinlee, Brinlea and Brinleigh. Read More 

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