"church, cemetery"

Paisley Origin and Meaning

The name Paisley is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "church, cemetery".

Taken from a Scottish town, a Scots surname, and the name of an intricately patterned fabric, Paisley means "church" or "cemetery." It ranks highly for girls and is in US Top 100. It may feel a little swirly to ever catch on for boys, but with gentle names like Rowan, Teddy, Casey, Emery, and Trace rising in the US, and Hadley, Oakley, McKenzie, and Presley ranking in the UK, Paisley might one day be considered for any gender. Paisley Currah, a political scientist, professor, author and advocate for transgender rights, is a notable bearer of the name.

# 2959 on Nameberry

Paisley Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Famous People Named Paisley

  • Paisley CurrahAmerican academic
  • Brad PaisleyAmerican country singer

Paisley in Pop Culture

  • PaisleyRenfrewshire, Scotland, origin of the paisley pattern
  • Paisley Parkstudio and record label of singer Prince