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Gender: F Meaning of Harley: "the long field" Origin of Harley: English Harley's Popularity in 2015: #281

Once a macho biker name, Harley is now showing its softer side, given to over 1100 girls last year, which is thrice the number of boy Harleys. In the UK, Harley is still much more male—it's currently Number 45 there.

Along with Harper and Hadley, we think it will climb even further. In England, it's associated with Harley Street, home to some of London's most prominent medical specialists.

Harley came over to the girls' side in 1991, long after being the name of the Joker's female assistant in the Batman universe, Harley Quinn, "born" Harleen Quinsel. With upcoming DC Comics movie Suicide Squad on the horizon for 2016, Ms. Quinn could impact this name's rise even more. Harley Cooper was a character who was introduced on the soap The Guiding Light in 1987—that Harley was named after her father's favorite motorcycle.

Famous People Named Harley

Harley Jane Kozak, American actress
Harley Viera-Newton, American model/DJ
Harley Bird, English actress known for "Peppa Pig"
Harley Graham, American actress
Harley Quinn Smith (b. 1999), daughter of director Kevin Smith and actress Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
Harley Moon Kemp (b. 1989), daughter of singers Shirlie Holliman and Martin Kemp
Harley Rose Worley (b. 2015), daughter of singer Jocelyn Oxlade and Brandon Worley
Harley Rae Kersey, daughter of basketball player Jerome Kersey
Camille Harley Joan Homme, daughter of singers Brody Dalle and Josh Homme (b. 2006)

Pop Culture References for the name Harley

Harley Quinn, girlfriend of the Joker in the Batman series
Harley-Davidson motorcycles
Jade Harley, character in web comic "Homestuck"
Harley Davidson Cooper, character on American soap "Guiding Light"
Harley Diaz, main character on Disney's "Stuck in the Middle"

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