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.

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  • Riley

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    Riley -- a friendly, popular surname choice -- is rising faster now for girls than boys; Riley's in the female Top 40. Still, there are lots of athletes and other notable real-life namesakes... Read More 

  • Ripley

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    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 LoveDislike

    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.Read More 

  • Waverly

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 LoveDislike

    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 120 -- though not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as... Read More 

  • Whitley

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    Eighties spin on megapopular Whitney. Read More 

  • Wiley

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    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

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    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 LoveDislike

    Zee-ifying Bailey. Read More 

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