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Top Names That Mean Meadow

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KinsleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "king's meadow"
  • Description:

    Kinsley, a name that straddles the line between cute and classy, continues to rise in popularity and is now one of the top girls' names starting with K. Kinsey is the name of the heroine of Sue Grafton's alphabet mysteries and Tinsley gives the name a high society spin.

HaileyHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Scottish clan name
  • Meaning:

    "Hay's meadow"
  • Description:

    There are no less than ten different variations of Hailey on the current Most Popular list, but this is the spelling that brought it into the Top 10 of 2010, although it has recently dipped a bit in popularity. So, although Hailey has a shiny, unpretentious charm, its mass popularity makes it very much of the moment. Look for the Hailee spelling to rise via Hailee Steinfeld, the young actress Oscar-nominated for her performance in True Grit.

WesleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "western meadow"
  • Description:

    Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surname names reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback -- though it's not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as high as Number 66.

BentleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "meadow with coarse grass"
  • Description:

    Bentley, a somewhat stuffy British surname, previously associated primarily with an incredibly expensive English car, has had a recent surge in popularity, thanks largely to the reality TV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, with Bentley being the name of the son of breakout star Maci (another new favorite) Bookout.

AshleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dweller near the ash tree meadow"
  • Description:

    Ashley was a sensation in the 1980s and 1990s; it hit Number 1 in 1991. Ashley is still pretty but more and more parents are turning to newer names like Ashlyn and Aubrey, and spellings such as Ashleigh and Ashlea. If you hear the name Ashley in a playground today, it's more likely to be the mom than the little girl.
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MarleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pleasant seaside meadow"
  • Description:

    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. Also used for boys, Marley is one of the top unisex names in the US.

PresleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "priest's meadow"
  • Description:

    For those not ready to name their daughters Elvis; and used more often than you might think ever since Tanya Tucker chose it for her little girl.

BradleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "wide meadow"
  • Description:

    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 novel Our Mutual Friend. Bradley Cooper is one namesake.

BradyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "broad meadow or large-chested"
  • Description:

    The Irish name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed Sex and the City is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch.

RylanHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Irish
  • Meaning:

    "island meadow"
  • Description:

    Parents seeking alternatives to the overexposed Ryan have flocked to this soundalike name, which peaked at #146 in 2011.
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AinsleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "one's own meadow"
  • Description:

    While theoretically unisex, this surname name has been edging up the girls’ names list, perhaps originally as an Ashley substitute.

BrinleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "burnt meadow"
  • Description:

    Brinley was a surprise entrant to the girls’ names list in 2009, coming in at Number 778; it has since risen to Number 337. We've also seen it spelled Brinlee, Brinlea and Brinleigh.

HallieHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dweller at the meadow by the manor"
  • Description:

    Hallie -- it rhymes with alley and is not to be confused with Halle or Hailey or Holly -- is one of those comfy nicknamish names that are in favor in these complicated times.

LeightonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "meadow town"
  • Description:

    One of those names that's suddenly on the map because of a celebrity's influence, Leighton Meester of the TV show Gossip Girl. She pronounces it LAY-ton but some will intuitively say LEE-ton.

MarleeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pleasant seaside meadow"
  • Description:

    The combined inspiration of reggae master Bob and the dog-loving romp "Marley and Me" catapulted this name up the chart in recent years. But what goes up....
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LelandHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "meadow land"
  • Description:

    A somewhat stiff and serious turn-of-the-last-century name that seems to be coming back to life.

HenleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "high meadow"
  • Description:

    The name of a British town on the Thames that hosts a famous regatta. Henley is one of the English baby names soaring in popularity for both boys and girls in the US, but is now much more popular for girls. In the UK, however, it is almost unused for girls, with just 3 female babies named Henley as recently as 2014.

EnsleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname, variation of Ainsley
  • Meaning:

    "one's own meadow"
  • Description:

    A unisex surname now seeing some use for girls, as it fits right in with such trendy crossover girls' names as Everly. Ellery and Emery, and others with the popular ly/leigh/lea ending

KingsleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "king's meadow"
  • Description:

    Kingsley is a sophisticated Harry Potter name that entered the US Top 1000 in 2013.

TinsleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "Tynni's meadow"
  • Description:

    New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer introduced this one to the hoi polloi. Its similarity to the trendy Kinsley boosts its profile. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016.
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WaverlyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "meadow of quivering aspens"
  • Description:

    Waverly, with its literary resonance and lilting three-syllable sound, could well become the next generation's successor to Kimberly. Its upper-crusty surname feel places it among the new stylish English names for girls, successors to Ashley and Whitney.

LeightonHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "meadow town"
  • Description:

    More popular in its Layton spelling, Leighton is rising in popularity in the US for both sexes simultaneously, although this spelling remains more popular for girls for now – no doubt helped by actress Leighton Meester. Lleyton – as in Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt – is another, even more complicated, variant spelling.

LeaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Lee or Leah
  • Meaning:

    "meadow; weary"
  • Description:

    While traditionally pronounced as a homonym for Lee, Glee actress Lea Michele pronounces her name like Leah, and it may also rhyme with Freya. Regardless of your preferred pronunciation, it's interesting to note that Lea has always charted in the US Top 1000, despite coming close to the bottom a few times, making it one of the girl names starting with L that both fits in and stands out.

LeeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pasture, meadow"
  • Description:

    A name that has a bit of a shouldn't-I-be-a-middle-name sound, though still in use as a first for both genders. Lee might be a good choice if you want something that sounds at once traditional yet modern, unisex but not newly-minted. And while it absolutely works as a first name, Lee is still one of the top middle names for boys.

WhitleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "white meadow"
  • Description:

    Eighties spin on megapopular Whitney.
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MarleyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pleasant seaside meadow"
  • Description:

    Harley is a tough guy, while the rhyming Marley has a softer, gentler image. The name brings to mind reggae great Bob Marley, as well as the lovable dog from bestseller Marley and Me.