Gender: Female Meaning of Hadley: "heather field" Origin of Hadley: English Hadley's Popularity in 2018: #104

The name Hadley is a girl's name of English origin meaning "heather field". Hadley is ranked #104 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Cowgirl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Hadley, most famous as the name of Ernest Hemingway's first wife, is more sophisticated, professional, and modern than cousins Harley, Haley, or Hayden. The hit book The Paris Wife, a novel told from the point of view of Hadley Hemingway (born Elizabeth Hadley Richardson), has helped popularize the name, which also appears on the vampire show True Blood. Hadley could become this generation's Hailey.

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Hadley is #482 on Nameberry

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Pop Culture References for the name Hadley

Hadleigh, Hadlee, Hedleigh, Hadlie, Hedley, Hadli, Hadlea, Hedlea, Hadly


Daiseymae Says:



Daiseymae Says:


Reminds me of a butler.

Mhill46 Says:


This is definitely not a name that I would usually go for. I tend to dislike trendy -ley and -lynn names but this one has really started to grow on me!

Eu Says:


Why? I don't find it pretentious. Others seem to agree with you here however!

-EagleEyes- Says:


My cousin is named this and she is one of the sweetest, most adorable little girls I know. Its both strong and sweet!

Ruby Byler Says:


I really like this name!!! And when i saw that its popularity in 2015 was #102, I was REALLY surprised. Not because i don't like the name, like i said i REALLY REALLY do like the name, i just had no idea that it was actually that popular. Because i have never actually met someone named Hadley, I think this is actually the only place that i have really seen it often! Anyways i would probably definitely use it for a girl name and i would probably use it as a middle name. Although i will admit that the thought of it being a first name has really been growing on me. A name i like with it being a middle name is: Brielle Hadley.

snowsbeloved Says:


Name of my kindergarten and a major street in my hometown. Haha

Nozomi Says:


Niether do I...

papivern Says:


I have a 2 month old named Hadley Mercedi Faye :) my husband and i knew we wanted our daughter's middle names to be Mercedi and Faye and when trying to come up with a girls name that we liked and that flowed with our chosen middle names, we got stuck on Hadley :) we had liked it ever since we heard it shortly after our son was born.

papivern Says:


I just had a little girl in july and we named her Hadley- I swore I wouldn't call her Haddie, but go figure, thats what I've been calling her :P Haddie Boo :)

Natalie Pierce Says:


So funny you say that! We are thinking of naming our daughter Hadley and when we told my mother-in-law she said "Hmm... Hadley... I've just never heard that name before... that's different" haha. I definitely took that as code for "I don't like it." For that reason, we won't be telling anyone else our baby name choice, because I absolutely love Hadley!!

SoDallas3 Says:


It's not irrelvant to hear how it works in the "real world" versus the Nameberry universe. There's nothing wrong with sharing your experience with having a particular name, it can be invaluable to somebody whose considering it for their baby, I for one appreciate the insight.

fairytara Says:


Umm... this is the name of my town, so...

Lauren Oneil Says:


I named my daughter Hadley! When I tell people her name they usually repeat it to make sure they heard correctly and either say "ohhh...I love that name!!" (yay!) or "huh, thats a different name!" (code for eeehhhh). I personally think its gorgeous and love calling her Happy Hadley!

wavygirl Says:


honestly when we saystuff about 'your' name it has nothing to do with you. Get a life and Hadley is better than Haileigh.

Hadley Says:


My name is Hadley!!!

lesliemarion Says:


It's irrelevant if this is your name. We are not talking about people or their babies, we are talking about names.

headintheclouds Says:


This is one that really grew on me over time. The first time I heard of the name Hadley, I really disliked it. Now it's become one of the few surname girl's names (or surname names in general, for that matter) that I actually like.

Reesha Says:


I have a 5 month old named Hadley Reese Lachlyn and everyone loves her name.

PuppyPaw Says:


Me too. It's a very pretty name.

Kibby Says:


I actually really like Hadley and disagree that it feels pretentious and WASPy. It is one of the few -ley ending names that I really enjoy hearing on a little girl!

Brooke31 Says:


Hadley doubles as a water name where I live because it's the name of a harbor. It's been a popular choice for 20 plus years.

Sawtanemmom Says:


Love it too!! With nn Haddie! Adorbs

PuppyPaw Says:


Love the name!!!!!

Hadley Says:


its not waspy.

Hadley Says:


Hadley is my name!!!!!!!!!!!

Alicia1 Says:


This name is missing from the names that end in Ley list. Its a good one!

Alicia1 Says:


Very cool name, had no idea it was gaining in popularity.

Guest Says:


I'm starting to warm up to this name but it's still too WASPy sounding. I actually prefer Harley because it's more down-to-earth.

Guest Says:


I had a young English teacher with this as her surname. But she was as WASPy as this sounds.

MaryKathryn Says:


I would've liked this name more if it weren't for its sudden burst in popularity.

lesliemarion Says: