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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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  • Lesley

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  • Lilley

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  • Macauley

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  • Marley

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    Reggae master Bob's surname was one of the biggest risers on the popularity charts for girls in 2008, with spellings Marlee and Marely also leaping in favor--though it has since halted its slide up... Read More 

  • Mckinley

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    New Presidential name, if you're ready to move beyond Lincoln and Jefferson. At the turn of the last century, during the original McKinley's heyday, as a first name it almost reached the Top 100. Read More 

  • Miley

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    One-time overnight success name, thanks to Hannah Montana actress and singer Miley Cyrus. Miley was a childhood nickname (because she was so smiley); Destiny is her real name. Read More 

  • Oakley

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    As sturdy as Oak, with deeper roots.  Read More 

  • Paisley

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    For a name related to a Scottish town, a richly patterned Indian fabric, and a country singer named Brad, Paisley has been a remarkable success story. She entered the Top 1000 in 2006, and since th... Read More 

  • Presley

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    More universal than Elvis...and more attractive, too. Cindy Crawford used it for her son, though it's on the rise mainly for girls.  Read More 

  • Ridley

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    Director Ridley Scott made this one known, but few parents would get beyond the negative first syllable.  Read More 

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