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.
  • Riley

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Riley -- a friendly, popular surname choice -- is rising faster now for girls than boys; Riley's in the female Top 50. Still, there are lots of athetes and other notable real-life namesakes for... Read More 

  • Ripley

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    The name Ripley reflects the powerful character played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien films; it was chosen by actress Thandie Newton for her daughter. Read More 

  • Tinsley

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer introduced this one to the hoi polloi.Read More 

  • Waverly

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Waverly, with its literary resonance and lilting three-syllable sound, could well become the next generation's successor to Kimberly.

    Spelled Waverley, this is the title of Sir Walter... Read More 

  • Wesley

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surname names reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback, now in the Top 140--though not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as... Read More 

  • Whitley

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Eighties spin on megapopular Whitney. Read More 

  • Wiley

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Wiley is a perfectly appropriate way to spell the name also known as Wylie. The y ending and Wil beginning makes Wiley feel somehow more boyish, whereas Wylie seems truly androgynous.Read More 

  • Yardley

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Yardley, a surname redolent of British soaps and perfume, was used for her daughter by Megyn Kelly.

    Yeardley Smith (born Martha), has long been the voice of Bart on The Simpsons.Read More 

  • Zailey

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Zee-ifying Bailey. Read More 

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